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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.

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.


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.


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!!!

Barre3 Challenge: Halfway There!

A few weeks ago, I told you guys that I was starting the Barre3 Challenge program – starting January 5th and lasting until the beginning of February.  Now that I’ve reached the halfway point, I thought I’d pop in and tell you how it’s going!

To quickly recap, the “challenge” is to do the following each week: 

  • Do four 60-minute workouts either at a local barre3 studio or online in the comfort of your home
  • Do one 10-minute online workout
  • Try one healthy barre3 recipe

I hadn’t really thought too far ahead when I first signed up for the Challenge, but as soon as the program began, Casey headed out of town for two weeks – yikes!  This is tough for a lot of reasons, but it also makes getting to fitness classes much, much harder because I have to rely entirely on childcare.  He was in and out between trips, so I tried to plan ahead to maximize opportunities when I could.

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Monday –  The Challenge healthy recipe of the week was a smoothie, and while I didn’t make that exact one, we made our own version which I think still counts.  All about making it work for you, right?  Our smoothie had bananas, strawberries, mango, figs, carrots, peas, flax oil, hemp milk, and yogurt – and both kids slurped it down!  Winning!


Tuesday – 60 minute studio class with my friend, Lacey

Wednesday – 60 minute studio class with both kids (childcare)

Thursday – 10 minute online workout before mom’s group!

Friday – Had planned to do an 8:45am class with the kids (in childcare), but both kids had a bad night (and Casey was out of town) and I got one measly hour of sleep.  So I canceled my studio class and after sleeping in and a lazy breakfast, the boys and I did a 60 minute online class at home together!


Saturday – My best friend arrived from out of town, so I skipped formal workouts and opted for walking and talking.  We looped Greenlake for 3 miles in the rain!

Sunday – A 5 mile walk with the whole family and Lindsey along the bluff of Magnolia.  Gorgeous!



Monday – Casey was home for about 36 hours, so I took Lindsey along with me to a 60 minute studio class at 6am – a true friend!

Tuesday – Warmer temps allowed for a 4 mile walk around the neighborhood with both boys and both dogs – talk about a workout!


Wednesday – 60 minute studio class with the boys in childcare

Thursday – Had a friend over for dinner, and made a hearty potato, kale, and white bean soup.  Clicked over to my email later and realized that the Barre3 healthy recipe of the week was almost the exact same thing!  Yum.

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Friday – Casey finally back home after being away for too long – happiness!  No naps for either kid, so we took a long afternoon walk to help improve everyone’s mood.


I rewarded myself for many long weeks of solo parenting and fitting in fitness with a piece of Mexican chocolate pie the size of my head. 


Saturday – Super lazy all day, and pouring rain outside.  Did absolutely nothing.

Sunday – Burned at least 4,000 calories from adrenaline and from jumping around my living room watching the Seahawks.  Took two long walks with the dogs!

And that brings us to today!  I went to a 6am class with some of my mama friends this morning, and I’m feeling healthy and strong.  I’m enjoying the Challenge because it’s giving me an extra motivation to make time for workouts, and not to just do them when the opportunity lands at my feet.  That said, doing four 60-minute classes each week feels like a lot (and I actually missed one on week 2).  It really does feel like eat, sleep, Barre3, repeat…

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Beyond the Challenge, I’ll probably look to average three each week, and I’ll have to see how that looks as I dip my toes back into running in the spring.  I’m also planning to charge my Fitbit back up, as I’m walking and moving so much more these days as our weather warms up, and I’d love to have a better sense of mileage over the course of each week.  I’ll recap the rest of the Challenge at the end of the month!

Hope your Monday is off to a good start!  How ‘bout those Seahawks!?!?

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