Early Monday morning, my adorable hubby and I left the great state of West Virginia to visit my father-in-law in Hilton Head, South Carolina. This is where we’re spending the first week of our two-week holiday. We decided to split our drive into two days, so we wouldn’t be so exhausted when we arrived.
I’d prepared myself fully for a very different kind of vacation. Though most of our trip will be full of wonderful adventures, a part of it will be filled with some very sad tasks. The saddest being to clean out my mother-in-law’s closets and donate her clothing and some of her other items to charity. She passed away in October 2013 and visiting my in-law’s home isn’t the same without her welcoming presence in it. The other thing I’ve been prepping for is sticking with my exercise and meal plan while on vacation. These past three days have been a little hard, but I’m doing it!
Vacation for my husband and I is usually a full-blown food-fest with us eating out for every meal, and snacking heavily in between. Exercise has never been an element of vacation for us. However, this trip is completely different from any we’ve had before. While on our way, we walked laps at every rest stop we visited. We spent Monday night in a lovely Hilton in Columbia, SC and took full advantage of their fitness room and pool. Though the outdoor pool at our current hotel isn’t open, it does have a fitness room, and we’ve been mightily busy helping out at my father-in-laws. My mother-in-law was an amazing gardener and created such beautiful landscaping in their yard. Today, my husband and I spent the day weeding all of her flower and ornamental beds; and boy, are we tired! It was a perfect activity for feeling close to her. Kneeling where we knew she’d knelt to artistically place each plant was a cathartic experience, and one that we know she’d appreciate.
Meal time is definitely a change for us! I’ve packed my shakes, and soon as we arrived I hit the grocery store for veggie burgers, fruit, salad items, and plain Greek yogurt. I’m a cheap date on this trip, as we’ve only eaten out twice and both times I had a small grilled chicken breast and a tossed salad with no dressing. We are going to get seafood one evening, because I can have fish and crab meat, which I dearly love. Today, I made a huge lasagna for my father-in-law and husband. I packaged 10 containers of leftovers and popped them in the freezer for him to have once we’re gone.
Tomorrow, we’re going to do some cleaning out of things at my father-in-law’s house and I’m going to make his requested meal of meatloaf, baked yams and broccoli. (I’ll freeze those leftovers for him, as well).
We did go to the beach yesterday evening for a short walk, but the parking is so difficult to find here, that may be our only beach time this week. Saturday, we’ll be heading to the Outer Banks for a much more romantic getaway!
I miss all of my readers, and I hope you’re all having a wonderful week! I hope to feel more creative next week, for now I just feel tired from the 90 degree heat, but very happy to be here helping out! 🙂