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    Emily Malone

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Friday FanFest Fun.

Happy Friday, my friends!!  It’s been a quiet week here in blog-land, but my house feels like it hasn’t been quiet in a long time.  I’ve been distracted by life, and I feel like I haven’t shared what we’ve been up to on a closer level in so long.  That hasn’t really been intentional, but anyway – I feel distant!

So what’s up with you guys!?  Things are going really well here.  We just left a stretch of weeks (or was it months?) that were kind of rough – both boys at difficult ages, and often directly at odds with each other.  So much yelling, crying, pushing, and coffee.  So little napping and listening. And now the clouds have parted (for now), and I feel slightly sane again.

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These days – right now – the boys are so so so much fun.  Cullen is through his (what I’m sure was the first of many) threenager phase, and I am loving that he has become such a little boy.  There is nothing toddler about him – he is just a tiny adult running around with superhuman strength, a long lanky body I barely recognize, and teenager drama and emotions.

Graham is 15 months old now, and has entered what I consider to be the most fun stage of toddler-hood.  He is learning all sorts of words, and nods his head wildly when asked if he wants snacks, milk, or to read another book.  He is frighteningly agile and strong, and he can climb anything and everything.  He is ridiculously attached to me, and has an epic meltdown if I am more than an arm’s length away or if anyone else dares to pick him up. 

Together, they are nothing but trouble.  Mealtimes are a thing of my nightmares.  They conspire to bang on the table, throw food, and shout louder than the other.  Every meals ends in the threat to send one of them into the dining room to eat alone.  They are also impossibly sweet.  My heart explodes when I see Cullen pass Graham a bunny cracker in the backseat without me prompting him.  Graham follows Cullen around all day long with giant puppy dog eyes, and he is quite certain he is also three.  Cullen spends his whole day trying to get Graham to laugh or chase him.  Nothing fills up my heart quite like a lap full of boys who just want to read and snuggle for one more book.

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With the holidays long behind us and Casey’s travel slowed down for a while, we’ve had lots of time to enjoy evenings and weekends as a foursome, and it has been a breath of fresh air.  Last weekend, we took part in an awesome Seattle event – Mariners FanFest

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My husband and my kids are all obsessed with baseball.  Sure, part of it is that Cullen (and now Graham) has been exposed to it a lot, since it’s something that Casey and I both really enjoy.  But he’s also taken soccer class, swimming lessons, and tried plenty of other sports and games.  Baseball is his first true love.

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FanFest was a baseball lover’s dream.  The whole stadium was open to fans (for just $10! and kids were free!) and they had all sorts of cool “experiences” and baseball things to do.  Since we were walking all over the ballpark for several hours, I figured the stroller would be a huge pain (so many steps!).  My little slugger hung out happily on my back in the Ergo while we cruised around. 

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Cullen got to run the bases and I tried not to cringe when he did a huge slide in the dirt as he got to second base. 

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Such a cool perspective to be down on the field.  These two kill me!

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Got to hang out in the Mariners dugout…

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Before we left, I asked Cullen if he wanted to wear his baseball glove to the park (like he usually does for games).  He insisted that he wanted both his glove and his bat, and when Casey and I tried to protest the bat, he burst into tears insisting, “I might get to hit the ball and their bats will all be too heavy and I won’t be able to dooooo itttttt!”  And so, we brought a bat. 

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And he was totally right.  Well played, kid. 

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And that glove came in handy when we got to go into the outfield and play catch!  If I had to guess who had the most fun, I’d probably say Casey. 

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Graham was turned loose and ran wild, loving all those bright lights and the open green space. 

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This was his first time in our tiny hand-me-down jersey, and I could not stop laughing at him.  Out of control cuteness.

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Like I said before, these two are just at really fun ages right now, and I am so loving being a mama to two boys.  I don’t have any brothers myself, so this is new territory for me.  It is terrifying, exhilarating, and so completely adorable. 

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Before we left, we took one more trip around the bases before Graham conked out.

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And after searching high and low, we found the Moose!  It was the one thing Cullen asked about all day long, so we were very happy to see him just as we got ready to leave.  Meltdown avoided!

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A totally fun family day, and a fun break in the winter dreariness that has me so excited for summer nights at the ballpark. 

Have a great weekend!  GO SEAHAWKS!!!



Christmas & New Year’s 2014!

