A Full Weekend

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I hope you had an awesome weekend! We certainly did.


Last night, I realized that we ate every meal but breakfast OUT this weekend. How that happens, I do not know. Our only saving grace was we only paid for one meal – all the rest were gift cards or treats from various friends and family members! So I guess you can sum up our weekend by saying we had a lot of fun and ate a lot of food. I’m full of everything!


Best meal of the weekend was at Chuy’s.


Chuy’s is a semi-new restaurant that is located right next door to my beloved Cowfish. I had a blogger gift card for the joint, so after a fun morning at the park with my mother-in-law, the Hus, and Henry, we all headed over for lunch.


We had:




The veggie enchiladas were particularly amazing because they were made with blue corn soft tacos and big chunks of freshly grilled veggies. Yum.


Chuy’s gets a HUGE thumbs up from me for their patio. It was an entirely enclosed space next to a big water fountain, so Henry (and all the other kids at the restaurant) could kind of roam around while waiting for food and had a safe space to play. While the adults sipped margaritas in the sunshine! Win, win.


The inside of the restaurant gave me visual overload. Hah. But again – kids clearly loved it!


Weekend Workouts

I wish I had some grand and amazing workouts to report, but I don’t. I did go on two lovely, sunny 3.0 mile runs, which is certainly nothing to sneeze at. But I was hoping to make it to a strength training class at the gym that I’ve slowly been working up the courage to try.  I was getting ready Henry ready to leave for gym childcare when I reached down to grab his shoes… I came up and smacked my temple on the corner of our counter!


Oh my Goddddddddddddddd. It hurt so much. I have a big bruise and mark to show for it, and my head pounded for the rest of the day. So needless to say – that gym class did not happen! But I’m determined to make it happen later.


Thought of the Day:




  • Amanda K. April 7, 2014, 8:14 am

    ouch! been there.

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun April 7, 2014, 9:10 am

    I love that quote at the end! I try to remind myself of that sometimes when things feel hard. I am 100% sure of that – last year I lost my job and was crushed. However, due to that it has pushed me to really focus on what I have always wanted and I am finally making something amazing of my life! Sometimes the hardest times in life push us to be something great!

  • Meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles April 7, 2014, 9:50 am

    That is one of my most favorite quotes ever! Hope your head feels better – I have done something like before only it was when I hit my head on the open car door after putting my son in his car seat years ago. It was horrendous and I possible gave myself a concussion the more I look back on it!

  • Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} April 7, 2014, 10:01 am

    Ouch about the hit in the head!
    The salsa looks amazing at the restaurant!

  • Alex April 7, 2014, 10:35 am

    You have to try the creamy jalapeno dip at Chuy’s. Its the reason we go there.

  • Ashley April 7, 2014, 10:46 am

    Chuy’s is from my hometown! I had no idea they were expanding. It’s definitely a part of my childhood 🙂 If you go during happy hour they usually have a trunk-full (literally it’s in the back of a trunk of a halfcar) of free salsa bar! Austin, TX for the win!

  • Katie M. April 7, 2014, 11:34 am

    I can sympathize!! I did the SAME EXACT thing to my forehead on our bathroom counter and needed a trip to the ER and some stitches. So embarrassing and I couldn’t even come up with a good story.

  • Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork April 7, 2014, 1:42 pm

    That restaurant looks amazing! I cannot wait until the weather is nicer here in Massachusetts for some al fresco dining! And that tank/skirt combo in the first photo looks fabulous on you! Like it was made for you, seriously.

    • Caitlin April 7, 2014, 3:42 pm


  • Jennifer April 7, 2014, 2:16 pm

    I don’t know about anyone else, but if I went to eat at a restaurant and decided to sit outside to enjoy the weather; I would be LIVID if a bunch of people let their children treat the outside seating area as a “playground”. Instead, why not take your food to go and head to an actual playground for a picnic lunch. Contrary to popular belief, not everyone enjoys watching and listening to kids run and scream while they are trying to enjoy lunch.

    • Caitlin April 7, 2014, 3:42 pm

      It’s a family friendly restaurant, no kids were screaming, yelling, or misbehaving (mine included), and everyone was having fun. May I suggest another margarita? 🙂

    • Ali April 7, 2014, 4:02 pm

      I kind of agree with this (though wouldn’t use the word “livid”). I’ve been at restaurants more time than I can count where parents aren’t watching their kids and the kid stands next to my table and stares at me or tries to interact with me or is just wandering around misbehaving. It makes me extremely uncomfortable and yet I very rarely will say anything to a parent anymore. I’m a kind person and always like to help, but I’m not going to watch a stranger’s kid roam around unattended and then be yelled at when I tell the kid to not tough the burning log on a open fire pit at a restaurant while the parents drink away and completely ignore the kid (yes, this has happened, and I shouldn’t have been the one worried about the welfare of the child, that kid would have had burns to the entire arm if I hadn’t intervened). I probably look like I’m having fun, but I’m really not and just want the heck out of there away from that kid. I’m totally NOT saying that was the case for you, Caitlin, as I have zero idea about who was there, what the climate was, what Henry was doing, etc. I can say that there has been enough adults who have ruined my dining experiences as well.

      • Caitlin April 7, 2014, 4:04 pm

        I think everyone in their right mind would be annoyed by THAT type of non-parenting, Ali! That’s the worst. Thankfully, this was not that.

  • Carolina John April 7, 2014, 3:28 pm

    hmmmmmm in Raleigh on Six Forks Rd we have a Cowfish right next to a Chuy’s as well. That smells (cow)fishy.

  • Kath April 7, 2014, 5:23 pm

    I can’t believe that’s the old M5!!!

  • Ali April 7, 2014, 5:29 pm

    I love Chuy’s! We had that restaurant when we lived in Arizona. I miss that place.

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs April 7, 2014, 6:13 pm

    Sounds like a great weekend…minus the hitting your head part — ouch! Love that quote 🙂

  • Ashley M. [at] (never)homemaker April 7, 2014, 7:01 pm

    Love that quote!

  • Suzanna April 7, 2014, 8:15 pm

    Yum! That margarita is calling my name! I’m glad to hear you had a good weekend with lots of yummy food.

    – Suzanna

  • Ashley April 7, 2014, 10:58 pm

    Ahhhh – Chuys!!!!! I used to work there when I was in college (in Austin) – its my all time FAVORITE restaurant ever!!!! (which really says something since you tend to get sick of the food when you work somewhere). I’m so glad they’re expanding east-ward!!! Too bad they don’t come west – I now live in Arizona and have wicked Chuys withdrawals!!! Let me give you a secret tip for next time…..try to Boom Boom sauce!!!! It’s like a spicy queso. You can have it as a dip with chips or have it over your enchiladas (or burrito, etc.). It is PHENOMENAL!!!! And and and, did you try the “creamy crack” (creamy jalapeño)? It’s seriously addicting – a creamy jalapeño ranch dip for your chips. Ahhhh, droooooool!!!!!

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