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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.


Continuing to navigate my way through summer madness!  I told you all about taking the boys to Bend in my last post, but as soon as we returned we switched gears and got ready for Mimi and Grandpa’s arrival!  They had planned their visit to line up with the mid-summer break from school, which was perfect.  It was also their 40th wedding anniversary (amazing, right!?) so I knew we had to do something really special.

Last year, we were supposed to take our annual Malone family vacation Lake Chelan, Washington, but sadly the whole area was ravaged by wild fires right as we would have been arriving.  We quickly switched gears and had a wonderful week in Suncadia instead, but since then we’ve still been dreaming of getting back to Chelan.  And so with their visit scheduled and falling over such a special occasion, it felt like the right time to go for it again!

So we packed up the truck, and rolled out Monday morning after a few days in Seattle together. 

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It was a 3.5 hour drive from Seattle, and every passing mile brought more and more beautiful scenery. 

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There is still so much of the Northwest I haven’t seen, and I continue to be amazed by how stunning it is!

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And speaking of stunning, when we got to our VRBO rental my jaw literally dropped.  Not sure I’ve ever seen a more perfect view!

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I didn’t take a single picture inside the house, but that’s because we were never in there.  It was pretty basic inside, but the outside space was truly incredible.  Huge decks with tons of seating, a giant dining table with a panoramic view of the lake, and an enormous lawn stretching down to our private dock and lake access. 

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The lake itself was amazing.  I grew up going to southern lakes, and I couldn’t believe how crystal clear and clean the water was!  It’s a glacier lake, so quite a bit colder than a southern lake, but it was 100 degrees outside so nobody minded a dip into some refreshingly cool water. 

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We wasted no time getting our suits on and jumping straight in.  Cullen is a total fish this year – loves the water and is mostly fearless.  He still can’t quite swim on his own just get, but I’m hopeful he will with another few months in the water. 


Graham preferred to snuggle in a towel and watch from the sidelines.  Funny how he is so fearless about most things, and so timid with others. 

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We spent our first evening there hanging out at the house and settling to our beautiful surroundings.  We also inflated the massive party float that I’d bought during an impulsive Costco trip.  Who can resist a floating island!?

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The kids loved it because there was a mesh area for your feet that they could use as a little pool, without being totally overwhelmed by the deep water.  Party float for the win. 

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We couldn’t end our first day without s’mores on the beach!

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We all crashed hard after a big day in the sunshine, and we were up early the next day and ready to go.  The water was really still and clear in the morning, and we could see all the way down to the bottom even where it was probably 15-20 feet deep – so cool.  There were HUGE fish swimming around!

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Our rental had a paddleboat, so I took the kids out for a morning ride.  We checked out all the fish swimming below us!

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We had brought plenty of groceries from home, and we figured that our spot on the lake was so beautiful that we didn’t really need to go anywhere else.  We grilled all our meals, and just hung at the house all day long enjoying the water and views. 


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Casey and I took advantage of long nap times (the sun is so exhausting!) and we escaped for a beautiful kayak ride together.  What a treat!

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It was Tina and Eddie’s anniversary that day, and while we kept it pretty low key, it felt amazing to just be there all together in such a wonderful place.  They love lakes so I think this was one of their favorite vacations yet!

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We had decided to rent a boat for the following day, but we were able to pick it up the night before.  Since the kids had taken such good naps, we decided to stay up late and go for an evening sunset boat ride. 

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And as an anniversary treat for himself, Grandpa also snagged a jetski for the day.  He was in heaven!

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Our second day there was all about the BOAT!  Since we only had it for one full day, we wanted to make the most of it.  We were out on the water shortly after breakfast, and ready for a day of fun. 


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The views from our deck were amazing, but the views from the water took my breath away.  The water was so clear and blue, and those mountains in the background were insane.  It didn’t even look real!

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We rode around for a bit before busting out the toys.  First up – tubing!  I was first into the water.  We had the lake completely to ourselves!  I swear Casey was extra hard on me because I had to use every muscle in my body to just hold on.  I was SO SORE the next day!

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After mom took a turn, after much encouragement and a bit of a bribe (marshmallows!), we convinced Cullen to give the tube a try too.  He was really nervous, and we just went really slow and hung on tight. 

