🍾 Happy New Year!
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.
January 1, 2017- We had the first dinner at our house
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…
SUPERBOWL SUNDAY! This was a fun night in the main restaurant. There were probably 100 people watching the game.
Our view at bfast- Times Sq Novotel
That is me with a VOLCANO!
Then the guys took the kids out on the pontoon boat
Dan is growing facial hair..watch out ladies.
With our youngest girl
With my mom 🙂
Recital 2017- my family 🙂
They looked so cute, and i loved my new dress from J Crew haha
and enjoy the sunset from our back courtyard
Then we arrived in La Fortuna
2017 bday w my Sagittarius babes
the food was spectacular
My youngest w my oldest niece
Boston, you’re my home!
Playing in the monkey pool
These girls are the reason I am a Mom. my everything.
Our sister loved her mitt. hahah
The outdoor patio had hammocks, a table with cushiony chairs and rocking chairs.
And as we are getting into the tour van to go back to the airport..she shows herself!
PJ KIDS 2017
These guys can talk..woo
New York Bar french 57 and sidecar
I love these two girls.
Birthday love 🙂
Blood Orange Cosmos
My loves 🙂
Rainy night love
Cable bridges…these scared the pants off me.. SERIOUSLY
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..
Daddy and daughter
My mom and sister
I dont normally eat burgers out, but I was glad I did this night! so good!
my girls love to eat.
I love them 🙂
add in my niece!
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
Then we headed to the pool to get some swimming in
WHICH WAS OF THE VOLCANO!!
this beast is huge…the dino not my husband 🙂
The trek down to the area was just as spectacular as the place itself.. the stairs going down was a ride!
Before the party
Arcade Fire 2017
Amy’s arm is longer
My waterfall family 🙂
This elderly gentleman made our day! He sang songs selling shoes…”ding dong din…..” the rest in Japanese. He was so cute!!
falltime in japan
The moon was spectacular, no phone could capture it right…a bright orange/copper moon. never saw anything like this before.
A Clara in a Porron (sp)
MOS crew 12-2017
Unicorn themed Birthday Cake
Oh Hi Mike..
I tried being serious, but i look mean hahah
My husband too!
Traditional clothed girls
Love on the beach
Girls w Santa 2017 at Mission Oak
Taking sign making seriously.
Japanese Subway station ticket booth Shinjuku Station
in the cart, leaving .
On the train!
before…look at the end
We hit the pool and i got to read a lot!
Not our oldest! She was psyched!!
But then she gets freaked out
Fourth of July
PURA VIDA is their motto and salutations, The Pure Life
Aw, we are so cute. 🙂
Side view of the mountains
Their sushi was pretty insane
Scorpion Bowl and Mai Tai
Bus to Club Rio!
We saw a cashew tree
“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!
We saw another waterfall
High N Tight (mine) and the Ango Daiquiri Time Out (his)
Dinner at the Little Lion
CHEERS TO A GREAT VACATION!
All the awesome gifts from the girls
The famed large ornaments of the Exxon Building
Then… we went out. Our last Dinner in Tamarindo, at Nogui’s This place was fantastic.
And we are finally off! our two girls are the cutest!
My man is the sweetest, and most helpful. TY for all your help w this party, love!
The girls loved the drink and the homemade chocolates.
i just love her suit..and hat. hee hee she looks like my grandfather.
He was so handsome!
she takes after me. :)))
not me tho, just wanted to do nothing
Geiner! You were the bomb my friend!
Made pasta alla norma- pasta al forno
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.
She is such a doll
Me and my sister
Aww my Dad. hahah
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.
my sister in law surprised us with these beauts
And they are kindred spirits too
the stem is so small
but who fell asleep again?
AND THERE SHE WENNNNNNNNNNNT!
The past and modern city
Then after we left the waterfall, we went onto La Fortuna. Here was a Lake Arenal Lookout.
During the show.
The motiff of the place is the indigenous people..so the artwork around was fun.
my dish was the jerk chicken and shrimp
Off we go!
Sunset is the best time to take pics..and makeout. jussayin. good advice here.
off to breakfast
so I poured myself a lil glass and waited for the boat to return..
Waiting for our tour
A giant vault that held the nation’s gold
Then it was time to show Nonna and Nonno all their cool tricks.
I WILL MAKE YOU SELFIE FOREVER!
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. 🙂
We are ready to go to our next stop…
New York Bar
El Diria across the street is condos, family swimming, swim up bar and adult only areas. This place was huge..it had an Amphitheater!
the best beach accessories around… wine bottle and glass! haha
Asakusa Sensoji Temple market
This was the abuelo, he was the funniest man. Spoke only Spanish and hand picked every fruit for us to try. i loved him!
All the kids (minus two who came later)
Got some secret stash rum. :)))
With the Dude
They were selling these magical balloons that were just battery fairy lights over a plastic ball..but they were beautiful at night.
So the guys took the kids out on the hotdog
As the sun set, it was breathtakingly beautiful all around.
Happy Birthday love!!
my baby nephew
Asakusa Sensoji Temple Buddha
Me n my momz
Adios Costa Rica!
The Rockefeller Ctr Tree from the back
THE BEST sangria of my life has been in Costa Rica. Lordy lord..
Came out super cute!! Great job WordPress!
So I gotta go eat some lentils!