03.04.2011 - 03.04.2011 15 °C
Nadine & Frederic:
Great parents to the kids and we get on great as friends also. Relatively laid back, love a few glasses of wine with meals and not afraid to give the kids a kick up the backside! They work very hard and then most nights after we've eaten (late) Nadine and I chat for a while. They have a good sense of humour (even erring on the Aussie/English kind) and it shows even though their english is not quite 100%. Nadine lived in Germany for a little while, and travelled independently quite a lot before they met (at around 33 or 34). She is a big fan of Egypt and her experiences there sound very similar to mine in India.
Kids - Antonin, boy, 11.5 and Amarine, girl, 9.5
Sweet, cute and lovely, when they’re in a good mood or want something. At the moment this is about 50% of the time. Other 50% of the time frequently resisting all requests to do anything they don’t want to do and throwing what I consider to be extreme whinging/crying tantrums when told ‘no.’ We’ll see how normal this is. Hopefully it’s not all the time, perhaps just depending on their mood at the time. Otherwise I suppose pretty normal but quite the handful.
Amarine can be just as stubborn (plus manipulative) when she wants to be, but i think is a bit more easily distracted and more inclined to redeem herself after getting in trouble.
Understand some english but won't speak it. I know they understand more than they let on and Nadine assures me they know what i'm telling them.
Nadine’s Parents: Marie-Phone (pron. Marie-von) and Bernard
Lovely, friendly, both have the patience of a saint. Spoil the kids a bit. That’s ok, if the kids are getting chocolate from them then I won’t feel guilty about rarely allowing treats hahhaa. Bernard speaks some English, Marie has none but I can spend hours with her and we understand each other and I’m really learning a heap. She is very good at re-phrasing something or using gestures until I can guess or make the connection to what she means. She is an excellent cook. Any meal with them is a 3 or 4 course one, always with a cheese-board!