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We were way out in the middle of super deep water, and pretty far behind the boat, so I know it felt really scary to him at first.  I was SO proud of him for doing it, and he seemed to like it once he was in the water.  Big kid stuff is so fun!

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Graham preferred the safety and comfort of the boat, which is totally what I’d expect at two years old.  He didn’t like any of us being in the water and cried when anyone fell off the tube!

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Mimi was up next, and she rocked it.  Casey’s parents are such an awesome example and inspiration to stay fit through all stages of life.  They are both really active, and it’s so nice that they can do these fun things with their grandkids!

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We broke out the water skis next, and Casey was first into the water.  He hadn’t done it in at least ten years, and he was so good!  He stayed up for a long time, and Grandpa had to really work to get him down. 

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Grandpa was next.  Again – these guys just killed it.  He turned 60 years old this year and has had shoulder and back surgery in recent years, and he skied like a champ. 

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And then there was me.  I have only water skied once in my life when I was around 15, that experience was more than mortifying.  But Casey really wanted me to try, and I really wanted the boys to see that it’s good to try things that challenge and scare you.  Because I was definitely SCARED.  I took two turns and was probably upright for about 30 seconds each time.  That was good enough for me!  Hopefully we can get back to the lake in years to come and I’ll improve my water sport skills. 

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The kiddos loved it, and outside from a mid-day trip back home for lunch and naps, we stayed out on the boat all day long.  It was a blast – nothing better than being out on the water. 

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It was such a treat to get to go on so many adventures during the kids’ break from school.  In the afternoon, I took Cullen out for a kayak ride just the two of us.  I paddled and he sat there and snacked on watermelon, and we chatted about all the cool things we saw at the bottom of the lake, and it just felt so special.  I hope someday these kids realize how lucky they are to grow up in such a beautiful place!


I felt pretty lucky to be in such a beautiful place myself.  We are packing a lot in this summer, and I’ve tried to really slow down and find gratitude in even the smallest moments.

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It was a great visit with family, and a magical place that we will definitely be visiting again and again!  We are trying to get the whole family on board for a lake vacation here next summer.

As soon as I got home from Chelan, I unpacked my bags and repacked them, and headed out to Eugene, Oregon about twelve hours later!  Those adventures, up next!

Back From Bend.

Well hey there – as expected, I am falling behind with summer, which is what always happens this time of year!  When I looked at our summer plans on paper, I knew they seemed a bit nutty.  Now that I’m actually IN it, I can confirm that it is total chaos, but in the best kind of way. 

The end of June kicked off what is a few weeks of back to back local travel, visitors from afar, and all sorts of other summer fun.  We’d been hoping to get back down to Bend, Oregon after our good buddies moved there last year (sob).  After a bit of back and forth and comparing calendars, we realized that if we were going to make it work it would have to be a mid-week trip.  Cullen is on a two week break from school, so it made sense to squeeze it in sooner than later!  And since Casey had to work, the boys and I borrowed the truck and hit the long road to Oregon for a quick adventure with friends!

We left on a Tuesday first thing in the morning.  Cullen spent the morning preparing our road trip list – all the things we would need to make our car trip complete!  I’m happy to report that we met every item on our list except for iPad – a road trip miracle!

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My kids are both obsessed with the High Five and Puzzle Buzz kids magazines and workbooks.  A few days before we left, I found a big stack of old magazines they hadn’t looked at in a long time, and stashed them for our trip.  I also put all new books in the basket between their car seats.  The ended up looking through books and magazines for the first THREE hours of our trip.  My mind was blown.

A little over halfway there, I decided to stop for a bathroom break.  We didn’t need gas, so I ended up stopping at a Target I spotted off the highway, since we only had minimal snacks packed.  I grabbed a few more snacks, a few other things I’d forgotten, and since both kids had been so good for so long, I let them each pick out a small lego set.  I grabbed two plastic document holder trays in the Dollar Days section as well, and we were back on the road.

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The trays and new legos kept the kids entertained for another THREE hours.  It was incredible!  They built and played, and I sang and soaked up all the incredible scenery driving through the Mt. Hood National Forest.

