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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.

Traveling Through.

Yooooooowsas.  Remember me?  Didn’t plan on disappearing like that, but here I am and two weeks have passed.  Sorry about that (I know some of you worried!).  What actually happened is that we went out of town!

I had planned to continue writing and posting during down time and sleep time, but it turned out that those two things didn’t really exist – ha!  We had a wonderful time visiting family and all down time was spent chatting and catching up.  I opened my computer exactly once.  The kids had a blast but sleep was rough, so any nap time breaks required naps for mom as well. 

So with that out of the way – let me tell you about our trip!  We have been hoping to get back to the Midwest to see our families for a while now.  The boys and I haven’t been back since last May when my sister graduated from college – feels like an eternity (and Graham was in my belly!). 

Now that we have two kids, our travel has really slowed down (which we anticipated!).  The logistics and expenses seem far more than two times more complicated.  So when Casey had a business trip to Cincinnati pop up, we jumped at the opportunity to tag along! 

It was our first time flying with both boys, and I went into it expecting the worst (and hoping to be pleasantly surprised).  Casey says he thinks it was better than anticipated.  I thought it was tough.  Graham isn’t a sleeper (don’t let this pic fool you – lasted 20 minutes!) and also doesn’t take a pacifier, so it’s harder to keep him happy in a small space.  All things considered though, everyone did pretty well. 

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We got to Ohio very late Wednesday night, and immediately had to set up camp in our hotel and figure out the sleeping scenario.  We were really lucky that since it was a business trip for Casey, we were able to share his hotel suite.  This nice new hotel just opened up and is walkable to my mom’s house and all my favorite spots – so convenient.  We had a large master bedroom (which we shared with Graham). 

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And we also had a HUGE living room!  This picture doesn’t do it justice.  Cullen slept in another pack n play in a half bathroom (that we didn’t use otherwise), and it actually worked out really well.  Figuring out how and where we would all sleep was my biggest concern going into the trip, and it turned  out to be no big deal. 

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While we were there, we followed the same type of routine we do at home (with a three hour time change thrown in – yikes!).  My mom, friends, and Casey all had to work during the days, so I hung out with the boys and found fun things for us to do.  Sadly, I brought all the Seattle rain with me and it poured the whole time we were there other than a few small pockets of sunshine. 

I spent Wednesday morning having brunch with my best friend, Thursday morning at the house of other good friends, and Friday morning at the zoo (in the rain!) with my mom.  Afternoons were spent napping, or waiting for Cullen to wake up from his nap.  Graham and I had fun relaxing and playing on the giant king size bed. 

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And despite doing a lot of the things we do when we’re at home, it just felt really nice to get away and unplug a bit.  The boys handled the travel and the time change really well, and they both seemed so happy to be around so many loved ones.

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Friday was our trip to the zoo with Grandma, and we managed to see a few of our favorite animals despite drizzly skies, lots of wind, and even a power outage! 

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We spent evenings over at my mom’s house enjoying home cooked meals and a plethora of toys and entertainment. 

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She was in Grandma heaven! 

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Once Casey was off work on Friday, we loaded up the car and headed to Indianapolis for the weekend.  We wanted to make sure we had the chance to visit both of our families since we’d made such a far trek across the country!  We saw Casey’s parents back in February, but it’s amazing how much Graham has already changed since then.

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And both boys got to spend time with their great grandma, Jacque, which is extra special since it is hard for her to travel out to see us.  It’s really important to us that we get back as often as possible so she can be with them.  Pictures just aren’t the same as the real thing. 

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We got to see grandparents, uncles, and cousins and we had a great time just hanging out at the house catching up. 

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Four generations of Malone!

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We also got to see my sister Sarah while we were there!  She lives in Indianapolis now, so we got to see her for dinner on Saturday as well as brunch on Sunday.  Somehow still never enough, sniff. 

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Checking out dad’s very first baseball bat back at Mimi and Grandpa’s house…

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And a (pretend) ride on Grandpa’s motorcycle!

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Sunday afternoon we headed back to Ohio, as Casey had to work two more days in the Cincinnati office.  We checked back into the hotel, and got ready for a few more days with my family.  One of the perks?  An indoor saltwater pool!  Cullen was totally pumped to swim – he hadn’t been in a pool since last summer!  And this was Graham’s first dip (and first tiny bathing suit!).

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The boys had to go one at a time since I couldn’t hold them both in the water alone (while my mom watched the other one).  Graham went first and was not a huge fan.  Lasted about two minutes. Cullen was a fish and didn’t want to get out even when he was shivering and pruning like a raisin.  We had a blast. 

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Is there anything more fun than a baby in a bathing suit?

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We spent our final (rainy) mornings at the children’s museum and the Newport Aquarium.  We do the museums and zoos all the time in Seattle, and it was fun to try them out somewhere new. Cullen is finally at an age where he can really enjoy this stuff, and I love it.

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It was a long but wonderful trip home, and I’m feeling homesick for our loved ones now that we’re back.  Although I don’t miss eating out so much and hotel room life (despite how nice it was).  Counting down until we see them all again at the end of the summer!

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More to come on Monday!

Thirty Three.

Monday was my thirty third birthday.  Is it just me or does thirty three sound way older than thirty two?  I kicked off my big day in the best way possible – curled up in bed with all my favorite people.  Graham had a great night of sleep the night before (10pm – 5am!) and Cullen stayed in his room until the blue light turned off.  We were all well-rested and in happy moods in the morning. 

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Casey’s parents are in town visiting this week, so we made our way downstairs to join them for breakfast. 

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I got to open a few gifts…

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And Casey made his famously awesome scrambled eggs (soooo much better than mine!) for breakfast. 

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By thirty three, I’ve had my share of birthday celebrations and fun.  The only thing I really wanted to do to make my day special was to relax and have a fun day as a family.  Casey took the day off of work and we all just hung out and enjoyed each other’s company.  I might feel old, but I also feel like life just continues to get more and more full with each passing year.


It was really rainy and gross outside, so we spent the morning enjoying toddler time at the Seattle Aquarium.  Cullen even had some buddies there!

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And we were home in time to hang out and enjoy time with Mimi and Grandpa before nap time too.

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During Cullen’s nap time, Casey and I took advantage of having extra helpers and babysitters around, and we snuck out for a special birthday lunch.  All my friends have been raving about this new Dim Sum spot, and I was dying to go.

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Started with some bubble tea – my favorite!

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Followed by seaweed and bean curd salad in a vinegar dressing…

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Vegetarian dumplings…

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Veggie sticky rice cakes…

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And two veggie steamed buns.  SO so good.  I already can’t wait to go back!

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We hung out at home in the afternoon and just relaxed as a family.  And then we got cleaned up to head out for another delicious meal.  I finally got to wear my birthday dress from Stitchfix

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Looking blurry (and like I’m wearing a banana hat), but also just so grateful to this guy for making me feel special and celebrated, and for making every day such a treat.

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Casey and I went out to one of the best dinners I’ve had in I don’t even know how long.  We went to a spot called Staple and Fancy, and chose the option to turn our menus back in and just eat whatever the kitchen sent out for us (only limitation being vegetarian, of course).  It was seriously amazing.  They just brought plate after plate of delicious fresh food, and we had no idea what was next or when it would stop coming.

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We talked and laughed and ate and had such a great time.  We remembered all the crazy things we’ve done together and laughed at how outrageous some of it was back when we were “young.”  It was perfect.


I might feel kind of old, but I sure do feel lucky.  Looking forward to seeing all that this year might bring!

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