My Nearly Perfect Memorial Day Weekend

Growing up, every Memorial Day weekend my family would drive 3.5 hours to visit Neola, is a tiny town in eastern Utah where my dad was born and some of my family still lives. We’d spend time visiting the remote, peaceful cemetary where a lot of his family rests and watch as veterans in their 70s, 80s and 90s fired shots to honor other servicemen. After the shots, a veteran would play taps on a trumpet.

[my brother posted this picture on facebook from today's service and then texted me after seeing my post to let me know he had a picture to go with my blog post! thanks Jack!]

We’d go to the morning service at the cemetery, then visit another very, very small cemetery that you wouldn’t know existed if it didn’t have significance to you. Afterwards, we’d head back to my favorite cousin’s house (sup Jeana!) for lunch as a family.

As I get older, not only am I grateful for the memories with my family but also for the servicemen who came to that cemetery every year as they aged to honor the men and women who have since served and are currently serving. It was truly a beautiful Memorial Day service and I’m so grateful that I was able to do that with my family. I took it for granted as a child and teenager but as I reflect on it, I realize what a unique and special experience it was.

I wasn’t with my family this year but I still had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. On Saturday night, I had homemade mojitos (thanks Liz!) and a dance party with a couple friends. It was a blast. I don’t really like crowded bars (and I’ve never been to a club) but I love dancing so we had a good time on their patio.

On Sunday, I had brunch at Willow’s Bistro with Michelle from Pure2Raw on Sunday. I absolutely love that girl. We chatted non-stop for 3.5 hours.

Today I was feeling really homesick for the Utah mountains, so I headed up to the NC mountains with the pup and some friends. We stopped for lunch at a Boone Bagelry – they have their dough shipped from family in New York. Holy crap, best bagels of my life. The owner swears it’s the water in NYC that makes them so good. We sat on the patio and Maizey was loved on by every customer that came by. She’s so sweet. :)

Then we headed a little further up the mountain. I lathered up in sunscreen, kicked off my kicks and listened to the river as I read Jane Eyre. (Anna, I’m not even close to being done. Can I still come to book club? ;) )

After exploring the river bed a bit, we headed over to a quiet lake and snacked on some crackers + hummus, fresh fruit, and kombucha.

The only other thing I needed to make this weekend 100% perfect was if my family were here. But I’m very grateful for my North Carolina friends who have become my family here. I’m a lucky gal.

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15 comments // by Teri [a foodie stays fit]



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1 Crystal at

Yay!! Looks like you had fun! Tom and I went hiking today too- apparently NC has like a million state parks. We should probably hit them all up

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2 Teri at

i agree! let’s visit at least half of them together!

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3 Sana at

What a beautiful place to read!
Sana´s last blog post ..Cook OUT. Eat IN.

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4 Lea at

Boone Bagelry is too good. They’re my favorite go to delivery restaurant when I’m snowed in my dorm room. I had no idea that they ship their dough in from New York though! No wonder they’re so good!
Lea´s last blog post ..Scenes From the Farmer’s Market

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5 Teri at

I am SO jealous that you can get their bagels on a regular basis!!!!

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6 Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana at

What an awesome Memorial Day tradition, it really captures what this weekend is all about :)
Maura @ My Healthy ‘Ohana´s last blog post ..Fun in the Sun

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7 Ashley at

miss you dear friend xo
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8 Meghan at

We were crossing paths – I was headed down from Boone as you were headed up! And I’m wondering if your hiking/reading spot is the same place we always go to – looks very similar. But then again, maybe all rocks/water/mountains look alike. :)

Looks like you had a perfect weekend! And you better come to book club – I’m looking forward to seeing you! But keep reading Jane, it gets so good… all of a sudden you’ll get to a point in the story where you can’t put it down.

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9 Grace at

What a beautiful weekend! By the way I love that you danced on your friends patio, I too love dancing but don’t like clubs or bars! It’s so much more fun to just be with your friends!
Grace´s last blog post ..Random Travels: From Ludington to Clarksville

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10 Teri at

I completely agree!

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11 Janetha at

I am so glad you had a great weekend! Looked like an absolute blast.
Janetha´s last blog post ..memorial day moments.

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12 Violet at

Hiking, Jane Eyre and NY bagels? Sounds like my kind of weekend!

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13 Pure2raw twins at

so glad I could be apart of your great weekend. I had a blast chatting with you! I could hardly believe how time just flew by while we just chatted away :)
fun times!
we will have to do it again when Lori gets back into town!!
hope all is well. hugs
Michelle

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14 Annette @ FitnessPerks at

Mmmmm I’d love a good bagel right about NOW :)
Annette @ FitnessPerks´s last blog post ..How To Get Rid Of ‘Fat Days’

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15 jeana at

Sup Teri!~ What a great post! Memorial day was never the same without you! Nothing like a small town tradition to remind us about what is important. One of the reasons I try to make it home for the 4th of July. Love and miss you!

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