Memorial Day Festivities

Sunday morning arrived and as expected, I cooked up an egg sandwich. I’m wondering when I’ll get sick of these. My guess is no time soon.

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  • Thomas whole wheat english muffin toasted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 slice of Swiss cheese
  • Diced red bell pepper

We then headed 11:30 mass at our church, St. John Nuemann in Reston, the yuje (usual abrev).

Upon arriving home, I sliced up some apples and sprinkled them with cinnamon. I’m kind of a cinnamon fiend, if you haven’t noticed yet. I put it on so many things. I really feel like it enhances the flavor of anything, plus it’s awesome for you and preserves food. Say bye bye to browning apples!

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My mom put the finishing touches on her red, white, and blue parfait dessert and we were off to our family friend’s Memorial Day cookout.

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Recipe not to be disclosed, according to my secretive chef of a mother. Baker is actually her maiden name. Is that appropriate or what?

The cook out was at one of my dad’s best friend’s home in Mclean. We go there often for their many entertaining events. They are always top-notch hosts. My dad and him both share a passion for fine grilling and so I can always expect an exquisite, top-quality meal when we go over.

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  • Grilled rockfish
  • Grilled lobster tail
  • Grilled veggie medley
  • Corn on the cob
  • Multigrain olive bread
  • Salad w/ chickpeas & lemon olive oil dressing

Here’s a pic of my mom and brother, unfortunately one of the only ones I snapped from the gathering.

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I attended one of my good high school friend’s cookout after that, with a fire pit and all! It was nice catching up. Afterward, I headed back and whipped up some oatmeal, as I haven’t had any of that yummy, gooey goodness in a while.

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  • 1/2 cup oats
  • A few dark chocolate chips
  • 1 spoonful of peanut butter
  • 1 spoonful of almond butter
  • 1 tb of chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxmeal
  • 3/4 cup almond milk

This morning, Memorial Day morning, I decided to make a rather festive breakfast. I incorporated some of my favorites while displaying a tidbit of due patriotism.

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  • Arnold whole wheat toast w/ almond butter
  • Pink Cripps apple slices
  • Blueberries

Later on, my parents left for the D.C. Memorial Day Parade, that I would’ve gone to if I had known about it earlier and had got more of my school work done. So unfortunately I stayed behind and they left to celebrate in the nation’s capital’s festivities.

I have always been very patriotic, proud, and so grateful to be an American, as most Americans are. I’m sure a good part of it has to do with my parents’ experiences and what they have taught me as well, as they both served in the U.S. Navy. It’s crazy to think how adventurous their lives must have been when they were my age, traveling the world as government property, while I still feel like I live my life in a bubble.

I decided to go on a mission to find some old pics of them back in their Navy days, and these are what I found.

This one was my dad’s arrival back from one of his many trips out to sea. Weren’t they adorable?

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This is the the aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Constellation, my dad was stationed on.

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Here are the two love birds out of their uniforms. Navy sailors actually sail? Who knew!

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Looking through all of these makes me want to get out there and really start living! I know my parents had a heck of a time traveling while in the Navy and then once out, traveling and living up the married life. I’m pretty sure they lived in at least six different states before settling in Northern VA.

From inspiring stories, like this one, and others I hear about all the time, it is truly so important to live life to the fullest. Put yourself out there, stay positive, and never give up. Life, and a healthy one at that, is a blessing.

Remember to fly your flags today for those who can’t. God bless and Happy Memorial Day.

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