End of the Trip (well, Almost)

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I’m back home!  So excited to be here after being gone for a long, long week.

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I ended my trip in Charlottesville with Kath, Matt and Mazen.   We had an awesome lunch in the walking mall.  It was only after my food was delivered that I realized that I ordered two kind of potatoes – oh well.  You can never go wrong with mashed AND sweet.  Hah.

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In the evening, I went to University of Richmond for my third Operation Beautiful presentation of the week – there was a turnout of about 400 students!  I spoke to around 1000 people this week, which may be a new record for a single week!


Thankfully, I got home early and slept like a rock.



A visit to Kath’s is never complete with oatmeal <— the How-To for her technique.  I was left in charge of stirring it and almost panicked -  I didn’t want to screw it up!  Hah. 


After breakfast, Henry and I drove the 5.5 hours home, picked the dogs up from the kennel, and practically skipped through our front door (where we were reunited with the Husband!).  It feels so good to be back, even if I’m only home until Monday (when I fly to Colorado for my last event).

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I was SO. SO. SO. happy to go on a walk when I got home.  I have not really “exercised” at all in the last 10 days or so – walking around Charlottesville’s walking mall was my big physical activity of the trip.  I feel the lack of movement and excess of car/plane sitting deep, deep in my bones.


On my walk, I was thinking about what I’d like to focus on for the next 5 weeks or so (let the countdown to Little One commence!!):


Wrap up a few long-term work projects <— I swear, if these big ticket items are not done before the baby’s birth, I will never, ever get them done.

Finish cleaning out the last two closets! <— I can do it!

Order all last-minute baby supplies <— easy and fun!

Stay super hydrated

Eat a lot of vegetables

Walk every single day

Try to swim at least twice a week

Soak up time with just the Husband

Soak up time with just Henry

Get one last prenatal massage <— obviously necessary


I’ve been kind of thinking of the past crazy work week as a major milestone on the way to the arrival of Little One… Now that I’m nearly the other side of the work crush, I really want to focus on things at home, my relationships, and my health.  <3 <3 <3  I’m excited to get down to it!



  • Carrie (This Fit Chick) October 24, 2014, 7:35 pm

    A walk sounds wonderful! I wish there were nicer areas around me to walk– or a park.. always so refreshing and helps clear my mind!

  • Holly @ Happiness This Hour October 24, 2014, 9:20 pm

    You are one impressive mama to have the energy for this schedule! Any guesses on what baby number two will be?

  • Emily October 25, 2014, 2:37 pm

    Pregnancy aside, I’m impressed with how much you traveled this past week! So close to your due date–I’m in awe. 🙂

    And what a beautiful picture of the fallen leaves!

  • Annie October 26, 2014, 4:56 pm

    I love your blog and just picked up your Operation Beautiful book! I teach fourth grade and am a marathon runner, as is my 23 year old son. (He is WAY faster than I am… 2:44 !)
    Your plans for the second baby sound perfect. I have two sons, 2 1/2 years apart and loved every minute of their babyhood! 🙂

    • Caitlin October 26, 2014, 8:50 pm

      Dang your kiddo is fast!!! So cool 🙂

      Thanks for supporting OB! I appreciate it so much.

  • Christina @ The Beautiful Balance October 26, 2014, 6:46 pm

    You can’t go wrong with two types of potatoes, ever! When in doubt, always choose both. Haha

  • lynne October 26, 2014, 8:45 pm

    Wow, what a week of travel! I can’t imagine traveling that much let alone being as pregnant as you are and going all those places.

    You mentioned picking the dogs up at the kennel, but I thought you said you Mom was staying at your house to watch them? And Henry stayed with Kath for quite some time?

    I’m sure you’re glad to be home, alas, only to be leaving again.

    • Caitlin October 26, 2014, 8:50 pm

      Oh man you’re right. So confusing the way I wrote it!! I could barely keep the details of the trip straight. It included soooo much juggling. My mom stayed at my house for most of the trip but then she had to go home so she put them in the kennel for a few nights. Henry was only with Kath Wednesday night and Thursday night – I actually ended up sleeping there both nights but was at events in the evening. The husband had dropped him off on Wednesday afternoon on his way to the Miami v. Virginia Tech game, which was on Thursday (it was a fun man trip with his college buddies). Then I drove back from Charlotte with Henry on Friday in my rental and the husband got home a few hours later! Haha it was super nuts. Like I said so much crazy coordination… It was pretty nice of so many of our friends and family to help us out on the trip!!

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