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