Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 in Review

When I started this blog back in July of 2012 I never thought I would be writing my second "Year in Review" entry here in 2013.  Based on my unsuccessful promises to end my Diet Coke addiction and to do daily stomach crunches, I had little faith in myself to keep up a blog. Even though Mainly Maren sometimes is a bit more inconsistent than I would like, I'm glad to have stuck with writing. Going from 28 blog entries in 2012 to 58 blog entries in 2013 is something I am proud to have accomplished. So to my family, friends, and world wide readers I have to say "Thank You" for sticking with Husband and I this past year.  You may not realize, but as a reader you are a part of our lives.
In keeping with a Mainly Maren yearly tradition;
Looking Back on 2013:
January- We returned to Germany for a full year... 12 Months without Target. 

February- Husband took me on my very first trip to Italy. We celebrated my 29th birthday in Romeo and Juliet's town of Verona.
March- We returned to Italy during Easter Week, this time in Venice.
April- I discovered TKMaxx in Munich and had a run of the homesick blues.
May- Two of my best friends and their Husbands came to visit Munich for four days.
June- Husband and I celebrated our 1st year of marriage! We also took a weekend trip to Rothenburg, Germany to welcome Husband's 29th birthday.
July- We held our first dinner party, a Mexican Fiesta, to celebrate our 1st Germanniversary of living in Munich for one year.
August- Husband and I took a trip to Paris for our wedding anniversary.
September- To end the summer, we spent a long weekend in Brussels, Belgium.
October- I found Pumpkin Spice Lattes in Munich!
November- We were able to cross off Vienna, Austria from our Travel Wish List after a long weekend roadtrip.
December- Husband and I flew home to Texas to welcome the birth of our very first niece!
2013 was a much welcomed quieter year for Husband and I between a few weekend trips and time spent cuddled up on the couch. 
In 2014 I am looking forward to:
-New births and adoptions among close friends
-Launching the new MainlyMaren website (details to come!)
-Starting and finishing my first chapter book
-Trips to Switzerland, Rome or Greece, and London
-Turning the BIG 3-0! 
Again, thank you all for your continued support and time spent reading Mainly Maren.  May you have a blessed 2014!

Happy New Year,

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