Tennis Love

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Lately, the Husband and I have been like ships passing in the night.  He’s been busy with the clinic, and I’ve been traveling all over for Operation Beautiful.  So this morning, we turned off the TV, stayed away from the computer, and just enjoyed each other’s company.  It was very, very nice.


We slept late and then made breakfast together.  I cooked the food, and he made black tea.  Trust me – if you’ve got an English husband, you should let them make the tea!  He breaks out the nice china and everything. 


Breakfast included scrambled eggs with stir-fried mushrooms and broccoli.  Some buttery toast on the side.


We debated going on a run but I could tell neither one of us seemed very excited by the idea.  Then, we remembered that we had borrowed my mother-in-law’s tennis rackets and headed out to a local court.


Even though I took months of tennis lessons in high school, I was prepared to spend a lot of time running around the court, chasing screamers hit by the Husband and picking up my own serves that hit the net.  And I did.  Heh.  Good cardio workout, in the very least.


As evidence by this video of the Husband’s secret talent, he has ridiculously great hand-eye coordination.  I hope our future children inherit his athleticism.  Sure, I can plod along for 26.2 miles, but the Husband can pick up pretty much any sport or competitive activity in 10 minutes… and win


It’s so annoying.  Smile


Evidence of his wicked hand-eye coordination:  Without any practice, on the first try, he could bounce the ball off the edge of the racket 15 times in a row.


I could tell he was going easy on me, and yet he still beat me in every single round we played.  I did manage to stick it out for several good rallies, though.  But in general, the score was usually 15-Love or 30-Love. 


We had such a good time – it was so fun to just do something different – that I’m sure we’ll be back to play again.  Maybe I’ll get better over time! 



  • Camels & Chocolate October 22, 2011, 12:09 pm

    And he did so with a badminton racket, too–even more impressive =)

  • Camels & Chocolate October 22, 2011, 12:10 pm

    Or sorry I meant handball racket!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 22, 2011, 12:10 pm

    Fun morning! My husband and I have not been able to spend any good quality time together lately either – and next week is just as (or maybe even more) busy!! Ugh. Glad you had a great morning with the Husband.

  • Amanda October 22, 2011, 12:11 pm

    My husband keeps asking me to play tennis and I keep putting it off because I don’t want to be the girl who keeps hitting the ball into other people’s courts! haha I guess I just need to go at an off time.

    I love that you incorporate broccoli and other veggies at breakfast. So nice to switch it up from sweet to savory every once in a while.

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie October 22, 2011, 12:22 pm

    haha my husband is the same way….I’m jealous. I mean, I have my endurance, which is something he doesn’t have patience for, but he can do ANYTHING.

    Sounds like a lovely morning! I need to do that with my hubby!

  • Christine @ BookishlyB October 22, 2011, 12:44 pm

    I’ve been begging my husband to take up tennis with me. I played some in high school and loved it. Great social cardio!

  • Sophie @ threetimesf October 22, 2011, 12:44 pm

    That breakfast looks!

    The tennis looks like fun – you guys are so adorable!

  • Sarah Shep October 22, 2011, 1:12 pm

    I seriously need a Tennis 101 course just so I understand the scoring. I would enjoy watching it (and maybe even trying to play?!) if I could just have someone explain it to me in basic terms!

    Looks like a fun morning 🙂

  • Amber K October 22, 2011, 1:39 pm

    I have played tennis with my husband before too. I don’t know if you can really count us both chasing after balls as “playing tennis”, but it’s still fun!

  • Vanessa @ Swift as Shadows October 22, 2011, 1:55 pm

    I know what you mean — my husband seems to be good at everything he does. It’s super annoying, but I’m happy for our future kids. Haha.

    Can you believe I’ve never actually played tennis (outside of once in high school PE)? It sounds like so much fun!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb October 22, 2011, 2:09 pm

    i love tennis (although not because i’m the slightest bit good at it!!) we just discovered some public courts near our house and i can’t wait to play this fall!

  • Sana October 22, 2011, 2:09 pm

    Fun fact: I was the #1 girl’s tennis player for 4 years in highschool!

    Is your husband playing with a racquet ball racket???

  • Keelie (SweatEqualsSuccess) October 22, 2011, 2:25 pm

    Sounds like such a fun day! Yesterday I got to hang out with my hubs, too! He attended a reading I was in and then we went and saw a show in the evening.

    Happy weekend!:)

  • Christina October 22, 2011, 3:25 pm

    We all need a day to just chill with our family, tennis is a great way to do it! Sounds like you guys had fun!

  • Molly @ RDexposed October 22, 2011, 4:04 pm

    I love turn-off-all-electronic days!

  • Emily October 22, 2011, 4:07 pm

    You guys are too cute! Funny that he’s playing with a racquetball racquet and you’re playing in running capris!! Where did you put the tennis balls? You need a skirt!

    • CaitlinHTP October 23, 2011, 5:42 pm

      It was too cold!!! Hehe. I just shoved them up my shirt.

  • Linz October 22, 2011, 4:29 pm

    your blog seriously cracks me up! seeing your husband in all his miami gear is what’s it’s like for me at my house with my husband! i’m glad somebody understands the obsession!!

    • CaitlinHTP October 23, 2011, 5:41 pm

      Is he a Miami fan, too?

  • Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile October 22, 2011, 4:45 pm

    That sounds like fun!! I haven’t played tennis in forever. It can definitely be a good workout.

  • Chelsea October 22, 2011, 4:58 pm

    Sometimes it gets so frustrating for me when my boy-friend is good at everything as well haha. Not going to lie though I always brag about everything he can do 🙂

    Your breakfast looks extra yummy!

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 22, 2011, 5:56 pm

    I love playing tennis! I grew up playing. And I agree, it’s fun to do a different activity every once and a while. I swam laps two weeks ago, which I hadn’t done for about 5 years! Definitely put a smile on my face!

  • Deva @ Deva by Definition October 22, 2011, 6:23 pm

    The Boy has better hand-eye coordination than me, but often says I’d beat him in endurance sporting events.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 22, 2011, 7:08 pm

    I know what you mean about boy and their athleticism! My male friend ran a 5K race the week after he started running whereas it took me months to build up the endurance to run 5K! 😛

  • Heather October 22, 2011, 9:07 pm

    Love this! You two are so adorable. I love how you carve out this time and really appreciate it and soak it up. It looks like such a fun day!

  • Amber @ Bus, Bold, Blessed October 23, 2011, 12:35 pm

    Still super impressed with his talent! Crazy.

  • Charlie (therunnerbeans) October 24, 2011, 7:00 am

    Tennis is such a fun workout, lots of running around, stop starts and sprints. My boyfriend was a tennis champion when he was younger so I get free lessons from him- with only the occasional smash!

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me October 24, 2011, 12:03 pm

    I love playing tennis with my hun bun. It’s always so much fun!

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