Memory Lane

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Five years ago, the Husband and I got engaged on a weekend trip to St. Augustine.  It was very unexpected – we were fresh out of college, Kristien was entering graduate school, and I didn’t think he had any plans to pop the question.  But he did!  We were driving to St. Augustine from Palm Coast, and he pulled the car over and asked if I wanted to walk on the beach.  The rest, as they say, is history. 


And now, five years later, we’re back on the same beach, in the same sleepy town, but now with Henry. 


It was raining on our proposal day, too.  Truly full circle.


When we got engaged, we stayed at a bed and breakfast called the Casablanca Inn.  We headed back there last night for a drink.


Split the birthday cake martini.  It was a combo of Frangelico, vanilla vodka, and pineapple juice.  And it really did taste like birthday cake.


And then we hit up the St. Augustine walking mall.  It’s pretty touristy – you know, the Ye Old Time Photograph booth and whatnot – but really fun too.  We had plans to go on the ghost tour but just didn’t make it.   Maybe next time!




No time for ghosts or sangria (darn), but we did have time for…


Oh my goodness. So good.  An entire restaurant devoted solely to fries.


We got an order of Angels (regular French fries) and Saints (sweet potato fries).  The Angels were topped with an Indian curry sauce, and the Saints were just salted.

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The drive home from St. Augustine is almost as good as the city itself – right along the ocean.  And on the way, I was thinking about time.  I’m not sure if I can explain this without sounding totally woo-woo, but lately I’ve been noticing how once certain things or songs used to mean one thing to me and now mean another.  For example, the trash can that I used to use in my home office when I was an urban planner is now used for diapers.  And the other day, I was listening to the Goo Goo Dolls’ Black Balloon, a song that I used to totally get all angst-y to when I was a teenager, and I was singing it to my baby.  I would’ve never looked at that trash can or listened to that song and been able to imagine what it would mean five or fifteen years later!  Same thing with St. Augustine – how could I have imagined that I’d go back with Kristien and Henry, have a drink at the same B&B, and walk down the same streets… but everything would be so different?  It makes me wonder what things or songs in my current life will take on new meaning in a year or five.


Too woo-woo, right?  Ah well.  Winking smile


On that note, we’re headed home to Charlotte today.  The vacation has been nice, but I think we both miss sleeping in a real bed instead of a deflating air mattress. 



  • Julia August 13, 2012, 9:52 am

    Woah, that first pic is sooo gorgeous and tranquil. Love it!

    Looking good, the blue dress suits you really well!

    • Caitlin August 14, 2012, 5:36 pm

      Thanks 🙂

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance August 13, 2012, 10:19 am

    Not woo-woo! I get what you’re trying to explain. It is interesting how your perspective on things can change over time or through experiences.

  • Ellie @ August 13, 2012, 10:22 am

    I know exactly what you mean with the “woo woo” talk. All this and you’re still in your 20s… what about when you’re in your 80s… with grandkids!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 13, 2012, 10:24 am

    Ahh I love so many things about this post! What a fun way to celebrate your engagement anniversary. Black Balloon definitely brings back memories for me too. Isn’t it funny how we have different soundtracks for different times in our life? I don’t think I could pick just one song to represent the whole thing so far. That birthday cake martini sounds amazing!! Glad the 3 of you had a great time!

  • Stephanie @ Food and Fitness 4 Real August 13, 2012, 10:25 am

    No too woo-woo either. I understand, things take on a new meaning once you become a mom. It changes your perspective on a lot of things. So glad you got to walk down memory lane with Henry. Just think, you can go back again in 5 more years and he will be running all over the place! Hope you have an easy trip home.

  • Miranda @ Living One Bite at a Time August 13, 2012, 10:25 am

    Awww this post was so sweet 🙂 I love the idea of going back to a special place between you and your husband, but this time bringing your child along. It must have been such a cool experience. It’s neat that both times were so different, yet equally as important and special in your relationship. Such a great idea to go back there! I’ll have to remember to do something like that with my husband when I have kids one day.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats August 13, 2012, 10:26 am

    This was such a sweet post! I hope my life goes down such a happy path like yours has!

  • Alex @ Brain, Body, Because August 13, 2012, 10:30 am

    What a nice post! It’s amazing what can happen in five years 🙂

  • April August 13, 2012, 10:37 am

    I love St. Augustine. I feel so peaceful there. Everytime we go we see the city from a different perspective.

  • Reenie August 13, 2012, 10:37 am

    Beautiful post…. and pics.

  • Jessica @ New Girl, New City August 13, 2012, 10:47 am

    It’s crazy how things change! It seems like such a long time but it goes by in the blink of an eye!

