Lloyd family (Auckland) - August 2017

Hola Macarona,

15 months ago, I decided to apply to become an au pair in New Zealand, 12 months ago I matched with the Lloyd family in Auckland and three weeks after that I was here and started my adventure and oh gosh what an adventure it has been! It has been ups and downs, lots of delicious food and drinks, lots of beautiful scenery and making life lasting friendships, but most important of all, I've extended my family. Or, the right thing to write is probably that the Lloyds took me in with open arms and made me a part of their wonderful family. The things I have learned about family life with you guys are amazing and I'm forever grateful that you made this year one of the best of my life.

Macky, my little ratbag and future husband (yes, he has already decided), I love you to the moon and back ten thousand times. You are a cheeky little monkey, so caring about others and you have the biggest heart! I didn't think it could be so fun hanging out with you every day, but honestly, we always laugh so much together and your cheeky comments and nicknames are the best! You are sitting next to me right now and you just told me you love me (your Swedish girl) so, so, so much and I'm melting.

Raffy, my little squish squash, it has been truly amazing seeing you grow from that super happy seven-months-old Micheline baby to this crazy, cheeky one-and-a-half-year-old little girl running around everywhere with the biggest smile on your face. The way you crack me up every day is insane, it's never a dull moment with you and I just love seeing you dance and hearing you start talking. Your laughter is music to my ears and I love you more than words can describe.

Katy, the glue of the family and the mother I would like to be to my kids, you are amazing. Right from the beginning you have always been so kind and open towards me and always making sure I'm having a good time. You are a friend for life and I can't wait for us to meet up in Italy (India?) and all the different places in the future! 

Rich, a greater dad would be hard to find and your love to your family shows in everything you do. It's always easy to laugh with you, but to be honest, your dad-jokes sucks. When you come home, everyone lights up and its crazy time for a while which is so fun. You've been someone I always can talk to, your advices are always good and I can count on having good discussions with you, old man!

Last, but not least, I need to mention Texas and Tootsie, the wonderful dog and cat! The unconditionally 50kg love Texas have given me from the beginning is amazing and I must admit Tootsie made me realise it's possible to like cats.

Thank you, La Familia, for this year and all the years to come. I will miss you and all our evenings together insanely and its thanks to you this has been so amazing. I wish everyone could have a family like yours and I've learned so much.

Love from your Tikitik, Swedish Girl, Fisher Woman and Chestnut.

Alicia Petersson

Alicia Petersson

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