2013 in Review

Happy New Year! Well almost anyways. From the sound of the fireworks that have been going off all day you would think it’s already midnight. These Italians LOVE LOVE LOVE their fireworks – day or night…. Not sure how they can see them during the day- I have yet to figure that out – but they don’t seem to mind.

I can’t believe 2014 is already here. What a whirlwind 2013 was, but totally worth it. From the baby stage to practically running – Piper has grown a ton. Mom and Dad too – our life experiences have been amazing this year. Learning to be parents, loving and laughing our way through the stresses that comes with that new territory and add a cross atlantic move to the list.

It’s true what people say about moving to a foreign country- it’s hard leaving loved ones, friends and the comforts of home. But the adventures we’re having – living out of suit cases for 3 months, exploring our way around a new country where we don’t speak the language, and making new friends (even Italian friends – it’s a hoot trying to communicate!) have all been worth it.

Looking back at 2013 and choosing the “best of” was hard to do, but here’s my stab at it:

Piper walking for the first time in the foot hills of Tuscany

Last weeks in the US seeing family, friends and a quick trip to NYC

Finding out we were moving to Italy – Scott’s creative poem tops my list!

Touring our new country – the Amalfi Coast twice, the Zoo Safari(parking lot),  Alberabello, Materra, weekend trips to the small towns around Naples, and exploring our new neighborhood Vomero.

Piper’s first words – from ” Da Da”, “no, no, no” to “ciao!” everyday a new word or a new accomplishment like spinning in circles until she’s too dizzy to stand, or just hearing her laugh until she gets the hiccups – the precious moments I’m able to spend with her are amazing.

Celebrating Piper’s 1st Birthday Virtually with our family was a joy and I must add that Skype is something I’m most thankful for in 2013. It’s been clutch in keeping us connected to our family. Piper opens the computer and waves – thinking someone should be on the other end. Amazing that she will probably never know what it’s like to talk on a phone – or really what a computer was initially designed to do. But she has the iPad figured out!

Spending time in Austin, Dallas, San Diego and San Francisco with old friends – made us realize that our “location” doesn’t make a difference and that you guys will always be there!

The opportunity to grow in my relationship with Scott, Being overseas has brought us closer together since he’s all I have to lean on here – I love that he’s my partner in adventure and life and how supportive he is of me in all I do.

I suppose there are so many other things that could top my list – but Piper, Scott, family and friends take the cake!

Now for out next adventure…. 2014! Let the fireworks begin… or continue… from our side of the world to yours Buon Anno!!!


  1. Ann Pettijohn says:

    Italy is my favorite,not sure I will be back anytime soon, so I will enjoy it through your eyes. Love to you and family, Ann

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