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You know how the first five minutes of a run is always terrible? You’re stiff and cold, you wonder what you’re doing, your legs just don’t want to move as fast as you’d like. Running is a lot like life. Not many things come easily or naturally at first, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth starting… And completing. When in doubt, remember: just put one foot in front of the other and KEEP ON RUNNING.

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I am so proud of my dad! In a contested election, he was chosen to be the Senior Democrats caucus President! Way to go, Dad!

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I love Play-Doh way too much.

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The most exciting moment of every morning is when my neighbor lets out her big Doberman and we watch the dog run around the neighbor’s backyard from our upstairs window.

throwback thursday

Me as a toddler… Baking bread with my grandma.

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Haaaaaalloween candy.  It is finally all gone. 

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More Play-Doh creations.

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The weirdest thing was the crate door was open and they did this willingly….

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One of these days… we are going to win.  We got the Megaball number the other day, which was exciting.

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James is slowly warming up to Pippa, too. Slowly. But surely.

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True, true.


Do you regularly play the lottery?  Are you convinced you WILL win one day? (Someone has to, right?)  Do your pets cuddle?  Are you lovin’ the colorful trees? 



  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs November 9, 2013, 9:10 am

    Love the photo of Henry by the fountain! Too cute!

    Happy Saturday 🙂

  • Laura November 9, 2013, 9:15 am

    The dog my husband and I have together is very anti-cuddling and I wish she would cuddle! She likes to be near you, but not snuggling. My family dog is the biggest cuddler and is currently on the couch with her head on the hubbies lap 🙂

    I’m glad your runs are rough at the beginning too! We live at the bottom of a small hill so every run starts off with an uphill run and I always feel so tired for the first few mins.

  • Amanda H November 9, 2013, 9:36 am

    It appears that Maggie doesn’t have her bark collar on? Did the product continue to work for you guys? I tried searching for a more updated post vs the Sept 2012 update, but couldn’t find anything. Our pup can get barky when she’s lonely and was curious about the spray collars. A friend suggested a static shock collar, but I’m not really comfortable with that decision. We tried a sonic device which worked for a bit, but now she just barks through it.

    • Caitlin November 9, 2013, 10:54 am

      Overtime, she got more and more used to it but it’s still effective when we have her wear it. I do think that the electric collars are probably more effective long-term.

  • Carla November 9, 2013, 10:22 am

    We play Scratchers on occasion but we don’t generally play the lottery regularly. I only have one pet, Jeffrey the Cat, but he snuggles with me all the time. Like right now.

    Your a brave women having Play Do. I never wanted to clean up the mess.

  • SuperCutePetContest November 9, 2013, 10:26 am

    Those first five minutes are the worst, but once I get a song or two into it, it’s really quite nice! I love how Pippa is so cuddly with the dogs. My two cats don’t even really like each other!

  • Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries November 9, 2013, 11:47 am

    Look at your BLONDE hair when you were little! How cute is that photo?!

    Our two labs are always cuddling – it’s the cutest thing! 🙂

  • Elisabeth November 9, 2013, 12:06 pm

    Love Maggie & Pippa in a cage together…adorable!

  • Amanda November 9, 2013, 12:14 pm

    I had a few runs like that this week but you have to just keep going. I just know that a really awesome run is waiting for me around the corner! (They can’t all be rough right?)

  • Janelle November 9, 2013, 12:31 pm

    Now I want to play with Play-Doh!

    I realized recently that the original MilkyWay candy bars aren’t gluten free – boo!

    • Caitlin November 9, 2013, 5:02 pm

      I know! Sucks.

  • briana November 9, 2013, 1:23 pm

    congrats, DadHTP!

  • Susan November 9, 2013, 4:12 pm

    I so enjoyed your posts about Coach Marni and am looking forward to reading your post about your experience training with her! Soon????

  • Christina @ The Beautiful Balance November 9, 2013, 5:17 pm

    Awww love the fact that your cat and dog are getting along!

  • Amber K November 9, 2013, 7:26 pm

    I only play the lottery when the jackpot is really big. AKA the same time everyone starts playing and my odds are the worst…lol

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More November 9, 2013, 8:43 pm

    Looks like there’s a new boss in town…(Pippa!) 😉

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun November 9, 2013, 10:41 pm

    I have only played the lottery twice in my life. I know that makes my odds even lower, but oh well! I guess it is still a chance!

    I can’t believe Maggie and Pippa are in the same cage! My cat and dog would NEVER go in there willingly and if we put them in it – it would be one heck of a fight!

  • Mary November 10, 2013, 7:23 pm

    My aunt won the lottery. Since someone I know won that probably rules me out:(

    • Caitlin November 10, 2013, 8:26 pm

      That. Is. Awesome.

  • Julie November 11, 2013, 11:54 am

    The pics of the cat w/ each dog are awesome!

  • Sara November 12, 2013, 8:59 am

    Our male cat sits in front of our Labradoodle’s crate during the day. It’s so cute. This morning I swear he put his paw through the crate and it was on top of our dog’s paw. Love 🙂