Golden Birthday

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Catching up on the weekend?


Today is my Golden Birthday!  I’m 26 on the 26th!  🙂 I actually feel older for once, especially after looking at all these old pictures:


Baby me:

9-year old me:

13-year old me:

20-year old me (and 20-year old Husband):

24-year old bridal me:

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I’ve been waiting for my Golden Birthday for a long time!  I feel like it’s a lucky day/year.  25 was pretty good (well, so was 24) so I’m hoping the trend continues.  🙂


My birthday present from the Husband is “Chauffeur Day.”   We pretty much do this every year for each other’s birthdays.  He called off from school and work, and he’s going to do whatever I want to do for the entire day.  He’s also doing all my chores and all the cooking.  BEST PRESENT EVER.


Start of Chauffeur Day… breakfast in bed!


Breakfast was an whole wheat English muffin with an egg and a faux sausage (Morningstar brand).  With fruit on the side!


I had a furry dining companion:


And we listened to my favorite piano music while we ate:


I love this song:


What are my grand plans for my birthday?


  • Get some work done
  • Go to hot yoga
  • Relax
  • Cash in a 50-minute acupuncture treatment
  • Take the dogs to the park
  • Watch the Husband cook all my meals for the day  🙂


What’s your ideal birthday day?



  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 26, 2010, 8:44 am

    I love all your past pictures 🙂

  • Sara April 26, 2010, 8:45 am

    Happy birthday, Caitlin! We always called it our champagne birthday; mine was two years ago already. Those of us at the end of the month sure have to wait a long time for it! Sounds like you’re planning a great day; enjoy it!

  • Jo April 26, 2010, 8:46 am

    Happy birthday Caitlin! It was my little man’s birthday yesterday, he became a teenager but was sadly too poorly to enjoy it 🙁

    Have a fabulous day 🙂


  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs April 26, 2010, 8:47 am

    Happy Birthday!! I love that your husband is doing everything – that’d probably be my ideal day too (someone else doing everything) though I love cooking…
    Were you blonde when you were little? Too cute!!
    Have a great day 😀

  • Meg April 26, 2010, 8:48 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You are amazing!

  • Jessica April 26, 2010, 8:48 am

    Happy Birthday!!
    This is my golden year too….super excited.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet April 26, 2010, 8:50 am

    Happy Birthday! I never even knew about golden birthdays til you talked about them a few weeks ago. I guess I missed mine – 7 on the 7th! Haha.

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete April 26, 2010, 8:51 am

    Happy B-day! I think you are having just about the perfect b-day. I would make my hubby cook all my meals naked! haha, but really. 🙂

  • Rachel (Suburban Yogini) April 26, 2010, 8:51 am

    Happy birthday Caitlin. My golden year is in the golden past. I cannot believe I’m 36 in June!! I feel about 17 😀

    And you, you don’t look a day older than the photo of you when you were 20!

  • emily April 26, 2010, 8:52 am

    Happy Birthday!!!

    I had my golden birthday last year (24 on the 24th) and it was the best day ever: we rode bikes in Central Park and got black and white milkshakes!

  • megan April 26, 2010, 8:55 am

    happy birthday 🙂 I definitely missed my golden birthday – 12! your day sounds relaxing and fun. birthdays are the best when you can take time off from responsibilities and just enjoy the day!

  • erin April 26, 2010, 8:55 am

    My ideal birthday this year would just to be in the same city as my boy. Unfortunately he lives halfway across the country. I’m trying to arrange for us to meet in Bali for a few days, though, which would be super awesome.

    Of my past three birthdays, I’ve spent two overseas – one in Portugal (23rd) and the other in Sweden (25th). My favourite birthday ever, however, was the one that came in between, my 24th birthday. My friends and I went out for breakfast at a lovely pub, then went bowling, and finished off our day with dinner & drinks at another pub. It was great!

    • caitlin April 26, 2010, 1:29 pm

      aww im sorry you and your boy are separated by distance! the husband and i did that for a year, it sucked. but when you can be together its that much sweeter!

  • Sabrina April 26, 2010, 8:55 am

    Happy birthday! You have been such an inspiration to me to become a runner 🙂 and to eat healthy and to just be healthy! Thank you so much and I hope you have a wonderful day!!!

  • Rebecca April 26, 2010, 8:56 am

    Happy Birthday!! You deserve a great one!!

  • Wei-Wei April 26, 2010, 8:57 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAITLYN! It’s great to see you’ve come so far… my favourite picture is the one of you on your wedding. You look absolutely breathtaking in that dress!

    I hope you have a wonderful day! It looks like a great one planned so far! 🙂


  • Jes (Self Motivation) April 26, 2010, 8:58 am

    Happy Birthday!!! Your day sounds like it is going to be fabulous, and I really hope it is!

  • Christina April 26, 2010, 8:58 am

    Happy Birthday!! You’re day sounds great 🙂

  • Little Bookworm April 26, 2010, 8:58 am

    Happy Birthday! Love all the photos in this post and your dress in your wedding photo!

