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    Emily Malone

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    A Look Back.



Easter 2016 in Cincinnati!

We’ve been back a full week now, but I finally just got to sit down and edit my photos!  The boys and I spent Easter Weekend and a few days afterward in my hometown – Cincinnati, Ohio.  It was a super last minute trip – booked just two days before we left.

I had been feeling really homesick for a while.  I had originally planned to go to Cincinnati for spring break week, but then that fell through, and I realized how much I had been looking forward to it.  I don’t have any plans to see my family until July/August (and hadn’t seen them since the holidays), which felt way too far away.

And then Huey died, and I just became engulfed in sadness.  I cried all the time.  It rained ALL the time.  And I just felt so sad and far away from all the people I so desperately wanted to hug.  And on a gloomy day just before Easter – with nothing but rain the 10 day forecast – I found myself browsing for plane tickets.

I assumed they would be astronomically expensive, but it couldn’t hurt to look. So imagine my surprise when – tucked in there with the other super pricey tickets – was one little flight that was dirt cheap.  Sure, it was totally indirect and would mean a day of hellish travel, but it felt worth the challenge of getting there. 

And even more exciting – since Casey traveled SO much the past few years for his previous job – he was able to cash in some reward coupons and our entire last minute adventure cost a whopping $33!  Meant to be!

I had never flown with the kids alone, and this first solo travel adventure had us flying the 5.5 hours from Seattle to JFK (completely overshooting Ohio), and then jumping on a second 2.5 hour flight to Ohio.  What’s the worst that can happen, right?    

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It was unbelievably smooth.  The kids were complete angels and we had zero meltdowns.  I watched two movies on the first flight and the kids snacked and watched shows and loved the great adventure.  The JFK connection was a little dicey, but I was in survival mode.  I refused to lose patience or get grumpy – we had a long way still to go.  The second flight flew by, and before I knew it we were in Ohio and running down the terminal toward my mom and sister, Sarah.  We were home!

It was exactly what I needed, and it felt so good to be there.  The kids passed out after a very long day of travel, and I settled in for a nice family visit. 

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The next morning was Easter, and my mom really wanted us to go to church with her.  I told her that we’d have to wait and see what time the kids woke up, since they’d had such a long sleepless day before, and we were dealing with a 3 hour time difference.  We would need to leave for church by 8:30am, which was only FIVE thirty Seattle-time, so I told her it was unlikely.

Well the joke was on me, because no matter the time zone, my little blonde ball of love was up at 6am – meaning that I was stumbling around in a 3am fog and dressing my family for church.  Thank goodness for Grandma!

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The Easter bunny got the memo and made it all the way to Ohio with goodies!

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I don’t go big for Easter – I feel like my kids have plenty.  They each got a new pair of Native shoes for summer (which were the only shoes they wore all year last year!), and a Thomas the Train engine.  Cullen also got some oil pastels that he’s been begging for so he can use them with his YouTube art videos

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Graham got the same thing, but he got stamps instead of oil pastels.  I can barely even trust him with crayons!

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We DID make it to church, and it was so nice to see many familiar faces and wonderful friends I’ve known my whole life.  I was on such a high from being with family that I didn’t really even notice that it was only 5am in Seattle.  Yawn. 

As soon as we got back, it was time to hunt for Easter eggs!  Even after a full day of cross-country travel, I sat on the living room floor and helped stuff Easter eggs with goodies to get ready for the next day.  The kids were beyond excited.

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I did the same thing this year that I did last year – assigned them each colors of eggs in order to avoid an all out brawl or any racing or competition.  It was MUCH smoother that way, and they loved spotting their colors peeking out of the grass.

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My mom’s new house has this amazing, gigantic front yard, and it was the perfect spot to spread out and enjoy the warm weather and sunshine (and reports from Seattle were all wind and rain!). 

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Kids make holidays so much more fun, and there is nothing I love more than watching these two smile and enjoy being with family as much as I do.

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So grateful to my mom and Jim for letting us show up on their doorstep with barely a day’s notice.  I know Easter was a lot more special for them too with lots of little people running around!

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No smiles left for mom – sigh.

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My sister Sarah totally changed her weekend plans in order to come to Cincinnati too, and she and her boyfriend even took Monday off to hang out with us an extra day.  They are coming out to Seattle to visit us in July, and I am counting down!

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The kids took naps while the rest of us hung out and relaxed in the sunshine.  It was 75 and blue skies in Ohio, and I couldn’t believe how good it felt to finally feel warm fresh air.  The kids woke up and we spent the rest of the day playing outside.

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The rest of our visit was spent visiting with friends, hitting up the fun kid spots in Cincinnati.  Jim and I took the kids to this amazing play place that was nothing but TRAINS on Tuesday morning.

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And on Wednesday we headed to the zoo with everyone else in the city – spring break chaos!

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Every night the kids collapsed into bed – tired from full days of family and fun.  Seeing them like this really makes me want to move them into bunk beds at home!

