Sunday, May 19, 2013
We spent the last 5 days or so at my in laws. I actually quite like my in laws, and I love how they treat my kid. I feel grateful to have such a close relationship with them, and I like that we get to visit every other month or so.
Health wise though, the visits are a mess. They eat lots of fatty/junky foods, like eggplant parm, pizza, egg salad, pancakes, cupcakes, mayonnaise based foods....you get the point. They are great about making sure there are fresh fruits and veggies in the house for me and my daughter, and I appreciate the lengths they go to make sure they have food that is really clearly only there for us. They also never make me feel awkward about using their kitchen to make a veggie side, or cut up some fruit for dessert for us (and they usually will humor me and try some).
It is a long time without my food and kitchen, and I find it somewhat harder to plan at their house. The results were not good. I usually take such pains to avoid unhealthy choices, that I end up having trouble meeting my calorie goals. I assume a potato pancake is about 300 calories more than it is, and by the time I track things, I'm just super low on calories. Which you would think would be easy enough to remedy with all the junk food, but honestly, my body doesn't even want it any more. Amazing how much things can change.
Other than foodwise, the trip was absolutely lovely. They have a big back yard to run around in, bubbles, a slide, and lots of other fun outdoorsy things. The in-laws are still pretty young, and enjoy going outside and being active-ish with us. The TV was off the entire time, and we just spent time enjoying each other, playing games, dancing and playing. People think I'm nuts because my husband and I (and kid) haven't been anywhere other than to visit our parents since our daughter was born. But I can't imagine a traditional vacation can compare to the happy family time, visiting with cousins, and developing a close relationship to grandparents.
It is always nice to get back to your own house. I love my bed :)