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…
All the awesome gifts from the girls
Geiner! You were the bomb my friend!
And they are kindred spirits too
The trek down to the area was just as spectacular as the place itself.. the stairs going down was a ride!
They looked so cute, and i loved my new dress from J Crew haha
THE BEST sangria of my life has been in Costa Rica. Lordy lord..
We saw a cashew tree
Oh Hi Mike..
Made pasta alla norma- pasta al forno
A giant vault that held the nation’s gold
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.
The girls loved the drink and the homemade chocolates.
Me and my sister
I WILL MAKE YOU SELFIE FOREVER!
The famed large ornaments of the Exxon Building
Sunset is the best time to take pics..and makeout. jussayin. good advice here.
Side view of the mountains
Birthday love 🙂
the best beach accessories around… wine bottle and glass! haha
Got some secret stash rum. :)))
Taking sign making seriously.
With the Dude
El Diria across the street is condos, family swimming, swim up bar and adult only areas. This place was huge..it had an Amphitheater!
New York Bar french 57 and sidecar
Girls w Santa 2017 at Mission Oak
Then we headed to the pool to get some swimming in
My husband too!
this beast is huge…the dino not my husband 🙂
Then after we left the waterfall, we went onto La Fortuna. Here was a Lake Arenal Lookout.
my girls love to eat.
Asakusa Sensoji Temple market
my baby nephew
This was the abuelo, he was the funniest man. Spoke only Spanish and hand picked every fruit for us to try. i loved him!
My mom and sister
They were selling these magical balloons that were just battery fairy lights over a plastic ball..but they were beautiful at night.
And as we are getting into the tour van to go back to the airport..she shows herself!
I tried being serious, but i look mean hahah
With my mom 🙂
Recital 2017- my family 🙂
AND THERE SHE WENNNNNNNNNNNT!
He was so handsome!
Aw, we are so cute. 🙂
CHEERS TO A GREAT VACATION!
PURA VIDA is their motto and salutations, The Pure Life
Playing in the monkey pool
She is such a doll
Aww my Dad. hahah
Then… we went out. Our last Dinner in Tamarindo, at Nogui’s This place was fantastic.
but who fell asleep again?
I love these two girls.
Dinner at the Little Lion
Cable bridges…these scared the pants off me.. SERIOUSLY
i just love her suit..and hat. hee hee she looks like my grandfather.
WHICH WAS OF THE VOLCANO!!
With our youngest girl
before…look at the end
Unicorn themed Birthday Cake
Before the party
she takes after me. :)))
This elderly gentleman made our day! He sang songs selling shoes…”ding dong din…..” the rest in Japanese. He was so cute!!
Love on the beach
“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!
The moon was spectacular, no phone could capture it right…a bright orange/copper moon. never saw anything like this before.
so I poured myself a lil glass and waited for the boat to return..
and enjoy the sunset from our back courtyard
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..
My youngest w my oldest niece
Asakusa Sensoji Temple Buddha
Waiting for our tour
Then we arrived in La Fortuna
Then it was time to show Nonna and Nonno all their cool tricks.
Me n my momz
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.
Not our oldest! She was psyched!!
Our view at bfast- Times Sq Novotel
Blood Orange Cosmos
My man is the sweetest, and most helpful. TY for all your help w this party, love!
Boston, you’re my home!
The motiff of the place is the indigenous people..so the artwork around was fun.
I dont normally eat burgers out, but I was glad I did this night! so good!
My waterfall family 🙂
Rainy night love
PJ KIDS 2017
SUPERBOWL SUNDAY! This was a fun night in the main restaurant. There were probably 100 people watching the game.
We are ready to go to our next stop…
Bus to Club Rio!
falltime in japan
So the guys took the kids out on the hotdog
My loves 🙂
2017 bday w my Sagittarius babes
Off we go!
Amy’s arm is longer
Happy Birthday love!!
On the train!
Traditional clothed girls
As the sun set, it was breathtakingly beautiful all around.
off to breakfast
These girls are the reason I am a Mom. my everything.
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
New York Bar
MOS crew 12-2017
And we are finally off! our two girls are the cutest!
We saw another waterfall
Then the guys took the kids out on the pontoon boat
A Clara in a Porron (sp)
my dish was the jerk chicken and shrimp
in the cart, leaving .
the stem is so small
Dan is growing facial hair..watch out ladies.
Their sushi was pretty insane
Japanese Subway station ticket booth Shinjuku Station
The past and modern city
Scorpion Bowl and Mai Tai
That is me with a VOLCANO!
not me tho, just wanted to do nothing
Daddy and daughter
my sister in law surprised us with these beauts
The outdoor patio had hammocks, a table with cushiony chairs and rocking chairs.
High N Tight (mine) and the Ango Daiquiri Time Out (his)
Fourth of July
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. 🙂