Evaluating 1 Year in Italy: Is it What We Expected?

November 6, 2018

A year really does go by so fast when you are busy with the business of living life. It’s hard to believe that a year ago we arrived in Italy- jetlagged and uncertain. Marcella would stay up all night manically playing until the people below us banged on the ceiling for her to be quiet.…

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10 Photos from October 2018

October 31, 2018

Well this month has been a rollercoaster. We started the month in Tulum, visiting ancient ruins and eating tacos. From there our travels took us to a beautiful family wedding in Cancun, then back to Italy where we’ve been practically hibernating the past couple weeks due to some sort of plague-like chest cold and massive…

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October 29th, Then and Now

October 30, 2018

A year ago, we arrived in Italy! Then: Now:

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You Should Take Your Toddler to Mexico

October 18, 2018

Our Mexico trip was full of firsts for our family. It was our first extended trip with Marcella- two weeks in Mexico! It was also our first chance to really travel the way Mike and I like best- low to the ground. We stayed in AirBNBs, ate a half ton of street tacos and made…

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10 Photos from September 2018

September 30, 2018

Whee September has been a whirlwind. I’m writing this under a palm tree out on our balcony in Playa del Carmen. We are having one of the best family vacations in our little family’s young life, and we still have another ten days until we go back to Italy. This month took me from Bologna…

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Hot Take: Who CARES if Starbucks comes to Italy?

September 10, 2018

People are freaking out this week about Starbucks opening their first shop in Italy in Milan over the weekend. Italy lovers near and far are all very CONCERNED that the end times are near for Italy’s coffee culture, and oh god is nothing sacred?!I’m sorry, but I think the outrage is just silly. Now I…

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10 Photos from August 2018

September 5, 2018

August has been long and hot, sometimes uncomfortable but not at all uneventful! With Marcella out of daycare, Mike’s brother in town, and a family trip to the country (and a lot of work pressure for me), we were buzzing along all month.  Flew home from the US. It was long but Marcella was a…

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August is the Longest Month (Especially in Italy)

August 20, 2018

We’d been warned before that August in Italy was kind of a bust, that everything closes and it’s hot and boring. But nothing quite prepared me for the reality. August is So Hot. The average daily temperature in Bologna has been about 93. It’s a scorching, hot and humid 93, that forces us inside, window…

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Dear Marcella, Today You are Two

August 12, 2018

Dear Marcella, We are in the middle of a scorching heat wave- I knew Italy would be hot but whoa! Which of course means it’s time for your birthday my little summer baby. You were born on the hottest day of the year in Seattle (It was maybe 92, which in Bologna doesn’t even register…

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