Au Pair in America will be in Stony Brook Village this Sunday, December 2nd to decorate a tree and enjoy the festivities.
Staying in America for a year and meeting new girls. I am thankful that my family and friends are healthy.
Being here in the USA and having a great family at home which helps me not getting too homesick.
Travel to the USA, being in Michigan and meeting awesome friends, awesome places, then travel to New York and finding a great host family.
My time here in the United States, the friends I’ve made and my host family has been so supportive.
All the wonderful people I have met thus far on my time in USA. My great host family and all the memories that will last me a lifetime.
All the people who love me.
My mom and my siblings, that they are there for me when I need them and that we help each other every time. I am thankful for the possibility to spend one year here in America.
My new host family, because the rematch was so hard and I feel so happy now in this host family. I can finally enjoy this new experience in America.
Having a lovely host family, the support from my family and friends at home, my strength to go through all this so far away from everything I know, all my possibilities her in the US., all the people I have gotten to know and will get to know…..
The supportive family and friends I left behind. The struggle it has taken to be here, the amazing host family I’ve come to know and the amazing friends I have made and have yet to make.
My host family – my friends and family who are at home – the opportunity to be here – my life and my health
Being here in America, for supportive, loving family and friends back home, to be able to travel and meet new people, to be blessed with such a great host family, to be healthy, etc.
Waking up every day and having the opportunity to learn something new. I am thankful for nature.
1. Schools breaks during holidays; talk about how the work schedule will change during the holiday season.
2. Talk to your au pair about how you celebrate the holidays, ask her about how she celebrates, add au pair’s traditions into your holiday activities!
3. Talk to your au pair which activities you really want her to participate in if possible.
4. Discuss what time off she would like during the holiday season so you can put it on the schedule. New Year’s Eve is usually very important to au pairs, if possible give her off – it may be her only one ever in the USA!
5. Gifts for your au pair are normally given by families; she will give some to you too, though I encourage crafts, books or games for her to give the kids.
6. Au Pairs will probably be a bit homesick this time of year, so be sensitive to her feelings. Host families and au pairs will be stressed during the holiday season, be sensitive to each others’ feelings.
7. Try to keep the kids on as much of a regular schedule as possible. Kids will get over tired and cranky if there are too many activities in one day or several days in a row. Try to help limit the activities to a few a day or week.
8. Give kids downtime with quiet activities au pair can supervise, like reading a holiday story or watching a holiday DVD.
9. Make sure the kids get plenty of sleep.
10. Encourage your au pairs to participate in the kid’s school holiday activities; class party, concert, etc.
11. Encourage your au pair to do a Global Awareness presentation about holidays in their country in your kid’s classroom. Introduce the au pair to the teacher.
12. Enjoy the holidays and participate in Cluster Activities!
Some of the au pairs experienced no problems during the hurricane, they never lost power, had the internet and their host families functioned normally. Others had to go to host families’ relatives houses to ride out the hurricane and the 2 weeks of no power, internet or phone. One au pair shared that she and the host family’s grandmother slept on the couch, while the whole host family slept in Grandma’s bed. She joked about the togetherness, but was very happy to back in the host family’s home again! No one in the cluster was hurt and everyone now has power! Some of the homes have some damage, trees are down in many yards, but everyone is fine. Cindy said she is very grateful to her au pairs for their strength, courage, flexibility and all the love they give their host families.
After discussing the hurricane, the discussion moved on to American Holidays, childcare during the holidays, winter driving, staying healthy this winter and upcoming holiday activities for au paris and host families. Along with all the important discussion, there was time to make ornaments for an International Tree for Stony Brook Village’s Promenade of Trees. After all the conversation and projects, Cindy served the au pairs pumpkin pie to give them an early taste of Thanksgiving!
On Election Day, citizens of the United States of America can vote by popular ballot for candidates for public offices at local, state and national levels. In even numbered years, federal elections are always held. In years divisible by four, presidential elections are always held. Elections for local and state officials may be held in odd or even-numbered years, depending on local and state laws.
The way in which people vote, depends on the state in which they live. In Oregon, all votes are cast by post and all votes have to be received at a given time on Election Day. In the state of Washington, nearly all people vote by post and the envelopes containing the voting papers have to be postmarked with the date of Election Day. In other states, people vote at voting stations, where long queues can form. Here in New York we go to our assigned local voting place. Many are in schools, firehouses,and community centers.
In 1792, a law was passed allowing each of the states to conduct presidential elections at any point in the 34 days before the first Wednesday in December. This was the date when the meetings of the Electors of the U.S. president and vice-president, known as the Electoral Colleges, were held in each state. A date in November or early December was preferable because the harvest would have been finished, but the most severe winter storms would not have begun.
As long distance communication improved and became quicker with the advent of trains and telegraphs, allowing each state to conduct its elections at any point in a period of more than a month, became outdated. The results of the elections that were announced earliest could influence the outcomes of elections held later in the permitted period.
In 1845 the United States Congress chose a single date for all national elections in all states. The first Tuesday after the first Monday in November was chosen so that there would never be more than 34 days between Election Day and the first Wednesday in December. Election Day is held on a Tuesday so that voters will not have to vote or travel on Sunday. This was an important consideration at the time when the laws were written and is still so in some Christian communities in the United States.
In 2008 Barack Obama was the first African American to be elected as president of the United States. This historic event realizes Martin Luther King Jr’s dreams for a nation where people would not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. On Inauguration Day, which is on January 20 every four years, the president and vice-president of the United States of America are sworn in and take office.
I am very grateful to have power fully restored, including internet and phone! I know many of you are still suffering and I hope you will be back to normal soon.
The latest concern is a shortage of gas at the gas stations. The trucks are not easily getting to Long Island over the bridges, so therefore there is a shortage. Please conserve, minimize trips, stay home whenever possible. This crisis will pass as the roads and bridges reopen.
Be patient and be safe!