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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.



Tulip Town 2016.

Last week was the boys’ spring break, and even though we were going on vacation the following week, I still wanted it to feel like a fun week of (free/cheap) local activities. 

On Sunday (while Casey worked at the market), we rode scooters all the way down to Discovery Park and hunted for pine cones.  Then we took them home and on Monday, we rolled them in peanut butter and bird seed, and hung them in the tree to make bird feeders. 

On Tuesday, we went miniature golfing.  We pass this little mini golf course on our drive every single day, and Cullen always asks if we can go.  We are typically en route to Whole Foods when we drive that way, so I always say no.  But this time, the sun was shining, it was only 10am, and we had no other plans – and so we golfed and it was awesome.  And they were actually pretty good at it!

And on Wednesday, we went to the tulips.  I don’t know if you know about the tulips out here, but they are an EVENT!  The tulip fields are a little over an hour outside of Seattle, and they bloom for about three weeks every spring.  They draw thousands and thousands of visitors from around the world, who to come see the incredible rainbow fields and surrounding scenery. 

In our five springs here, we have never gone – and this year I was determined to change that.

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Things I had heard about visiting the tulip fields before we went:  It would be muddy, be prepared for a big mess.  It would be crowded, expect horrible traffic and big crowds.  It would be worth it, it will take your breath away.  And oh it did.

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My plan of attack was to leave early and go on a weekday.  I had hoped to make it a family adventure, but Casey was swamped trying to get business stuff in order to be able to go out of town.  And so I borrowed his pick up truck and headed out into the country with the boys in search of rainbows of tulips.

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Part of my grand plan was to avoid the main highway exit directing people toward the tulip fields, and to go a slightly longer back way.  As we rolled along toward Roozengard – the main tulip field that was still in bloom this year – I glanced to my left out the window and saw big bands of bright color in the distance.  Tulips!

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It was Tulip Town, another spot I’d looked into, but the website warned that because of the unseasonably warm start to spring, the tulips were all being “topped.”  And indeed when we got there, we found crews in the field cutting all the beautiful tops off the stems of some of the rows, as they need to be kept healthy for the following season.

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Rather than push on toward the bigger more popular field, something told me to turn off and go check this one out.  I don’t know if it was because we came into town from the opposite direction, or because their website had claimed to be all but done for the season, or maybe because it was a weekday – but there was no one there.

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For all the warnings of enormous crowds and hours of gridlocked traffic, we swooped in and ran through the muddy fields with only a few other people.  It was kind of amazing. 

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And the mud – ohhhhh the mud.  I learned quickly that as a mom of boys, dirt happens.  And the quicker you accept that and let it happen, the happier everyone will be.  My two rules were no splashing near other people, and no splashing with your hands – otherwise, have fun. 

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And so they did.  In fact, I’m not sure they even noticed the tulips.  They just jumped and ran and splashed and screamed with delight.

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Cullen seemed particularly unconvinced that he was really allowed to get as muddy as he liked.  And so he’d jump and splash mud everywhere and then sheepishly look up at me, not sure what I’d think.  But I was so taken aback by the fields of color and felt so grateful to be on an adventure with my kiddos – what else could I do but smile?

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The kids might have not been totally impressed by the tulips themselves, but man – I was.  It was so incredible, and I’ve never seen anything like it.

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I kept thinking how much I knew my mom – a florist for 20 years – would have loved it too.  Next year we will plan to go back mid-season, when the fields are in peak bloom – I can only imagine!

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We spent a little over an hour just slowly making our way around the giant rectangular field.  I still couldn’t believe how lucky we were to have the place to ourselves. 

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I think another part of our luck was that it was drizzling rain when we left Seattle.  “You know it’s raining, right? asked Casey as I packed up lunches and got us ready.  I did, but between radar mapping and blind faith, I was convinced that once we got outside the bowl of the city it would stop.  And it did, and it was beautiful.

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With just enough leftover rain to make for some epic entertainment.

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We made our way all around the fields and then said goodbye til next year to the pretty tulips.  We will definitely be making it an annual tradition! 

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And then the boys enjoyed sticky PB&J’s on the tailgate of the pickup truck – which, when you are 2 and 4 is pretty much the best thing ever.  We hung out and took our time, and I thought about how lucky I felt to be spending a Wednesday morning out in the beautiful countryside with two kids that I adore.   

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Being home with them every day for years and years – it’s easy to lose sight of the gift that it really is to spend time with little ones.  I get easily bogged down in house work, and never ending toy explosions, and arguments over who gets which milk cup every morning.  And day in and day out that stuff can really wear you down. 

