Thursday, May 26, 2011

Hilton Head Vacation part 1

Well I know this has nothing to do with our "home-makeover" but I figured it was the easiest way to share some of our vacation pictures and updates with our friends and loved ones. 

We arrived on Sunday and have two beautiful houses to share among the 8 of us. RJ and I are bunking up with Halley and Shawn (not really, we have separate rooms/bathrooms) and Reed and Laura are with Chelsey and Trevor.

Sunday night we got unpacked and ordered some pizzas and salads. It was a good low key night after spending 11 hours in the car!

On Monday morning I was excited to check out the fitness center in the club house which is in walking distance from all the houses here. It's perfect - a great elliptical, treadmills, free weights, solid weight machine and TV with cable. In the club house there is also a pool table, free coffee and cookies, a nice sitting area and computer for all the members to use. It's a really nice amenity. That is where the pool and hot tubs are also, so it's great to be in walking distance from those (though we haven't utilized the hot tubs yet). 
It's funny I don't remember using the fitness center at all when we were on our honeymoon here a few years ago. I must not have needed as much sweat therapy back then! 

Later on Monday morning RJ and I and Halley and Shawn headed to the pool while the others went to check out the beach. Poor Shawn didn't spend more than 30-40 minutes in the sun and got burned - with sunscreen! He just has that susceptible skintone. Chelsey, on the other hand, turns an even browner shade of brown, we're all jealous!

This was from our dinner on Monday night - went to the Boat House restaurant on the Island and had a great view of the harbor. They had the best fresh fish and of course, Island Vacation tropical drinks.

Most of the group about to head out to dinner:

On Tuesday we hit the pool all day. RJ didn't reapply his sunscreen enough on Monday, so he really burned his shoulders. He decided to try to keep the sun off of them on Tuesday. I really learned my lesson in Mexico last year so have been obsessively reapplying sunscreen and wearing a straw hat.

We've been calling Trevor our free entertainment, he definitely keeps us all amused!

We have a system going where each couple is going to take a night to cook (except Reed and Laura, we're not letting them cook). RJ and I chose to go first and cooked on Tuesday night. We got some great chicken breasts to grill for chicken sandwiches and also grilled some zucchini and corn.

RJ was the grill master and his chicken was perfect (if I do say so myself):

We also made Karen's famous bean salad, definitely a hot weather classic. Fantastic as both a dip with tortilla chips and as a salad topper.

 We also had guacamole with some fresh avocados and cheese with french bread. Nobody left hungry and we finished the guacamole - so I'd say it was a success.

 There are some of the most beautiful trees and flowers on the island. The Spanish Moss is definitely not something we see at home.

Coming soon - Vacation part 2!

In the mean time, we've got to get to the pool.

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