Fridays with Finley {26th October 2012}

Dearest Family, 

Well Finley has reached the halfway mark of his first year of life. We had a little 6 month party and no he did not eat the cake! The sweetest it gets for this boy is pear : ) He is loving his solids and steadily gaining weight, we've made our way through most vegetables and some fruits but pumpkin and pear are definitely his favourites. We've also been practicing sitting up these last few weeks and just this morning he got it. Very exciting! I could see Levi's concentration face right there on Finley as he balanced himself. Finley is a little Levi in many ways already and it's lovely for me to see his reflection in him. 

Probably the most lovely development has been Finley's kisses and cuddles. It's a variation on the tradition but Finley wraps his arms around my neck, pulls my hair towards him, opens his mouth really wide (as in picture two) and plants big, sloppy, kisses/bites on my check. It's perfect. 

I've tried my best to capture a toothy pic, he still only has the two but they are raised now, thankful he has stopped biting me, though he will munch down on anything else, including unsuspecting fingers! 

Levi and I are enjoying life, always busy entertaining at our place and trying to work on projects. Levi's only a few weeks away from having the catamaran sea worthy and I'm in health mode playing tennis, walking and turning our house into a bit of a health haven. We are looking forward to Cairns in just over two weeks and then Christmas - where has the year gone?

Lots of love, 

Fridays with Finley {12th October 2012}

Good morning all, 

We are having stunning weather here in Nelson Bay and loving life getting out and about. We've been very lucky this past two weeks to have lots of visitors. Edward, Mum and Courtney shared the long weekend with us, then Edward stayed through til the next weekend when we had an old school friend of mine, Ben and his girlfriend come and stay. Finley loved it. New people to play with and adore him and attention every waking moment, so that was great. We did some great things together, mum and I explored Corlette Point on a morning walk which was beautiful and we hiked up Tomaree Mountain with Ben and Dee which was amazing! Stunning 360 degree views of the Bay and ocean - well worth it. 

Finley has been wonderful. He did so well on the hike and had many an admirer along the way. Tomorrow he is 6 months old! He is such a happy baby, he wins hearts wherever he goes and loves the attention. We have been reading lots together, so far he prefers to try and eat the book rather than look at the pictures but he loves listening and goes very quiet once we start reading. It's unlikely he could grow up in this house without developing a love of books and he already has a beautiful little collection with some new additions all the way from Canada : )

On other news Levi traded in his NS14 Skiff for a 17ft Catamaran. 17ft feels massive and it is currently sitting on our lawn in all it's hugeness. We are excited to have a family friendly, non capsizing boat for the summer. 

We hope you are all well, 
Lots of love,