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365 Project: 17-23 June

Day 163: Scoping out supplies for the engagement party, and also the first time we've been to Costco on a day other than Sunday

Day 163: Scoping out supplies for the engagement party, and also the first time we’ve been to Costco on a day other than Sunday

Day 164: Being in the garden and actually enjoying it!

Day 164: Being in the garden and actually enjoying it!

Day 165: Window art for an indoor picnic with the girls

Day 165: Window art for an indoor picnic with the girls

Day 166: Fancy hair which I soon after took apart. Too fancy for taking the grandparents to the butchers

Day 166: Fancy hair which I soon after took apart. Too fancy for taking the grandparents to the butchers

Day 167: Wiimbledon (Wii tennis tourament), and yes that is Matty in a netball skirt

Day 167: Wiimbledon (Wii tennis tourament), and yes that is Matty in a netball skirt

Day 168: Why yes, that is a plastic bag of soup. Jen and I decided it was too thick for the sink

Day 168: Why yes, that is a plastic bag of soup. Jen and I decided it was too thick for the sink

Day 169: The catalyst for the wedding dress preparations

Day 169: The catalyst for the wedding dress preparations

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365 Project: 6-12 May

Day 121: Got my ring back from resizing. I also got my hair trimmed (read chopped off)

Day 121: Got my ring back from resizing. I also got my hair trimmed (read chopped off).

Day 122: I keep admiring my ring in all different lights. Sparkle sparkle!

Day 122: I keep admiring my ring in all different lights. Sparkle sparkle!

Day 123: The pool cues are almost taller than me in the airport lounge.

Day 123: The pool cues are almost taller than me in the airport lounge.

Day 124: This guy at LAX had a bucket of biscuits.

Day 124: This guy at LAX had a bucket of biscuits.

Day 125: Perusing the menu for pre-show dinner before LOVE.

Day 125: Perusing the menu for pre-show dinner before LOVE.

Day 126: This is often my view of Matty. Queuing for 'V the variety show'.

Day 126: This is often my view of Matty. Queuing for ‘V the variety show’.

Day 127: I won back almost what I paid for Mothers Day dinner.

Day 127: I won back almost what I paid for Mothers Day dinner. This was my lucky machine.

Day 128: A parma with pasta. Whaa!

Day 128: A parma with pasta. Whaa!

 

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365 Project: 22-28 April

I’m playing catch up here.

Day 107: Driving home from work in the dark depresses me

Day 107: Driving home from work in the dark depresses me

Day 108: I was sad. Probably because it was cold. Also, sexy work jumper right there.

Day 108: I was sad. Probably because it was cold. Also, sexy work jumper right there.

Day 109: I took my Grandma to the eye doctor and this advertising looked like a female Zac Efron.

Day 109: I took my Grandma to the eye doctor and this advertising looked like a female Zac Efron.

Day 110: Because it was ANZAC day we decided to join my parents at P.I

Day 110: Because it was ANZAC day we decided to join my parents at P.I

Day 111: Fooling around at the beach

Day 111: Fooling around at the beach

Day 112: Saw rhese cutie PJs at Peter Alexander with a Knox date with Lisa

Day 112: Saw rhese cutie PJs at Peter Alexander with a Knox date with Lisa

Day 113: Adding to the crochet shawl I started at P.I.

Day 113: Adding to the crochet shawl I started at P.I.

 

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Going to get maaarried

I am beyond happy. My wonderful partner Matty asked me to marry him on May 4th.

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We decided fairly early on in our relationship that we were going to eventually get married. We’ve been living together for about 5 of the 6 years we’ve been together and we own a home together. It was inevitable.

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Recently Matty had told me that he wanted to beat our friends and be the first to get engaged. Fine by me. I had a look at some rings at a commercial jeweler but nothing seemed very me. I wanted something unique that wasn’t too glitzy or over the top. I really wanted a ring that I had seen on Instagram by Marina Antoniou.

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Matt planned the whole engagement perfectly. We had organised to go out as a group with my ‘posse’ and their partners for a fancy dinner on the Sunday night before we left for overseas. Little did I know that Matt had actually coordinated the whole thing and asked everyone to play along. The restaurant that had been chosen was close to Swinburne Uni where we met, so before dinner Matt said that we would take a walk through the park where he first asked me out. His pretense was that he was going to take me there for our upcoming anniversary, but seeing as we would be overseas on the actual date we would stop by before dinner.

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He was the perfect gentleman whilst I sooked about it being cold and dark and a long walk to the restaurant. Then he dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him. I, of course, cried and said how beautiful the ring was without actually saying yes until Matt told me to put it on because his knee was getting wet. Haha.

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When we joined the rest of the group in the restaurant we celebrated with champagne and I was politely told that all my close friends and family knew about the intended proposal and had been keeping in secret for some time.

