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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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    5K - 23:28

    10K - 52:35

    15K - 1:38:14

    1/2 Marathon - 1:57:39

    Marathon - 3:50:58

    A Look Back.

Winter Weekend.

Happy Monday, friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  It’s the first day of winter break here, so we are still in our jammies and it’s almost 9am – off to a good start. 

We had a really fun weekend full of winter adventures.  It’s been super cold here (by Seattle standards), but really sunny and beautiful.  I will take cold and sunny ANY day over gloom and rain.  Despite being frigid on Friday, my friend Nicki and I decided to mix it up and do something really special with the kids.  We parked downtown Seattle and then walked onto the ferry boat for an adventure across the Puget Sound.  Nicki came prepared with donuts, so everyone was pretty excited. 

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It was the most gorgeous crisp, clear day, and you could see perfect views of the city and the snow-capped mountains from the ferry.  We enjoyed the scenery from the boat for about 30 minutes as we rode across to Bainbridge Island. 

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It was my first time on the ferries since this past summer, which meant it was my first time also seeing our kombucha for sale in the ferry concessions area, which was really fun.  We are actually for sale on all Washington State ferries, which is a really exciting partnership for us. 

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We headed over to Bainbridge and then walked off the ferries and up to the Children’s Museum right in town.  By some miracle, we were literally the only people in the whole museum for the first hour we were there.  Eventually a few more people trickled in, but for the most part the kids had the place to themselves.   They were in heaven!

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After a few hours at the museum, we walked back to the ferry and caught the lunch boat home.  The kids ate and played Go Fish, while I sat there soaking it in and feeling so grateful to live in a place full of such beauty and opportunity for adventure.  

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On Friday night I went out to dinner with two of my good friends, which is always a treat.  And Saturday morning I was up early for barre3 with another friend – always a good way to kick off the weekend.  Once I got home from my class, Casey headed out for his workout, and I was trying to figure out what to do with the kids on a freezing cold morning.

The kids are always excited about movies, so we went to see the new Disney feature – Moana.  I’m not sure who liked it more, me or the boys. 

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It was so SO good, and we came home and sang the songs from the Soundtrack for the rest of the afternoon.  I can’t wait to watch it again when it comes to video!

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Our original plan for the evening was to do one of the holiday activities in the city, but by the time it was getting dark all my motivation had disappeared, and I really didn’t feel like standing outside in 20 degree weather.  So Cullen and I headed to the library to check out some new books. 

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He is such a little reader now, and it is REALLY amazing to watch.  It never gets old hearing him read me an entire book.  He will sit and read books himself for hours and hours – such a bookworm.  He loves this Fly Guy series, so he was really excited to find a bunch of those on the shelf. 

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We spent Saturday night at the house just reading and snuggling, and it was so nice to have a low-key night at home. 

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I had put this book on hold at the library, and it was finally ready to pick up, which was the main reason for our visit.  I started it on Saturday and can’t wait to get further into the story.

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On Sunday morning, I went to Orangetheory and was seriously hurting after four classes in a row.  I struggled through the hour long class with my only focus on getting through so I could go to brunch!

Afterward, I had an awesome brunch with my two besties – one of whom just came back from living in Hawaii for four months!  So fun to see her again and for all of us to catch up.  It was a good weekend, and a great start to our Christmas break.

Today, we are headed to Mt Rainier for the Polar Express train ride – the boys are SO excited!  Mom is pretty excited too.  So better go get ready for that.

Last but not least – the winner of the Brooks Stocking Stuffer Giveaway!  Thanks to all who entered!  The winner is Erin @ Her Heartland Soul – congrats!

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!

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