As promised, I am back with a holiday recap!  Last year it took me until January 23rd to recap our holidays, and while I’m still a bit late this year (which is no surprise), it feels a bit less absurd.  We’re just finally coming out of the holiday fog and getting back into real life.  The cookies have all been eaten, air mattresses deflated, and the decorations are packed up.  But the memories and holiday magic still feels so fresh in my mind – this year was a great one!

We travel a lot and visit family all over throughout the year, but we decided last year that, at least while our kids are still so young, we want to spend Christmas in Seattle at our home.  We’re just beginning to start our own family traditions, and it’s so fun finding all the holiday adventures here in our area.

Our Christmas officially kicked off on the 22nd, when Grandma (and her fiancé, Jim!) arrived!  Both boys just loved having them here.  On their first day here, we took a trip to the Space Needle to go see Santa in his rocket ship (a fun tradition we discovered last year!).  We got this amazing commemorative photo!

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Cullen was so excited to tell Santa all about the garbage truck he hoped to get, and to take a ride in the rocket ship.  Graham thought this Santa was even worse than the first one.  Maybe next year!

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On Christmas Eve, Cullen and my mom spent hours baking delicious Finnish Fingers – a childhood Christmas staple in my house growing up! 

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And I spent most of the afternoon working on our Christmas Eve dinner!  We had a nice spread of mashed potatoes with vegan mushroom gravy, roasted Brussels sprouts and green beans, butternut squash, cranberry sauce, and Field Roast celebration roast.  Absolutely delicious! 

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Annual family Christmas photo!  I love this group so much.  We missed my older sister and her family, but with two little kids herself, we were happy they were celebrating in their own house too. 

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Such a nice treat to have Sarah join us again this year!  The boys love her, and I got spoiled by having company on my daily walks with the pups. 

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We stayed up much later than intended on Christmas Eve, as the “simple” train set I bought for the boys ended up taking three hours to assemble.  Parenting right of passage, right?  I mostly just watched.  :)

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Christmas morning came early, and Cullen couldn’t wait to come downstairs.  He was adamant that he wanted a very particular garbage truck that had a side loading lever, so that is exactly what he got!  Graham got a few new trucks to add to the mix as well. 

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Which were, of course, stolen immediately.  Saw that one coming! 

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Last year, Cullen was super overwhelmed by gifts and doing everything too quickly.  So my plan for this year was to just go super slow and follow the kids’ lead.  We opened books and spent lots of time reading them…

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And ate a delicious breakfast of pancakes, eggs, and yummy fruit salad. 

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And when all the presents had been opened, I attempted to give one more gift to myself – a cute picture of the boys together on Christmas!

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Or not.  Stinkers. 

My mom and Jim left the following Saturday, which was also Casey’s birthday!  It was so nice having them in town. 

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The next time we see them we’ll be in Ohio for their wedding!

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And just as my family departed, Casey’s arrived!

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We had a strange cold spell the entire time Casey’s parents were here – it was so sunny and gorgeous out but it was really cold, at least by Seattle standards.  I kept dragging the family out anyway, determined to breathe in some fresh air. 

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We ended up spending a lot of time at home during their visit, simply because the kids were just too cold outside (wimps!!).  I took advantage of all the helpers around the house by taking lots of long walks with the dogs and trying out a new yoga studio.  It was glorious!

On New Year’s Eve, we finished out 2014 with a ferry ride over to Bainbridge Island just as the sun was rising. 

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Chilly but so so beautiful.  I love it here so much!

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We spent New Year’s Eve surrounded by friends in the early evening, and then curled up on the couch watching the ball drop that night.  Casey and I stay up every year despite hating ourselves for it the next day. 

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On New Year’s Day, Mimi and Grandpa headed home after a wonderful visit.  We were so lucky to have both of our families travel across the country to see us this year, and it made for such a special and memorable holiday.

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These two are readjusting to life with mom during the day, after being completely spoiled by two weeks of constant snuggling, book reading, and endless attention.  The holidays are getting more and more fun with each passing year!

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Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season as well.  I’m sad that it’s over, but I’m already looking forward to all the fun that this spring and summer will bring. 

Thanks to all who entered yesterday’s barre3 Challenge giveaway!  The giveaway post has been updated with the winners – make sure to check back to see if it was you!  And if not, don’t forget about the code available for 15 days of free online classes available to all.

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