Dad’s Day

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I’ve gotten more done this Sunday before 9 AM than I have in WEEKS!  I am not typically an early riser (I prefer to spend my mornings in bed), but it did feel good to be productive.


I was up at 6 AM to have breakfast with my mom and drive her to the airport.  We made oatmeal, of course!


Standard recipe:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup rice milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 sliced banana
  • Toppings: cinnamon, flax, blueberries, strawberries, and coconut


After dropping mom off, I took advantage of the early hour and squeezed in a quick run.  It’s been SO hot in Central Florida later (95+ degrees) and was already sweltering by 8 AM. 


I did 3.1 miles at a fast clip (around 29:00 minutes).  Although I’m a huge fan of the walk break, I’m trying not to walk when running shorter distances because I’m working really hard on improving my 5K time.  The mental/physical boost from walks breaks are SO great… it’s hard not to slow down every now and then.  I try thinking of something else or slowing down to a jog when I get really tired, and the urge to stroll usually passes. 


Off to shower, clean, and PACK PACK PACK.


But first… HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!  

I can’t believe how TINY I was!  Growing up is weird.  And check out that beard on my Dad.

Yes, my parents bathed me in the sink.  So?

I love the 1990s.  Sweet shirts.  And headband!

Glamour Shots!  Remember those?


I credit my Dad with:


  • Turning me into a bookworm and encouraging me to study hard.  I’m glad I was more academic than sporty in school, and I owe a lot of it to my Dad! 
  • Helping me become a cyclist and showing me how to change a flat tire on my bike!
  • Teaching me to be compassionate and understanding.
  • Shaping my social and political views.   Thanks for brainwashing me to be the way I am.  :)  I look forward to brainwashing my own children in similar ways. 
  • Showing me how important it is to just “be there” for someone.  Thanks Dad for always being at my events and school functions.  It meant a lot!


Happy Dad’s Day!  I hope you can celebrate your father, grandfather, husband, mentor, or the other special man in your life.  Father’s Day can come in many forms!



  • Heather (heather's dish) June 20, 2010, 9:09 am

    aw, happy father’s day to your dad! i hope you guys get to spend some time together today, even if it’s just on the phone 🙂

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete June 20, 2010, 9:15 am

    That is so cute! I love how you and your dad are so close! I’ve become such a wimp running in Germany regarding the heat. I was okay with it while in Tucson, but now if it is 75 out, I’m like, “It’s hot!”. haha. I guess it’s all relative!

  • Wendy June 20, 2010, 9:23 am

    Love the tribute to your dad! I can tell you two have a wonderful relationship. 🙂

    I bathed by oldest in the kitchen sink until she was over a year. Much easier than stooping by the bathtub. 🙂

  • Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) June 20, 2010, 9:24 am

    that’s such a sweet post! i’m definitely going to spend time with my daddy today. we recently went to florida, just the two of us, while my mum and sister were in england. i never knew we had so many things in common and i’m glad i’m finding this out now instead of later!
    happy father’s day! 🙂

  • Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! June 20, 2010, 9:24 am

    I love the pictures of you with your Dad, especially the Glamour shot!

  • claire June 20, 2010, 9:29 am

    Great photos of you and your dad lady! I know you two are close and it is great to hear what you credit your dad with! have a great day!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 20, 2010, 9:32 am

    Happy Father’s day to your dad as well! You were such a cute kid :p!! It’s sweet that you get on so well – I don’t even talk to my dad 🙁

    • Caitlin June 20, 2010, 9:39 am

      I’m sorry 🙁 That’s really hard.

  • Alyssa June 20, 2010, 9:38 am

    My parents bathed me in the sink too! Plenty of pictures of course 🙂 It’s great you have such a great relationship with your dad, happy father’s day to all the dads out there!

  • adrienmelaine June 20, 2010, 9:52 am

    I love the older photos of him with you as a baby- but that grad or prom one is a tough one to beat!

    Oh the 90s! Have a great day!

  • Rebecca June 20, 2010, 9:56 am

    Love all the pics! I was a bookworm in High School, too.

  • Amelia June 20, 2010, 10:17 am

    “Thanks for brainwashing me to be the way I am.” LOL! Love it. (And I know exactly what you mean. My Dad did the same and I love him for it.)

  • Cassie @ Tasteful Tales June 20, 2010, 10:25 am

    The picture with you in the sink is adorable!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople June 20, 2010, 10:36 am

    I am definitely celebrating my Grandpa today! He is an amazing man who walked me down the aisle at my wedding and loves me unconditionally. Awesome, awesome guy. =)

    And I totally got bathed in the sink too!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 20, 2010, 10:40 am

    Haha that first picture is adorable!

    My dad brainwashed me with his views too. 😉 But I’m super thankful for all the beliefs and values he gave me.

