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Have you finished Christmas shopping?  We’re all done with gifts.  We did brave the retail stores for a few last-minute holiday supplies, though.  It was exhausting.  So exhausting, in fact, that I came out of one store and found the Husband in the car like this:


He wasn’t the only one taking a nap in the car. Winking smile


Our big excursion was for baby proofing supplies.  We’ve decided to deconstruct the baby cage and baby proof half of the downstairs so Henry can roam around a bit more.  He’s really proficient in crawling now and desperately wants a bit more independence (think: standing along the cage, hands clasped around the bars, yelling hysterically for me to let him out… I knew that would happen eventually). 


I can’t get over how many outlets are in our house.  I left the unscrewing and screwing to Kristien; I installed a few baby gates.


As if that wasn’t enough, I managed to run 3.0 miles this morning.  I wasn’t too sore from yesterday’s long run and figured one more run would be good for training.  That brings this week’s total to 17 miles.


The one and only interesting this I ate today:



Grilled tempeh (prepared this way), tomatoes, and mayo sammie. 


Whew.  I think some couch time is in order.



  • Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin December 23, 2012, 6:43 pm

    You are brave for shopping today – I refuse to step foot near a mall or store today or tomorrow! I finished all my shopping a week or so ago. That sandwich looks delicious. I have yet to prepare my own tempeh but it always looks good when you make it!

  • Carin December 23, 2012, 7:43 pm

    What the heck’s on K’s. forehead in the car? Does he have his own padding for emergency nap situations?

    On another note – never mind baby-proofing , how have you Pippa-proofed your place? We have window limiters (for kid and burglar reasons) but the cats just perch on the ledges, wailing plaintively – obviously not happy being indoor cats and wanting try their chances outside!

    Don’t forget to chain and tether any bookcases to avoid
    squishing free-range Henners! X

    • Caitlin December 23, 2012, 7:58 pm

      Haha we have done some Puppa proofing. She’s crazy. Happy holidays Carin!!!

      • Carin December 23, 2012, 8:06 pm

        And to you and yours, babe x

  • Megan December 23, 2012, 8:38 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family Caitlin!

  • Nicole @ December 23, 2012, 8:46 pm

    Henry makes the cutest facial expressions.

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 23, 2012, 10:00 pm

    Baby-proofing just SOUNDS exhausting! But that tempeh sandwich sounds pretty darn good to me! YUM!

  • Molly @ RDexposed December 24, 2012, 8:10 am

    I’m all done. I’ve been done! I’ve avoided all large shopping areas. I chose to buy locally which ended up saving my sanity more than anything!

  • Sara @ fitcupcaker December 24, 2012, 8:17 am

    what is temph? Ive never had it but I have heard a lot about it. I want to try it 🙂

  • Mandy @ Eat Pray Grow December 24, 2012, 12:12 pm

    What required unscrewing for the outlets? I didn’t know there was any other option than the little plug things that break your nails when you try to remove them! Also interested in tempeh. I’ve read that some versions of it have ridiculous amounts of calcium, which is great for someone who’s looking to reduce her dairy intake (this girl).

  • Mandy @ Eat Pray Grow December 24, 2012, 12:28 pm

    ^ Wait, correction to above – that was firm tofu I was thinking of. Still want to try Tempeh!

  • JenRD December 25, 2012, 8:06 pm

    So….any tips on baby proofing? We were able to instal 1 baby gate, and got the outlets covered, but then we kind of it a wall. We live in a split level house, so the stairs from the main level down to the den present a problem for gates.
    I am struggling to fine a way to truly baby-proof an area, to create a safe play area for Maya when one of us can’t be watching her. I am very tempted to get one of those circular gates like the one you just deconstructed, but I also have a feeling it won’t last long!
    The toughest time for us is when we are getting ready in the morning–since we both work outside the house, and Maya goes to day care, it is always a rush to get the 3 of us out the door. If we could create a safe place to keep her occupied, that would be great!

  • Sarah@Kids Heart Real Food December 29, 2012, 12:45 pm

    Too funny – I bought one of the cages for my son because I was worried about him hurting himself when I wasn’t looking (although I always made sure to emphasize that it is a “play-yard” and NOT a cage..haha) but I soon realized that he really wanted more freedom as well. I felt wayyyyy too guilty letting him cling to the side of the cage and scream so I eventually just took it down and now I let him roam free. It’s a little more stressful for me obviously, but he is much happier (and I don’t feel like a jail guard!)

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