Starting Study & Getting Hitched

I think the last time I did a life update was when I announced that I was applying for a year-long Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) a month-and-a-half ago. I think it is definitely time to update you on how that, and other things, are going!

Firstly, the application process for applying had a few hiccups, but it was all done in the end. About four days later, on a Monday, I got the call I had been accepted and that an official offer of placement email was heading my way. And that I would be starting the following Monday. In seven days! SEVEN. So, I had seven days to get my life together, basically. Or, that’s what it felt like, anyway, ha! That Monday start was this Monday, the 5th. Because I’m studying online, I got access to the study materials for my first course on Sunday. On Monday, I also started my compulsory placement at the daycare centre that will be my home centre. I have to work there for a minimum of 16 hours per week throughout my diploma. So I work there on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 year-olds. It’s been a crazy week adjusting a new schedule and the busyness of working with young children, but it’s also been deeply rewarding. I love working with the children so much. I’ve definitely had moments of feeling very emotional because it feels like I’ve found the thing that I should be doing.

I won’t talk about my work with the children because I obviously want to protect the privacy of the centre and the families that attend. I might write about how I’m finding the study, but I will never share details about anyone relating to the centre. I will say that, so far, I am very happy there and I think it’s a great place to gain experience and learn all about the field of early childhood education.

Onto the second bit of news! Which, to be honest, if you follow me on social media or YouTube, you will already know about. My boyfriend asked me to marry him! Insert lots of happy dancing and squeals here. On August first, our anniversary, he asked me in the most “us” way I can imagine. It was perfect and lovely and so incredibly special. I’m not going to write a whole story about it because I want to keep that a bit private. But it was great and I cried and then spent the day with a grin plastered on my face as we rushed around telling all our family and friends.

We haven’t set a date yet and we’re not sure when we will. This is mainly because we have no money for the wedding and we’re both studying, so getting money for the wedding will take a wee while. It’ll be in the next couple of years, hopefully. To be honest, fiance would be fine with a registry office wedding, but I want the “proper” wedding and a dress and a party. A small party, yes, but a party nonetheless! It’s weird to me because, when I was younger, I rarely daydreamed about having a wedding. I daydreamed about marriage and I 100% used to draw future wedding dress ideas when I was 12 and 13, but I’ve never had this ever-lasting idea of what I want my wedding to be like. I’m glad, though, because I think it leaves a lot more room for it to be a very “us” thing rather than a “my big day” thing. It’s not about me, but about us. If I’d had this whole thing planned out for years, I imagine it would be a lot harder to have a Tardis photobooth* or something.

Engagement ring by Sam Granger

Anyway, above is a photo of the engagement ring, which is a family ring of Andrew’s. It does need to be modified to have more claws, for securing the diamond better, and it will be plated in yellow gold (it used to be but it was badly tarnished so cleaned back to its white gold base, which is not my colour). Or, we’ll get a new setting for the diamond if it’s easier.

Until next time, friends! xo

*Not something we have talked about. This is an example that popped into my head, and to be honest, I would actually be ok with that so maybe I’ll mention it to Andrew. Haha!

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