  • Bec April 26, 2010, 8:58 am

    Happy Birthday, hope you have a great day!

  • Emmanuelle April 26, 2010, 8:59 am

    Happy birthday Caitlin!
    I didn’t know about golden birthdays until now, but my golden year was wayyy back, I was 7!

    I haven’t really celebrated my birthday for a few years now, I’m 33 and I’ve had a hard time accepting that time does pass 😀 But things have been changing so much, and they will still be in the process for some time, and I feel like celebrating. But I will have to wait until next January now 😉

  • Jae April 26, 2010, 8:59 am

    Happy Birthday! Omg you like Yiruma 😀
    he’s korean ^^

  • Kara M. April 26, 2010, 9:00 am

    Happy Birthday and thanks for sharing the beautiful music! I think I’ll be visiting iTunes later 😉

  • Lisa C. April 26, 2010, 9:01 am

    Happy Birthday to You, Caitlin! You have accomplished so much already!! Woo Hoo!

  • maren April 26, 2010, 9:01 am

    happy birthday!!!

  • Christina April 26, 2010, 9:03 am

    Happy Birthday! Your Chauffer Day sounds fab 🙂

  • Jenn (from April 26, 2010, 9:04 am

    Happy birthday, Caitlin!! :mrgreen:

    My ideal birthday day is my husband and I having the day completely free of work and spending time doing things that we love, like going to NYC and relaxing without any time limits. 😀


  • Ginger April 26, 2010, 9:06 am

    Hope you have a wonderful Birthday….enjoy your day! 🙂

  • Shell April 26, 2010, 9:07 am

    HAPPY BDAY CAITLAN!!!! You sound like your going to have a great day! your hubby sounds like a good boy! anyway enjoy your day and get lotsa pressies!

  • Marina April 26, 2010, 9:08 am

    Happy birthday!
    I love what your husband is doing for you, it sounds great!
    I hope you have a great day, and that you get amazing presents 🙂

  • Therese April 26, 2010, 9:08 am

    Happy Birthday!!! Chauffer Days sound like an awesome birthday present!

    I never knew about these “golden” or “champagne” birthdays when I had mine. 🙁 I don’t even remember what I did on mine! Oh well.

    My “ideal” birthday? Oh geez. I’m pretty boring really. Dinner and laughs with all my loved ones. No stress to my day. Just lots of deep, oxygenated breaths to remind me that I’m still around and well cared for!

    Have an awesome day!

  • Whitney @ Whitinspired April 26, 2010, 9:08 am

    My birthday is next week and the husband is planning something for Saturday. I would love to not have to work next week…but it falls on a Tuesday. Boo. That’s kind of a weird day to take off. Hope you have an awesome bday!!

  • Michele April 26, 2010, 9:11 am

    Happiest Birthday to you!!!

  • christina April 26, 2010, 9:13 am

    sounds like a relaxing day to me….happy birthday 🙂

  • Kathleen April 26, 2010, 9:13 am

    Happy Birthday!!

  • jen trinque April 26, 2010, 9:15 am

    Have a wonderful birthday today! I love that you guys take care of each other on your birthdays! And that picture of you with a bow on your head as a baby cracks me up! And who is that guy dressed in tights next to you in the pick from when you were 13??

    • caitlin April 26, 2010, 1:30 pm

      hahah we were at a Renaissance festival and thats my childhood friend Steven. If he sees this post, he will kill me.

  • Hedda April 26, 2010, 9:15 am

    Gratulerer med dagen! 😀
    Hope you get the best birthday, the present from your husband sounds great! Read and learn every husband out there, haha 🙂
    My ideal birthday day…hmmm. Tricky question. Rather boring answer, but spending the day in company of good food and people is ideal for me 🙂

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) April 26, 2010, 9:15 am

    Happy Birthday!!! Here´s to another year of you constantly inspiring the rest of us 🙂

  • Ali April 26, 2010, 9:16 am

    Happy Birthday!!! I hope you have a great day!

    ever think about going back to blonde?

  • Melissa April 26, 2010, 9:16 am

    Happy birthday!!! I think you’ll have an amazing 26th year 🙂

  • ashleigh April 26, 2010, 9:16 am

    Happy Birthday! Have a great day!!

  • Robyn April 26, 2010, 9:17 am

    Happy happy bday! Hope it’s amazing.

  • Mellissa April 26, 2010, 9:17 am

    Happy Birthday!!

  • Jenny April 26, 2010, 9:18 am

    That sounds like an awesome birthday! My ideal would be boating on my bday… I hope you have an awesome 26th!

  • Mary April 26, 2010, 9:21 am

    happy happy birthday!! and many many more! 🙂

  • Laura April 26, 2010, 9:22 am

    Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Caitlin, happy birthday to you! (I really hope you have that song in America, or else that just reads really oddly- maybe your husband will remember it?!) I hope you have a lovely day- welcome to the all exclusive 26 club! I’m supposed to be running a half marathon on my birthday this year?!!! -Its quite near Bath… Ideal birthday (inspired by the DVD I’ve just picked up!) would be to go to Pandora!

