A New Year.

What better way to kick off a new year than waking up on Tuesday and having it feel like Saturday?  We had no plans for the first day of 2013, so we slept in and all enjoyed a big breakfast of eggs and toast at the dining room table.  We usually eat standing up in the kitchen, so this was a pretty big accomplishment. 

Even though it was still early, the sun was already starting to peek through the clouds.  We were both itching to do something outdoors and active.  A few quick text messages and an hour later, we found ourselves in St. Edwards State Park, meeting up with friends for a morning hike. 

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The park is just a few minutes from our house, but I haven’t been there since summer.  It had definitely been too long!  As our friends speedily hiked along, I brought up the rear as the annoying person taking pictures of all the scenery.  I couldn’t help myself.  Look at these mossy trees!  They were HUGE and so bright green. 

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Come ON, mom.

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We hiked up and down, and made our way around to the water side of the trail.  So beautiful.

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I slowed down and did a bit of a double-take when I saw this familiar log jutting out into the water…

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Hard to believe just a few months ago, my sister and I were climbing out onto it on an 80 degree day.  Gives me hope that it will actually be warm again some day. 


We hiked down to the water and all took a break to soak up the sun and the gorgeous views. 

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Check out how crazy adorable Cullen’s little friend is – I LOVE having a boy, but the little girl accessories just kill me.  

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Such a beautiful spot.  Something about water is so reenergizing and comforting to me, and it felt even more so with the hope of a new year ahead of us. 

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Summer family…


Winter family!

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Happy baby.

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Would you believe that while we were down there we saw a group of people out WATER SKIING?  The water here in Seattle is freezing cold in the summer, so I can’t even imagine what the temperature is in January.  They had wet suits on, but I still think they are crazy.  And also, awesome. 

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At the end of the hour-ish hike, we let the wee ones stretch their legs at the playground.

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And then Cullen got grumpy and hungry and cold, so we all headed home for lunch.  Leftover kale pasta, lentil loaf, and kimchee from the farmer’s market. 

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Cullen was a pasta fan.

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One of my hopes for this year is to manage our time better so we eat more meals together – sitting down as a family.  As it is now, I eat breakfast and lunch with Cullen, but Casey and I usually have dinner together after he goes to sleep.  Not sure how to make this actually happen schedule-wise, but it’s a hope. 

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While Cullen took his nap, Casey and I had a rare lazy afternoon on the couch.  We watched The Town (one of my FAVORITE movies) and just enjoyed a few hours of doing absolutely nothing.  I found a late surge of motivation in the evening and decided to take down all our Christmas decorations.  But before I did, I had to snap a few pictures of our new ornaments this year.  My mom hand made these awesome ornaments for the family.  Huey dog…

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And mischievous Indy…

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And I about died when I saw this one.  She made a felt ornament of Cullen’s Halloween costume.  Cutest thing EVER!

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Each year, Casey and I have a tradition of getting each other ornaments too.  Usually something meaningful or funny – something that reflects the past year.  I totally flopped and got Casey a stupid mercury glass ornament shaped like a C (booooring), but Casey knocked it out of the park.

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Seriously.  So funny, and so frighteningly accurate.  While I took down decorations and tried to break Cullen of his new favorite game – chase me up the stairs – Casey treated me to a delicious dinner.  Kamut and white bean burgers that were off.the.hook.  This was our first time making them, and one of the first times working with kamut, so we’ll do it again and post a recipe soon.  Want to make sure it’s just right!

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A big pile of sweet potato rounds on the side, eaten in front of a toasty fire.  So good.

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So far, our year is off to a good start!  I know all the new year stuff is cheesy and over-hyped, but I don’t care.  I feel motivated, energized, and excited for a new year ahead.  I have a lot of posts in the works – resolutions, marinated mushrooms, and Cullen’s long overdue 14 month update.  Coming soon!

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