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