Day 1 of vacay is off to a great start!  After breakfast, I sat in the sun for 2 hours reading the new Oprah magazine.


James did some sun bathing, too.


I cooked Future Husband brunch and made myself a little snack around 12:00.  I was (surprisingly) not very hungry for lunch.  Guess my brandy oatmeal did the trick!


I had crackers + cheese and a few dates….


And a handful of pecans….


Then, we decided to go BIKE RIDING on my in-laws’ "Old People" (their words, not mine) bicycles.  These bikes are a LOT different from my racing bike! :)  The seats are basically like couch cushions!


No…. I’m not wearing a helmet. 🙁 I felt really bad for not wearing one, but the in-laws don’t have helmets (and I forgot mine at home).  We mostly stuck to sidewalks and trails so I didn’t feel too unsafe.  But we’re going to buy them helmets for Christmas.


We biked all through the development along the intracoastal waterway.


Then, we left the development and went over the causeway (probably the only moment my heart rate went above 100 BPM) to find the REALLY nice homes on the beach….


We snuck past security into a community called called "Hammock Dunes," which is filled with multi-million dollar mansions.  I think Tiger Woods used to live there, and they host all sorts of golfing championships!


Future Husband and I played our FAVORITE GAME — "Purchase Our Dream Home!"


All of these homes are thee or four stories (with the basement), front the ocean, are at least 8,000 square feet, and feature large decks on the first and second floors.  Here are the BACKS of each house…Which home do you want to buy? 


Home #1


Home #2


Home #3


Home #4


Home #5


I liked Home #3 the most! 🙂 One day…. a girl can dream!


Then, we biked back over the causeway and allllll the way home! I think we biked more than 23 miles!  But it was so fun and relaxing, and it was wonderful to spend time with Future Husband.  Here are my statistics:


  • Duration: 2 hours, 40 minutes (23+ miles)
  • Average Heart Rate: 102 bpm
  • Maximum Heart Rate: 166
  • Calories Burned: 542


On the ride, I realized how nice it was to do low-intensity exercise.  As a runner, I kind of feel like I have to be killing myself and sweating my butt off to get in a decent "workout."  But this was so easy and fun!  It didn’t seem like 2 hours and 40 minutes AT ALL!


By the time we got home (around 3:30), I was starrrrrrving.  We made shrimp burritos with honey mustard dressing.


That’s a Flat Out wrap (they sell them at Coscto).  It was very soft without being too delicate, and the wrap had no trans fat (score!).


We also made side salads with loads of veggies + more honey mustard dressing.


And I had a small portion of kettle chips on the side.  I hardly ever eat chips, but when I do, I HAVE to portion out a serving or I just end up eating half the bag! 🙂


We dined on the patio.  It was lovely….


And for dessert –  two chocolate thins, courtesy of our "thank you" gift bag. 🙂


We may go see a movie, but we’ll probably eat dinner at home.  See you later for a recap.  I forsee loads of wine in my future. 🙂


I hope you have an excellent Friday night!  



  • Marissa November 14, 2008, 3:22 pm

    Those homes are AMAZING!

  • Jamie and Craig November 14, 2008, 3:23 pm

    WOW what a getaway! MMM and all the food looks yummy. Can’t wait to see dinner. Hmmm maybe someone there can rent me a house for a week and I can relax! you enjoy it!

  • strongandhealthy November 14, 2008, 3:24 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful day! I’d take any of those beautiful homes!

  • Oh She Glows November 14, 2008, 3:28 pm

    I think my fav. house is picture #1! Your bike ride sounded so nice and pictureque. It helps when the scenery is so amazing!

  • Halie November 14, 2008, 3:28 pm

    I like home #2 and #3! Beautiful! Glad to see you are making the most of your trip!

    I’m like you, I have to portion out my chips to prevent overeating and a jaw pain from my TMJ!

  • bitesoflife November 14, 2008, 3:31 pm

    Those are some amazing houses, I agree with you, I love #3!

    Looks like you and FH had a wonderful time! I wish the weather was that nice here! 😀

  • Balance, Joy and Delicias! November 14, 2008, 3:33 pm

    #3 is also my favorite!!!
    I’m so jealous of you Caitlin!!!

  • Tamara November 14, 2008, 3:34 pm

    Your bike ride looks so, so lovely. Send some of that warmth over here to cold, yucky Philadelphia!

  • ashley (sweet and natural) November 14, 2008, 3:48 pm

    Biking like that is my favorite thing to do on vacation! I even mentioned it in my comment here this morning.

    And I like #2!

  • girlrunningaround November 14, 2008, 3:51 pm

    Wow! Your weekend has been amazing thus far. Enjoy the rest of it!

  • Sharney November 14, 2008, 4:00 pm

    Oh, what an awesome day you are having!! Relaxing by the pool, a leisurely lunch and a gorgeous bike ride/workout! Those houses are beautiful! I like #3 & #5 best! How cool to see how the other half live 🙂

    Your shrimp burritos look yummers!

