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