The Neverending July

July was a weird month. It seemed like the first half of the month flew by and then for the last 2 weeks I have been looking at the calendar thinking it was almost August every single day. Maybe because we have such a long gap in-between weddings, or possibly because I was dreading the arrival of August since it’s our last full month before we leave for Japan (and I have nothing done) but all in all it was still a great month for many reasons…just a weird one.

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We CELEBRATED the 4th of July. Hard. Like 5 days of celebrations and it was magical. If you have been a TTAB reader for a few weeks, you likely know that the 4th of July is my favorite holiday. We typically celebrate on the 4th, but this year we did something a little different and had our big party on the 1st of July. {maybe that is what made this month a little weird?} We had never celebrated on a different day but with the 4th being on a Tuesday, we gave it a try. I am happy to say that next year, the 4th is on the 4th. However, we enjoyed waterfront living for the entire 4 days. Cookouts everyday, lounging on the water everyday, fireworks every night, friends and family constantly, it was GREAT.

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We had a wedding. We had one wedding this month on the 8th and it was a heck of a wedding. The bride & groom were stunning and their friends and family were so incredibly sweet. Dave and one of my best friends helped us out and we couldn’t have done it without them. I can’t wait to share some more photos- but for now these BTS shots will do.

I celebrated babies. So many of my friends are expecting, which meant shopping at 10pm on a Friday night and getting a FULL cart of baby stuff. My heart was swooning walking around Target. I am so excited for all of these gals to welcome their own bundle of joy, and most of them are having girls! This month we got to shower a dear friends baby and I can’t wait to have her in my arms for some snuggles. I have known Hayley for 10 years (thank you, Ikea for bringing us together) and it’s been so much fun going through these life experiences together. We have grown so much.

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We screamed. We took a trip to Williamsburg, Virginia (one of my favorite places) with Dave’s family and it was so much fun. We spent a day in Busch Gardens, then the next we wine toured our way around the area. I am so thankful to have gained such a wonderful family when I married Dave!

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Water. Water. Water. Like I said about the 4th of July weekend, we spent every day in the water. I don’t know how I let the opportunity to grab a float and relax on the water pass me by for so many years. We have made it a point to spend more time embracing where we live, and it has made a big change in my life. It’s weird (there that word is again) to think I have lived in this same place my entire life and never really thought about tying up to the pier and relaxing for a few hours. BUT that has changed and we do it often.

I held the baton. The Baltimore Baton (started by Megan) is a shared Instagram account among Baltimore locals and I got to hold it last weekend! Check back on Thursday to see what we did!

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Other fun things that happened this month:

– We redid some of our budget to meet new needs. I am excited to share about this in the future, how we make changes as we need to. Adjusting is necessary!

– I met Megan & Chris’ pup, Cannoli and he is the cutest ever!

– We cheered on the O’s with the Blogger babes & guys. A blate to Camden Yards is always a blast…but really anywhere with this group would be fun. I am so thankful for all of them!


 Join me and Emelia for the monthly recap link-up. Share what your favorite things were, what you did or just about anything else you would like to share from the past month! Link-up with us below :) Join us again next month on the first Tuesday of every month to share your recaps.

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  • Megan

    Guess who forgot to finish her monthly recap last night! Wah. It’ll be up later today. Cannoli thanks you for his shoutout :) So glad that we were able to get together multiple times this month and I’m already looking forward to starting August together!

  • http://ohhey-ilikethat.com Lauren

    Omg was Cannoli just the CUTEST in person????

  • http://kyleandjensmith.blogspot.com/ Jen

    I feel the same way about July, it really did feel like it dragged by. I couldn’t be more excited about it being August.

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

    You definitely had a fun July, and I love that you get to travel with your family and Dave’s family! Chris and I still really want to Williamsburg one day!

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

    What a busy and fun July! I always love following the Baltimore Baton and seeing who’s doing what, it’s especially fun since I don’t live there. I can’t wait to hear and see more about your July wedding and Cannoli…I can’t get over how cute that name is for a pup :) Here’s to a fun August!

  • Jasmine @makingrestorations

    looks like a fun month with lots of celebrations, love that you guys stretched out your 4th celebrations.

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