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    Emily Malone

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    A Look Back.



Weekend.

This was one of those great weekends where we packed so much in, it felt a lot longer than just two days.  Friday night I officially became the last person in the world to discover the joys of Instagram.  We had a movie night on the couch with the pups. 

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I made a simple spinach salad with miso dressing – my favorite.

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Followed by my favorite dish in all of Seattle – the tofu rice bowl from Revel.  We are moving in a few weeks and I will lose the luxury of having my favorite restaurant quite literally around the corner.  Eating as much of it as I can now!

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Saturday morning we were up early to enjoy the warm temperatures and sunshine at Greenlake.  I did my long run while Casey jogged with Cullen next to me.  It was so fun to all run together as a family!  We looped twice, with a bit of a walking break in between.

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Back at home, I spent the afternoon reading about baby food…

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Followed by about two hours of yard work.  I was so exhausted when I came back in – crashed hard on the sofa for a rare nap.

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Late in the afternoon, we decided to take advantage of the gorgeous day, and we headed out to spend a few hours in the sun.  First stop – the carwash. 

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I am notorious for leaving coffee cups and granola bars stuffed in every door and pocket – oops.  The car looks so much better now that it’s vacuumed and cleaned up again.  This was also Cullen’s first trip through a carwash – he wasn’t quite sure what to think.  His eyes got really big and he kept looking all around as the water and soap pounded the windows.

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Our final destination was Golden Gardens Park – one of my favorite spots in all of Seattle. 

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We found a nice big sunny patch and threw a blanket down on the grass.

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Cullen loves being outside around new sounds and sights.  He was pretty happy to just crawl around the blanket.

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Gorgeous sunny Saturday in one of the most beautiful spots in the country.

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Last summer I would come here and watch other families play with babies on blankets, and I would think about how much I was looking forward to that being us.  And one summer later, here we are…

Everything about this boy is pure love. I can’t believe I got so lucky.

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Little fingers discovering grass…

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A perfect way to spend the weekend.

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Sunday morning we were up early and back at Greenlake.  Cullen and I walked and provided Gatorade and high fives while Casey did his long run. 

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And in the afternoon, we were off to the ballpark!

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Cullen’s first baseball game!

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I wasn’t sure how he would do, and I was a little nervous going into it.  I hoped that all the sights and sounds would keep him happy and occupied.  Within a minute of hitting our seats, the crowd let out a loud cheer for a run, and I quickly realized it was going to be a very long game.  Cullen was terrified of the cheering and loud noises, and each time the crowd yelled he puffed out his bottom lip and let out a huge cry.  :(

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I didn’t want to subject the people around us to my crying baby, so I took him out and walked around for a while until he got a bit more used to the sounds.  I decided a full belly would probably help too.  We had a little adventure with breastfeeding at the ballpark (the full story here).

Afterward, he was content to just snuggle into the Ergo and watch the crowds around us.  He seemed to get more used to the noise as the game went on, although I wouldn’t say he loved it.

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Eventually he decided to take a nap, and despite the loud cheers and several home runs, he slept through about five innings.  Score!

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Let’s be serious here.  I think baseball is okay, but for me the whole point of going to the games is the fun of the crowd, and the stadium FOOD!  Last summer I discovered that Safeco Field is very vegetarian friendly.  We headed to an entire stand serving nothing but my beloved Field Roast veggie dogs!

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I got the Ichidog (named after Japanese player Ichiro) – a veggie frankfurter topped with caramelized onions, shredded carrots and daikon, nori flakes, and a drizzle of mayonnaise.  It was INSANE.  One of the best things I’ve eaten in quite some time.  I was skeptical of the nori flakes, but it totally worked. 

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By the end of the game, our little slugger woke up just in time to see the Mariners win, and to take a trip to the pro shop for some gear of his own.

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Since we live in Seattle now (and don’t see ourselves leaving any time soon), we figured it was time to hang up our Reds hats (sniff) and start supporting our home team. 

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Baby’s first baseball cap.  Too freaking adorable. 

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After a long weekend with many activities, this little guy was totally pooped and ready to crash for the night. 

