(Caitlin told me to hold her sweet dog Maggie “like a football.” Apparently I need to learn how to hold a football!)
Caitlin is a blogging buddy of mine and we’ve become great friends outside of the internet. I cannot thank her enough for providing Ryan and me with some stellar recommendations during our short stay in Charlotte. I had the chance to visit Caitlin Monday morning before we had to head back to Florida while Ryan was grabbing breakfast with a friend. We split up so we could both spend time with a our buddies and I’m so glad I was able to enjoy a few hours with Caitlin and her sweet family before we had to head home.
I got to meet Caitlin’s adorable son, Henry, her sweet husband and her super cute dogs and cat. I was happily smothered by kisses from Maggie, Caitlin’s dachshund, and James, an adorable German shepherd/dachshund mix, upon my arrival. Maggie seems to share Sadie’s disregard for personal space which had Caitlin laughing because I didn’t even flinch when she finagled her way onto my lap. I assured Caitlin that her behavior was nothing compared to Sadie who gets in your face and follows your face with her face when she sits on your lap! And Jaaaames! James was such a little love machine. I adore him.
I’ve been reading Caitlin’s blog for years and we’ve hung out in person a few times at various blog-related events (most recently at the ZOOMA half marathon), but this was the first time I got to spend time with her family!
Henry is officially the cutest little boy and SO polite!!! He greeted me by name (he said it “Dulie” which melted my heart) and I was so impressed when he repeatedly said “thank you” to Caitlin when she passed him some applesauce and a banana. He is such a joyful and exuberant little boy!
Even though we were only able to hang out for a few hours, I enjoyed every minute and am anxiously awaiting more time with my friend in June when we’ll be reunited during the Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill race weekend. (If you’re in Boston June 7 and/or June 8 and want to run in one of the races, click here for some 10 percent off coupon codes!)
Back in Florida
The drive back to Florida took up the rest of our Monday and we spent the night at my parents’ place in Jacksonville which was a great decision since it saved us an additional two hours in the car. We were also reunited with Sadie!
We owe a big thank you to my sister and Ross who kindly looked after her all weekend. They are fabulous dog sitters and Ryan and I loved all of the picture updates they sent our way. Here are a few:
Clearly Sadie was up to her usual shenanigans while we were away!
This morning I awoke to a super simple breakfast I prepared before bed last night.
Almond butter overnight oats prepared right in the almond butter jar!
I made the oats similar to the way I make my peanut butter oatmeal cookie dough overnight oats and loved every bite.
I hope your Tuesday is off to a good start!