Since beginning the primary teaching PGCE program in September I feel like I haven’t had a second to come up for air but things are FINALLY starting to wind down. It has been insanely stressful, has taken over my entire life and I could not imagine getting through it if it wasn’t for my rock and biggest supporter. My better half.
I can’t believe it’s already been two years that I’ve been living in the UK with the most wonderful person who has changed my life in the very best way. I know I can make it through anything with him by my side. While most weekends have been filled with 12-hour lesson-planning stints every Saturday and Sunday we have managed to spend some time together lately which has been wonderful.
As a birthday treat he took me away to Pembroke which was gorgeous. We toured Pembroke Castle and East Beach on our first day. We stayed in a lovely hotel although it was strange that there were no staff in the hotel: just a key in an envelope with our names on it.
The highlight for me was scouring West Beach sand dunes for the filming location of Shell Cottage and Dobbie’s passing in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. We got soaking wet and the sand clung to just about every inch of us but it was totally worth it.
The next day we visited Barafundle Bay and dipped our toes in the ice-cold Celtic Sea. We had one of those rare miracles of a sunny day.
The weekend before was one of my best friend’s weddings. We had a lovely time celebrating their special day in Wales.
This past weekend we climbed Sugar Loaf mountain: I thought it would be a cinch after the ordeal that was climbing Pen-Y-Fan. While it may be rated “easy” online, it was a cheeky little mountain. But I made it to the top!
I was driving home today just smiling and thinking about how lucky I am. I feel like there just aren’t words to describe how much I love him.
From coming in to help me teach PE, to the pep talks and the amount of times he’s told me how proud he is of what I’ve accomplished, to putting on a Dumbledore voice and doing several takes so that I could make a cool video for a lesson, to cooking me dinner every night while I planned late into the evenings, to attending my primary school’s 3 1/2-hour talent show with me on a Friday night, to making reservations at our favourite restaurant after a long week, to supporting me financially and emotionally throughout this tough year, to booking our Canada holiday this summer, to watching Harry Potter about a million times – I just think he’s amazing. I adore him. I love him. I hope he knows how much.