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