Viewing posts from January, 2016

A Winter Wonderland in Virginia!

Last weekend a magical snow storm descended upon us, dropping over two feet of snow and burying all our cars and mailboxes. I enjoyed every moment of it. It's funny how it takes an act of nature of this magnitude to just have everyone stop to live in the moment, relax, spend time with family, and enjoy life. What I did NOT enjoy so much was the flu virus that this storm has graced our home with, but more on that another time....

So hubby did all the snow shoveling and pouring of ice melts because he thinks I am some fragile princess. Little does he know I actually enjoy shoveling snow and I'm quite good at it. I feel like it's therapeutic and a productive work out session. It's kind of like weight lifting, no? But I definitely was not complaining about staying warm and cozy inside. I cooked a LOT. Like, four times a day a lot. This storm gave me time to embrace my domesticated side. I love it. If I weren't on a diet for the rest of my life I would have baked yummies too, but salmon and other proteins sufficed.....

baked salmon

We stocked up on a bunch of meat and vegetables. The grocery stores were insane! Everyone went into a panic and cleared out all the shelves. I had to send hubby to 4 different grocery stores to stock up on lightly sweetened almond milk for the kids. We were prepared though, with our amazon prime monthly delivery boxes of diapers, diapers, and more diapers, along with wipes and other toddler necessities. I laugh at myself in my head when I think back a few years ago when hurricane Sandy hit, and our stockpile included essentials such as wine, candy, chocolate, frozen pizzas and more wine. Hah, how different we were back then!

snow storm jonas

Daddy threw some snow on his own head. The things we do to amuse our children.......

snow storm jonas

Our cul de sac, and this pic was only taken on the second day of the three day storm. Apparently the plowing of cul de sacs is lowest priority. Lucky us! 

snow storm jonas

Sir Edward the french bulldog does not like the snow, so we have to carry him to a not so snowy area for him to go potty. He is afterall, a California dog. 

Hope you enjoyed your snow days just as much as we did. 

My one little word for the New Year

Happy New Year everyone!

I've never been one for making resolutions, and when I do make them I usually act on them in the Spring. I do this for two reasons: 1) my birthday is in Spring and 2) the Persian New Year begins on the first day of Spring. Doesn't it just make more sense to start your resolutions on your birthday? After all, you're starting the next year of your life. It also just makes more sense to me to start new beginnings after a major burst of spring cleaning and a new wardrobe in time for warmer weather. 

With that being said, for 2016 I came up with just one word that I'll use to guide me through the new year:

Magic

No, I'm not talking about magician and fairy dust magic. The magic I'm talking about is more like making just an ordinary thing extraordinary. Going about your everyday normal routine and adding on to it to make it wonderful. Making an effort to make every day special. Magic doesn't only have to happen on a holiday, a birthday, or a special occasion. Instead, it should be had every single day of the year. Making something magical doesn't take money or objects. It can come from the tiniest of things available to all. All you need to do is just put in a little effort. 

I knew that I wanted to make New Year's Eve this year very special, and even though it's not practical to go out with two little ones on New Year's, I still wanted it to be magical

So me and hubby dressed up in our fanciest outfits. I dabbed on some red lipstick, glittery black eye makeup, and I would have even worn stilettos if I still had a pair that fit (just one of the many annoying side effects of pregnancy). We dressed the kids in their best suits, and we had a party at home! We turned on our singing life sized Santa and we had a dance party! We also all ate a very special dinner of mac and cheese, pizza, cake, wine and champagne. Sir Edward the french bulldog had some special celebratory treats. We brought out the cloth napkins, crystal champagne flutes and our best china. We even ate pizza with a fork and knife. We are just sophisticated like that. 

Leila Rahmanian Salar Rahmanian

life sized singing and dancing santa

christmas tree french bulldog

christmas french bulldog

 christmas baby and french bulldog

Valentino, Caspian, and Sir Edward had a blast running around chasing one another the whole night. There was lots of dancing, eating, cuddling, and laughter.  I don't want these magical moments to end just because the holidays have come to a close. I want each and every day to be just as special as any holiday, and I'm going to try very hard to make it that way by putting in effort, being spontaniuos, and exerting an over abundance of love. 

We put the kids to bed a little later than they normally sleep because they were just too busy being hyper and partying. Then after they went to bed, me and hubby stayed up past midnight drinking champagne and yeah....it was fantastic! And just magical.