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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.

Easter Weekend 2014.

What a wonderful holiday weekend!  This was the first time we really celebrated Easter now that we’re parents.  Cullen’s first Easter was super low key and we didn’t really do much other than make him pose with bunny ears on.  Last year, we had just gotten back from traveling and we were in the midst of selling our house, which meant Easter fell off the radar.  This year was simple and relaxed, but definitely felt special. 

I had talked up the whole Easter Bunny thing to Cullen in the days before hand, and he was excited to come down and find his goodies!

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A few little gifts for Graham – new things to chew on!

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And just a few small treats for Cullen.  I didn’t want to go over the top, as the kid has plenty.  He’s really into construction trucks right now, so I got him this Water Wow coloring book – he is obsessed!  He also got some new smoothie cups and a few tiny trinkets that were supposed to go into his Easter eggs (and were too big – oops!). 

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One of the biggest joys to me as a parent is watching these little people discover and experience things that are so memorable from my own childhood.  Easter was a BIG DEAL in my family, and while I don’t know if we’ll ever go all out, it was still really nice to celebrate together.

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And you can’t beat a good bunny ear photo. 

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Cullen is in a phase where he doesn’t want his picture taken.  Can you tell?  I feel like this is just a preview into what he will look like at fifteen…

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And Graham is in a phase where he wants to grab everything.  Luckily his brother was happy to give up the glasses and go back to his coloring book.

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We all shared a delicious frittata made with onions, mushrooms, spinach, and asparagus.  I am SO excited for asparagus season!  One of my all time favorite vegetables that has such a short seasonal life. 

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After hanging out for a bit, I went outside and prepped the yard for a hunt – mowed the grass, picked up dog poo, and hid an assortment of eggs.  Cullen came out with his game face on.

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This was his first time looking for Easter eggs, and he was totally into it.

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Although each time he’d find one he wanted to just stop and open it and then play with whatever was inside.  It took a lot of coaxing to get him to keep looking for more!  (Pay no attention to our jungle of a yard…)

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Meanwhile, Graham watched from his big Easter present – an awesome backyard swing!  Casey hung it that morning and the boys took turns – both of them love it. 

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I filled Cullen’s eggs with a variety of stickers and little stretchy robot guys.  Super cheap and fun, and no need to battle over candy (since he doesn’t really know about candy yet!). 

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The Easter dog was also excited to check out the action, and helped sniff out the eggs. 

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And one more gratuitous picture of Graham because…check out that TONGUE!  I will write more in his next update, but I am so so glad we ultimately went through with figuring out and fixing his tongue tie.  Kid will not stop sticking it out now, and it shows how restricted it must have been before.  Never thought I’d be so excited about a tongue!

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Didn’t get a full family Easter photo, but did snap a few to help us remember the day. 

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After a few hours in the backyard, we took advantage of gorgeous sunshine and headed over to Fremont for lunch at the farmer’s market.  We browsed the booths and picked up a few plates of food to enjoy over on the canal steps along the water.  A giant plate of delicious Indian food on a piece of naan…

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And yummy Afghan food that did not disappoint. 

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I also picked up a fresh bunch of gorgeous flowers.  Everything is starting to bloom here and it looks and smells like spring all around.  I can’t get enough!

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The kids napped in the afternoon while Casey worked, and I ran out to the carwash and did a full clean out and detailing of our car.  It is alarming how happy a clean car void of bunny crackers and twenty extra sweatshirts makes me.  It’s the little things.

Finished off our Sunday holiday with a long walk to a neighborhood playground.  Graham snoozed on the way there and woke up just in time to play. 

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These two have more and more fun together with each passing day, and I remind myself on the hard days that their relationship is so worth the challenges of these early years.

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A perfect family day full of good food, plenty of sunshine, and a chocolate bar at the end of it all. 

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Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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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