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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.

Winter Weekend.

I haven’t done a weekend post in forever!  With a new baby arriving just as winter set in, a lot of our weekends have been spent hibernating.  This past one was the coldest weekend I can remember since we have lived here in Seattle, but we still managed to do quite a bit. 

Casey worked from home on Friday, which is always a fun treat for me and the boys.  It was really sunny outside, so I attempted to take both kids for an afternoon walk mid-day.  We bundled up as much as possible, but I turned around after a mile because I worried that Cullen was going to freeze in the stroller (Graham was toasty bundled up inside the Ergo and my jacket). 


How do people do it in colder places?  It was probably 28 degrees outside – very cold, but I know many places are much colder.  I think living here has made me extremely wimpy when it comes to extreme temperatures, since we are typically so mild.

In an effort to get an early start on some 2014 budgeting and health goals, we’re trying to be more mindful of how often we eat out – both in restaurants and take-out food.  Lack of planning is typically the reason we ended up deciding to go out, so in order to curb this I’m working on 1. meal planning, and 2. having a more structured schedule.  All this to say, we’re going to try to limit our meals out to Friday nights (very early, obviously) and Sunday mornings. 

So Friday evening we headed out to a super kid-friendly spot that we love, and discovered that they had a lot of tables blocked off for some sort of special group event.  It ended up being one of those miracle evenings where everything should have gone wrong but it ended up being wonderful.  Our 20 minute wait for a table turned into over an hour, and somehow Graham slept the entire time and Cullen was in a great mood.  We had a nice night out and didn’t even get home until 8pm – way past Cullen’s bedtime.  Party animals.  Cullen went to bed as soon as we got home, and the rest of us hit the couch.


Saturday morning we slept in late and made pancakes at home.  I made them and half of them were raw inside, and I am now forever kicked off pancake duty.  Fine with me!  We packed up and all headed to Cullen’s first day of soccer class.  Also known as – the cutest thing that has ever happened


Since I get to have fun and do activities with him all day long, I wanted him to have something fun that he could do with just dad.  All four of us went this time since it was the first one, but it will be fun for Casey and Cullen to have some solo time together going forward.  They ran and kicked and Graham and I watched and walked around. So totally adorable.

I’m not quite sure how I pulled this off, but I managed to get out of the house not once, not twice, but THREE times this weekend without kids.  A new record!  On Saturday afternoon I had a hair cut and color appointment during nap time – scheduled perfectly to coordinate with our evening plans.  Why is Aveda tea so delicious?


That night we had our first “real” night out away from both kids.  We snuck away once the week before when Casey’s parents were in town to see a movie (Hunger Games!), but we left after both kids were asleep which is sort of cheating.  This time our babysitter had to get both kids fed their dinners and into bed, which is challenging to do alone – even for me!  Luckily we have a wonderful babysitter that we trust completely, although I will admit I was still very nervous.

Even so, we got dolled up and headed out for the night!  (Dress from Anthropologie, which hopefully no one remembered from a few years ago!)


We had a great time, and it was so nice to have a few hours away with Casey.  We don’t get out just us two very often, so when we do we try to make the most of it.  Both boys did really well, and Graham slurped down a whole bottle – success.  Gives me hope that we can do it again sooner than later! 

It was really nice to be out, but it also felt good to come home, kick off my painful high heels, and scoop up our little guy after five hours away. 


On Sunday morning the whole family slept until 8am – how did that happen!?!  How nice that our kids seemed to know that we had been up later than usual.  We had a lazy morning of breakfast out and cookie baking at home.  My little assistant helped me bake four dozen of my favorite ginger spice cookies to take to a cookie exchange later that day.

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I had planned to take Graham with me when I left, but he had a full belly and looked very peaceful sleeping on his pillow.  So I left him at home with Casey and snuck off for another afternoon adventure of my own!


My friend Lacey hosted a cookie exchange, and we all brought 3-4 dozen cookies to taste and share.  There were cookies absolutely everywhere, and I ate myself sick – in the best possible way, of course.


We spent the rest of the day at home – winding down and gearing up for the week ahead.  Should be a fun one!  I can’t believe Christmas is two weeks away.  I guess it’s time to start shopping…

Fall Festivities.

