Knox by Night

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How many things do two adults, one baby, and two crazy puppies need for a two-day trip to grandma’s house?  Uh.  A lot. 


We’re talking about:  a bassinet, a Boppy pillow, a ton of diapers, a stroller, a car seat, a breast pump and bottles, a dog bed, dog food and toys, our luggage, a computer… Somewhere among the way, I forgot to pack enough underwear and slowly lost my mind.


However, a little vacation was well worth packing our entire lives into the trunk!  The drive took us longer than anticipated thanks to a hungry baby and a traffic jam, but once we arrived, we quickly began to relax in the warm Tennessee sun.



My mom always has a big pot of vegetable soup ready to go in the fridge.  She simply combines a bunch of chopped veggies with broth and spices – easy, easy.



And chips.  So many chips.


Eventually, we pulled ourselves together and headed to Market Square for people-watching and dinner.  I wish we had left a bit earlier because I was positively pooped by the time we arrived – last night’s Olympics party plus getting up early to pack plus the long drive did me in – but it was still fun for everyone.  Well, Henry just slept through the entire experience. Winking smile  Can’t someone put me in a carseat and roll me to sleep?!


Fun shopping:


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We ate at a trendy place called Cocoa Moon – regular Knoxvile folk are probably wondering why we didn’t go to The Tomato Head, but the Husband declared if we ate there yet again he would die of bored – and I had the tofu salad.  Pretty basic but exactly what I wanted.


And then we came home, and I had an excellent night’s sleep with only one wake up.  Thank you, Henry!  And then mom played with him all morning, so I got to sleep in.  Thank you, mom!  Now I’m drinking a coffee and sitting on the porch in a rocker.  Obviously, this means that I’m in the best… mood… ever.  Three cheers for Southern Sundays. 


Hope your Sunday is going well, too!



  • Glenneth July 29, 2012, 10:04 am

    Welcome to Knoxville! This is where i live! Sounds like you guys had fun last night! Enjoy your stay!

  • Presley (@runpretty) July 29, 2012, 10:04 am

    Only one wake up? Amazing! My little boy didn’t ever really go to sleep last night. It was pretty awesome… ugh. Does Henry usually sleep that well? What is your routine? Help! 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP July 29, 2012, 10:49 am

      I fed him at 10 and then I pump a bottle (or I pump one earlier in the day). The husband gives him a bottle at midnight, I wake up around 3 or 4 to fed, and then he’s up again around 6 or 7. Sometimes I have two bottles on hand and the Husband wakes up to give him another bottle in the middle of the night if necessary. Yours will start sleeping longer soon!

      • Priyanka July 29, 2012, 10:03 pm

        My boy still wakes up 4-5 times through out the night. He still does not sleep for more than 2 hours at a stretch, will I ever get sleep?

        Hey you are in Knoxville, I know you must be relaxing with family but let me know if you would be interested in a meet up. It would be fun with our little kiddos in tow. Don’t worry about it if you are busy!

  • Ali July 29, 2012, 10:26 am

    Aw…I went to grad school at UT and this makes me really miss it! 🙂

  • Ali @SeeAliEatSeeAliRun July 29, 2012, 10:54 am

    Have a wonderful time relaxing with family! Those are the best memories

  • Army Amy* July 29, 2012, 11:01 am

    Sounds like the trip to grandma’s house is going swimmingly! I hope y’all have a great visit!*

  • Julia H. @ Going Gulia July 29, 2012, 11:33 am

    “I spit orange”. That’s hysterical. Happy to hear that you slept well!

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles July 29, 2012, 11:57 am

    “Freak Out and Throw Stuff” – oh my god, I want one.

  • Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana July 29, 2012, 12:01 pm

    Grandmothers are the best!! Glad you got to sleep in…that’s such a luxury as a new mom 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 29, 2012, 12:07 pm

    I’m glad you got to get out for a mini vacation! I’ve seen those mason jar wine glasses before! HAha cute idea

  • S July 29, 2012, 12:56 pm

    UT alum here.. if Tomato Head is boring then clearly I need to make my way to Charlotte to expand my tastebuds! I love love love Tomato Head!

    • Caitlin July 29, 2012, 1:04 pm

      It’s my fav too! K just hates repeating restaurants.

  • Amy July 29, 2012, 2:26 pm

    In Knoxville for the summer, dazzos on Gay street has amazing pizza!

  • OntarioGirl July 29, 2012, 4:09 pm

    Hope you’re having a great weekend at Grandma’s house 🙂

    I just wanted to let you know the layout of your blog is really messed up for me. It shows your picture at the top of the page and then I have to scroll waaaaaay down to find your next post. I’m not sure if this is just me or if you’d had other complaints? Wanted to let you know.

    • Caitlin July 29, 2012, 4:50 pm

      Grrrrr! What browser are you trying to view it in?

      • OntarioGirl July 30, 2012, 7:12 am

        I’m using IE…it’s been doing it since about Friday that I can remember.

  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut July 29, 2012, 9:47 pm

    Soup always seems like a pain in the butt to make, you’re right—it’s just veggies+broth. You can’t really go wrong!

  • Michelle July 29, 2012, 10:00 pm

    Can I just say I LOVE this post! I grew up in Knoxville and went to UTK. I love Market Square(and Tomato Head… my parents moved to Maryville and the Tomato Head there is closing 🙁 We’re so sad). Oh well, we’ll have to try Cocoa Moon. I live in Atlanta now and miss Knoxville so much. It’s a great little town. And yay for the UTK onesie! Did you go to Mast? That’s my favorite store on Market Square. Thanks again for this post! 🙂

  • Erin July 30, 2012, 3:57 am

    OMG I live in Knoxville!! I had no idea your parents lived here, thats so cool!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 30, 2012, 7:36 am

    It sounds stressful to travel with a baby and two dogs, but it looks like it was worth it! I’m glad you’re having a good time and that you got a chance to sleep in. 😀

    Also that “freak out and throw stuff” picture totally cracked me up!

  • Kathryn July 30, 2012, 9:15 am

    Have you guys tried Sunspot in Knoxville? They have a ton of vegetarian options. So so so delicious!

  • Tricia July 30, 2012, 6:54 pm

    Next time you are in Knoxville you should make the extra drive to Sevierville.

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See July 31, 2012, 6:31 pm

    Yummm I know it’s summer, but veggie soup sounds amaaaaaazing right about now!!

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