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