Fridays with Finley {22nd May 2014}

Hello loved ones! 

Where does the year go? Finley is now two, though when asked he will tell you that he is three, then laugh and say two! He had a wonderful birthday party with his little friends. We had a guest bunny for the day, lots of healthy food and plenty of games, stories and bubbles. And on Easter he even wore the jacket I made him!  He loved having his cousins, aunty and grandparents here too to celebrate and help and of course he was spoiled beyond belief. I've been gradually pulling out all the things he received. The winners were anything fish and turtle related, trucks and trains. 

The big adventure of the last two months has been Finley starting preschool. We got off to a very rocky start, it was looking as though we might have to leave it and try again in 6 months but just last week we had a breakthrough, he slept there and has settled in nicely - phew. It has definitely been the hardest thing for me as a parent so far and I'm am so so grateful it's all coming together. I will be working at the local High School as a casual the two days he is there, today I don't have work so am catching up on things at home. I've also had a few weekends away lately. I hiked the 6 foot track in the Blue Mountains for 3 days with a friend and did a 10km run in Sydney. I miss being away from Levi and Finley but have loved both experiences. 

Age two is both an exciting and challenging time. Finley has become very independent. He just realised he can carry around his little chair and climb up onto anything and get into anything he likes. His little imagination has come alive, he loves playing trains, especially with daddy and the two of them can literally pass hours together making new tracks and discussing which trains are fit to carry particular loads. Finley also has an amazing sense of direction, he will tell me where we are going without me having said anything about it. He is very loving and kind, he knows that he can make people happy and when we visit our friend in the nursing home he will smile and wave to the oldies and they just love it. He chats away all day long now. Not all of it coherent but he is learning words at a rapid pace. He just discovered my name is Jade and thinks it is hilarious to call me that. 

We keep really busy with read and rhyme at the library, playgroup and swimming each week. We also spend alot of time at the park and have been having fun at home cooking, having picnics, drawing and doing lots of fine motor skills play. We have been enjoying what seems like the last of the sun too, going to the beach as much as we can. 

I hope you are all well, I'd love to hear what is new with you. 

Much love, 

Jade xx