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It was really nice to be able to celebrate with our friends when it happened and then to make the rounds to the parents on the way home from the restaurant.

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The ring is absolutely beautiful and Matty was amazing to organise it all so wonderfully. I’m just so happy that I am going to spend the rest of my life with him. He’s perfect.

P.S. The ring is the one that I originally had my heart set on. It’s hand crafted by the wonderful Marina Antoniou who was an absolute gem throughout the whole process.

Nicole

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365 Project: 15-21 April

Day 100: Matty and I were gifted early Easter bunnies from his parents at our fortnightly dinner. Yum!

Day 100: Matty and I were gifted early Easter bunnies from his parents at our fortnightly dinner. Yum!

Day 101: Perfect looking lemons which were later turned into lemon curd to top a pavlova.

Day 101: Perfect looking lemons which were later turned into lemon curd to top a pavlova.

Day 102: $3 sparkly glitter nailpolish made me ever so happy.

Day 102: $3 sparkly glitter nailpolish made me ever so happy.

Day 103: Artwork on my fridge from one of the kids at work. Their happy faces make me smile :)

Day 103: Paper doll artwork on my fridge from one of the kids at work. Their happy faces make me smile :)

Day 104: Hanging out on the couch with this dude after a spot of (cheap) shopping.

Day 104: Hanging out on the couch with this dude after a spot of (cheap, read the best kind of) shopping.

Day 105: A very attractive photo of eating chocolate in front of the computer before heading off to a Greek Easter lunch. No neither Matty and I are Greek, but our friend is and I made pavlova with lemon curd which was delicious.

Day 105: A very attractive photo of me eating chocolate in front of the computer before heading off to a Greek Easter lunch. No neither Matty and I are Greek, but our friend is and I made pavlova with lemon curd which was delicious.

Day 106: Every time I catch Billy doing something cute like this I melt a little.

Day 106: Every time I catch Billy doing something cute like this I melt a little.

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What makes it work

A few of my friends have recently split from their partners and after hearing about the things that just weren’t right about their relationships I thought about what makes my relationship work.

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Firstly, after coming home and talking about some of the difficulties and oddities of other relationships Matty said something along the lines of ‘we’re so normal. I love you’. I suppose in this context normal means that we don’t have the dreaded drama that some other couples seem to have. We are both pretty respectful of each other. We tend to make decisions together, talk most things over and check with each other before we make plans. We also get that being in a relationship means you don’t have to be attached at the hip and that it’s good to do your own thing sometimes. You can be together without being together. Like right now for example, I’m typing this on the couch and Matty is sitting in front of me playing Need for Speed. Occasionally he makes a comment, or I do, but basically we’re just coexisting in the same space.

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Most recently when one of my friends told me that her and her partner had split I told her the traditional “it’s for the best”, but seriously I meant it. If you’re in a relationship with someone who doesn’t get you, who tries to control you, who you just can’t make it work with, whatever the reason, then you’re better off. In each relationship you’re in you’re going to learn something. Take what you’ve learnt as a positive thing and move on. Your time with them was special but now it’s over. Use what you learnt to built an even better relationship with someone new.

I think that your partner should be your best friend. You’re allowed to fight, but you need to be able to make up too. You need to be able to be 100% you with them, and they need to accept it. No one is perfect, but you both need to love each other for who you are.

Of course I’m just speaking from personal experience. What I’m saying might be a load of bull to someone else.

In a perfect world everyone would be able to pair up with their perfect match, but in the real world sometimes it takes a bit of work. Not everything can be unicorns and puppies and rainbows y’know!

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365 Project: 18-24 March

Day 71: The highlight of today's walk was watching Lucy skitter around after pine cones at the park and then nom them to pieces

Day 71: The highlight of today’s walk was watching Lucy skitter around after pine cones at the park and then nom them to pieces

Day 72: Three kids were picked up extremely late from after care, but they spent their time well

Day 72: Three kids were picked up extremely late from aftercare, but they spent their time well

Day 72: Billy is actually coming around to being picked up and put on the couch recently

Day 72: Billy is actually coming around to being picked up and put on the couch recently

Day 74: We tried blowing bubbles for Billy. During the day Billy was curious, and at night TERRIFIED!

Day 74: We tried blowing bubbles for Billy. During the day Billy was curious, and at night TERRIFIED!

Day 75: Matty's gaming/nerd glasses

Day 75: Matty’s gaming/nerd glasses

Day 76: Matty has decided that making frothy milk by shaking a jar is preferable to using an actual milk frother

Day 76: Matty has decided that making frothy milk by shaking a jar is preferable to using an actual milk frother

Day 78: The kids emptied the recycle dumpster and made a shanty town with the boxes

Day 78: The kids emptied the recycle dumpster and made a shanty town with the boxes