Ever since I had the opportunity to represent my country at the World Championship Duathlon, I’ve felt a little more proud of where I come from and what it truly means to be an American. Don’t worry, I’m not getting too deep on you, but just honestly conveying what this holiday means to me. I’m so proud of my country and the people who live in it but, I haven’t forgotten my Cuban/Italian roots (especially these days!) or all the fun that goes along with the fourth.

Let the fireworks begin!

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Besides getting dressed up in my Team USA kit and wearing it all day, I would also love to do/make/get some of this awesomeness:

FIREWORKS

Because, of course. Vaughn, my oldest by 1 minute, calls them “sparks” and asks if we can do them every single day. I try to say yes as often as possible because, why not?

I know fireworks are not legal in every state and I actually think this is a good thing. People get drunk on the 4th of July and drunk people lighting fuses in large crowds with kids around is a really bad idea.

If fireworks are legal where you are, please light up responsibly.

Miles likes to dance by the light of the puny fireworks that are regulated by CT law.

Miles likes to dance by the light of the puny fireworks that are regulated by CT law.

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP SOCCER

What could be more American then women’s football? HA!

But seriously, these games are so good, even my husband watches. We both were so into the semi-final game against Germany and can’t wait to see what happens in the finals on Sunday against Japan!

The athleticism and just badass-ness of these women makes me want to start playing soccer again. It’s that good.

The United States team celebrates following Kelley O'Hara's goal against Germany. Source

The United States team celebrates following Kelley O’Hara’s goal against Germany. Source

 

FOOD

What is a 4th of July celebration without food? As you know, this is not my forte and I’m in charge of brining salad and wine to my weekend party. Luckily, I know a great blogger who has just the right balance of “I can do that” and “I would actually eat that!”

Brittany at My Own Balance shared some simple but fabulous recipes for the weekend (and beyond) that even I can make! Here’s a sample:

Lobster in an ice cream cone? Hell yes I can do that!

Lobster in an ice cream cone? Hell yes I can do that!

 

HUMOR

Because what is a holiday without a good laugh?

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Happy holiday weekend everyone!

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