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May Recap What Happened in May

Hello May, it’s June, hopefully your much less rainy younger sister. It rained for 22 out of 31 days in May and I am not exaggerating. Seriously, the rain was non-stop and pretty depressing. I normally love the rain, especially falling asleep to it hitting the roof, but now I am over it. I need summer and sunshine already! Thankfully, we just had an amazing Memorial weekend full of sunshine, so I am on my way to a tan…hopefully!

This month seemed nonstop, I think I managed to only have 2 breakdowns, so that is always a plus. When will I learn to start saying no? I don’t think it will happen anytime soon. This will at least be a fun recap for the month, I hope you enjoy it.

We designed and coordinated another styled shoot! There was endless rain on the day of, small spaces and last minute changes, but it worked out so well. I can not wait to share photos from this shoot with with Anne Casey Photography and several other amazing creatives. We all had so much fun together, I love working with like-minded, fun, and awesome people. We also had Chick-Fil-A catering, so that is ALWAYS a win. We had our first wedding at the beginning of the month as well!

Anne Casey Photography

My little sister graduated High School and turned 18 within two days. I still can’t believe that she is driving, she has graduated and she is starting her life as an adult. She had some amazing photos taken by Anne Casey Photography to celebrate the occasion.

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We had an awesome time on the Heavy Seas Brew Cruise downtown with Laura, her husband Mike, Gina and Josh. There is a pirate ship that cruises around Baltimore, normally for an hour, and they had a sponsored event with Heavy Seas, a local brewing company. This was all you can drink for 1.5 hours and they blasted 90’s music the whole time..talk about perfect!

May Recap What Happened in May

One of my greatest friends was in Baltimore for two whole weeks, and I couldn’t have been more excited. We were able to see her and her husband 5 times before they made their way back to Paris and it is always a bittersweet goodbye. I love when they are here, but I also love when we are able to visit them. Our hangouts in Paris seem a little more magical 😉 We are planning for a possible New Years celebration with them this year, we’ll see where it/we go!

Our trip this month was to New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. We had a really nice long weekend and I can’t wait to start recapping our trip! 4 days in these 3 states was the perfect amount of time for what we wanted to do and see, I really hope we can make it back in the future to see some other areas of the states.

Some other awesome things from this month:

  • SharkBait turned 3!  May Recap What Happened in May
  • My in-laws celebrated their 30th anniversary and we had a surprise party for them
  • We went to Running Hare with both of our families and enjoyed a day in the sun at the winery
  • The best day of the year, Wine in the Woods, happened and I am already counting down the days until next years event!  May Recap What Happened in May
  • We had an awesome time at Charm City Clue Room!

Does anyone else watch Nashville? I am super annoyed with the ending of the finale. Right now if someone doesn’t pick up the show to keep it going, it might go down as my least favorite show just because of that ending! All of that time and dedication to watching every week, following along with the weird storylines, and THAT is how they end it?!

Favorite Blog Posts

I will admit that this was quite possibly my worst blog reading month ever. I tried to stop by and show friends some love, but I really just couldn’t keep up this month. I have posts that I would like to read that are 28 days old, so hopefully I can get to them soon. When I did have a chance to read this month, I found some amazing words. Enjoy these few posts that really hit the nail on the head.

Debunking the Myths of Mental Illness via The Rising Tide Society

I LOVE the Rising Tide Society, the vision behind the brand and the two gals that created it, and the posts that appear on the blog. This one especially hit the nail on the head. Always saying yes, never resting and over exhausting myself sounds so familiar, I need an escape more often than not. Sometimes reading the words is exactly what I need.

Cardinal Rule of Blogging by Love The Here and Now

I love Anne and the wisdom she shares on her blog. I know I can always find something useful, informative, funny and most of all KIND on her blog. This post goes into detail about why it is important to simply be nice to other bloggers and your readers. There are long term effects to negativity and you don’t need to be caught in that web, it can all be avoided by simply being nice.

I had another month of everyday videos- woohoo! Enjoy the One Second Everyday video from May :)

What did you do this month?

  • http://www.thefreeandwildblog.com Annie

    I LOVE THE SHARKBAIT PICTURE! Oh my goodness, first of all, Sharkbait is adorable, but I also love that little chalkboard you had in the picture! Loved that 1SE video, too! Looks like a great month! But we get to go to an O’s game in June so I’m pretty sure June is gonna be better than May (;

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! I kept trying to get her to sit next to it and she wouldn’t. Silly cat. It was such a busy month but I am excited for everything in May…especially the O’s game!!

  • http://www.dreambigandbuytheshoes.com/ Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the S

    What a fun month, despite the rain. It was a long one here…I think because of that same reason. I love your umbrella oh so much! Hope you have a great weekend friend :)

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! It really was such a long month, as I was typing this post I was shocked at how much had happened! Happy Saturday!

