We spent the past week at Folly Beach with my husband’s family. I commuted to work for the first few days of the week and was able to take a few little time off at the end of the week to enjoy the beach.
The family enjoyed spending every day at the beach and we got to utilize the beach for some activities that we do not typically get to do. TJ ran on the beach all but two mornings, when he went kayaking. TJ also played a lot of football on the beach with his dad and brother. The one morning that I was not working I was able to run on the beach with TJ and the other morning I tried paddle boarding for the first time. Running on the beach is more difficult than running on solid ground and I felt it more in my calves than when I run on pavement. It was also a nice change being able to watch the water while running instead of just looking at houses.
Paddle boarding was also a fun experience. I have been saying since we moved here that I wanted to try it, but never followed through. I rented a board from COA next to Bowen Island restaurant. They were amazing! They provided me all of the equipment I needed (board, paddle, map, wet bag and life jacket) and they also provided instruction before I started on the different paddling techniques. They also put your board in the water for you and assisted you on the board and back off when you were finished. TJ kayaked with his father next to me while I was paddle boarding and there were dolphins around us almost the whole three hours. We also took TJ’s family to the last Party in the Park on Tuesday night. While it was hot for them due to not being used to the hot weather, we all enjoyed the event. They do not have events like Party in the Park in Pennsylvania where you can listen to music for free in such a beautiful setting.
My biggest concern of this week was the diet aspect that we have worked so hard to change. TJ’s parents rented a house, which gave us the ability to cook most meals instead of eating at a restaurant or having take out. We did splurge a few times to try restaurants near Folly like Bowen Island and the Drop In. TJ also went to the grocery store with his family which gave him the ability to monitor some of the food that was being purchased.
As I mentioned in a previous post, both sets of grandparents do not get to see our kids often so they tend to spoil them, which includes giving them a lot of unhealthy snacks. Aviana is able to vocalize her wants more now than during prior family visits so her snacking was actually decreased. She was also really active and distracted by other activities where she did not focus on eating. We have found that she tends to lean on food when she gets bored, so keeping her active is key to minimizing snacking. We are now home and onto trying to make yet another adjustment getting the kids and ourselves back to reality and out of beach mode.
- Submitted by Vanessa Vest