Land of the Free Because of the Brave

I want to begin by saying I hope you all had a fabulous holiday weekend! Ours was really nothing short of amazing. I do have quite a number of photos that I would love to share, so I’ll try to keep my writing a little brief. ūüėČ

On Thursday, I swung by one of my favorite stores, HomeGoods, and I finally found a new lunch bag. This was made by Fit and Fresh. It came with three containers and an ice pack plus has a really cute design.

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Friday started at 5:00AM so that Matt and I could meet with our friend who so graciously offered to drive our new enclosed trailer with Matt’s race car down to Bloomingdale, GA for a race weekend. This was the same track, Roebling Road Raceway, where Matt completed his driving school back in February. Breakfast included cooked and chilled steel cut oatmeal enjoyed from a pb jar along with freshly cut mango.

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Everyone was encouraged to wear orange to honor Pat Summitt, so I made sure to at least wear my orange shorts.

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Lunch on the road included a nice vegetarian sandwich along with veg on the side for crunch.

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Once we got to the spot where we could unload the car and camp for the weekend, the weather turned ugly. But I actually loved the stormy clouds, and it at least cooled it down for a little bit.

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It blew over pretty quickly, so Matt and Dick began getting us set-up. The trailer came with this awning, which was perfect to debut this past weekend!

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Matt and I went on a walk to stretch our legs and came upon this tree along the track. I love the moss that was hanging from it!

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A little fun selfie action in the trailer while the boys did the hard work. ūüėČ

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Once the storm cleared, the sky was simply breathtaking.

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Tazo sangria iced tea concentrate for sippin’ before dinner.

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I made our meal on Thursday night so that all we had to do was reheat it.

Our air mattress worked really well, and it was such a luxury to have our own trailer to sleep in rather than the Excursion!

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We both woke up early on Saturday, so I grabbed a shower then made breakfast and coffee. {Thanks to Kaci for loaning me this cute Old Navy tank as well as one more for Sunday!} I mixed a packet of GF lightly sweetened oatmeal with flax into Fage plain yogurt and enjoyed it with pb and a warmed cinnamon-spiced peach.

Matt’s such a sport and helped me get a photo of us together before his first qualifying session.

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I got myself a new pair of glasses and of course had to go with teal. ūüôā

 

All lined up in the grid!

Unfortunately, his speed governor in the motor prevented him from running a better lap time. Once he reached a top speed, it would slow him down until it was at a lower RPM again. It’s a safety mechanism for the motor but doesn’t help when one is trying to race.

Coming around turn five.

The weather was great although extremely hot. We couldn’t seem to drink water fast enough given just how much we both were sweating, especially Matt in his racing suit and helmet! This tree caught my eye, and I thought it was quite beautiful against the bright blue skies.

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Mid-morning snack of banana + pb + half this Happy Family fruit-vegetable pouch. Matt used half of it in his oatmeal.

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Matt was sweet and bought 9 pasties on Thursday for us to keep in the freezer at home. We brought three with us for our lunches. He had a whole one that had rutabaga, potatoes, carrots, onion, and beef inside while I had half the four cheese and potato. He was given a container of their coleslaw for free, so we had it with additional cucumber and peppers.

After finishing his last race for the day, we did some much needed relaxing in the shade. Well, he worked on his speed governor some because he can’t sit still for long. Haha

Dinner was beef-bison sliders with spicy mustard and mashed avocado, roasted Brussels sprouts, and cherry tomatoes. It wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without a hamburger!

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The people camping two spots down from us were super sweet and offered us coffee and some of their homemade mousse with homemade whipped cream. I mean, who could say no to that?! It was in-credible.

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The track is tucked behind a neighborhood that developed only after the track had been there, so we watched some of the fireworks from the houses before calling it a night.

My last package of Quaker breakfast flats made the perfect Sunday breakfast along with yogurt, roasted pumpkin seeds, and mango.

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Star spangled sugar skull

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Matt had another qualifying session that morning and then had to wait until after lunch to run his final race.

Lunch was chicken with cranberry chutney pasty that we split and topped with avocado.

He did very well and gained two or three spots in the race! We were sad to pack up but also knew we had to get a move on because we had at least a seven to eight-hour commute home.

Dinner was a salad from Wendy’s.

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We got in late and didn’t go to bed until close to midnight. In my still half asleep state, I rolled out of bed and immediately started a load of laundry. Then I made a waffle sandwich with strawberry rhubarb jam, egg, avocado, and wilted greens. Mango on the side.

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I was in the mood for cold brew, so I quickly got ready and hurried down to K brew before they closed at noon. It was only fitting that I chose to wear my K brew tank.

We went to his mother and step-dad’s for a day around the pool. They are incredible and made us all a wonderful late lunch, and there were so many laughs and tons of fun conversation!

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Carrots and hummus while lunch finished cooking | A plate of pretty sliced tomatoes.

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I bought two chia pudding cups from K brew, and his mom made a great fruit salad for dessert.

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They have an amazing garden, and she gave us so much terrific produce from it!

It was only slight, but Matt and I caught a rainbow as we were heading home.

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We settled in and had one final snack for the evening: smoothie for him, yogurt bowl for me with Naturally More almond butter thanks to his mom!

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I warmed the last half of my four cheese pasty this morning and had it over a bed of wilted greens plus a perfectly cooked over easy egg thanks to Matt! Half a grapefruit with cinnamon completed my meal.

I almost forgot we were encouraged to wear red, white, and blue today, so I threw on my red belt. Nailed it. Lol

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Wishing everyone a great day!

2 thoughts on “Land of the Free Because of the Brave

  1. Oh I love that lunch bag! And love that it came with containers! Home Goods is filled with so much goodness! We bought a side table from them this weekend and there was about a bajillion other things I could’ve thrown into our cart;)

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    1. Thank you! I worked at our HomeGoods for the 2013 holiday season before I had officially graduated from my Master’s program & could then take my exam. It was difficult not to spend my paychecks there right after receiving them! ūüėČ

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