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