    • caitlin April 26, 2010, 1:31 pm

      yes we sing that happy birthday in the usa too! thank yous o much!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin April 26, 2010, 9:22 am

    Happy happy birthday!!! I love the idea of having my boyfriend/husband call out and do whatever I want for the whole day. Enjoy!!

  • Meg @ Be Fit Be Full April 26, 2010, 9:23 am

    Happy Birthday! Oh to be 26 again 🙂 Love the cute photos. Your hair is so light! I would love to go wine tasting on my birthday!

  • Helga April 26, 2010, 9:23 am

    Happy birthday Caitlin! Have a lovely, lovely day 🙂

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing April 26, 2010, 9:24 am

    Hmmm…I think my ideal birthday day would be eating out all day, getting a massage, seeing a movie, and getting a great present. 🙂

  • Lee April 26, 2010, 9:25 am

    Happy Birthday! You were a little blondie as a kid. Did your hair just naturally darken or do you dye it?

    I think my ideal birthday would have to involve a massage. And ice cream.

    • caitlin April 26, 2010, 1:32 pm

      yup my hair darkened as i went thru puberty 🙁

  • Ryane April 26, 2010, 9:27 am

    Happy happy Birthday! 26 WILL be a good year – you get to go on a book tour and reap the rewards of all your hard work you put in when you were 25!

  • Patrick April 26, 2010, 9:28 am

    Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Caitlin, happy birthday to you! (I really hope you have that song in America, or else that just reads really oddly- maybe your husband will remember it?!) I hope you have a lovely day- welcome to the all exclusive 26 club! I’m supposed to be running a half marathon on my birthday this year?!!! -Its quite near Bath… Ideal birthday (inspired by the DVD I’ve just picked up!) would be to go to Pandora!

  • Midgetkeeper April 26, 2010, 9:28 am

    I love my 26th year, it was a good one!

    My Husband and I do the same thing for each other on our Birthdays. It’s great.

    My perfect Birthday would be spent beach side. Ahh, I miss the beach.

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) April 26, 2010, 9:28 am

    Sounds like an amazing birthday to me. Happy birthday!!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman April 26, 2010, 9:30 am

    Happy Birthday! That sounds like such a nice way to celebrate. This year I worked on my birthday–11 hours in the office isn’t quite as celebratory as relaxing all day. Those pics are so cute! You look exactly the same!!

  • Tiffany @ Moving Meditation April 26, 2010, 9:30 am

    Happy birthday! I hope it’s fabulous!!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) April 26, 2010, 9:30 am

    Happy Birthday! Sounds like you have a fun day ahead–I love the birthday tradition you and your husband have. What a great way to pamper each other.

  • Pure2raw twins April 26, 2010, 9:32 am

    Oh yes we remember when we turned 26! It was a great year, so we know yours will be too!!

    I love the picture with you when you had short hair! So pretty!

    Have a great day! Our birthday plans include work and then hopefully some relaxation..and wine! ; )

  • Maureen April 26, 2010, 9:34 am

    Happy Birthday! Hope you enjoy the day!!

  • Cindy April 26, 2010, 9:35 am

    Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day!

  • Cait April 26, 2010, 9:36 am

    Happy Birthday!! I have always loved birthdays, (especially my own) and this year I am graduating college on my birthday (May 15th), and I am not sure how I feel about that. happy and proud to graduate, but at the same time, I feel as though my birthday will be overshadowed. I like my birthday to be relaxing during the day, spending time with friends and family, and then going out in the evening to dance like crazy. 🙂 but this year my plans will be disrupted because of my (other) big event on the same day.

  • Rachel April 26, 2010, 9:37 am

    Happy Golden, girlfirend! Enjoy every 60-second time slot of it 🙂

  • Kait April 26, 2010, 9:38 am

    Happy Birthday!!! Chauffeur day sounds perfect, such a great idea! I hope you have an awesome day and find time to relax and enjoy!

  • Daniel April 26, 2010, 9:45 am

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy all of your relaxation and the amazing gift your husband is giving you! My ideal birthday would be a great, relaxing day spent with my family and a nice dinner.

  • Jolene ( April 26, 2010, 9:45 am


    My ideal birthday day would be to spend it somewhere really cool!! We just spent my hubby’s 29th b-day in New York!!

  • Lizzy April 26, 2010, 9:46 am

    happy Birthday Caitlin! enjoy your day! 🙂

  • Kierstan April 26, 2010, 9:58 am

    Happy Birthday! It was my golden b-day too this year (26 on August 26th!)

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story April 26, 2010, 9:59 am

    Sounds like the perfect day to me! Enjoy your day! Happy Birthday! 🙂

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 26, 2010, 10:00 am

    Happy Happy Birthday!!!! Your birthday sounds like my ideal birthday!

  • Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries April 26, 2010, 10:01 am

    Happy happy birthday!!! My ideal birthday is to simply be surrounded by the people I love with good food!

  • Nicole April 26, 2010, 10:02 am

    Happy Birthday! Your day plans sound wonderful 🙂

  • Laurie April 26, 2010, 10:03 am

    Happy Birthday, Caitlin!!!! Sounds like you’re having a great day!! Great pictures!

  • Danielle April 26, 2010, 10:04 am

    Happy Happy Happy Birthday beautiful girl! Hope your day is everything you hope it’d be and more 🙂

  • Lauren (Health on the Run) April 26, 2010, 10:04 am

    Happy Golden Birthday!! 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful day — sounds like an ideal birthday to me!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg April 26, 2010, 10:05 am

    Happy Birthday!!! Looking through old pics is always a fun way to start off a birthday! Your day sounds like it’s going to be a great one– have fun with the hub!

  • Coco April 26, 2010, 10:07 am

    happy birthday! my 21st birthday was my “golden” year, which is pretty awesome since 21 is amazing to begin with haha! my ideal birthday is doing something outdoors like hiking or biking or swimming (i’m a summer baby). i went to disney world one year, and that was pretty fab too.

    have a great day!

  • Camille April 26, 2010, 10:07 am

    Happy Birthday! Have an incredible day! Sounds like you have a good guy who understands the special treatment a birthday deserves 🙂

  • Kara @ Kara's Marathon April 26, 2010, 10:08 am

    Happy happy birthday, Caitlin!! Hope 26 is even better than 25 😀

  • Christine @ Grub, Sweat and Cheers April 26, 2010, 10:10 am

    Happy Birthday! Hope you enjoy every minute of it and have a lovely day with your hubby.

  • Matt April 26, 2010, 10:11 am

    Wow that sounds like a really good birthday 🙂

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter April 26, 2010, 10:14 am

    Happy Birthday Caitlin! I love the idea of your husband chauffeuring you around. It’s such a great idea! 😉

  • Julia April 26, 2010, 10:15 am

    Happy Birthday! Chaffeur day sounds fantastic! Enjoy it all!

  • Heather C April 26, 2010, 10:15 am

    ha, Love the pics!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Enjoy the chore-free day with the Hubs! 🙂 an Ideal bday is definitely one that does Not involve working

  • Michelle April 26, 2010, 10:16 am

    Happy bday Caithlin!

    Enjoy your day with your husband:d

  • Susan April 26, 2010, 10:18 am

    I was 23 on the 23rd last year and I called it my Champagne Birthday!! Gave me an excuse to drink champagne 😉

    Perfect birthday = quality time with the ones I love. And good food. Including cake. Good cake.

    Happy birthday Caitlin!!!! xoxo

  • Evan Thomas April 26, 2010, 10:18 am

    Happy birthday!

  • tasha - the clean eating mama April 26, 2010, 10:18 am

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy your day with your little family =)

  • The Healthy apron April 26, 2010, 10:23 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I will be 26 this coming Sunday. You have made me more optimistic for it’s arrival!

  • skinnyrunner April 26, 2010, 10:24 am

    happy birthday! chauffeur day sounds like a good plan to me!

  • Courtney April 26, 2010, 10:26 am

    Happy Birthday!

  • Susan - Nurse on the Run April 26, 2010, 10:31 am

    Happy birthday!! Sounds like a lovely birthday…here’s to another great year!

  • Angela (ohsheglows) April 26, 2010, 10:31 am

    Happy Birthday! 🙂

    Sounds like the most epic day ever 🙂

    I showed Eric this post and told him I want chauffeur day too! haha

  • Sarah for Real April 26, 2010, 10:33 am

    Happy Birthday! Have a great day!

  • zestycook April 26, 2010, 10:33 am

    Happy Birthday Caitlin!

  • Anne P April 26, 2010, 10:35 am

    What a cute birthday tradition 🙂 Have fun with the hubbie and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

  • Jesse April 26, 2010, 10:36 am

    happy birthday! have a GREAT day 🙂

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) April 26, 2010, 10:38 am

    how fun! love the pictures of you growing up 🙂

    my ideal birthday would be sleeping in, going hiking, getting a massage & pedicure, and eating at a great restaurant!

  • LindsayK April 26, 2010, 10:41 am

    Happy Birthday Caitlin!

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) April 26, 2010, 10:42 am

    Happy Birthday!!!!!

    My ideal birthday would be spending the day with my husband maybe going to Disneyland!

  • Jen April 26, 2010, 10:42 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Have a wonderful day!

  • Carrie H April 26, 2010, 10:44 am

    Happy Birthday Caitlin! Have a fabulous day with your husband!

  • lena April 26, 2010, 10:45 am

    Happy Birthday Caitlin! you still look the same! youthful! have a great day!

  • Lucy April 26, 2010, 10:50 am

    Happy Birthday Caitlin!!I love the last part about watching your hubs cook for you – it’s the best, isn’t it?! Hope you enjoy the day!:)

  • Julia @ British Bride April 26, 2010, 10:53 am

    Happy GOLDEN birthday! Enjoy it!

