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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.

Mom Gets Married!

We spent our Memorial Day weekend this year back in my hometown – Cincinnati, Ohio – celebrating my mom getting married!  We had been looking forward to it for so long, and as I look back through the photos I can’t believe it is already over.  The best stuff in life just flies by, right?

We haven’t traveled back home or around to see family quite as much this year, and we hadn’t seen my big sis and her kids since last August when we were all in New Jersey together.  It had been WAY too long, especially with kiddos so young.  Four wild boys who are all so close in age – doesn’t get much more fun than that. 

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My mom recently moved into her new husband’s house, but since her old house hadn’t closed quite yet, the rest of us stayed there for a last hurrah at our family home.  Three cheers to a new beginning for Grandma!

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On Friday we ran around doing family stuff and helping with wedding prep, and the girls all went and got our nails done together.  That evening, they had a big dinner at the house for all the out of town guests.  We got dressed up and ready to go.  Three hour time changes with kids are a real treat!

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We saw tons of family we hadn’t seen in a while – my mom’s whole extended family came in for the event.  It was really fun to see so many faces I hadn’t seen in forever, and to see my mom surrounded by so much love. 

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Saturday was the big day!!  I got up and went running, and trudged through seven hilly miles of my old favorite running loops.  I got back just in time to shower and start getting ready for the wedding.  The boys stayed back at the house so the kids could nap and they could all have some downtime, while my sisters and best friend and I all headed to the hotel to help my mom get ready.  Once we were ready to go, we took some family pictures outside in the courtyard.  Look how gorgeous my mom looks!

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All the Bohlen girls – three generations.  It meant so much to my mom to have everyone together for her big day.  There is something so comforting about being surround by family. 

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And my best friend, Lindsey – who might as well be family – recently moved down to Florida for an amazing new job.  She flew back up to Ohio just for the weekend, and we spent pretty much every waking minute together.  I’m excited to have an excuse to head to Florida now and then!

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We got to the church and the guests started arriving, and pretty much everyone was taken aback by…

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The cutest little pack of boys you have ever seen in your life.  I mean BOW TIES!  It doesn’t get any better.  Cullen and Jonah handed out programs to the wedding guests, and they were super into their job.  It was awesome.

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I could tell within a minute of Casey arriving at the church with the boys that Graham was not going to make it.  It was 5pm EST which was the middle of naptime on Pacific time, and he was a hot MESS.  And Casey – well he was just hot.  :)

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When the last of the guests had gone into the church, the rest of us headed in to wait for the bride.

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Who was being escorted down the aisle by two very dapper three year olds. 

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And twenty minutes later – mom and Jim were married!  I got goose bumps when I found this picture days later during editing.  I haven’t seen my mom look that happy in so long, and it makes me smile just sitting here thinking about it.  He is a fantastic man and seems like the perfect fit for my mom – I feel so lucky that he has come into all of our lives. 

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Poor Casey had to take one for the team and ended up missing the wedding ceremony.  As expected, Graham lasted a total of ten seconds and Casey spent the service outside trying to keep him quiet.  Good thing he’s so darn cute. 

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But he rallied just in time for family photos and even let us put his bow tie back on.  And then my heart exploded with so much cuteness in one small space. 

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Oh Cullen – always swinging a baseball bat, no matter the occasion.  Gotta love him! 

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The reception was really dark and nearly impossible to photograph, but I tried.  There was dinner, cake, and then dancing. 

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Ohhhh the dancing…

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My boys danced from the first song to the last one – and literally shut down the dance floor along with Bon Jovi. 

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For once, the time change worked in our favor, and my party animals danced their tails off until well past 10pm.  I don’t think I have laughed that hard in my entire life.  They clapped, and spun, and Graham kept sticking his booty out and scooting in a circle, and I did my best to burn it all into my brain so that I never forget how much fun we all had. 

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And then they collapsed. 

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But of course, they were up at the crack of dawn as always, and ready to head back to Grandma’s house to swing at balls and rehash the memories of the previous night. 

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We said goodbye to my grandparents, and their great-grandparents – how lucky they are to have them in their lives.  It is so hard to not know when you’ll see long distance family again, but I tried to just focus on enjoying the time we had when we were there. 

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And I was lucky enough to spend the afternoon with my oldest, dearest friend and her two little boys.  We met in ballet at age two and it is so crazy to watch our kids all run around together now. 

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Eventually, it was time to pack up and head back to Seattle.  It is always so hard to say goodbye, but we left with wonderful memories, the fullest hearts, and so much joy for my mom as she starts this new chapter. 

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Congrats, Grandma!  :)

A Weekend of Celebrations.

Just in time for another glorious weekend, I am popping in to tell you all about last weekend!  It was full of celebration and fun, and I felt like I needed one more day when Monday morning rolled around, just to come down from it all.

Saturday was our 6th wedding anniversary – I love the feeling of waking up on holidays just knowing there is a little bit more magic in the air.  It was a perfect sunny day in Seattle, and we decided to mix up our usual spots and head out to West Seattle to go to Alki Beach. 