Two quick notes:

1.  Sorry for the downtime and slow load times these past few days.  We are aware of it and trying to get it fixed quickly – thanks for your patience!

2.  Congrats to the winner of last week’s giveaway – Jessica, who said “I love the white cake doughnut with white frosting and rainbow sprinkles!”  Me too, Jessica, me too.  Happy donut baking!

As anxious as I am to have a baby sooner than later, after seeing the forecast for this past weekend, I was hoping my little friend would hold off until Monday (spoiler alert: he did).  We had absolutely perfect sunny, fall weather and we more than made the most of it!

On Friday night, Casey and I had our very last date night out (dinner and a Fiona Apple concert!) – at least for a while.  We have really tried to pack a lot into these last few days and weeks, as this time around we know what to expect out of life with a newborn (read: not much!). 

Saturday we were off for a morning of fall fun!  I really wanted to go pumpkin and apple picking this year, but knowing this was likely our last baby-free weekend, I knew we’d have to either pick one or fit both into one trip.  We ended up going to The Farm in Snohomish, which turned out to be the perfect spot!

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We started by walking around the farm for a bit and checking out all they had to offer – including a fun petting zoo area for the kids.  I want a kitten!

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And a sheep!

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We piled into a big tractor wagon and took a ride out to the apple picking orchard.  Despite what his face looked like during the ride, Cullen absolutely loved it.  Each time we stopped to let someone off or on, he yelled “more ride!”

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The wagon ride was much bumpier than I had expected, and I was convinced it was going to send me into labor.  Too much bouncing!

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We got to the apple picking spot and decided to get Honeycrips – my favorite!  Earlier this summer we went blueberry picking, and while Cullen loved it, he wasn’t willing to put any berries into the actual bucket – only his mouth.  Apple picking was much more successful!

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He was so into it and just kept going back for apple after apple.  Casey and I barely picked any, for fear that we’d end up with 100 apples after our little harvester was finished. 

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He’d pick one and immediately run over to the wheelbarrow to put it into our bag.  Way too adorable. 

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And way too gorgeous!  Nothing like being out in the country surrounded by colorful leaves and miles of cornfields with beautiful snow-capped mountains in the background.  I love Washington!

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I also love these two. 

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Once our apples were picked and paid for, we moved on to the second half of our adventure – the pumpkin patch!

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The only thing Cullen liked more than ripping apples off of trees was finding the perfect pumpkin!

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He was all business and took it very seriously.  I could barely get him to look up for a quick picture!

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Our plan was to pick out four pumpkins for dad, mom, Cullen, and baby.  So Casey and I picked out the big ones and let Cullen find the smaller two.  But he was so into picking them up and putting them in the wheelbarrow that we kept ending up with like ten pumpkins and had to unload them several times.  He’d walk up with each one yelling, “heavy!” – ridiculous. 

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Eventually it was time to pack up and pay for our pumpkin family.  Now that they are home we have to visit them several times a day on our front porch.  Who knew pumpkins would be such a hit this year?

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Our perfect fall weather continued through the day, and we ended our evening camped out at Gasworks Park for a picnic with friends.  Cullen fell and got a weird shoulder injury (and stopped using his left arm!), and I threatened to take him to the ER (first trip!).  Casey convinced me to give him Motrin and let him sleep on it.  He was right, and Cullen woke up 100% normal at 5:30am on Sunday.  Thank goodness!  Kids are scary.  And pregnant hormones are even scarier. 


Sunday was another gorgeous one, and we spent our morning eating pancakes and looping Greenlake – hoping to encourage our little fella to come out and join us.  I also finally met local friend Devon after being virtual buddies for two years!


We spent Sunday’s naptime scrubbing, organizing, and scouring every surface in our house.  Toilets are scrubbed, laundry is done, diapers are clean, the shower has been bleached, and the floors are sparkling.  The infant car seat is in, and we are ready!

Our weekend ended at Golden Gardens park, sitting with our feet in the sand watching an absolutely gorgeous sunset. 

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Just before we left, I noticed an area of the beach roped off with caution tape and some people nearby taking pictures.  I wandered over and saw this absolutely precious seal pup snoozing away in the sand.  I could have watched him all day long – there is nothing cuter!

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A perfect way to end a wonderful weekend – perhaps our last as a family of three! 

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