  • Megan @ Megan's Munchies August 13, 2012, 11:08 am

    I love St. Augustine! What wonderful memories you have there and how awesome that you have Henry to celebrate this time 🙂

  • MomHTP August 13, 2012, 11:17 am

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures and even more for the beautiful thoughts and memories shared. A little secret that the very young don’t know is that one of the truly wonderful things about growing in years is being able to look back and not only see things differently, but to see things you missed along the way. Sounds like you have a special time. Good for you and Kristien.

  • Anna D August 13, 2012, 11:22 am

    Wait, but were they the greatest fries on earth?!?

    • Caitlin August 14, 2012, 5:37 pm

      They were okay 🙂

  • colleen August 13, 2012, 11:30 am

    Not too woo-woo for me. I do the same thing. We drove through our old stompin’ grounds on vacation last week and it was so different. I spent 5 years there and never in a million years thought 13 years later I would be showing the beautiful campus off to my three kids. don’t get me started on songs and the memories they bring back and the ones they are creating today.

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) August 13, 2012, 12:00 pm

    I agree – so cool to see how our lives change over the years. While there is usually some hardship mixed in here and there, it is really neat to reflect on the blessings that only time can bring.

  • Laura August 13, 2012, 12:10 pm

    I love St. Augustine. My hubby asked me to marry him on the Lions Bridge there almost ten years ago! Safe journey home!

  • Amanda August 13, 2012, 1:16 pm

    What a great post…..tear 🙂

    When I moved into my first apartment in college (12 years ago!) I bought an ugly coffee table and painted it bright blue with colorful butterfiles and a big sun. It it is waaaaaaay out there and it has been banished to the garage since then. A few days ago my little girls asked to bring it in the house because they like it. It’s now the coffee table in our downstairs living room :))

  • LSandoe @TheBrightSide August 13, 2012, 1:51 pm

    Black Balloon is the best Goo Goo Dolls song ever. I reminisce of my teenage years in high school with that song. I still don’t think I fully understand the lyrics, but that’s what makes it so great.

    Congrats on those five amazing years. What a blessing!

  • Juls@ The Wife Thing August 13, 2012, 2:06 pm

    I totally know what you mean. I used to ride my bike as a kid on the boardwalk I got engaged on and that is one of the first things I thought of after the proposal

  • Juls@ The Wife Thing August 13, 2012, 2:08 pm

    and there are thousands of songs that remind me of a certain specific point in my life.. funny how music does that

  • Stacey August 13, 2012, 2:12 pm

    Ahh you were right by me!! Glad you guys had a great time. St. Augustine is such a beautiful city.

  • Annette@FitnessPerks August 13, 2012, 2:17 pm

    YAY!! Congrats on 5 years!

    I think that’s amazing that there’s a restaurant JUST for fries! WOW–those sweet potaote fries look/sound awesome.

  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut August 13, 2012, 2:24 pm

    That’s so nice. And a restaurant that solely serves french fries?! Yet another “Why didn’t I think of that?!” moments. Yummm.

  • Christin August 13, 2012, 2:32 pm

    That makes sense, Caitlin. I love the way you think. And if it’s “too woo-woo” then I think a lot of us are woo-woo too. Ha. 🙂

    Not long ago I went for a hike down to a waterhole where I had broken up with an ex-boyfriend. At that time, I was so bummed because I wondered if I would ever find my “other half.” But going back there with my husband of five years gave me such perspective on it. At that time, the pain was so fresh but now it’s a distant memory. I try to remember that when things seem tough – I tell myself “Months/years from now, you’ll look back on this and it will just be a memory. And you’ll marvel at how it all worked out.”

  • Liza August 13, 2012, 2:33 pm

    Enjoyed this post a lot Caitlin 🙂 My husband and I lived in St. Augustine for 2 1/2 years while he was in graduate school there. It’s a wonderful, charming little city. And I definitely agree with you on the music thoughts – “Spiderwebs” by No Doubt takes me back to 1995, jumping on my best friend Erica’s big trampoline in her backyard. And anything Fiona Apple or Alanis… those were definitely my staples on the long school bus rides to middle school.

    I also wanted to see if you were going to update your “About Me” sidebar now that Henry has arrived into the world!

    • Caitlin August 14, 2012, 5:38 pm

      Thanks for the reminder 😉 I’ll update now!

  • Ashley August 13, 2012, 2:43 pm

    I must de-lurk…I rarely comment… : )but this post really made me *feel* something. You are absolutely right about time and it’s meanings. Things change so much and it takes perspective to Appreciate those changes and embrace them.

    So happy for you and your family, looks like you had a wonderful trip! 🙂 (and trip down memory lane too!)

  • Britt @ Balanced Britt August 13, 2012, 3:25 pm

    St. Augustine is my favorite place in the whole wide world. My family and I spent months there every summer, my fiance and I took our first vacation ther AND……my fiance and I are getting married on the beach there in 19 DAYS!!!! Wahoo!

    Next time you are there, drive over to the Vilano Beach area and eat a restaurant called Aunt Kate’s. It’s right on the intercoastal, and the outdoor seating and comfy atmosphere will just melt your heart.


