October 18, 2010

Huntsville Ghost Walk

For over two hours last Saturday evening, the Huntsville/Madison au pairs and I walked around downtown Huntsville, listening to ghost stories. The night was a little chilly, but not uncomfortable, and we were one small part of a larger group, held captive by our tour guide, Kevin, as he brought Huntsville's past to life for us. We heard stories about corruption, death, and greed. Kevin had many stops on his tour, and each time, as Kevin introduced the building in front of us and began his ghost story, all eyes turned towards the edifice, eagerly searching for some indication that something otherworldly had joined our tour. Unfortunately, we did not experience any spirit activity, but we certainly enjoyed learning some of the history of our town. Although the ghost tour season is over for this year, some of us are all the more eager for the tours to begin again next June so we can experience the other tours!

Au Pairs in attendance: Gaby, Vero, Laetitia, and Pam.

October 1, 2010

Newsletter: Oct. 2010

Welcome to October! We have now definitely left summer behind and moved into fall (also called autumn). Have you noticed some leaves starting to turn colors throughout the city? If you're from a more temperate climate, the changing colors are quite a treat! If you're from a colder climate, you may be disappointed that it's not as spectacular a show as you would see farther north, but we do the best we can for being a southern city. When helping kids get dressed each day, pay attention to the forecast and dress them appropriately - remember that layers are great for cool mornings with warm afternoons!

I also wanted to let everyone know that our booth at the Madison Street Festival was very successful! I was kept busy most of the day and talked to over 60 people about AuPairCare. Of those, 15 families were interested in more information! I have a lot of work cut out for me, making lots of phone calls, but I'm really excited that so many families in our area are discovering AuPairCare as an option for their childcare needs! Many of them expressed interest in talking to current families and au pairs. Please let me know if you would prefer NOT to be contacted by prospective families. Thanks for your help! Hopefully we'll have a few new families joining us soon!!

Did you know that this month marks one year since I started working with AuPairCare? I've really enjoyed being your Area Director this past year! Thank you all for being such a great group. I'm looking forward to what this next year will bring us!

October Au Pair Activity: Huntsville Ghostwalk
Our Au Pair meeting for this month is Saturday evening, 10/16. We're going on a ghostwalk! Tours begin promptly at 6pm, so please plan to arrive at 5:40pm. Admission is $8.00. Tickets sold in advance at Harrison Brothers or on the night of the walk. The walk will be approximately 2 hours long, so please choose your outfit and footwear accordingly! It's been a while since we've had a meeting, so I was really hoping everyone could come, but I understand there are some scheduling conflicts this month. To avoid this issue in the future, I'd like to start reserving spots on your calendar a couple months ahead. So, please save Nov. 14th and Dec. 12th for the next two meetings. Note that we can change these dates if there's a particular activity you'd like us to do that doesn't fall on these days. However, this way we can hopefully avoid scheduling conflicts in the future! This should also allow plenty of time for everyone to arrange transportation. Questions? Suggestions for activities?

Save These Dates: Nov, 14th; Dec. 12th.
Note: dates are subject to change if there's something fun we'd like to do that doesn't correspond with the dates I've chosen. Just let me know what you want to do!

Au Pair Arrivals and Departures
We are sad to say goodbye to Kirsten who finished her year on Oct. 4th. Before returning to South Africa, Kirsten is taking advantage of her 30-day grace period to do some traveling.
We are excited to welcome Pamela from Brazil! Be sure to help her feel welcome!