Fridays with Finley {26th May 2013}

Hello loved ones, 

Life has been busy around here and I haven't found the time to keep you updated as much as I'd like. This morning it is rainy and cold and I'm taking a break from some sewing projects so thought I'd write. 

Finley is doing great, actually really great. He is learning at a rapid pace and it is so fun to see. He has been learning how to place puzzle pieces, stack wooden rings on a post, sort shapes and make broooommm noises as he plays with his trucks. His favourite activity though is taking out and putting laundry in the basket - what a good helper! Words and sounds are starting to pop out including 'naa naa' for banana and 'no' for most everything : ) We are hearing him explore sounds to himself - ahh, ba, da, na, ma, ta, uhh and his favourite fhhh- we think he might be trying to say Finley. He has also learnt how to propel himself down the slippery dip! He continues to be a great eater with his favourites at the moment being pumpkin soup, banana berry smoothies and bananas. 
Finley had a great time with our friends dog Hugo while he stayed with us. He learnt to bark and say a form of dog during the week. Life is busy and fun in our home with him and we love it. 

This past week we visited Canberra and bought Levi's brother Edward back to stay with us. We had a nice time visiting Canberra. We visited the Carillon where Levi proposed to me and enjoyed eating out at a few places we use to go on dates to. It was freezing! It made me wonder how I ever survived living there for 4 years, anyway we were happy to get back to warmer weather though it hasn't lasted long : ( Winter is upon us.   Edwards visit has been wonderful. It was great to have him with us and Finley loved the company! 
Also check out Finley all ready for his first hair cut in the pictures. 
We hope you are all doing well - would love to hear you news and updates. 
Lots of love from us, 
Jade xo 

Fridays with Finley {2nd May 2013}

Morning All,

It's been a little while and so much has happened in Finley's little world. The biggest news of course is that he turned 1! He had a lovely day, beginning with opening presents from Levi and I. We gave him a ride on sheep which he takes very seriously, concentrating very hard whenever he is on it. After his nap he woke to a house full of people who love him and he enjoyed his party crawling around with the other babies and eating, eating and eating. Some friends and I had made lots of baby friendly snacks and he loved them! As we sung him Happy Birthday and he attempted to blow out the candles on him amazing Levi constructed fruit cake, I'm positive he realised that it was all for him. He got a little shy and looked around and starting waving to everyone! What a treasure. It was a wonderful day of love for our little boy.

Finley seemed to change over night as he began his second year. He really looks like a little boy now. Our baby is gone I fear and we cherish the little 'baby' moments we have left. He is crawling up on all fours now and is master of cruising the furniture. He loves books and technology. He goes crazy over our computers and phones - oh no! He has a great sense of humour and is loving to play tickles and cuddles more and more which I love. Favourite foods at the moment and spaghetti bolognaise and grapes, but he is a great eater - we are very lucky on that front.

This past week was a tough one with the emergence of two back teeth. Not nice for him or us. The poor little thing was beyond help at times and we are glad they have come through. We hope we have a little break before the next lot come.

This week we are dog sitting my friends Labrador Hugo - so this week is all about dogs. Dog books, practicing saying dog and barking. We think by the time Hugo goes home, Finley might just have it : )

We hope you are all happy and well,

Lots of love,

Jade xo