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The kids immediately dug in (literally) and Casey and I sat back on a big piece of driftwood and sipped our coffees and it was wonderful. 

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Last summer I’d take the boys to the beach and everything about it was just so, so hard.  Cullen was 2.5 and still wanted (and often needed) my help with everything.  And Graham was like 7 or 8 months old and didn’t want to be held, but also didn’t want to be sandy (unless he was eating it), so I spent most of our beach days bouncing around with him strapped to my back or chest, while also trying to keep a two year old from diving headfirst into the Puget Sound.  I did it because I was stubborn and because in the summer you GO TO THE BEACH, but it was really tough.

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This one time, I took the boys to Carkeek Park beach and I was beyond overwhelmed and there was this mom there who had two boys who both seemed about a year older than each of mine.  And the mom was stretched out on a blanket enjoying the sunshine and the mountains while her boys dug around and zoomed trucks in the sand, and she sent me a few sympathetic smiles as I chased Cullen and tried to block every square inch of Graham’s body from the sun.

I promised myself that mom would be me next year.  I had to put in the work to get through the thing that is summer with a baby and a two year old, and if we could all survive it we were due for the best summer ever next year.

And you know what?  It’s totally going to be the best summer ever.

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These days Cullen completely entertains himself most of the time.  And when he doesn’t, all he wants to do is play catch (which is actually really fun to do).  He is also scared of the water – which I hope he grows out of eventually – but for now definitely makes beach trips pretty low stress.

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And now Graham is the fearless one who charges straight into the freezing water, will throw rocks for hours on end, and comes home with a ten pound diaper full of sand.  He’s still eating sand, but you can’t have it all, right?

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It was the perfect morning and a great chance for me and Casey to relax and enjoy this amazing little family we’ve created over our six married years together (and 10 total!). 

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For our “official” anniversary celebration, we decided to scrap the fancy dinner evening plans and trade them in for a daytime date.  There are so many amazing outdoor opportunities in the Northwest, and many of them are challenging to do with kids of such young ages.  All I wanted to celebrate our day was to spend some time alone together and enjoy a gorgeous day.  So we got a babysitter and headed into the mountains for an afternoon hike!

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In the interest of time (we said we’d be gone about five hours) we decided to spend less time driving and more time hiking, so we picked a spot pretty close to the city – Tiger Mountain right outside of Issaquah. 

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I did a bunch of research online ahead of time, and finally opted to hike to Poo Poo Point (which loses 5 points for a ridiculous name).  The guide said it was about 8 miles roundtrip, but most of the hiking reports claimed it was closer to ten.  It definitely felt like ten! 

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It was straight up, up, UP and I was really starting to fade when we finally reached a sign pointing us just another half mile to the overlook.  And then finally we reached it and I forgot my aching legs and shortness of breath when we stepped out and saw the incredible view in the distance. 

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The entire reason I chose this particular hike that was that I read it was a popular spot for paragliders to take off on nice, sunny days.  I crossed my fingers and hoped we would see them, and it seriously took my breath away when we did.

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We sat on this giant grassy green space and looked out at Lake Sammamish and toward the Cascades as paragliders just sailed out into the sky all around us. 

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It was so perfect and so beautiful, and most importantly just so special and wonderful to have that time with Casey.  We couldn’t have asked for a better day!

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We came home after an awesome afternoon of hiking and tucked the kids into bed, before retiring to the backyard patio for a delicious dinner of cheese, crackers, dips, olives, bread, and more.  Oh, and giant slices of cake from a local bakery.  We had definitely earned them!

The next day was Mother’s Day and I woke up to lots of smiles and hugs and sweet words, followed by amaaaaaaaazing homemade (by Casey) vegan biscuits and gravy.  Seriously delicious. 

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Gorgeous flowers for mom!

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We spent the morning doing exactly what I asked if we could do – getting plants for this year’s garden!  We went to Swanson’s and picked out all the veggies and herbs for our backyard, as well as some pretty flowers for pots out front. 

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I am so excited to garden this year, and I hope we have as much success as we did with last year’s first garden.  I’ll definitely post all about it again as the plant and grow. 

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I spent the afternoon outside eating yummy food, pulling weeds, and prepping the garden. 

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And listening to Pandora on our new bluetooth speaker <— obsessed!!

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My Mother’s Day gift from Casey was probably not very traditional, but was completely perfect for me.  This is our beloved patio that has finally all come together just in time for summer.  We sit out here almost every night under the lights and talk and listen to music, but I’m usually wrapped up in blankets.  Casey surprised me with this amazing propane heater that means we can sit out there for much longer this year – happiness!

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The hooks and hanging baskets and twinkle lights were actually part of my birthday present this year too.  This area of our home makes me so happy every time I look out there.  It has changed so much in just two short years!

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Dinner was prepared salads from PCC because I didn’t feel like cooking. 

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I sure do love those wild goofballs that have made me a mom, and I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.

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A happy (belated) Mother’s Day to all my fellow mamas out there, and a very happy to weekend to you all!

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