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