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We got to Bend in just under six hours, and after some happy hellos and a quick change, we were off to the neighborhood pool!  They have this amazing one foot-deep kids’ pool that our group just loved.  Perfect for young ages and non-swimmers!

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These kids have all been buddies since birth, and I love watching them pick things right up after being apart for so long.  We sure do miss them in Seattle, but we’re lucky to only be a car ride away!

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Scootering home from the pool in the sunshine.  Being in Bend made me want to move to the ‘burbs again.  Loved those wide sidewalks and empty streets. 

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We spent the rest of the afternoon at home – grilling out, catching up, and enjoying being with friends that we hadn’t seen in far too long.  The next morning we checked out item number one from the Bend bucket list – the ocean roll from Sparrow Bakery.  This thing is LIFE CHANGING!  One of the best baked treats ever. 

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After fueling up, we headed to a beautiful park outside of the city for a short hike to a waterfall.  Forever friends.  <3

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The scenery in Bend is just incredible.  All of the Northwest has incredible views and nature, but there was something so clean and colorful and magical out there – I absolutely loved it. 

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The kiddos loved running down the dirt trails, finding rocks and sticks, and giving us heart attacks every time we walked near a waterbank edge. 

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As we made our way along the trail, the peaceful river became a rocking rapid!  It was beautiful and terrifying. 

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I went on a rafting trip back when I was 26 or so, and while I loved being out on the water, I was absolutely petrified of the rafting experience.  I spent the entire time clutching my paddle to death and doing everything I could to not fall out of the raft.  We didn’t see any rafters on these particular rapids – perhaps too strong or rocky?

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After hiking all morning it was back home for naps.  Thankfully my kids were both worn out enough from all the sun, swimming, and activity that they napped pretty well while we were there.  We had dinner out that evening at Crux Brewery, which had an amazing outdoor space with cornhole, food trucks, plenty of shady trees, and great space for kids to run and play. 

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The boys and I shared a room, and it definitely helped that they are used to sleeping together now that they have bunk beds (still planning to do a shared room showcase in the next few weeks!).  Graham was supposed to sleep in his travel toddler bed, but we all ended up snuggled together by each morning. 

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While we were there, Cullen got to try out his buddy’s pedal bike, and I was really impressed by how quickly he picked it up.  I think he’s ready to move on from his balance bike, so I’m keeping my eyes peeled for a used one we can snag here in Seattle! 

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We spent one more morning at the pool celebrating miss Della’s second birthday!  That was a big reason for our visit, and I was so happy we could be there to see her turn two and be part of her big day. 

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That afternoon, the boys and I hit the road for the long trip home.  It ended up taking close to EIGHT hours on the way back, after spending much of the drive in torrential rain and horrible Portland traffic.  After a few more hours of legos and reading, we stopped for popcorn and juice, and I put on Finding Nemo.  The kids were total champs, and I was proud of them for being such seasoned travelers.  It’s so much easier to do things like this now that they are a bit older! 

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Back at home I had exactly ONE day to unpack, clean, and get ready for my inlaws arrival.  We had been looking forward to their visit for so long, and I was really excited for all the fun we had planned.  I snuck in six sunny miles around Greenlake early in the morning, and then it was time for family fun the rest of the weekend. 

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We checked out the new Aviation Pavilion at the Museum of Flight – very cool!  We will be back there a lot this coming year. 

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And we took advantage of some beautiful summer weather with some backyard pool time.  Of course as soon as I bought this our weather turned and it’s now 55 and cloudy, but it was fun for a day, right? 

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And the next day we hit the road again for another road trip to Lake Chelan with Mimi and Grandpa!  But I’ll save that for my next post, coming up soon (no really, I already wrote it!). 

A quick addition before I go wake Cullen up from his nap.  For my local friends, I’m hosting two barre3 classes at the brand new Ballard studio that is opening here in Seattle on July 11th (next Monday!).  One of those classes is TONIGHT (Tuesday, July 5th) at 7pm and has a handful of spots open.  The other class is Sunday July 10th at 11am, and has a few spots open as well.  If you are interested in joining me at a special preview class (taught by the studio owner!), I’d love to work out together.  Email me at emilybmalone (at) gmail.com if you are interested.  Looking forward to it!

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Happy Monday, friends!

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