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