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Monthly Musings

Hello and happy Thursday!

Some months I feel like they seem to fly by, but May sure felt like it lasted forever! That being said, I can’t believe this time next week it will be June! Since it’s the last Thursday of the month, Holly and Patty are hosting their Monthly Musings link up.

This month’s topic is: Celebrating Memorial Day Weekend

Ahh…one of my favorite weekends of the year. Of course Memorial Day has significant meaning as we honor those who lost their lives serving our country.

Memorial Day Celebration with American Flag on background. Text “Memorial Day – Remember and Honor”

It’s also the start of summer. The pool opens, alarm clocks can be turned off, grills are turned on, and everyone can enjoy the warm summer sunshine.

1. How are you spending Memorial Day weekend?

Well, tomorrow is the last day of school…and usually I’d be in my pjs by 7:00, but our friends invited us over to grill out/hang on their patio. Saturday, we’ll spend the day at the state middle school track meet. Sunday and Monday we don’t have any official plans, and by that time, I’m sure I’ll be ready to relax. Our pool opened yesterday. We’ve had beautiful weather this week, but it’s only supposed to be mid-70’s the next few days. I’m sure the kids (especially Hadley) will head to the pool Sunday/Monday. I will probably go for a bit as well at some point.

2. Favorite ice cream?

My favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip!

3. Memorial Day travel or hanging out at home?

We never travel for Memorial Day…it’s always too close to the end of the school year. So, we will be at home when not at the track meet.

4. Burger? Hot dog? or both?

I love a good hot dog. We actually went out to dinner last Friday to a local spot, and I ordered a hot dog with cheese and pickle. It was so good.

There’s another local place called Boonedogs that we’ve been to a time or two, and it’s good as well.

5. Favorite cookout sides?

I love a good pasta salad. I made Shay’s Pepperoni & Bell Pepper Pasta Salad recipe this past weekend, and it’s really good.

This one I found on Pinterest years ago is one I make often as well.

6. White before or after Memorial Day?

For me, I typically wait until after Memorial Day…but that’s not because I’m trying to follow any fashion rule. I prefer to be tan before wearing white. I did wear my white jeans to school yesterday with a bright pink top…but I also made a visit to the Sun Tan City spray tan booth this past weekend.

7. Memorial Day traditions?

We don’t really have any Memorial Day traditions…not like we we seem to have for the 4th of July.

As a kid, I remember my extended family getting together for Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day weekends.

I joke that there are two kinds of Memorial Day weekend people…those who do yardwork, and those who go to the pool. Guess which one I’m married to! Plus, since I know I will have pool time in the summer, I’m not rushing to go over Memorial Day weekend when it’s so crowded.

It does seem like most years we grill out with neighbors at some point and go to the pool for a bit.

8. Share a summer recipe.

This Asparagus Fries recipe I found on Pinterest years ago, is a winner. My whole family loves them. This weekend, Travis picked up chicken to grill and came home with asparagus too. He requested this as a side. It’s one of Hadley’s favorites as well.

9. Parades, fireworks or cookouts?

Cook out and pool!

10. Show us your red, white, and blue…

For the patriotic holidays, I always put out a few flags…

…and I miss the days of the kids *willingly* wearing red, white, and blue…but how festive is Homer?

What are your Memorial Day weekend plans? Our weather looks amazing. I’m definitely ready for the weekend!

17 thoughts on “Monthly Musings

  1. Oh, I want to make those asparagus fries! I just did a Kroger pick up yesterday and included hot dogs. I love an occasional grilled hot dog. I never go to the pool on Memorial Day, but it is a big boating day. We still have students 3 days after Memorial Day but my seniors will be gone and it won’t be too hard so I can enjoy Monday.
    I am in a wedding on Sunday as the world’s oldest bridesmaid so I have to time my next spray tan. I think I am going Friday or Saturday. I also need a white pedicure.
    I love your white jeans outfit!

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    1. The asparagus fries are so good! They take a little effort but not too much.
      I can’t wait until you share about the wedding. So fun. I’m timing mine out too until I’m officially tan because of the pool. I’ve found a couple good deals – two tans for $30 and then $10 on Monday and Tuesday in May. So I’ve been in a decent routine.
      Thanks! I’ve been wearing dresses more lately but wanted to wear that top.


      1. I can’t wait to make them. Maybe I will find some at the farmer’s market. I hope I have the stamina for a long wedding day!
        Wow – is that Sun Tan City? Really good deal! It takes a while to find your routine. I am going today. That top is really pretty! Love it! I think you look great in pinks!

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      2. I’m kind of annoyed because I downloaded the app to check wait time before I went the first time. I saw two tans for $30, but wanted to purchase in store…but she told me 2 for $50 or whatever I bought. I’m guessing they just left u find the deals on the app haha
        I think I might go Tuesday and use $10 Monday/Tuesday deal for May. It would be the last day.


      3. They are weird about in store versus other payments. I had a $20 credit and could only use it in store to pay for June. Stupid! So, I did. I paid $63 for May and went at least 4 times and I am going to do June. I may do July but that will be it. I justify this because I don’t get regular pedis or manis, or anything other than hair really.
        You should definitely do that deal and then it will last about a week as you are working on a real tan! Last summer spray tanning had me seeking shade more because I wasn’t trying to get real color, though. So, I think it was good in that way.

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  2. Brr.. I can’t even think about pools this early in the season this year. Yay for finishing up school by Memorial day! That for sure is a sign that summer has started.

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  3. Thanks for sharing the asparagus fries recipe – that looks like something my husband would love. (I’m rather ambivalent about asparagus, but that looks good!) Love the photo of your dog! Have a great weekend!

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