Callie and Lillian left earlier this week, we had a great visit! The weather did not cooperate as I’d hoped, it rained pretty much the whole time. There was one afternoon that was nice enough for us to go to our favorite playground, but it was cold and muddy. The kids didn’t mind and had a good time! We went to Wiggle Works in Crossroads Mall, met Joe for lunch in Bellevue, went to the new Children’s Museum in Bellevue, went to Seattle to the Children’s Museum, and went to Snoqualmie Falls!
The Seattle Children’s Museum was awesome, and even though we went on a rainy Saturday morning it wasn’t too busy. The kids ran free and had a great time! Snoqualmie Falls was also really neat, Joe hadn’t been before and when the kids and I went with Gracie and Matt back in August it hadn’t rained much, so it was much more powerful now! The kids all played really well together, and slept pretty good for us at night. Lillian didn’t want to nap while she was here, but Virginia and Luke weren’t bothered by that and still took their naps.
Lillian definitely has more energy than my kids, she doesn’t ever sit still! I take it for granted that my kids like to cuddle on the couch and watch movies with me! I was afraid our neighbors would come yell at us because Lillian jumps around and makes a lot more noise than Virginia and Luke. She’s definitely used to living in a big house! She said the cutest thing though, she was looking out the kids window and said, “No cows?” Most kids don’t grow up with cows out their bedroom window! Ha. I was really impressed with how well spoken she was, it was great because Virginia loves having someone else to talk to!
I was so proud of Callie for bringing Lillian out here alone. I know it isn’t fun traveling with little kids, but Lillian did pretty well on both legs of the trip, even with layovers. I think the sooner you get kids out and traveling, the easier it gets. Callie and I were able to go out one night after the kids had gone to bed to do some shopping, and another night Joe made us margarita’s after the kids went down. It was really great to be able to visit and hang out!
The condo felt very small with Callie and Lillian here, I can’t wait to be in a house and have more room to spread out! Joe got another raise at his last review, and a really nice bonus, but we’re back to thinking that we need to rent another year before we’re really able to buy a house. I think we’ll be able to find a great rental house with three bedrooms and a back yard (hopefully without going broke!) It’s amazing how much stuff we have accumulated over the past two years here. I’ve been donating old clothes and getting rid of a lot of stuff that we just don’t need anymore. Luke is almost ready to be in a booster seat at the table instead of a high chair, and soon he’ll be ready for a bed instead of his crib.
We mentioned to Virginia that Luke was almost too big for his crib, and she told us, “You can put his big bed next to mine!” It was so sweet. I think they’ll both be a little sad when they aren’t sharing a room anymore, but hopefully they’ll adjust to it quickly! It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and I told Virginia we would do a craft. Time to get covered in green paint!