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And I spent my evenings watching NCAA basketball, eating endless bowls of Graeter’s Ice Cream, and having my feet rubbed by mama.  Home sweet home, indeed!

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We enjoyed a few more days of sunshine and fun, and then it was time for us to head back home.  It felt really healing to be there.  I hope that someday, I can be as much of a source of strength to my boys as my mom has always been to me.

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We are back in Seattle now, and our home feels so different without Huey dog.  But I am glad I got some time away to process and be with some of the people who knew Huey best – who understood his crazy quirks, and who loved him like we do.  And now we are home loving on Indy and showering him with as much love as we possibly can, because life is short and dogs are special.

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We also came home to 70 degree temps and perfect Northwest sunshine, so life feels a bit better every day.  Thanks for all your wonderful support these past fewtrael weeks!  More adventures ahead – back soon!



Mountain Memories.

This weekend we packed up the car and headed into the mountains.  What should have been a four hour drive turned into six, and the minute we got there Graham puked all over the parking lot.  It was a rough start, but once we got there and saw our friends (and Graham got back to his normal self!) it made the journey more than worth it. 

We spent the weekend at Government Camp in Mt. Hood with two of our favorite families – great friends from Seattle who we see all the time, and our other great friends who moved away last year and we hadn’t seen since July!  You know how it is with kids though – as if no time has passed at all. 

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We rented a condo that was perfect for our group and had a big carpeted space for the kids to play.  We brought our train set, and it’s pretty much the only thing they did all weekend when we were inside.  A definite hit!

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We had six kids ages four and under, and they all got along SO well.  They all thought it was hilarious and awesome to see each other in their pajamas, eat meals together, and just be together all the time. 

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And while being with friends was definitely agenda numero uno, enjoying the SNOW was a close second!

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I think I shared recently here that we took a sledding trip into the mountains a few weeks ago, and my kids had an absolute blast.  Cullen in particular just really loved the snow, and I was so excited knowing we had this trip ahead, and I crossed my fingers there would still be plenty of snow on the ground when we got there.   

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As it turned out, there was more than enough snow – like GIANT piles that were several feet deep, and flakes coming down all around.  It was a true winter wonderland!

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We headed to a fun sledding hill that was a short walk from our condo.  The snow was so thick on the path leading to the hill that the kids couldn’t even walk.  The adults all sunk in to the knees with each step – it was amazing!  Thank goodness for sleds!

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My boys all scurried up the hill to get started with sledding.  The snowflakes were coming down all around us, and it was just beautiful. 

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Cullen and his buddy were the first ones down, and I found myself closing my eyes and cringing anytime they went down the hill.  Sledding is so fun and yet so terrifying!

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Just like last time, Cullen absolutely loved it.  I don’t know where this fearlessness came from, but he went down over and over again, and the giant smile never left his face. 

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Graham was scared of the “big hill” but still loved being outside in the snow.  He loved making snowballs and wouldn’t stop eating it all!

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I couldn’t stop laughing watching Cullen do these giant jumping belly flops into the snow.  Who does that?  He must have done it a hundred times.  It was definitely key to have all the right snow gear – none of the kids complained about being cold the whole time, and it made a big difference.

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Northwest beauty – I’ve never seen anything like it!  I sure do love all our water and beaches, but the past few months have really made me fall in love with and appreciate the Northwest in the winter. 

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Back to the house to warm up with hot chocolate!

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Despite the herculean effort it took to get six kids under age four in and out of all their snow gear, we decided to head back out into the snow a second time that morning – in order to take advantage of fresh powder snow and gorgeous sunshine. 

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We had planned to do the big tubing hill, but it was crazy crowded and also incredibly expensive.  So we found a big patch of snow to play in at the top of the hill, and it was just as good – if not better. 

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The kids and adults all had an epic snowball fight, and we were all exhausted and covered in snow by the end.  The kids were so thrilled to actually be allowed to knock each other down and throw things at each other, and the parents took great satisfaction in beaming their kids with snowballs. :)

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Back at home to warm up, stay in jammies all day, and watch the little monkies laugh and chase each other. 

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We had to check out on Sunday at noon, but we hustled to fit in one more snow adventure before we headed home.  We got to the tubing hill right when it opened, and there were only two other people there!

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We also found out when we got there, that the afternoon sun the day before had caused the tubing hill to turn into an ice luge.  The guy working the hill said it was way too slippery for the kids to do alone, and that adults would have to ride behind and drag our feet to slow it down.  Talk about a heart attack!

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I could barely watch, but the boys absolutely loved it.  Screams of joy the whole way down. 

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I actually went down a few times myself, and may or may not have screamed most of the way. 

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Little buddies who just love each other so much.  Makes my heart happy. 

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An annual tradition from now on – no doubt.

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We left just as the sky opened up and giant fat snowflakes started falling.  It was so beautiful!

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Can’t say enough about these mama sisters of mine – they are my family out here, and I feel so lucky to have such wonderful people to share these fun memories and moments with. 

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Until next year!

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