    (loving the baby bow hairstyle!)


  • Shawna @ Balancing Me April 26, 2010, 10:55 am

    Have a great birthday! Sounds like it will be fun!

  • Meghann April 26, 2010, 10:56 am


    You’re lucky you can actually enjoy your golden birthday. Mine happened when I was 8 and I don’t remember much of it. Have a great day with Kristien!

  • emptynutjar April 26, 2010, 11:02 am

    I am 3 years older than you. No boyfriend. No home. No career of interest.
    YET…maybe when I am 50 or 60..better later than never.
    My point is that you are not old…and you are very accomplished…own it!

  • Dawn (HealthySDLiving) April 26, 2010, 11:02 am

    Happy Birthday!!!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] April 26, 2010, 11:05 am

    Happy GOLDEN Birthday! I hope your day is just dazzling! Don’t work too much ; )

    • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] April 26, 2010, 11:06 am

      I agree with #107, you are mighty mature for 26 and have an EPIC list of accomplishments – congrats!

      • caitlin April 26, 2010, 1:35 pm

        thank you! i try to be mature 🙂 hehe

  • Shannon, Tropical Eats April 26, 2010, 11:05 am

    Happy Bday girly! 🙂

  • Joanne April 26, 2010, 11:06 am

    What a great way to spend your special day. Happy birthday.

    My perfect birthday is taking a cruise. I love cruisin’. We always go on vacation for each others birthdays. Since mine is in January and everytime (other than a cruise) we have tried to escape the cold, it’s always failed…even when we went to Key West, FL!!! Now we have given up trying to escape the cold weather and have taken up skiing and snowboarding to embarace it. Oh Yay!

  • runnerforever April 26, 2010, 11:10 am

    Happy Birthday girl!!!
    My ideal birthday would be going for a horseback ride with some friends and family.

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing April 26, 2010, 11:10 am

    Happy Birthday Caitlin :). Enjoy!!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople April 26, 2010, 11:13 am

    Happy Birthday! Love the vintage pictures, so adorable!

    I guess my golden birthday happened when I was 12. I wish I would have known then!

    I always have such a bummer on my birthdays. For some reason each year I get my hopes up that something fun will happen and then it is always a giant letdown. I have no idea why, but I definitely am going to change that this year. I’m going to make plans that DON’T completely backfire!

    Just a couple of weeks, and then I’ll be 27. =)

    • caitlin April 26, 2010, 1:36 pm

      i never have complex plans and thats why i always think i have a good birthday. i just plan to go outside or on a run and hang out, then i always have a blast.

      happy almost birthday!

      • Amber K @ sparkpeople April 26, 2010, 2:06 pm

        Sounds like a great plan. I’ll have to try that out this year!

  • Katherine April 26, 2010, 11:13 am

    Happy Birthday, girlfriend!

    My perfect birthday is a natural wake-up (no alarm!) followed by a lazy breakfast and coffee, followed by something active like a long walk or hike (tough because I have a February birthday and live in NY haha), a healthy energizing lunch, and delicious dinner…all with my boyfriend. Lots of food and wine are a must 🙂 Hm…I guess my perfect day is just lots of food? Yup!

    Your wedding gown was absolutely gorgeous on you, by the way

    • caitlin April 26, 2010, 1:36 pm

      thanks! wahhoo davids bridal!

  • Deirdre April 26, 2010, 11:13 am

    Happy Birthday to one of my favorite bloggers! I hope you have a great day with the husband!
    My ideal birthday would be a day spent eating, drinking, and having fun with my immediate family and best friends.

  • Angela April 26, 2010, 11:16 am

    Happy Birthday! What an awesome way to spend your day. I love hot yoga and acupuncture and getting a day off from cooking is always a treat. I hope you have a great one!

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  • Christie April 26, 2010, 11:17 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Love seeing old school pics 🙂


  • Joyce April 26, 2010, 11:20 am

    Happy Birthday and congrats on accomphlishing all your races before you birthday! Enjoy your day!

  • Retta @ RunRettaRun April 26, 2010, 11:21 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 🙂 Chauffer day sounds kick ass!

  • Colleen April 26, 2010, 11:22 am

    HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!! You were such a cute little kidlet, and now a beautiful, inspiring, EPIC lady!

    I love the “chaffeur” idea, awesome!

    Unfortunately I have long-missed my golden birthday, when I was 8. But I’m a July baby, so pretty much every memory I have of my birthday was sweet since I was on summer break. Now if I could get a break from work (and school!) this year! And have the hubster home with me too, that would be perfect.

    I hope you have a BEAUTIFUL DAY!

  • Carly @ The Road To Health April 26, 2010, 11:23 am

    Happy Birthday Caitlin, sounds like you will have an amazing day 🙂

  • shannon (the daily balance) April 26, 2010, 11:28 am


    have a wonderful day!

