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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    A Look Back.

Labor Day Love.

Here it is Thursday, and I am just now finally coming down from what was a wonderful weekend spent with family.  Saturday afternoon, both my sisters and my nephew arrived, and we spent the next four days in a whirlwind of playgrounds, delicious meals, and Seattle sights.  It was perfect.

Other than when we flew my mom out for the weekend to help us move to our new house in May, we haven’t had any visitors here in Seattle since last Christmas!  And this was our first set of visitors in our new space, which made it extra fun. 

I didn’t capture all of our adventures, as I wanted to soak up as much family time as possible, but I did lug my big camera along to a few of my favorite places.  Sarah has actually lived out here with us for the past two summers, but my big sister has only been out here twice, and both times were for winter holidays.  So she has only seen Seattle in the cold, gloomy season, and I’ve never had a chance to show her how incredible it is here during the summer months. 

We were blessed with absolutely perfect late summer weather, and were able to get around and do so much.  We spent Monday morning enjoying a hazy summer day at Golden Gardens beach.

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Cullen and Jonah are just four months apart in age, and this was the first time you could really see them develop a relationship of their own.  They communicated clearly with each other, danced, sang, laughed, and had fun causing all sorts of trouble as a duo. 

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The whole time they were here, any time I went into Cullen’s room after his nap or in the morning, he skipped right past “hi mom” or “good morning” and went straight to “Jonah?”  This gives me hope that someone is definitely ready for a brother! 

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Throwing rocks together into the Puget Sound.  Better than throwing rocks or sand at the moms, right?

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Toddlerhood sure does come with it’s challenges, but overall I have found this age (so far) to be such a joy.  They are both so happy to be exploring the world and discovering new things, and it’s so neat to watch Cullen’s personality come through as he relates to other kids.  I was happy that, unlike a few months ago, there were very few meltdowns over things like sharing and attention. 

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They look and act almost nothing alike, but they are two peas in a pod. 

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This is the first summer we have spent in Seattle without Sarah, and I sure have missed her.  I think she will end up out this way soon enough, and holding onto that hope helps ease the distance for now.  Cullen adores her.  I’m a big fan too.

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A loving photo with mom.  Sigh.

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Slightly better.

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Our crew, minus Casey (who acted as photographer).  We picked the absolute right day to be at the beach, and practically had the place to ourselves.  Perfection.

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Another one of my favorite family outings this weekend was to Ella Bailey Park.  I think this park is the hidden gem of Seattle – never crowded, and yet high up on a hill with some of the best views our city has to offer. 

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So beautiful it looks fake, and yet so real and so much fun. 

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Monday evening, Casey stayed home on baby monitor duty so the three of us could enjoy a dinner out together.  We had a nice night out at Café Flora – one of my favorite vegetarian spots.  Such a treat!

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We also spent a good amount of time at home, just enjoying our space and the chance to all be together. 

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We spent our last evening together at another pretty park, watching the boys dig in sandboxes and run around in the open grassy space.  It was really nice that Casey was able to join us for almost everything we did too.  Always more fun with dad around!

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Everyone indulged me for a final family photoshoot before our visit came to an end. 

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The original purpose of this visit was for Rebecca to make one more big trip before both of our families grow again this fall.  It will probably be a while before either of us is able to travel to the other again for some time, given that we’ll both have newborns (and toddlers!).

Check us out two years ago, pregnant with Cullen and Jonah, and celebrating Rebecca’s baby shower – 16 weeks and 36 weeks along!

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And here we are this time – 35 weeks and 32 weeks along with two more boys!  Strange to be the one who will (mostly likely) have the first baby this time.  I’m excited that our boys will all have cousins so close in age!

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My high school yearbook quote was, “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard” (by A.A. Milne) – and that feels very true today.

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Missing them all dearly now, but so grateful for a wonderful long weekend spent together. 

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Christina     at 12:23 pm

I am going through an emotional crisis right now (the details of which I will spare you with). Let’s just say I am feeling very helpless about so many people who are leaving my life right now. This unexpected quote on this post really puts things in perspective and helped ease today’s heartache. Thank you!

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard” (by A.A. Milne)”


Emily Malone Reply:

I hope things get better sooner than later! I love that quote, and glad it came at a good time for you. :)


Meagan     at 1:04 pm

I love all the pictures! What fun you all had! :)


Ingunn     at 1:21 pm

Aaw, what a sweet family reunion!

Totally off-topic, did you know that Carmelita is closing at the end of the month? Noooooo! So get it while you still can. :(


Emily Malone Reply:

YES! SO bummed!!


Jv     at 2:20 pm

Sarah seems like such a great aunt. As an aunt with no children of my own, I can only imagine how much these visits mean to her, too.

Side note: Sarah has such great style!


Sarah G Reply:

Yes! i want to talk about Sarah. All of you look wonderful of course, and the boys are precious, but Sarah stole the show here. She’s really shining, more beautiful than ever. Love her dresses/boots/new hair. Is she wearing your 16-month pregnancy photo skirt in the recent date night photo?! Sharing clothes is just so…. sisterly. Love love love.

Also…. saw your tweet about baby #2 coming sooner rather than later…. I’ll place y bets on that! Big healthy baby in there, for sure. You look like you’re in great shape, too. :)


Emily Malone Reply:

Sarah is totally adorable. I aspire to be half as fashionable and well-dressed as she is. :) And yep, same dress! Haha, I didn’t realize that when I posted it.


Emily Malone Reply:

She is both a great aunt, and totally stylish. :)


Christina @ The Beautiful Balance     at 11:34 pm

There are adorable! I love how kids have their own little world and no one seems to understand it but them :)


Niki     at 5:18 pm

Ahhh how nice to have family in town for the weekend! I haven’t been to Ella Bailey Park, I will have to look for it before our gorgeous Seattle summer ends.


Jo     at 2:30 am

It baffles me that a person that literally writes for a living cannot differentiate, in her mother tongue, between “it’s” and “its”. It’s not the first time either. You make this mistake all the time and its repeated occurrence (get it?!) makes me think it’s not just an accident or a typo. Which, as English is not my first language, makes me kind of sad.


Emily Malone Reply:

Of course it is a typo. I try to be careful and proof read everything I write, but things are going to slip through here and there. I’m sorry it bothers you so much!


Sally Reply:

Since Emily is keeping it classy, I will say this… you need to get a fucking life.


Tiffany     at 10:32 am

Hi Emily!

I really loved this post! Would you mind sharing your everyday meals with us? Possibly just a snap shot of lunch and dinner with a description of what it was. I find your meals to be so creative and just seeing what you made without a recipe inspires me to make different and creative meals throughout the week. Thanks!!


linda     at 1:09 pm

Hi! wondering where you got your skirt in the last photo? is it maternity :)


Emily Malone Reply:

Old Navy maternity!


Holly     at 7:36 pm

Love seeing pictures of your sisters. You all look so much alike!


Leah     at 8:29 am

Beautiful photos! Glad you all had a great visit (and superb weather!). :)


Mikayla     at 3:33 pm

Sarah’s short hair looks gorgeous!! And so do you, love that first dress!


Melanie     at 4:46 pm

Oh my goodness Emily, this post sums up how I’m feeling to a t. I’m 33 weeks along and I’m really, really slowing down these days.


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