  • Deb June 20, 2010, 10:43 am

    We had a real scare with my dad’s health this spring so I’m very happy to report that he’s doing much better this Father’s Day! Love your pictures – and I thought all babies were bathed in the sink at some point in their lives!

  • Madeline - Greens and Jeans June 20, 2010, 11:02 am

    Such cute pictures of you and your dad! I wanted Glamour Shots done SO badly in junior high!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter June 20, 2010, 11:04 am

    Cute pictures! It’s always crazy to see how small we once were, but I guess we have to start somehwere 😉

  • jassy June 20, 2010, 11:36 am

    hi! happy father’s day to your dad!:)

  • Lee June 20, 2010, 11:38 am

    I think all dads had a beard in the 80s! I know mine did.

  • Helen June 20, 2010, 11:40 am

    Your dad sounds like such a great guy. I have thanked my dad today for always picking me up from matches when I was at school, always coming to my concerts, for instilling in me my beliefs and introducing me to fab 70s TV!!

  • Wei-Wei June 20, 2010, 11:49 am

    Cute cute cute pictures! Glamour shot haha 😀 You and your dad look like an amazing team. I was so surprised back then when you told me you were going to do the Metric Century with him! Me: “O_O Incredibly fit dad!” (My dad hates exercise. Ha.)

    Happy Father’s Day! 🙂


  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething June 20, 2010, 11:51 am

    Oh I love these pics! My parents used to bathe me in the sink too

  • Anne @thefitbridesmaid June 20, 2010, 11:56 am

    I laugh every time I see pictures of you when you were little, and you have blonde hair! Happy Father’s Day!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 20, 2010, 11:58 am

    Awww you and your dad look SO MUCH alike!

  • Mary June 20, 2010, 12:08 pm

    I love this post, it made me tear up a little because all the pictures made me think of all the old pictures I have of me and my dad 🙂

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) June 20, 2010, 12:38 pm

    Those pictures of you and your dad are so adorable! And you look so much like your dad (which I’m sure you hear a lot 😀 ).

  • M June 20, 2010, 12:44 pm

    Sweet and sentimental post!

    Do you have a link to one about your mother?(or love to read one sometime !)

    Happy Father’s Day nod to all the fathers who are not here on the earth anymore but are always a big part of their daughter’s hearts and souls!

    I feel lucky to still have my beloved dad with me and as I get older I try and enjoy our times together and treasure them all.

  • Katherine June 20, 2010, 12:47 pm

    that is so great you have a strong relationship with him!

  • Dorry June 20, 2010, 1:41 pm

    Love this post! I’m so thankful for my dad, too!

  • HTP Dad June 20, 2010, 1:54 pm

    Being Caitlin’s dad is one of the best parts of my life. It is sad to hear that some one is not on speaking terms with their dad (or mom), but I understand that some relationships are, sadly, not going to work out. Please keep in mind though that doesn’t have to make it impossible to be a great parent yourself – it can be a wonderful experience!

    Oh – and Caitlin was totally such a head band queen!!!

  • Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt June 20, 2010, 2:05 pm

    Love the photos! I have a great relationship with my Dad and it is always nice to see someone else who has something similar.

    Happy Father’s Day to HTP Dad!

  • Mindy June 20, 2010, 2:31 pm

    My parents definitely used the sink as a “bathtub” as well! Perhaps next year, you’ll be wishing the hus a happy father’s day? 😉

  • Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) June 20, 2010, 3:05 pm

    Awww, such sweet photos of you and your dad!! You in the 90s, omg, gorgeous!

    My father died when I was 12, but I learned a lifetime of valuable lessons from him. 🙂


  • Amanda @ Eat to Live, Live to Run June 20, 2010, 3:49 pm

    Just so you know, everyone bathes their kids in the sink. LOL 🙂

  • sarah June 20, 2010, 5:26 pm

    My son got baths in the sink until he could sit up on his own in the bathtub. Love the pics…growing up is weird!

  • Heather June 20, 2010, 6:41 pm

    Your dad seems pretty awesome, and very similar to mine (except mine is not an athlete!). My dad shaped much of my social and political views, though encouraged me to not take his opinions for fact and to research my own. Luckily, I turned out to be a bleeding heart liberal so he was thrilled 🙂 I also credit him for my love of books and music and art. Go, awesome Dads, go!

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth) June 20, 2010, 7:20 pm

    haha! I can’t wait to brainwash my kids either. 😉 This is so sweet. Love that you have such an amazing relationship with your dad.

  • Laura (Starloz) June 20, 2010, 11:35 pm

    My parents used to bath me in the sink too. Its logical.
    Baby gets wet enough & can’t drown.

  • Jolene ( June 21, 2010, 1:06 am

    I love the old pics 🙂 Happy Dad’s day to your dad!

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