  • Lisa April 26, 2010, 11:29 am

    I’ve always wanted to try acupuncture. Please give us an update!

    Happy Birthday!

  • Maura April 26, 2010, 11:30 am

    Rock on with your 26 year old bad ass self! Happy Birthday!

  • Steph-exercise physiologist and artist! April 26, 2010, 11:31 am

    Happy Real Birthday!!

    I love the “through the years” pics.
    My 2 favs are baby caitlin and bride caitlin 🙂

    I hope you have a WONDERFUL BEAUTIFUL day.
    You have helped so many people. It is amazing really. You deserve the best life has to offer and I am pretty sure you are going to get (& are getting) just that!

    • caitlin April 26, 2010, 1:37 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Cassie April 26, 2010, 11:41 am

    happy birthday! there are so many april b-days; i just had my golden birthday on the 19th. have a wonderful day!

  • katalina April 26, 2010, 11:43 am


  • Christie {Honoring Health} April 26, 2010, 11:44 am

    Happy Birthday!

    My ideal day would include some yoga, a hike and lots of delicious food with my husband!

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly April 26, 2010, 11:45 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!! 26 is gonna rock!

  • Tricia April 26, 2010, 11:51 am


    (such a cute baby picture!)

  • Theresa April 26, 2010, 11:51 am

    Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day! Enjoy being pampered by your hubby!

  • Melissa April 26, 2010, 11:55 am

    Golden birthdays are the best. I turned 21 on the 21st so it was HUGE. Happy happy Birthday!!!! 🙂

  • Daniella April 26, 2010, 11:56 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! It sounds like you have a fantastic day planned, I hope you enjoy it to the max 🙂

    P.S. I turned 13 on Friday the 13th, Is that extra lucky or just bad news?? Things seemed to have worked out…

    • caitlin April 26, 2010, 1:37 pm

      that is awesome! i think 🙂

  • Kate April 26, 2010, 12:00 pm

    Happy 26th Birthday!! Enjoy your special day. 🙂

  • Nicole, RD April 26, 2010, 12:03 pm

    Happy Birthday! Golden Birthdays are fun! I wish I remembered mine, but I was 2 🙂

    My ideal birthday would include breakfast in bed and a short work day followed by dinner and drinks out with my family and hubby…and then early to bed. Lame, but perfect 🙂

  • Julie @savvyeats April 26, 2010, 12:04 pm

    Happy golden birthday!! Hope it is EPIC

  • JenRD April 26, 2010, 12:05 pm

    Happy birthday, and congrats on all that you have accomplished by 26! I am sure this will be a “golden” year.

  • Run Sarah April 26, 2010, 12:05 pm

    Happy Birthday! Sounds like a wonderful day ahead!

  • Meredith April 26, 2010, 12:19 pm

    Happy Birthday Caitlin! Your day sounds fabulous 🙂

  • Marisa (Loser for Life) April 26, 2010, 12:22 pm

    Happy Birthday, Caitlin! Enjoy every minute!!

  • Steel Springs April 26, 2010, 12:30 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  • Lauren April 26, 2010, 12:34 pm

    Oh Caitlin, you deserve the best day in the world!!!! HAppy Birthday darling! 🙂

  • Caitlin April 26, 2010, 12:36 pm

    Happy Birthday! I hope you have a fabulous day! 🙂

  • Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep April 26, 2010, 12:40 pm

    Happy Birthday, Caitlin!!! I hope it’s a fabulous day!

    Is that song in Twilight? I have it downloaded, and they named it Bella’s Lullaby.

    • caitlin April 26, 2010, 1:38 pm

      fans wanted it to be bella lullaby but another song was composed 🙂

      • Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep April 27, 2010, 11:54 am

        I listen to that song all day at work every day. It relaxes me 🙂 Plus, it was playing at the ice skating rink in Central Park as I ran by in the NYC Half. It put the biggest smile on my face.

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) April 26, 2010, 12:43 pm

    Happy birthday! I love your tradition with your hubby! Makes him appreciate the things you do for BOTH of you on a daily basis 🙂

  • Jenny April 26, 2010, 12:44 pm

    Happy, happy birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day!

  • Allie April 26, 2010, 12:49 pm

    have a fabulous day! happy birthday!

  • Tay April 26, 2010, 1:03 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Enjoy your day 😀

  • Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow April 26, 2010, 1:04 pm

    A very happy birthday darling…

    Go enjoy that hubby of yours!

  • Catherine April 26, 2010, 1:05 pm

    Have a wonderful birthday Caitlin!

  • The Healthy Hostess April 26, 2010, 1:05 pm

    I hope you have a wonderful birthday! Great job with your race accomplishments!

  • Gigi April 26, 2010, 1:12 pm

    Happy Birthday dear! You were such a cuite when you were young! But you look amamzing now! I love Yiruma – River flows in you!(I tell my mom I want it played at my wedding :)!

    • caitlin April 26, 2010, 1:38 pm

      i wanted it played at my wedding too, i shoudve!

