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This Friday was Henry’s birthday.  Big number three.  Can you believe it?  I certainly cannot.  Nothing makes you more aware of how time truly flies than watching a child grow up. 


Here is what I think of when I think of Henry at age 3:  Talkative.  Obsessed with animals (favorite animal is a cheetah by miles; T-Rex is a distant second).  Sporty.  So fast and super agile.  Really funny.  Rough and tumbly.  LOUD.  Likes pizza, soccer classes, swimming, his baby sister, being right, and playing outside.  A great kid, through and through.


Somehow I found him cheetah-print balloons!


For his birthday, Kristien and I got him a PlasmaCar and Magnatiles.  Both items were definitely splurges but I think he will play with both of these toys for a long time.  Fingers crossed.  I tried so hard to get a picture of him on the PlasmaCar, but like I mentioned… he doesn’t sit still for long. 


Oh, and Henry’s cake was a gluten-free Funfetti cake!  I randomly stumbled across this in the supermarket… I have to say that it was pretty good.  Funfetti rocks.


Claire wishes she could have some, but she was stuck with butternut squash…


Let’s see, what else?


Oh, I squeezed in some wonderful workouts.  That’s saying a lot because the weather was BOILING and an outdoor workout was challenging to fit in.   On Wednesday, I did a 1000 meter swim following by a 2.0 mile run in 17 minutes – pretty speedy for me!


On Thursday, I woke up at 5:15 to run a 10K with training buddy Brandi.  That was a pretty great accomplishment for me because 1) I almost never pull myself together to run before the kids are up and 2) I haven’t that far since before I was pregnant with Claire.


I took off Friday and Saturday.  Desperately needed a break.


And on Sunday, I did a 2.2 mile run –  we had a lot to do, and I would’ve loved my workout to be longer, but I was pretty pleased that I managed to find the time to do anything at all.


So now it’s MONDAY.  And I’m pumped for a new week.  I’ve got some grand plans, and I have a sneaking suspicion this is going to be a great week.  I hope yours is fabulous, too!



  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul June 15, 2015, 8:11 am

    Happy 3 to Henry!!!

  • Elizabeth Beil June 15, 2015, 8:27 am

    Happy birthday to Henry! I can’t believe it has been 3 years! Time seriously flies!

  • Nikki June 15, 2015, 8:41 am

    Three already! I’m sure the time has flown when you think of it! As hard as these last 2 months have been with my new baby, I’m going to miss when she’s this little! I can’t wait to see the girl she grows up to be, but at the same time don’t want her to grow up! Such is motherhood I guess. 😉

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed June 15, 2015, 8:48 am

    Time flies! Happy Birthday Henry!

  • Traci June 15, 2015, 9:52 am

    Beautiful flowers. Happy birthday, Henry!

  • Courtney June 15, 2015, 10:50 am

    I’m going to have to keep an eye out for the GF funfetti. I prefer to do the cakes here, but my husband has celiac and I can’t let flour get into the air. When I do make birthday cakes, I mix them up outside.

  • Ash Diamond June 15, 2015, 11:37 am

    Great job squeezing in the workouts even during a busy week!

  • Laura @ June 15, 2015, 12:04 pm

    Looks like it was a fun birthday celebration!

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine June 15, 2015, 12:38 pm

    I can’t believe he is 3 already! Happy birthday Henry!!

  • kristin | W [H] A T C H June 15, 2015, 1:39 pm

    caitlin! this post is oh so timely. my 30th birthday is next week and i love love love funfetti but am really trying to stick to a gluten free diet. i had no idea GF funfetti existed! my world is changed (and so is my birthday celebration).

  • Amanda June 15, 2015, 2:05 pm

    Happy birthday to Henry! That plasmacar looks so fun!! I wish they made them in adult size. Funfetti is seriously the best cake.

    • Caitlin June 16, 2015, 7:46 am

      They hold up to 220 pounds 🙂 You can ride it too!

  • Melissa June 15, 2015, 6:35 pm

    Happy Birthday to Henry! Funfetti cakes are always the best! It’s been my favorite since childhood and it is still one of the best flavors out there!

  • Chris June 15, 2015, 11:44 pm

    I am curious about Henry being gluten free? I remember a few years ago when you did a test and decided you were sensitive to gluten but I don’t remember what the reason was for Henry. Like I said, just curious. Thanks!

    • Caitlin June 16, 2015, 7:46 am

      He has gluten occasionally at school or whatnot but I just prefer to keep him GF at home for simplicity sake. 🙂

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