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And so were mom and dad!  It was such a fun weekend full of many of our favorite Seattle adventures.  I feel rested and ready for the week ahead!

Moving boxes arrive Thursday – I think I’m still in denial that I have to pack our whole house – eeek!

PS – I recently published a Best of Seattle page – complete with all our favorite Seattle restaurants, parks, and activities!  We’ve only been here a year, so it’s a continuing work in progress, but I hope it is a good resource for those of you planning to visit our beautiful city!

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Shady     at 6:45 pm

Great post! I got so into it that I missed my stop on the bus. PS from the girl who was missed by the maternity gene, thanks for taking Cullen out of the ball game. This world would be a much better place if we all showed that level of consideration for others.

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Emily Malone Reply:

OOPS! Hope you made it home okay! I love my child, but I would never assume that others want hear his volume. We only take him to restaurants, outings, etc where we can quickly exit if needed! :)

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Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker     at 7:00 pm

Looks like a fun weekend, girl. I love all the photos. And Cullen is going to be all over the place SOON! Ahh! :)

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Heidi from BundlesofHugs     at 8:15 pm

What a beautiful weekend! I love the baseball cap soooo adorable!! Ehh, moving not fun good luck with that. Hopefully it will be a smooth transition.

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Lisa     at 2:37 am

The son of one of the docs I work with plays for the Mariners! :) Where are you moving?

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Beth     at 6:37 am

Looks like a perfect Seattle weekend! So fun you will be moving to Kirkland. You will love the eastside!

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jen     at 7:03 am

emily – reading your blog makes me so happy. i just love your adventures as a family and seeing cullen pictures always makes me smile. thinking of you guys with your upcoming move.

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Cacmuffin     at 7:59 am

Oh my gosh!!! A vegetarian friendly stand that’s about the most wonderful thing I’ve seen in a long time!!!

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Emily N     at 8:03 am

As a current Cincinnatian who grew up in Toledo (therefore lifelong Detroit Tigers fan!) I think it is perfectly acceptable for you to cheer for the Mariners AND the Reds. After all, they are not even in the same league! However, cheer for the Cardinals and then you might have a problem from your Cincinnati family & friends!

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Meagan     at 9:10 am

How fun! After visiting Seattle last week I can finally understand a little bit of what you always talk about! So fun :)

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Brittany     at 9:57 am

Safeco has fieldroast now!?! OHH MY gosh..this is so exciting. I am so jazzed for Mariners season, and this is all the more incentive to go!

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Coco     at 10:32 am

So glad you had such an amazing weekend! Poor Cullen- I’m sure it was pretty scary hearing all of those fan scream and cheer- they can get a bit rowdy!

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Angela @ The Last Few Pounds     at 10:48 am

Seriously, Cullen has THE BEST smile. There is no way I can see pics of him with that giant grin on and not smile!

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FullFlavoredLife     at 11:29 am

Can’t get over how cute Cullen looks in that baseball cap!!!

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Lindsey     at 11:47 am

Welcome to the eastside! I moved from Queen Anne to Newcastle nearly a year ago. We love it here – so much more space and it’s much quieter and clean over here. You must try Cactus in Kirkland – it’s one of our faves!

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Lisa     at 3:36 pm

P.S. I just had to ask Allen what Instagram is – you aren’t alone!

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Heidi - Apples Under My Bed     at 7:17 pm

Gorgeous post :) so much fun and adventure. Too freakin adorable is right!
Heidi xo

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Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac     at 7:59 am

Cullen in the baseball cap, TOO CUTE!!!

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Kelly @ Vegolosophy     at 5:47 pm

Look like a great few days!!! I love that the baseball field has veggie options, that is so cool!

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Lindsay     at 8:57 am

Love the picture with Casey!!

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Kat     at 6:00 pm

Your little guy is getting so big! I love following along.

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Gabrielle     at 9:28 am

Love the Instagram photos! And the photo of you sleeping, wow, the first time I think we’ve seen you with your eyes closed – you look totally different. Not bad different, just like a different woman. :)

I am SO jealous of the Field Roast stand at the stadium! I think I’d go to a Mariners game just for that… if I’m ever in Seattle!

(Cullen’s little hand the grass… wow)

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