Fridays with Finley {28th September 2012}

Dearest Family, 

The past fortnight has been all about food for Finley. He mastered the art of keeping puree in his mouth, rather than on his bib and has enjoyed tasting a few new foods. It is lots of fun watching him take that first mouthful tentatively, then squealing for more. Pear is his favourite so far but he has also enjoyed apple, sweet potato and carrot. It's hard to believe he is already eating food, soon enough our little baby will be all grown up. He's been a great traveller too. I think he has resigned himself to the fact that he will be in the car for long periods of time and does really well with it. We headed to Sydney last weekend for a branch temple trip and my 10 year High School reunion and he was great. We keep really busy and Finley seems to love it. 

The big news of the week is Levi's sailing fiasco. On Wednesday afternoon he went out for an afternoon sail, it was pretty windy and in addition to struggling to keep the boat up, part of the boat broke making it impossible for Levi to keep it up right. In the end he had to abandon ship and started to swim to shore but a dolphin watching cruise passed by and picked him up, towing his boat to a nearby mooring. Just before he was about to be served a delicious seafood meal, marine rescue took him off board and delivered him to a nearby marina! What luck!  The flip side of the story is that by chance I had gone down to the beach with Finley to watch him sail and saw it all happen. It was very rough conditions and passersby as well as me were panicked. I knew that Levi had a lifejacket on and would eventually abandon the boat and swim the distance to shore but I couldn't see that he was actually okay, so was running along the foreshore trying to get a better vantage point. Some people eventually told me they had seen him so I felt a little relieved but totally powerless to help. I raced Finley to a members place, got towels and water and tried to figure out where he would come in. It was a 2 hour debacle so you imagine that emotions were pretty high by this point. I suppose all is well that ends well, Levi took the day off work to recover his near sunken boat from the mooring, which only has minimal damage but we are considering selling the boat for a more family friendly version - watch this space. Finley was an absolute treasure, it seems funny to say but he was a real comfort to me, I'm sure his little spirit has great intuition. Levi is tired and sore but in high spirits considering. 

Never a dull moment at our place! We love and miss you all. We are excited to have Edward, Mum, Dad and Courtney coming for the long weekend. We look forward to more visitors as the weather warms up. 

Fridays with Finley {14th September 2012}

Dear Family, 

Our little boy is growing up far too fast! He turned 5 months yesterday and it became certain that he is teething with the advent of two little teeth popping up through his gums. Not much fun for Finley or mummy. I was secretly hoping he wouldn't get teeth until past a year so I wouldn't have to face being nipped by him, but alas it is not mean't to be! I've tried a few strategies to warn him off but he just looks at me and smiles! You certainly can't get too upset at him with that little face peering up at you. 

He also started to blow raspberries and has some very funny back and forth sessions of it with Daddy. He really loves when Levi comes home from work. His little face lights up and he knows he will have some little adventure, as Levi is always thinking of new ways to entertain him. 

We are also making the transition from the bassinet to the cot at the moment. Sometimes we rock Finley when he is unsettled so the slow process is more about us than it is about him, but he is almost the length of the bassinet so the time has come. He is also starting to fit into some cute nautical clothes we have for him. It's fun to see both Levi and Finley in boat related t-shirts! I love it. 

We hope that you are all doing well. We love you all and wish we could have you here with us.