2013: What a Year it Was!

It's that time of year...the traditional yearly wrap-up post! This wasn't the most active year on the blog, but even so there are a ton of great posts that have me fondly looking back on the busy year that was 2013. Without further ado...


We celebrated our two-year Itali-versary. In some ways it felt like the two years had sped by and in other ways it felt like a slow crawl. I'm sure this is something a lot of expats can relate to.

We also blogged about our tips for house-hunting in Italy,  showed off our family portrait project (which we are behind on for this year!), shared our list of must-have baby items, raved about the documentary series Up! that we discovered.


In February I shared a list of local expat bloggers that I love dearly, as well as a bunch of photos from our little family life. I wrote about a random weekend in Florence, we took a trip home to the U.S. and tried out Garces in Philly, and generally had a fun, low-key month. I also shared this fun quote about Italy that's been pinned a bunch.


March was rainy, but still nice -- something about the haze of rain makes this city feel timeless. I talk about how different Americans and Europeans are when it comes to needing space in their homes and apartments. I wrote two posts about details in Florence and recapped an insanely random and also insanely fun blogger event I went to one Saturday.


Holy cow April was busy, busy, busy. We started the month by celebrating Livia's baptism and then the following week took off on an epic European road trip. The highlights: Bavaria is stunningly beautiful (and clean!). We loved Neuschwanstein Castle and the town of Fussen.

The star of the show was obviously Amsterdam, which we instantly  became obsessed with. We ate at a charming cafe called Letting, shared our tips for parking in a city full of bikes, took a hilarious bike tour, went to the Rijks Museum on opening day (after a ten year closure!), and loved renting baby equipment instead of lugging it from Florence.


Tourist mob in Florence, Italy

May was a bit quiet on the blog -- we had to recover from the craziness that was April! I shared my experiences with pregnancy and childbirth in Florence, photos from pregnancy and wrote a slightly snarky post about bad vacation behavior.


June was a crazy, exhausting month. Maybe one day I'll summon the courage to write about the stress we faced moving apartments. On the upside, the new Design*Sponge Florence guide went live, I shared my "living history" of all the places that I've called home, kept it super real, and wrote a little love letter to our old street.


Only a few short posts to show for the hot month of July. We were mostly settling in to our new apartment. I talked about our new place, summer in the city and shared a quiet, early morning moment from Florence.


In August I shared a quote about travel, we celebrated our five year marriage anniversary, and reminisced on the two previous Augusts. Two years before we were in Chianti on an amazing holiday and the year before I was wayyy pregnant. I also shared some insight on what it's really like to be a work-from-home parent (insane), blogs that make me want to move and how I try to create an authentic voice in my blogging.


September saw the arrival of our sweet and smart intern Olivia. We also share tips for expats, one big reason to love Florence, and a review of a new sweet shop. I also shared two list posts that have been extremely popular: a list of my favorite lifestyle blogs and a list of all the posts on Italian dual citizenship that I've written.


We had a really fun family date at the Bargello for Livia's birthday. We had a wonderful trip to Bologna where we ate at Tamburini. Plus, Olivia shared her list of 10 things to do while visiting the Amalfi Coast and we shared Livia's weekly photo project.


November was super quiet. Thankfully, our intern Olivia wrote two great posts: all about the Perugia chocolate festival and how studying abroad is like being in a relationship.

December 2013


And finally we find ourselves at December. We shared our five favorite posts from the year and gave thanks for the wonderful friends we were lucky enough to share Thanksgiving with.

Wow! In some ways it's very hard to believe that this year is already over. I'm both happy and sad to see the year go. It was insanely busy with travel and work and while it was all wonderful and worth it, I think 2014 is going to be the year of taking deep breaths and relishing time as a little family. I feel much less of a travel bug and much more of a desire to settle down and just be.

Looking for past wrap-up posts? Here they are: