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