  • http://mylifeasbrianne.blogspot.com/ Bri

    The rain this past month has been NO JOKE! I’m going back to MN for the summer on Saturday & of course on Sunday it’s finally supposed to be sunny down here in TX. May looks like it was a really fun month for you! I started doing the 1 second video & need to restart it again next year. I didn’t realize that if I deleted the videos off my phone that they’d also come out of the app so I botched that one early on.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Seriously!! That is such a bummer, but hopefully MN will be cooler and less rainy while you are there. May was very busy but a lot of fun! It is so hard to keep up with the 1SE videos, but I’m slowly getting better at remembering to take the videos at good times.

  • http://www.christineeveryday.com Christine Everyday

    Wow, you had a seriously busy month! Love that umbrella, though it would have been nicer to not have rain!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I didn’t realize how busy of a month it was until I was typing this post! Thank you!! I got it for Christmas and hadn’t been able to use it much…until May 😉

  • http://www.myborrowedheaven.com/ Meg Taylor

    Wow I cannot believe how rainy the month was, but you definitely made the most of it!! Happy birthday, Sharkbait – sneak in mom’s suitcase so you can come meet Shadow and Rox!! Can’t wait to read your recap of New England :) Have a great weekend!

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Me either- everyday was another gloomy, rainy day, for almost the entire month. We made sure to stay busy though. I WISH I could bring SharkBait, that would be awesome. Unfortunately, she would absolutely freak out on a plane. Happy Saturday!

  • http://www.wanderingweekenders.com/ Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    All of the rain really is the worst, but it sounds like y’all really made the most of your month despite all of that! I still think that it’s so funny that we were both in Portland (just on opposite sides of the country) at the same time! I can’t wait to hear about your trip there because we both really want to visit!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      It really is, but we made sure to stay busy. It is so ironic that we were both in Portland! I can’t wait to start recapping our trip, New England is so different than other places we have been.

  • http://kaitlyn-danielle.blogspot.com Kaitlyn Danielle

    Love your cats name, shark bait haha. Looks you’ve had a busy month! My sister graduated high school last week also. I can’t believe it! My youngest sister just turned 15 and got her learners permit. I took her driving and I was a nervous wreck. I did my best to remain calm, but I about lost it when she tried to run into a curb head on lol.

    kaitlyn-danielle.blogspot.com

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! It was a very busy month! When my sister first got her learners, I let her drive my car and she meant to hit the brakes but hit the gas and jumped a curb and hit a tree. We were all fine, and the tree was okay but my car was a little messed up. I haven’t let her drive me anywhere since then though haha, the joys of being an older sister 😉

  • http://www.lovethehereandnow.com/ Anne @ Love the Here and Now

    First of all, thank you for sharing my post…you are too sweet! I can’t wait to hear all about your trip to Vermont as I went to the University of Vermont for college. I love Burlington, and in fact will be heading back there Father’s Day Weekend for a soccer tournament for my daughter and her team. I’ll also be honest…I’m goals you have friends in Paris and that you may be heading there for New Year’s. That is so amazing!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Of course- thank you for posting it!! That is so cool- it’s such a beautiful state and we were hardly able to see any of it! We really want to go to Burlington in the fall, it looks gorgeous! I hope you will post photos from while you are there in 2 weeks! I really hope we can make Paris happen, but if not we will probably go again next year. It really is amazing to have a friend there!

  • Megan

    Are you kidding- 22 out of 31 days?! Thats insane! How freaking cute is your sister? I love her pink converse sneakers :) Girlfriend you had a busy and jam packed month. I can’t wait to start reading the recaps from your trip and to see all of the gorgeous photos! I’m so jealous you did everyday in May. I’ve only had two months where I actually remembered EVERY SINGLE DAY. I’m going for it for June….but I forgot yesterday so I’ve got to put a photo in there. GAHHHH so hard!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I just can’t get over the fact that she is growing up so fast! It really was super jam packed and makes me even more ready for our vacation to really get away from everything. I had to add one photo, but now that I have live photos on my new phone, that really helps with adding videos 😉 It is SO hard to remember everyday!

  • http://www.jadeoak.com/ jackie jade

    It was so rainy here in May too and I’m hoping that it’s better this month (though it did rain today too grr). Sounds like you’ve been busy so hopefully things will start to wind down a little! And 90s music on a pirate ship sounds like my dream come true :)

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I couldn’t believe how much rain we had! Flowers are really blooming now though so it looks beautiful. The pirate cruise was so much fun, I was surprised what a good time it was because I expected it to be kind of corny.

  • http://vivianbishopxo.blogspot.com/ Vivian Bishop

    I am so far behind in blog reading! I only wish we had rain in May, it’s been heat and fires here in California, but I know rain can get tiresome! Your sister is so pretty, and that picture of Sharkbait made me laugh because that is something I would do to my dog. Oh, and if I ever come to Baltimore, you have to take me on that pirate ship!!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I am too!! I just can’t seem to catch up and it makes me so sad! Oh no! Fires and heat sound terrible. I hope you have been far from it and okay! I can’t believe that my sister is so old now and just a beautiful girl, it makes me jealous lol. We absolutely will go on the pirate ship!

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