    Glad you are having such a wonderful time and thanks for all the pictures! It looks like heaven 🙂

  • Meg November 14, 2008, 4:04 pm

    Wow! Awesome houses. I used to play a similar game when I was little and pick a house for each season! Looks like you are having a blast and eating some yummy food!

  • amy. November 14, 2008, 4:09 pm

    i love playing that game when i visit a fun or interesting new place. i like home #5 😀 sounds like a fun day! glad you enjoyed yourself.

  • seeleelive (for the love of peanut butter) November 14, 2008, 4:14 pm

    Looks lovely. I love home #5!


  • sarah November 14, 2008, 4:15 pm

    fun game! i’d pick #3 too, but really I’d settle for any of them ; )

    enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  • Katie November 14, 2008, 4:23 pm

    What a luxurious weekend you’re going to have! Kind of like a pre-honeymoon…

    I liked House #2 myself. One day…

    Have a great stay!

  • Alex November 14, 2008, 4:27 pm

    Holy crap, that place is amazing. I am jealous. And those homes are all gorgeous – I think I like #2 the most! The style reminds me so much of SoCal – I guess it has a lot of the same cultural influence.

    Thanks for answering my question about your bangs! I will take your responses under advisement. 😉

  • Andrea (Off Her Cork) November 14, 2008, 4:30 pm

    I like house #1!! Those homes are sooo nice! I could never handle that much home though. Filling it, cleaning it, keeping it secure would drive me bonkers I think.

    Looks like you guys are having an amazing time! Hooray!

  • ksgoodeats November 14, 2008, 4:48 pm

    I am so jealous! I’d definitly have to pick house #1. Enjoy house sitting, everything looks so nice!

  • Kath November 14, 2008, 5:01 pm

    Gorgeous!! I vote for house #5. I’m one of those who tours model homes for fun while at the beach 🙂

  • Lindsay November 14, 2008, 5:39 pm

    sorry for the bad grammer. I’m just a little over excited. 🙂

  • Krista November 14, 2008, 5:42 pm

    No wonder your bike ride didn’t feel as long as it was! With views like that who keeps track of time??

  • I am Angie Pooh November 14, 2008, 5:42 pm

    I like #3 too! I saw that house and was like “wow” and you picked the same one too! 🙂 It looks like you’re having a lot of fun. I wish the weather was like that here in NYC! I’m soo jealous.

  • Claire November 14, 2008, 6:08 pm

    I like house 5 because of the porch. I just LOVE wrap around porches! Must be my southern roots kicking in!

  • Caitlin (see bride run) November 14, 2008, 6:16 pm

    lindsay – no, it was in palm coast. if your house looks like that, you are SO lucky! 🙂

    claire – me too! porches are my favorite. 🙂

  • Mica November 14, 2008, 6:58 pm

    I’m new to your blog, but I love it! The food pictures are AWESOME!

    I love playing “Pick your dream home” at the beach! Hope you’re having a fun mini-vacation.

  • Lindsay November 14, 2008, 7:24 pm

    Not my house…part of the resort.
    I wish…someday! i hope 🙂
    here’s the link
    look at some of the pictures, you won’t belive the similarities in the houses and the wooden bridges.
    I hope you have an awesome time.

  • HangryPants November 14, 2008, 7:59 pm

    I need a bike!

    Did I miss it? Where are you? Wherever it is, have a great time!

  • Justine November 14, 2008, 9:42 pm

    Wow, those homes are all soooo huge and gorgeous! Not sure I’d want a home that big cuz I HATE cleaning! However, if I could afford one that big, then I could probably afford a maid to clean it 😉

  • Anne P November 15, 2008, 12:52 am

    hey caitlin! i haven't commented in ages (you might have seen on kath's blog i moved to prague!), but i've still been reading – anyway, looks like you are having a FABULOUS time!! i'm so happy for you two getting some r & r 🙂 and jealous, of course! i think i want house #4 😉
    — Anne P.

  • lauren November 15, 2008, 7:22 am

    love that game! I will take house #1 please. 🙂

  • Caitlin (see bride run) November 15, 2008, 7:34 am

    heather – im in palm coast at my in-laws. 🙂

    anne p – congrats on the move! prageu is awesome!

  • Aggie November 15, 2008, 8:34 am

    Wow, those houses are gorgeous!! I grew up near Hammock Dunes (not IN Hammock Dunes!) over in Palm Coast! I spent alot of days over on that beach near the golf course, it’s so beautiful over there!

    Your flat out wrap looks delish, I love those things!!

  • Emily November 16, 2008, 11:22 pm

    Such a lovely place to go for a bike ride!
    I’ll take house # 4 🙂

  • Chic Runner November 17, 2008, 2:33 pm

    Home 2 Home 2! 🙂 So cute and that bike ride looks amazing! 🙂 Glad you had fun

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