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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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    Personal Bests

    5K - 23:28

    10K - 52:35

    15K - 1:38:14

    1/2 Marathon - 1:57:39

    Marathon - 3:50:58

    A Look Back.

Flying Five.

Last Friday, my first baby turned FIVE.  How on earth that is possible, I will never know.  I feel like I seriously gave birth to him yesterday – so crazy.  But alas, he is a big five year old now full of stories and jokes and attitude.

The kids’ back to back birthdays always overwhelm me, and I tried unsuccessfully this year to talk to them into a joint party.  And since that idea wasn’t a hit, we went for two small and low-key celebrations. We also went the untraditional route with gifts this year – instead of a pile of toys that they will ignore in a month anyway, Casey and I each did a project for the kids to enjoy.  I finished up my secret mission while the kids were at school last Thursday.

Cullen’s bedroom has two closets – one really big storage closet, and this other more square-shaped closet that just served as an overflow space for crap I didn’t want to deal with.  So I decided to turn it into something much more fun!  But first – it needed a facelift.  It is an unfinished attic space, which meant raw wood paneled walls that were likely built over 100 years ago with the original house.  Imagine lots of scary spiderwebs and nooks and crannies that needed to be filled in with sealant. 

Once the closet was all patched and cleaned up, I got to work painting every square inch. 

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It was a labor of love. Yes, it was just a closet, but it was awkward and took about 4 million coats of paint to get into every little gap and groove.  But in the end it looked so much better bright white instead of super dark brown. 

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Once the paint dried, I assembled two of the IKEA Trofast storage units, that fit perfectly along each side.  I topped each with a flexible lego mat (which we already had!), and then Casey attached a pine board across the back to complete the building center.  I added a tiny IKEA rug and stool to complete the look!  I filled up a few bins with his existing legos, and left his new Mariners lego set out as a surprise in the morning.  I have to admit, I was super proud when I was done! 

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I left the door open to the Lego closet when he went to bed, so it was the first thing he saw when he woke up.  He was so excited, and it was such a joy to see my project come to life.  We did convince him to come downstairs for breakfast, but other than that he played in there for three hours until we had to drag him out for his birthday party. 

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Since his birthday fell on a Friday (when he doesn’t have school), and almost all of his friends are off school on Fridays too – we decided to just celebrate that day.  In lieu of a traditional “party” we just invited his buddies to join us at the Museum of Flight for a morning of play and treats!

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The Museum of Flight is really fun and there is never anyone there, so it was the perfect place to have twelve kids under five running loose.  Cullen seemed thrilled, which is all that mattered to me!

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After a few hours of exploring all sorts of planes and exhibits, we headed to the café for lunch.  I had called ahead and asked about bringing in our own cake, which was fine as long as we bought lunch there – win!  The kids all had sandwiches and chips, and then it was time for cake!

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(Many thanks to my friend Nicki for always taking amazing photos of our celebrations!)

My sweet boy.  He is such a joy these days, and while it is sad to watch his tiny years fade away (and admit that I barely remember them), it is truly amazing to watch him grow up.  He doesn’t nap anymore, so we spend our afternoons together every day while Graham is asleep, and I’m just so enjoying this age with him so far. 


Oh, and if you were wondering about Casey’s project for Cullen?  He is insane, and built a backyard batting cage.  Totally ridiculous, but pretty awesome, and actually really simple.  He just ran a few wire cables from the house to some poles attached to the back fence, and then looped a batting cage next across the top. 

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Any tiny baseball fan’s dream!  Cullen has gotten pretty good at hitting, and our city yard is wonderful but not enormous, so most of his balls go over the fence.  He hasn’t been able to hit back there in a while, because we didn’t want to annoy the neighbors by covering their yard in balls.  So this is perfect for him to be able to play out there whenever he wants, and it retracts back to the fence really easily.  He has been out there every day so far, rain or shine!

And there we go – we survived birthday season.  Two big kiddos and so much fun celebrating them.  It feels weird to say I have a three and five year old – it makes them sound so old!  But I’m also loving the freedom and adventure that comes along with these ages and stages.  Happy day to you, Cullen!

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And happy Wednesday to you guys!

Apple Picking 2016.

Well hello there!!  Thanks so much for your patience this past week!  I told some of you already on the DG Facebook page, but we moved the site to a new server last week and there were some growing pains.  I think we finally have most of it sorted out, so fingers crossed it’s smooth sailing from here!

This past weekend was our first big fall adventure – apple picking!  We are finally done with some of the summer farmer’s markets for the kombucha business, which means our weekends are bit more free.  Since we had a whole Saturday in front of us and the sun was shining, we headed out into the country side. 

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I know I’ve talked about this here before, but Casey’s most hated day of the year is when we go to the pumpkin patch.  He doesn’t like the manufactured “farms” that cater to city crowds so that kids can pose on tractors and choose pumpkins were all just hauled in from somewhere and dumped in the grass.  And to be honest, I kind of agree.

Especially being small business owners ourselves now, we really like to find people who are working hard to create something in our community.  And Skipley Farm was exactly that. 

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The nice men who helped us lived in the farmhouse, raised the animals themselves, and knew more about apples than I even knew was possible.  We were lucky to be some of the only people there on a gorgeous fall day, and the kids couldn’t wait to get started. 

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We tried to explain how to look for good apples, and that we only wanted to bring home the best ones.  I feared that, unlike blueberries – where you can never have too many, we might end up with 50 pounds of apples. 

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Of course like any fruit-picking activity, eating them was the main event.  We had a map of over 100 different varieties that were out in the fields, and it was really interesting to see just how different some of them were from others! My favorites were the Liberty – bright red with a crisp white inside, that almost looked like a giant radish.

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It is so nice that they are finally both big enough to do big adventures and all enjoy and participate.  They love each other so much, and I can’t handle how much it means to me.

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As I’ve mentioned before, it’s been a busy summer full of business growth and lots of farmers markets, and while we had a ton of fun – we were also spread very thin.  Casey and I tended to be ships passing, trying to get it all done, and so this day of family time was much needed, and so appreciated.

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And look – mom was there too!  A rare step onto the other side of the camera to prove that I am actually a part of our family adventures too. :)

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Such a fun time with my little people!  Lots of talk of the apple pies we would make when we got home.

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And we certainly brought home more than enough apples to make that happen.  As usual, we had no self control and bought something like 15 pounds of apples – absurd! 

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We’ve already made (and eaten) an enormous batch of homemade applesauce in the rice cooker.  And I’m currently sitting here snacking on a big plate of apples and cheese as a late breakfast (and coffee #3…). 

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Any favorite pie recipes you want to share?  I promised Cullen pie, so I have to deliver!  Next week we head to the Pumpkin Patch with school, and hoping to hit a few fall festivals in the coming month as well.  Happy fall (and Thursday!) to all of you – thanks again for your patience during our server move!

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