Life has turned a full 180 for him. He started the year in Australia, with sunshine and routine and all he knew and loved, and has ended it with snow and new experiences and an understanding of how big the world really is - three planes around in fact. The weather never phases him, though he has taken up standing right by the heater, soaking in the heat just like his mum. He has learnt to put on all of his snow gear by himself and is the first to want to head out and build a snowman or shovel. It's fun to watch him flick snow all over the place and eat it as he works. We like spotting things that are different here, like all the Canadian flags, or deer that wander into the yard but our favourite is the little squirrels darting about.
Finley is very industrious. He still loves playing with his trains and is learning to build huge and exciting tracks. He has learnt to fold his own washing and wash dishes (It must sound like I have my very own 'helper'! To be honest I can't wait til I really can start delegating some of the work out). Primrose is absolutely in love with her big brother. She lights up when she sees him and loves when he plays games with her and makes her laugh. Every morning Finley climbs into her cot and they chat and play games until the screaming for mum begins. The two of them are so funny together and I love watching their love for one another. Finley has taken a little girl, Tayla, at preschool under his wing as his Primrose substitute. He puts this little girl down for her naps and tell me he protects her from the other children!
We have loved watching Finley grow this past year. A great highlight has been seeing him thrive in the Primary program at church. He takes learning the songs and being picked to say prayers very seriously and it's been beautiful to see. We have a really special child in our care. He has a tender heart, he gets really effected by sad stories or making people unhappy. He really is his own special little soul and we love him so.