Life as a family of four!

Luke is already two months old! I meant to update this after my parents left, but kept getting distracted! It was so much fun having my parents visit. Virginia kept them busy the entire time, and loved having all the extra attention! We went to the Pike Place Market, drove around Seattle. Mom and dad went with us to one of Virginia’s gymnastics classes and Virginia made them both jump with her. It was kind of rainy while they were here, so we stayed at home a lot and just hung out. We all went and picked out a Christmas tree, and then mom and dad set it up and we put all our decorations up. Virginia loved seeing the tree all lit up!

We had a great first Christmas! I was a little bummed about not being able to go to Tennesee, but it was so much fun as just the four of us. Joe took the week before and the week after Christmas off of work, so we had so much time to just hang out! On Christmas Eve we got Virginia and Luke to sleep and got to build her kitchen, and set up all the presents and stockings. Virginia was really excited about Christmas this year, so it was really fun for Joe and I to get everything ready for her!

Virginia actually slept in a bit, and we started our morning around 6 am. I made us sausage balls and a Kringle for breakfast, and we started on our stockings! Luke pretty much just slept through the morning, so we got to focus on Virginia! She was so cute, she would open a present and then want to stop and play with it for a while. Joe and I opened presents in between Virginia, it took us more than three hours to get through everything! Joe got me a really nice laptop, and a bunch of Harry Potter stuff. Joe liked all of his new clothes and got some other good stuff. Virginia was so happy when she opened her kitchen!

We spent the rest of the day playing with our new stuff! We did some video chatting with our families and Joe grilled steaks for dinner. The Sunday after Christmas we got to visit with Tim, Jean, Audrey and Jordis. They were visiting Jean’s parents in Seattle and came by our place to visit for a few hours. It was really neat to see them out here!

We didn’t do anything exciting for New Years, I’m pretty sure we were all asleep by 9 pm! Joe went back to work and I got to really see what it was like to be on my own during the days with two kids! Luckily Luke and Virginia are both really great kids, and we have been doing great! We go out every day for a play date or gymnastics, and Luke hasn’t caused any problems! There are times when Luke gets fussy and Virginia wants me to play with her, but she is pretty good about waiting on me to settle Luke down.

Joe’s company party was on January 16th, and we had our first date night since Luke was born! Bungie gave me a $125 gift card to ProClub, so I used it at their salon to get my hair and make up done. I looked great, and it was fun to get pampered! I was worried about leaving Luke with a nanny, but he was half asleep when she got to our house, so I thought he’d be okay. Virginia got a little nervous but was fine by the time we left! We took an Uber to Bellevue, but got to the party early so walked over to Lot 3 and had a drink! We felt pretty fancy, and the drinks were really good! We walked back over to the party just in time for the dinner buffet. The food was great, and we sat with a bunch of Joe’s friends. The party wasn’t like Zenimax parties, it was really just a dinner party. The place was completely packed, there were like 700 people there! We walked around and talking to different people. We stayed until 11 and then I was ready to fall asleep so we took an Uber home. We got a good report from the nanny, which made me feel much better about future date nights!

We’d been looking at new and used cars for Joe, thinking we’d buy him something after we got our tax refund and Joe’s bonus. We hadn’t really decided if we were going to go new or used, but we knew we wanted a bigger car than my Scion. We just happened to stop by the Honda dealership by our house the day after Joe’s party, and Joe test drove some of their used cars. There was a 2009 Ford Escape that Joe really liked, so I went and test drove it as well. It was a really good price, and we could finance it for really low payments, so we bought it! I was so excited for Joe to get a car! The next day was MLK day, so Joe had the day off. We went and got a car seat for Virginia and a base for Luke, and we were all set! Now he doesn’t have to wait on the bus in the rain, or miss dinner when he has to work late! The trunk is so big, we can fit the stroller and groceries back there!

Robbie and Molly watched the kids for us last Friday so Joe and I could finally go see Star Wars together. Virginia was so excited to see them, she fell in love with them when they came over for Thanksgiving. We got some pizzas so we could all have dinner, and then Joe and I took off to the theatre. We saw Star Wars in Imax 3D, the movie was awesome but I would have enjoyed it more in 2D because I’m lame. Those silly 3D glasses are the worst! It was great to just have a movie date with Joe! The next night I went and played Bunco with my friends. I had two glasses of wine and ate a bunch of sweets! I tied for most games won and most buncos, it was a lot of fun!

Virginia and I took Luke to his two month check up yesterday. He weighs 11 pounds 14 ounces, he’s a chunk! His height and weight are both in the 50th percentile! The doctor said he looks great, and she let Virginia help look at Luke’s ears and eyes! It was pretty sweet. Luke had to get three shots, and he cried so loud that I wanted to cry too! I had to stay strong in front of Virginia though. Luke was a little fussy the rest of the day, and Joe had to work late, but we all managed to stay sane!

We leave for Tennessee early Saturday, I can hardly wait! Virginia is going to have so much fun seeing everyone, and everyone is going to love Luke! I’m looking forward to Joe being with us the whole vacation! We’re having two birthday parties for him, and I have a lot of fun stuff planned for us!

Joe and I are so lucky to have two awesome kids. I feel like we really hit he jackpot. Virginia can be emotional and crazy, but she is also so sweet and so smart. Every day she makes me proud to be her mom! I can’t wait to see what Luke is like as he gets older! I have my hands full when Joe is at work, but I love it! And when Joe is home, we have so much fun! He is the best dad, I got really lucky!