But I’ve been working hard at seeing the bigger picture, and not getting so wrapped up in the day to day stuff.  I’m trying to be less controlling, more spontaneous, and more appreciative of the little bit of time I have left before these boys roll out the door to Kindergarten and stop telling me all their secrets.  And for me, that means steering the car into mini golf instead of the grocery store.  And letting them get as muddy as they want to. 

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Happy (Marathon!) Monday, my friends!  Have a wonderful week!



Friday FanFest Fun.

Happy Friday, my friends!!  It’s been a quiet week here in blog-land, but my house feels like it hasn’t been quiet in a long time.  I’ve been distracted by life, and I feel like I haven’t shared what we’ve been up to on a closer level in so long.  That hasn’t really been intentional, but anyway – I feel distant!

So what’s up with you guys!?  Things are going really well here.  We just left a stretch of weeks (or was it months?) that were kind of rough – both boys at difficult ages, and often directly at odds with each other.  So much yelling, crying, pushing, and coffee.  So little napping and listening. And now the clouds have parted (for now), and I feel slightly sane again.

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These days – right now – the boys are so so so much fun.  Cullen is through his (what I’m sure was the first of many) threenager phase, and I am loving that he has become such a little boy.  There is nothing toddler about him – he is just a tiny adult running around with superhuman strength, a long lanky body I barely recognize, and teenager drama and emotions.

Graham is 15 months old now, and has entered what I consider to be the most fun stage of toddler-hood.  He is learning all sorts of words, and nods his head wildly when asked if he wants snacks, milk, or to read another book.  He is frighteningly agile and strong, and he can climb anything and everything.  He is ridiculously attached to me, and has an epic meltdown if I am more than an arm’s length away or if anyone else dares to pick him up. 

Together, they are nothing but trouble.  Mealtimes are a thing of my nightmares.  They conspire to bang on the table, throw food, and shout louder than the other.  Every meals ends in the threat to send one of them into the dining room to eat alone.  They are also impossibly sweet.  My heart explodes when I see Cullen pass Graham a bunny cracker in the backseat without me prompting him.  Graham follows Cullen around all day long with giant puppy dog eyes, and he is quite certain he is also three.  Cullen spends his whole day trying to get Graham to laugh or chase him.  Nothing fills up my heart quite like a lap full of boys who just want to read and snuggle for one more book.

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With the holidays long behind us and Casey’s travel slowed down for a while, we’ve had lots of time to enjoy evenings and weekends as a foursome, and it has been a breath of fresh air.  Last weekend, we took part in an awesome Seattle event – Mariners FanFest

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My husband and my kids are all obsessed with baseball.  Sure, part of it is that Cullen (and now Graham) has been exposed to it a lot, since it’s something that Casey and I both really enjoy.  But he’s also taken soccer class, swimming lessons, and tried plenty of other sports and games.  Baseball is his first true love.

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FanFest was a baseball lover’s dream.  The whole stadium was open to fans (for just $10! and kids were free!) and they had all sorts of cool “experiences” and baseball things to do.  Since we were walking all over the ballpark for several hours, I figured the stroller would be a huge pain (so many steps!).  My little slugger hung out happily on my back in the Ergo while we cruised around. 

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Cullen got to run the bases and I tried not to cringe when he did a huge slide in the dirt as he got to second base. 

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Such a cool perspective to be down on the field.  These two kill me!

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Got to hang out in the Mariners dugout…

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Before we left, I asked Cullen if he wanted to wear his baseball glove to the park (like he usually does for games).  He insisted that he wanted both his glove and his bat, and when Casey and I tried to protest the bat, he burst into tears insisting, “I might get to hit the ball and their bats will all be too heavy and I won’t be able to dooooo itttttt!”  And so, we brought a bat. 

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And he was totally right.  Well played, kid. 

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And that glove came in handy when we got to go into the outfield and play catch!  If I had to guess who had the most fun, I’d probably say Casey. 

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Graham was turned loose and ran wild, loving all those bright lights and the open green space. 

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This was his first time in our tiny hand-me-down jersey, and I could not stop laughing at him.  Out of control cuteness.

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Like I said before, these two are just at really fun ages right now, and I am so loving being a mama to two boys.  I don’t have any brothers myself, so this is new territory for me.  It is terrifying, exhilarating, and so completely adorable. 

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Before we left, we took one more trip around the bases before Graham conked out.

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And after searching high and low, we found the Moose!  It was the one thing Cullen asked about all day long, so we were very happy to see him just as we got ready to leave.  Meltdown avoided!

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A totally fun family day, and a fun break in the winter dreariness that has me so excited for summer nights at the ballpark. 

Have a great weekend!  GO SEAHAWKS!!!

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