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