Happy Sunday!  And Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and grandmas.


(Flashback!  The only picture I could find of my mother and my mother-in-law… Two awesome women who help and support us SO MUCH.  Don’t know where we would be without these incredibly strong and thought ladies…)


It’s fitting that this weekend culminated in the celebration that is Mother’s Day because the past few days have been all-around amazing.  My husband’s birthday was on Thursday, and I surprised him by bringing out his BFF, Joe, who lives in Philadelphia.  He was so excited to see him!  We took Joe all over the city and did lots of fun things… Probably the most exciting outing was our trip to the United States National Whitewater Center.  The big boys didn’t do any whitewater rafting, but they did zip lined and rock climbed.

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Henry was truly disappointed that he could not participate.  I swear, if the employees had suited him up, he would’ve been barreling down that zipline, too.  Is he 2 or 14?!  Sometimes I cannot tell.

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Side note:  Over the weekend, I re-discovered hardboiled eggs and am obsessed.  Goodness, I love eggs in all forms.  But hardboiled with Earth Balance on toast with a generous sprinkle of sea salt… it’s the best.


On Saturday night, I threw Kristien a surprise party!  I say “surprise” but it wasn’t really.  It’s kind of impossible to pull off a huge surprise dinner party when you’re juggling a toddler, food prep, and hiding everything in the kitchen.  The copious amount of rum on the container probably gave me away!


I had planned an outdoor BBQ but it rained… I cleared everything out of the living room and pushed together two big tables – TADA!  It actually worked out quite well.


I have a whole post to write about our menu… I made a ton of from-scratch goodies (including a homemade vegan cream sauce and an almond butter BBQ sauce that was TO DIE FOR).  I also want to write about the food prep I did for this party… I did most of it the night before, and it really cut down on last-minute franticness immediately before the guests arrived.  I’ve been trying to “figure out” how to do this for dinner parties for SO LONG, and I finally hit the nail on the head!


Blowing out the candles!  Can’t believe we’re both in our 30s now.  After all, we met when we were 19!  Time flies when you’re having fun and making incredible memories. I truly could not wish for a better husband.  <3

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So – Mother’s Day!  All I’ve wanted to do for recent holidays (i.e. my birthday and Mother’s Day) is… NOTHING.  I know lots of moms want to do big brunches or trips to the zoo for the holiday, but this work-from-home momma desperately wanted some quiet time!  And that’s exactly what I got… I slept until 9:30, got breakfast and a homemade card in bed, and then I had two hours to myself while Kristien and Henry took Joe out to bunch and to the airport.

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While everyone was gone, I went for a solo run!  It was super hot out but I did 4.0 miles.

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And then we went shopping… Kristien spent some birthday money on two new suits, and I got some new digs, too.   But I’ll admit – I spent a lot of our trip staring at Henry and thinking about how lucky and blessed I feel.  Being a mom is the best thing that I’ve ever experienced – I try to be actively thankful every single day, but it’s nice to have a special holiday to remind me of how grateful I am for my family.

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So – that was our weekend!  JAM PACKED with fun and lots of love.  I couldn’t ask for more.


And again – Happy Mother’s Day!



  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs May 11, 2014, 6:17 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic weekend! Happy Mother’s Day 🙂

  • jen May 11, 2014, 9:22 pm

    happy mother’s day 🙂 doing nothing in celebration sounds amazing…if only i could get my kids on board with that.

    do you have a gluten free cake mix that you like? we tried bob redmill’s today and i wasn’t thrilled with it.

    • Caitlin May 12, 2014, 7:27 am

      The Betty Crocker one is good!

  • Emily @ Fit as a Mother... May 11, 2014, 10:10 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day! Sounds like you enjoyed. 🙂

  • Runner Girl Eats May 12, 2014, 6:08 am

    Every time I come to Charlotte we talk about goign to the Whitewater Center adn never make it. Next trip I need to go no matter what!!

  • Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork May 12, 2014, 7:43 am

    What a wonderful few days of celebrations! That picture of Henry sitting by the zip lines is priceless! He seriously looks so disappointed. Poor kiddo! I remember feeling like that at times (too short to ride the rollercoaster, etc.).
    I am huge on food prep the night before. We host Mother’s Day brunch and most of my recipes are made the night before so that all I have to do is put it in the oven or take it out of the fridge and put on the table. Plus, not as many dirty dishes to clean up on the day of the celebration.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed May 12, 2014, 8:21 am

    Wow I’m loving his curly locks 🙂 Happy Mother’s Day <3

  • Laura@SneakersandSpatulas May 12, 2014, 8:48 am

    We’ve been to the rafting center and loved it! Why didn’t they go down the rapids? It is the best part!!

  • Hannah May 12, 2014, 8:50 am

    I’m glad to head you had a happy mothers day! Breakfast in bed and some quiet time sounds wonderful.

    That zip line looks scary!

  • Marie May 12, 2014, 12:10 pm

    Happy Mother’s day to you! Ahh, I am LOVING his curls; so cute!

  • Jenn@Mark My Miles! May 12, 2014, 2:20 pm

    Happy Belated Mother’s day. Sounds like you had an amazing weekend!!!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun May 12, 2014, 2:46 pm

    Glad you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  • Lori May 12, 2014, 2:56 pm

    Just yesterday my husband and I were trying to wrap our heads around the fact that we’ve been together for 11 years!
    Glad you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. My little boy is 19 months and you’re right, it’s the best thing ever. Number two due in Aug 🙂 For some reason, every Fri, I think it’s the day that you are going to announce your number two! hahaha! I can’t wait! Loved following your first pregnancy (you inspired my natural birth, big time!) and love all your mama posts.
    PS – Henry’s hair is incredible!

    • Caitlin May 12, 2014, 3:13 pm

      You are so sweet 🙂 Congrats on your LO!!!! I hope you have an awesome birth experience with this baby too!

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