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