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookie's Crumble April 26, 2010, 1:14 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! You sound like you have a great day planned out. You have really made some great accomplishments by your 2th birthday! You should really be proud of yourself!

    I’ve loved all my birthdays, but I guess I’m gonna have to say 25 was my favorite year. I loved it so much I made my friends celebrate my 25th birthday for the next 5 years! LOL! 😉

  • Alyssa April 26, 2010, 1:15 pm

    Happy Golden Birthday and congrats on completing 26 races before your 26 birthday! 🙂

    My ideal birthday would include lounging on a nice, warm tropical beach (I live in MN 🙂 ), a facial and a massage, and beautiful sunset with a bonfire on the beach.

  • Brooke April 26, 2010, 1:16 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Yay!! I hope everything is wonderful for you today and all your birthday wishes and dreams come true!! :0)

  • Diana April 26, 2010, 1:18 pm

    Happy birthday Caitlin 🙂 Have a great day!
    My ideal birthday is spent with my family, going to the beach (my bday is in august!), chilling during the afternoon, seeing new places and have a special dinner, if we are on vacation. If we’re in the city, the day is usually spent with friends and the evening with family.

  • Melissa April 26, 2010, 1:21 pm

    Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day being chauffeured around. What a wonderful present! Thank you for sharing your picts too! PS I really love that song too..thank you for sharing!

  • Lara (Thinspired) April 26, 2010, 1:29 pm

    Happy Birthday, Caitlin! I didn’t realize that 26 is a special number for both you and Kath 🙂 How fun. Hope it’s a great day and a great year.

  • Alison @ Fueling for Fitness April 26, 2010, 1:34 pm

    Happy birthday, Caitlin. 🙂 I’m so glad you achieved your goal of 26 races by 26 and your birthday day sounds fabulous!

  • katie April 26, 2010, 1:36 pm

    Happy, happy birthday!! I love the idea of chauffeur day! And those are adorable pictures of you! It doesn’t look like you went through an awkward stage at all. (I’m jealous because I definitely did.)

  • Wendy April 26, 2010, 1:41 pm

    Happy golden birthday Caitlin! My golden birthday was 2 years ago – 30 on the 30th. 🙂 But I’m feeling old today, too, b/c I just found out this morning that I need READING GLASSES!!! I’m only 32!

    Have a wonderful day – chauffeur day sounds like a great way to spend it. 🙂

  • Lauren @ Eat, Drink, and Be Hopeful April 26, 2010, 1:57 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAITLIN! What a great husband you have! I hope you have a fabulous day.

  • Amy @ Running in Pink April 26, 2010, 2:00 pm

    Happy Birthday! Hope you have an amazing day – you have got to love the music from Twilight!

  • janetha April 26, 2010, 2:00 pm

    happy golden birthday 🙂

  • Bree April 26, 2010, 2:13 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  • Bobbie (mymamaruns) April 26, 2010, 2:13 pm

    Happy Birthday Caitlin! In honor of your Birthday I’m going to try out your polenta pie recipe! 🙂

  • Helen April 26, 2010, 2:30 pm

    Happy Birthday I hope you have a great day! I love your idea of Chaffeur day, I might do this for my bf on his birthday!

  • Allie April 26, 2010, 2:42 pm

    Happy Birthday Caitlin – hope it is wonderful.

  • Gina G April 26, 2010, 2:52 pm

    happy birthday Caitlin! i hope its everything you could ever wish for! =)

  • Sammi April 26, 2010, 2:58 pm

    Happy Birthday! I will be 26 on the 26th too! Of november 2014 though 😛 Hope your day is PERFECT!

  • eri April 26, 2010, 3:01 pm

    thought i’d pop out of blog lurkerville and say happy birthday, you are truly inspirational and you deserve the best! 🙂

    and….i LOVE yiruma!!!

    • Caitlin April 26, 2010, 3:06 pm

      thank you!!! i appreciate you!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) April 26, 2010, 3:07 pm

    My ideal birthday is to have the day off work and just explore a little town with Hunni. Unfortunately my birthday is in the middle of January and that would be cold. So we end up doing it sometime in the spring.

    Enjoy your day!

  • ari April 26, 2010, 3:11 pm

    i hope you’re proud of yourself; you’ve accomplished SO MUCH for how young you are! amazing. have the best birthday ever!

  • Sami April 26, 2010, 3:15 pm

    Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaapy birthday, Caitlin!!!!!

    We love you!

  • Kate April 26, 2010, 3:25 pm

    Happy birthday!

    I have no idea what my ideal birthday would be. But my 30th birthday is in October, good enough excuse to figure it out.

    I would probably start with they day off from work, then add a trip to the spa, maybe some yoga. In short I’ll do all the selfish things I want to do every day but never get around to it.

  • Courtney April 26, 2010, 3:52 pm

    Happy Birthday! What a great husband!

  • sirenjess April 26, 2010, 3:53 pm

    Happy birthday Caitlin!!!!

