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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.

Summer Adventures Part 3: Grandma Visits!

Continuing our summer adventures (part one and part two here) – because I am determined to catch up before we leave for vacation!  A few weeks ago, we were lucky enough to spend three glorious days with my mom, who flew in for a long weekend.  She hasn’t been out to Seattle since last Christmas, so we were really excited to have her back.


We tend to get most of our visitors for holidays and in the winter months, but we rarely have anyone come see us here in Seattle in the summer (because we meet them elsewhere for family vacations!).  We were so excited to finally get to show Grandma just how incredible the northwest is in July.

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My mom loves the beach just as much as I do, so we took advantage of hot temps and gorgeous sunshine, and spent as much time on the water as possible.  On Saturday afternoon we headed to Carkeek Park, which has been one of my favorites this summer.

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We played, we splashed, we tossed balls, and we explored low tide and all the fun sea life.

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That night we stayed home and grilled out for dinner.  Casey made these amazing homemade veggie burgers that had tomatillo salsa mixed inside.  UNREAL – need him to make these again.

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Sunday brought record heat, so we headed to the other side of the city and hit up Lake Washington this time.  We’ve been spending a lot of time at Madison Park beach this summer because the water is so warm and shallow, and the kids absolutely love it. 

Casey did a long ran of 16 miles and just rain straight to the beach, where my mom and the kids and I were already playing.  It was so fun to have my mom there, because Casey and I actually got a chance to go for a swim together – such a rare treat!  We swam all the way out to the dock and jumped off the diving boards together – amazing!


It was record heat that day – 96 degrees – so after nap time we needed to get back outside (as the house has no AC and afternoons are brutal once it warms up).  I really wanted to do something back out on the water since it was such a gorgeous day, and we decided to try out the Sunday Ice Cream Cruise on Lake Union!

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It was a 50 minute boat ride around Lake Union with a mix of guided info and upbeat music to enjoy. 

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We cruised right past the houseboats and got so close you could almost see inside.  Someday I want to rent one just for the weekend! 

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There is seriously nothing better than having Grandma around.  It had been way too long since we’d had her out here, and we considered hiding her suitcase so she couldn’t leave. 

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It was the perfect way to end another awesome, sunny summer day. 

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And of course, no ice cream cruise is complete without root beer floats!

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One of the perks of being a little brother is that you get to do things like drink root beer floats waaaay sooner than your big brother did.

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Monday was our last day with my mom (she took the red eye out that night) and while Cullen was at school, Graham got a special morning at the zoo with her all to himself.  It was a blast, and it made me realize I have never taken Graham to the zoo alone before.  I’m so happy this year will bring a bit more balance for both kids with new school programs starting – it’s so good to get that alone time in with each of them here and there. 


And then Grandma left and I felt super sad and did some crying and wished – as I always do – that we didn’t live so damn far away.  But it stung a little less knowing we have a wonderful family vacation planned with my mom and sisters (and their families) at the end of the month.  Happiness!

Summer Adventures Part 1: Oh, Canada!

Hi friends!  Today is my Monday, as we spent all day yesterday driving home from an amazing whirlwind weekend at the beach.  I’m scrambling to catch up since I’m missing my babysitting day this week, but as miracles would have it – both kids are napping right now!  Fingers crossed that lasts for more than ten minutes (Update: it didn’t, which it why I’m finishing this up at 8pm!).

As I’ve mentioned here a million times already – it’s SUMMER!  And just like most of you, we are living it up as much as possible.  We’ve spent so much time outside, on the beaches, and finding local summer adventures that I’ve spent very little time at my computer – which is both wonderful and slightly stressful at the same time.  I haven’t edited pictures past June, and now August is right around the corner!

The last summer outing I shared here was from way back in mid-June when we went strawberry picking.  So before any more time passes, I thought I’d try to recap some of the other fun things we’ve had going on.  At the end of June, Casey’s parents came to visit! 

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The boys were in grandparent heaven, and Cullen got to take Grandpa to a Mariners game, which was definitely a highlight for him. 

But the highlight for me and Casey was our first GETAWAY – just the two of us for the first time in four years.  While we have both traveled independently, the only night we ever spent away together was in the hospital when Graham was born – wonderful, but not exactly romantic!  Casey planned an overnight trip to Victoria for the two of us as an anniversary gift, and even arranged to have his parents come out to watch the kids – seriously amazing!

So early on a Tuesday morning, we boarded the Victoria Clipper and set sail for Canada! 

