Hope you all had a great New Year’s Eve celebrating with all your loved ones and that you are all prosperous for a happy, healthy 2018! xoxox
For my first post of 2018, I thought to review 2017 with a year-end recap like I used to do, and because right now I am rushing to get my whole family dressed to go to my parents for our first dinner of 2018 together it is an easier option than typing out a recap haha.
Eating the first dinner of the year together is a tradition. Lots of traditions in this family, but my favorite is eating lentils together on January 1. I am Italian, so of course, if you are also Italian, you know that this is a big tradition as we believe lentils bring luck.
That is the first photo of the recap, so let me keep going. I chose the photos for this recap, but am having WordPress put them in random sizes and order because that is how I roll. Ok so here we gooooOOOOoooo!
Photo Recap of 2017…
but who fell asleep again?
Girls w Santa 2017 at Mission Oak
My mom and sister
Recital 2017- my family 🙂
Scorpion Bowl and Mai Tai
Bus to Club Rio!
Cable bridges…these scared the pants off me.. SERIOUSLY
My loves 🙂
my baby nephew
my sister in law surprised us with these beauts
The past and modern city
Asakusa Sensoji Temple Buddha
Geiner! You were the bomb my friend!
and enjoy the sunset from our back courtyard
My waterfall family 🙂
off to breakfast
Taking sign making seriously.
On the train!
Not our oldest! She was psyched!!
in the cart, leaving .
PURA VIDA is their motto and salutations, The Pure Life
she takes after me. :)))
I WILL MAKE YOU SELFIE FOREVER!
The girls loved the drink and the homemade chocolates.
Before the party
MOS crew 12-2017
Arcade Fire 2017
Then… we went out. Our last Dinner in Tamarindo, at Nogui’s This place was fantastic.
New York Bar
not me tho, just wanted to do nothing
Got some secret stash rum. :)))
This elderly gentleman made our day! He sang songs selling shoes…”ding dong din…..” the rest in Japanese. He was so cute!!
Sunset is the best time to take pics..and makeout. jussayin. good advice here.
Aw, we are so cute. 🙂
Fourth of July
We are ready to go to our next stop…
Aww my Dad. hahah
Japanese Subway station ticket booth Shinjuku Station
The craziest color drink ever.. so yellow! Inca Kola tastes like bubblegum and cream soda. the girls gave it a thumbs up but didnt finish them..soooo i dont know if they actually liked it the whole meal.
The motiff of the place is the indigenous people..so the artwork around was fun.
i just love her suit..and hat. hee hee she looks like my grandfather.
Dan is growing facial hair..watch out ladies.
My husband too!
Then after we left the waterfall, we went onto La Fortuna. Here was a Lake Arenal Lookout.
This was the abuelo, he was the funniest man. Spoke only Spanish and hand picked every fruit for us to try. i loved him!
Rainy night love
But then she gets freaked out
I love these two girls.
Amy’s arm is longer
We saw a cashew tree
Side view of the mountains
Boston, you’re my home!
High N Tight (mine) and the Ango Daiquiri Time Out (his)
Made pasta alla norma- pasta al forno
Waiting for our tour
With our youngest girl
As the sun set, it was breathtakingly beautiful all around.
This was the best dumplings. Street food usually is. Here is chicken and pork shumai (I love shumai) and pork sticky buns. SO GOODNESS EVERYWHERE. haha I was in heaven
El Diria across the street is condos, family swimming, swim up bar and adult only areas. This place was huge..it had an Amphitheater!
During the show.
“I want to be Jackie Onassis” ooh yeahhhhhh ok I will stop singing.. So Four Seas is the place in Hyannis for ice cream. My fam loves it here but I hadta skip it this night… too much ice cream for me man!
I dont normally eat burgers out, but I was glad I did this night! so good!
That is me with a VOLCANO!
THE BEST sangria of my life has been in Costa Rica. Lordy lord..
And we are finally off! our two girls are the cutest!
the stem is so small
Then the guys took the kids out on the pontoon boat
A Clara in a Porron (sp)
Happy Birthday love!!
My youngest w my oldest niece
We saw another waterfall
At happy hour, the girls (who are whips at chess) are helping this cute girl beat her bf at chess.. they loved the kids so much. 🙂
They were selling these magical balloons that were just battery fairy lights over a plastic ball..but they were beautiful at night.
falltime in japan
She is such a doll
Love on the beach
Adios Costa Rica!
Off we go!
before…look at the end
the food was spectacular
They looked so cute, and i loved my new dress from J Crew haha
All the kids (minus two who came later)
THE FOOD WAS TDF. we got empanadas, calamari, crab cakes to share… so good. the kids got risotto and pasta..my husband got the halibut over risotto…so good. i am planning to come back next month haha i wish i was kidding.
He was so handsome!
CHEERS TO A GREAT VACATION!
Our view at bfast- Times Sq Novotel
so I poured myself a lil glass and waited for the boat to return..
The famed large ornaments of the Exxon Building
Playing in the monkey pool
The Rockefeller Ctr Tree from the back
The outdoor patio had hammocks, a table with cushiony chairs and rocking chairs.
Unicorn themed Birthday Cake
Then we arrived in La Fortuna
add in my niece!
New York Bar french 57 and sidecar
I tried being serious, but i look mean hahah
SUPERBOWL SUNDAY! This was a fun night in the main restaurant. There were probably 100 people watching the game.
Our sister loved her mitt. hahah
Dinner at the Little Lion
These guys can talk..woo
Traditional clothed girls
AND THERE SHE WENNNNNNNNNNNT!
the best beach accessories around… wine bottle and glass! haha
my dish was the jerk chicken and shrimp
My man is the sweetest, and most helpful. TY for all your help w this party, love!
Daddy and daughter
These girls are the reason I am a Mom. my everything.
Me and my sister
My beautiful soul. I take courage from her because I put myself out there only to be sure she is never afraid of anything. I hope this is working..
Their sushi was pretty insane
Then we headed to the pool to get some swimming in
I love them 🙂
With the Dude
The moon was spectacular, no phone could capture it right…a bright orange/copper moon. never saw anything like this before.
PJ KIDS 2017
this beast is huge…the dino not my husband 🙂
2017 bday w my Sagittarius babes
Then it was time to show Nonna and Nonno all their cool tricks.
Blood Orange Cosmos
With my mom 🙂
A giant vault that held the nation’s gold
Oh Hi Mike..
WHICH WAS OF THE VOLCANO!!
And they are kindred spirits too
my girls love to eat.
Birthday love 🙂
And as we are getting into the tour van to go back to the airport..she shows herself!
All the awesome gifts from the girls
So the guys took the kids out on the hotdog
Me n my momz
The trek down to the area was just as spectacular as the place itself.. the stairs going down was a ride!