    Well I’m turning 30 in two weeks and so I’m not really sure what my ideal birthday would be. All I know is that I am getting a 90 minute massage the next day and not going to work.

  • MarathonVal April 26, 2010, 4:10 pm

    Happy birthday, Caitlin!!! My husband and I have “Mike Day” and “Val Day” sporadically throughout the year, but not on our birthdays… I love that idea.

    Enjoy your special day! 🙂

  • Betty April 26, 2010, 4:38 pm

    Happy Birthday!!

  • Amanda (Amanda "runs") April 26, 2010, 4:48 pm

    OMG HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAITLIN!!! You look soo cute when you were little! (and you still are) All of my baby pics are at when you click on family. I was a preemie! I love how you have Chuffer day! My parents NEVER do that! 🙂

  • Amanda (Amanda "runs") April 26, 2010, 4:49 pm

    Oh yeah. My ideal B-day day would be spa and gym. I love the gym and have never been to the spa!

  • Kristen April 26, 2010, 5:07 pm

    Happy Birthday Caitlin! Sounds like an amazing day…I love the idea of chauffeur day, might have to try in on my next birthday! 🙂

  • S April 26, 2010, 5:18 pm

    Happy Golden Birthday!!! Have a great one, you deserve it!

  • kat April 26, 2010, 5:24 pm

    Happy birthday lady! I hope you have a relaxing, fun day!

  • Jaimers April 26, 2010, 6:02 pm

    Happy birthday! Enjoy the golden b-day & being waited on. I just had mine last year (31 on the 31st) – I should’ve asked for the butler service.

  • Jasmine (Sweet and Fit) April 26, 2010, 6:05 pm

    HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY! my ideal day would be getting a cure as a gift =) too much to ask for? maybe =)

  • Kathleen April 26, 2010, 6:14 pm

    Happy Birthday!!! Goldens are glad I was 23 for mine so I was old enough to have fun and enjoy it! Hope you have a fabulous day!!!

    I also heart Yiruma…I have that on my phone, laptop, MP3 player and the boyfriend tells me I sometimes I overdo it…I think there’s no such thing!

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels April 26, 2010, 7:35 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I thought it was called “champagne” birthday. Although I never knew about it when I turned 24 on the 24th.

    Hope you’re having a GREAT DAY :):):)

  • Meredith April 26, 2010, 7:38 pm

    Happy birthday!!!

  • Dotsie April 26, 2010, 7:58 pm

    Happy Golden Birthday, Caitlin!! 😀

    I love the pics in the post 😀

  • Jordan @ Live a Little Better April 26, 2010, 8:44 pm

    Happy Birthday! Hope you’ve had a great day.

    My perfect birthday would be sleeping late, going for a run, breakfast at Cracker Barrel (Southern girl in me I guess), and a party at my house with all of our friends that night- which is what we normally do! 🙂

  • Lori K. April 26, 2010, 8:57 pm

    Happy Birthday! I hope you had an exceptional one 🙂

  • Cindi April 26, 2010, 9:50 pm

    Hope you are having a great birthday!

    My dream birthday would be wake up around 9 AM w/breakfast in bed (totally dig the piano music!) – head out on a boat somewhere warm and beautiful for some scuba diving, come back for lunch – back out for more diving – an afternoon massage, then a sushi dinner! Yes, I know it’s backwards that I’m obsessed with scuba diving and can later go eat the fish – I’m still trying to figure that little dilemma out. I’d end the day on my back porch drinking homebrew with my honey. 🙂

  • Erika April 26, 2010, 10:36 pm

    Happiest of Birthday’s Caitlin..hope you had a grande day filled with happy moments, friends, and family.

    P.S. Love the case for your ipod/iphone…what kind is it 🙂

    • Caitlin April 27, 2010, 8:05 am

      its an otterbox!

  • Dominique April 26, 2010, 11:01 pm

    Happy birthday Caitlin! The day is almost over but I hope your Golden year is the best ever.

    My ideal birthday day was actually my 26th birthday, last year. BF decided it was going to be a two-day celebration. Day one was dim sum brunch (my fave) and the zoo (I love animals!) and afterwards he got me a pirate-themed helium balloon. It’s the first helium balloon I ever had. Day two was random hanging out and eating lots of food and then I threw up in a DQ parking lot but BF still bought me an ice cream cake (in February!) and then we headed back to his place where he decorated it with candles and cat toys (it was a bit of a fire hazard in the end) and enjoyed cold cake! It was the best bday celebration ever! I hope your day has been just as special.

  • Kim B April 26, 2010, 11:38 pm

    Happy birthday!

  • Lee April 27, 2010, 6:26 am

    Happy Golden Birthday, Caitlin!! 😀

    I love the pics in the post 😀

  • Rob April 27, 2010, 4:13 pm

    Happy birthday!

  • Tony April 28, 2010, 5:25 am

    Happy Golden Birthday, Caitlin!! 😀

    I love the pics in the post 😀

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