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The clipper was awesome – nice seats, plugs for electronics, and a gorgeous view of the Puget Sound out my window.  Once we got to Victoria, we unloaded our bags at our hotel and immediately set out in search of food!  We landed at the Jam Cafe – recommended by a friend and had a line out the door!

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The food was heavy and delicious, and we ate waaaaay too much. 

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After that we both fell into a massive food coma that, combined with a very early Clipper departure, required a rare afternoon nap.  I felt a little foolish wasting a few of our precious 36 hours for napping, but we both felt a million times better afterward.  And that’s what adult vacations are for, right?  Napping!

We eventually rejoined the world and I immediately announced that we needed ice cream!  I looked up best ice cream options online, and walked a few miles until we found Cold Comfort

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O.M.G you guys.  I started to feel a bit ridiculous that we were walking two miles (each way) just for ice cream, but that feeling disappeared with the first bite.  The owner suggested we try the most popular item – ice cream sandwiches, and they were hands down the best I’ve ever had.  I tried the Golden Graham, which was as delicious as it sounds. 

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But Casey’s ice cream was sandwiched between macarons, and it was honestly one of the best things I’ve ever tasted.  If we’d had enough time the next day, we planned to walk four miles round-trip just to get them again!

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From there, we walked all along the waterfront and just wandered around for a while.  Our mission for the trip was to walk and eat as much as possible!  I didn’t end up with any photos of dinner, but we went to Rebar and it was INCREDIBLE!  I guess I was too busy licking my plate to photograph.  I want to go back right now!

We finished up a full day of exploring just in time to watch the sunset over the water. 

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We decided to head back to our hotel at that point and hang out on our awesome waterfront balcony for a while – so beautiful!  (Dress from Stitchfix!)

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I’m so grateful to this guy for planning such a wonderful trip for us.  We’ve been itching to get away just the two of us for a while now, but I was never quite ready to pull the trigger and actually do it.  He knew the best approach was to just plan it and make it happen – and it was exactly what we needed!

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The next morning, we slept in as late as parents of young kids possibly can – 8am!  Felt like a total luxury.  We headed to Mole for breakfast, and had another delicious meal. 

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Like I said before, the goal was to eat and walk as much as we could – so after fueling up we headed out to walk along Dallas Road – a spot recommended by many friends!  We walked through a park and all along the bluff overlooking the water – totally beautiful even though it was gloomy and overcast. 

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The other goal for our trip was to do something adventurous that we can’t do when we’re with the kids.  The weather was cool, windy, and even a little rainy, so that limited the options a bit.  On a whim, we decided we had just enough time left to go whale watching!  We’ve gone whale watching with the kids before (last year in the San Juans!), but this time we decided to do one of the open zodiac boats.  And the gross weather didn’t matter at all, because they had these incredible flotation suits for us to wear!

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They were totally waterproof and insulated, so it didn’t matter that we were whipping through the freezing northwest waters with rain splashing us in the face. 

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This wasn’t our boat, but gives you an idea of what we were on – totally open and able to get up to pretty high speeds!

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It was seriously incredible, and Casey and I were so glad we’d decided to squeeze it in before heading back.  We caught up with the resident J-pod of orcas, and saw TONS of whales just off the coast of San Juan Island. 

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Casey and I love the San Juan area so much, and I’m so glad we were finally able to make it up to British Columbia to explore even more of the surrounding area.  The northwest is just so beautiful!

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It was the perfect end to our trip, and we cruised back to Seattle on the Clipper as the sunset over the Sound.  We were only gone about 36 hours, but it was enough to recharge and reconnect, and it felt so good.  Maybe we’ll do it again in another four years!  :) 

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We made it home just in time to enjoy two more days with Casey’s parents in town.  They were here during a particularly hot week, so we hit up the beaches, splash park, and the neighborhood pool for family swim. 

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Even Mimi went down the water slide! 

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Cullen has been doing swimming lessons a few times each week all summer long, and it’s amazing how much more confidence he has in the water this year!  I’m so proud of him.

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And Graham is a fearless fish who thinks he can do anything – it’s terrifying!  He is hilarious in the water though, and I am glad he is so confident and wild.

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A million thanks to Casey’s parents for taking such great care of our boys so that we could relax and get away without worrying.  The boys had a blast, and we were so grateful to be able to do a short trip together!

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We are counting down until we see them again in just a few short weeks for a big vacation with the whole family.  I love summer!

Back again soon with more summer adventures, a fun race announcement, and more!  Hope you guys are having a great week!

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