But here's how!
1. I kept myself busy by reading a lot of academic journals, and sharing them with my nephew and my Dad.
|Why, WHY do I like things meant for tweens?|
|Good read, bud.|
|My Dad got in on some of my reading. He also found a photo of me, printed as an ad for Cotton against my will.|
|Okay. My name isn't on this. But this was during a strenuous paddleboat workout, so it evens out.|
|Fruit Salad from Cottage Country. Can't get much more local than that.|
|So... what's everyone else having?|
|My dream meal. Pesto salmon, apple walnut salad, and quinoa salad. RIDIC.|
|Great photo, Carter.|
|The boys trying to find where the hell my ball went.|
8. I took photos instead of stuffing my face. Um... at least until I put the camera down.
It was so fun to be away with my fam for the week! We are all the exact same, so we didn't have to try to be polite by not shoving our mouths full of treats for the week. We have a "work hard, play hard" mentality. We all love to be active, and to that, we all love to eat- and we save it for special occasions like cottages, birthdays, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Yom Kippur, Hanukkah, other people's birthdays, graduations, a regular Wednesday, only pressing the snooze button three times... I digress.
We planned out our meals for the week which helped with food portions, and got so excited about some of our theme nights:
Sunday- Kraft Dinner (Yes, this WAS really exciting for my sister and I)
Monday- Homemade Turkey Chili (slow cooked by yours truly with all local vegetables)
Tuesday- BBQ (burgers, hot dogs, fruit salad- the real kind)
Wednesday- Fiesta! (fajitas with homemade guacamole, fresh veggies, salsa, jalapenos, hot sauce and greek yogurt substituted for sour cream)
Thursday- Salmon (barbecued with some ridic salads)
Friday- Pizza (flatbreads with gourmet toppings- lots of veggies, pesto, parmesan cheese, etc.)
Now, you'd think I would have taken photos of these meals as I planned on sharing them with you all.
That would involve me not stuffing my face. I did manage to take one- the photo above of the salmon and salads. Delicious Ridiculousness. Yeah, I said it. Even though it was a week that felt like total luxury, we ate some amazing healthy food and were very active as a family. It was such a great week that we are anxious to book a year in advance so that we get them in our calendars for next year!
1. Family vacations: Friend, or Foe?
Friend. Though... let's face it, we all need some alone time sometimes. Hence my academic literature choices for the week.
2. When you're going away, do you plan out your meals? Even if it's checking out the menu at the restaurant you'll be eating at?
This depends for me. If it's one night out or a weekend, definitely yes. In fact I get a little anxious not knowing because I'm a bit of a freak when it comes to planning meals/snacks. If it's for a longer period of time, say a week away, I allow myself to go with the flow.
Don't forget to enter my TITIKA SPORTS BRA GIVEAWAY!!! Ends this FRIDAY!!!