    • Anne August 13, 2012, 8:49 pm

      Oh my gosh, I grew up there, make sure you go to the Beachcomber for the best local fresh seafood, Columbia for Cuban, Casa maya for REAL Mexican, and The Tasting Room for Spanish!!!!

  • Dari Marie August 13, 2012, 3:36 pm

    Aw wow! I live in a quiet little beach town near St. Augustine called Ponte Vedra, which I think you’ve mentioned before because of the golf tournaments… It’s so weird to see pictures on blogs you read every day of places you’ve grown up with!

  • jamie@everydaydolce August 13, 2012, 3:55 pm

    I love, love, love this post!! You are such a great writer 🙂

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs August 13, 2012, 4:27 pm

    Real beds for the win!

    That birthday cake martini sounds goooood.
    And I love the sign about the Sangria.

    Is it bad that most of my comments are about alcohol? 🙂

  • Katherine August 13, 2012, 5:12 pm

    I totally know what you mean! Watching the olympics has me feeling all nostalgic because during the last olympics 4 years ago I had just graduated highschool and was heading off to college. 4 years later I am graduated and about to start my first teaching job. During the closing ceremonies last night I asked my boyfriend if he could have ever imagined being where we are now 4 years ago, and of course he said he could have never imagined. Who knows where we will be 4 years from now when we are watching the Rio Olympics?!? Time is a crazy thing. Congrats on the 5 year anniversary of the engagement :). Hope you have just as many blessings in the next 5 years!

  • Abby August 13, 2012, 6:21 pm

    I totally understand what you are saying! We have those same types of moments/memories too. My 2nd child is due soon and we sometimes can’t imagine what life was like before our daughter came along, now shortly we will be saying what was like with just 1 child?

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Lauren August 13, 2012, 6:28 pm

    Definitely not too woo-woo for me! I love discussing deep, kind of “out there” thoughts 🙂 hehe. Coincidences, serendipitous moments, deja vu’s…thoughts and happenings such as these make life more interesting 🙂

  • Corrie Anne August 13, 2012, 6:34 pm

    Awwwwwa!!!! So sweet. 🙂 I feel the same as Katherine above about the Olympics nostalgia.. last summer Olympics I had just moved to the Dominican Republic… and this one – I’ve ust moved back and gotten married!! Love those little memories.

  • Erica August 13, 2012, 7:36 pm

    Now I’m listening to Black Balloon, realizing I still know all the words … and crying (just little tears). 🙂 Not woo woo at all. I think about stuff like this a lot.

    • Erica August 13, 2012, 7:37 pm

      Also kind of feel a little old when I see that song came out in 1999. 13 years ago.

  • Catherine August 13, 2012, 7:57 pm

    Oh yes, having a baby makes you totally “woo-woo” about everything. 🙂 Have you looked back in your blog at the previous years on June 12 to see what you were doing on the day that became Henry’s birthday? I don’t have a blog, but I have kept a journal since I was 13 (and I’m 27!) and I loved reading all my old June 10 entries, which is the day my daughter was born. It’s so crazy to see how different your life was just one short year ago. I must admit that the new me thinks the old me was VERY self-centered before baby got here!

    • Caitlin August 14, 2012, 5:39 pm

      That is so fun! I will do this now!

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama August 13, 2012, 8:28 pm

    The hubs and I just had a similar “did you ever think…” type of day. It’s amazing to see what has changed in our lives through the years.

    Glad you got to go down memory lane and make some new ones!

  • Anne August 13, 2012, 8:47 pm

    Oh my gosh! I gre up in St. Augustine and just moved to NC for a job in January! Tini Martini Bar is hands down one of my favorite places on earth!!!!
    So glad you enjoyed it!!!!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 13, 2012, 9:46 pm

    Haha! Black Balloon was my angsty teenager song too!

    It must be such a weird feeling to be back in the town where you got engaged, this time with a baby. It’s crazy how things change!

  • Michelle @ Fit Girl Blogs August 13, 2012, 10:51 pm

    The sweet potato fries look to-die-for!!

  • Presley @ Run Pretty August 14, 2012, 7:20 am

    We LOVE St. Augustine. It will always be one of our favorite cities. 🙂

  • miss pip kelly August 14, 2012, 8:17 am

    Not too woo-woo at all – its nice to appreciate the connectedness of life. I do feel like we’re getting to the age to see things cyclically too. In good ways, like you’ve described, and in bad ways. I’m seeing a lot of 90s fashion here in London that I never thought I would see again. I am NOT going to wear dungarees ever again haha!

  • mollie August 17, 2012, 11:47 pm

    I LOVE st. augustine! my dad has a house there and i lived with him for the summer in 2005 and worked on st. george street. my husband and i honeymooned there, and have been there 3 other times together! florida as a whole is so not my idea of a fun vacation, but st. augustine just feels so different and special. i already can’t wait to go back!

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