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…
They were selling these magical balloons that were just battery fairy lights over a plastic ball..but they were beautiful at night.
off to breakfast
Recital 2017- my family 🙂
Rainy night love
Asakusa Sensoji Temple Buddha
My mom and sister
The trek down to the area was just as spectacular as the place itself.. the stairs going down was a ride!
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
SUPERBOWL SUNDAY! This was a fun night in the main restaurant. There were probably 100 people watching the game.
New York Bar
This was the abuelo, he was the funniest man. Spoke only Spanish and hand picked every fruit for us to try. i loved him!
We hit the pool and i got to read a lot!
A Clara in a Porron (sp)
my dish was the jerk chicken and shrimp
MOS crew 12-2017
Cable bridges…these scared the pants off me.. SERIOUSLY
These guys can talk..woo
Fourth of July
High N Tight (mine) and the Ango Daiquiri Time Out (his)
Then we arrived in La Fortuna
CHEERS TO A GREAT VACATION!
My husband too!
in the cart, leaving .
and enjoy the sunset from our back courtyard
Then the guys took the kids out on the pontoon boat
Boston, you’re my home!
before…look at the end
The motiff of the place is the indigenous people..so the artwork around was fun.
Playing in the monkey pool
As the sun set, it was breathtakingly beautiful all around.
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
On the train!
Japanese Subway station ticket booth Shinjuku Station
My loves 🙂
Oh Hi Mike..
Then… we went out. Our last Dinner in Tamarindo, at Nogui’s This place was fantastic.
Off we go!
Scorpion Bowl and Mai Tai
And they are kindred spirits too
the food was spectacular
the best beach accessories around… wine bottle and glass! haha
The outdoor patio had hammocks, a table with cushiony chairs and rocking chairs.
I love these two girls.
Happy Birthday love!!
This elderly gentleman made our day! He sang songs selling shoes…”ding dong din…..” the rest in Japanese. He was so cute!!
so I poured myself a lil glass and waited for the boat to return..
Then we headed to the pool to get some swimming in
Then after we left the waterfall, we went onto La Fortuna. Here was a Lake Arenal Lookout.
Dan is growing facial hair..watch out ladies.
Their sushi was pretty insane
With our youngest girl
El Diria across the street is condos, family swimming, swim up bar and adult only areas. This place was huge..it had an Amphitheater!
Bus to Club Rio!
Aww my Dad. hahah
That is me with a VOLCANO!
Not our oldest! She was psyched!!
Waiting for our tour
She is such a doll
My youngest w my oldest niece
With the Dude
Traditional clothed girls
Dinner at the Little Lion
These girls are the reason I am a Mom. my everything.
add in my niece!
Our view at bfast- Times Sq Novotel
The famed large ornaments of the Exxon Building
AND THERE SHE WENNNNNNNNNNNT!
My waterfall family 🙂
my girls love to eat.
PJ KIDS 2017
falltime in japan
Got some secret stash rum. :)))
2017 bday w my Sagittarius babes
Geiner! You were the bomb my friend!
New York Bar french 57 and sidecar
“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!
Me n my momz
All the awesome gifts from the girls
We saw another waterfall
my sister in law surprised us with these beauts
not me tho, just wanted to do nothing
Unicorn themed Birthday Cake
We are ready to go to our next stop…
We saw a cashew tree
But then she gets freaked out
So the guys took the kids out on the hotdog
Love on the beach
The past and modern city
Blood Orange Cosmos
Amy’s arm is longer
she takes after me. :)))
PURA VIDA is their motto and salutations, The Pure Life
And we are finally off! our two girls are the cutest!
Sunset is the best time to take pics..and makeout. jussayin. good advice here.
Taking sign making seriously.
Side view of the mountains
i just love her suit..and hat. hee hee she looks like my grandfather.
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.
Then it was time to show Nonna and Nonno all their cool tricks.
Girls w Santa 2017 at Mission Oak
Our sister loved her mitt. hahah
my baby nephew
My man is the sweetest, and most helpful. TY for all your help w this party, love!
A giant vault that held the nation’s gold
During the show.
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.
All the kids (minus two who came later)
Aw, we are so cute. 🙂
Adios Costa Rica!
I dont normally eat burgers out, but I was glad I did this night! so good!
Me and my sister
the stem is so small
this beast is huge…the dino not my husband 🙂
Daddy and daughter
And as we are getting into the tour van to go back to the airport..she shows herself!
THE BEST sangria of my life has been in Costa Rica. Lordy lord..
Birthday love 🙂
I tried being serious, but i look mean hahah
I WILL MAKE YOU SELFIE FOREVER!
I love them 🙂
They looked so cute, and i loved my new dress from J Crew haha
Before the party
but who fell asleep again?
Arcade Fire 2017
He was so handsome!
Asakusa Sensoji Temple market
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..
Made pasta alla norma- pasta al forno
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!!
The girls loved the drink and the homemade chocolates.