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Happy Birthday, Caspian

Happy 3rd Birthday to my middle child, Caspian, who I love so so much! He's the family clown who we love and adore, and who makes us burst into laughter at least multiple times every day. He's so cute that I don't want him to grow up. If he could just stay exactly this way forever......

For his birthday we had a joint birthday party earlier this month, and on the day of his birthday we had my parents and sister come over to celebrate with him. He had such a blast opening presents for the second day in a row! It was like a second day of Christmas! He is, afterall, a Christmas baby! 

christmas baby

Look at that little bundle! I can't believe how much he has grown and how far he has come. 

caspian rahmanian

caspian rahmanian

Caspian has some special qualities about him, that include his dashing smile and killer charm. He has this thing where he is always pretending to talk on the phone. I will be running around the house and sometimes I'll hear him from his room saying "Hello? Hi ___ !!! How are you today? Ok hab a good day! Bye! Bye! Bye!" And then I die laughing because it's so cute. Another funny thing he does is take his socks off and wears them on his hands....and then he will walk in this certain way that I can't really explain but he takes big steps and waves his arms up and down like he is on a mission doing something important. 

Sometimes he gets into trouble because he's still so young and still learning all the rules, and when we need to tell him off, he totally gives us side eye. Whenever he does this I need to bite my tongue not to laugh and remain serious, but it's so hard because he is so cute!!! Another cute thing about him is that he has some major gravitational issues. He is constantly falling! At school we had to have him wear knee protectors because he would constantly trip and go flying. If you just gently touch him with your finger he may go flying over and land on his head! His knees would constantly scab, and then he would fall again and get a new scar over an already recovering one, and he would proudly show us his "ouchiees" that had bandaids on. On another note, why do kids love bandaids so much??

Caspian is so smart and such a fast learner. His element is numbers and shapes. He can tell you what number you point to and gets it right most of the time (unless it's 20+) and he loves talking about goemetric shapes like cubes, spheres, pyramids etc. He watches me teaching Valentino phonics and just from watching us he's picked up so many letter sounds. Harvard here he comes!

Caspian also has the cutest baby accent. He calls sandwich "samwich" ..... spaghetti is "sgabetti," popsicle is "poscicle," paw patrol is "paw catrol" and he thinks his name is "Capsian." He's also constantly telling off his brother "Valentino, sit properly! (pronounced "pwoperly") Valentino, sit down NOW! 

He's so cute and hilarious and I love him so much.

Happy Birthday my love Caspian!

Christmas Eve & Christmas Morning 2017

It was a wonderful Christmas Eve. We baked cookies and decorated them, made reindeer food and watched Peppa Pig's Christmas special. They put Santa's cookies that they had just decorated by the fireplace, and then we took the boys outside so they can choose a spot to leave the reindeer food. They quickly chose a spot and then they went nuts over the Christmas lights in the front of our house, running back and forth and in circles, screaming chasing each other and laughing loudly. Then hubby joins them and starts jumping up and down and running around the driveway like a 5 year old.....all the while I'm standing there freezing my behind off and taking pictures of their shenanigans. Kids become amused so easily! 

making christmas cookies for santa toddlers activities

toddlers decorating christmas cookies for santa

christmas cookies for santa toddlers decorate fireplace

reindeer food

They were exhausted and even got to sleep way past their bedtime.....7:30 instead of 7. Then GUESS WHAT you guys......SANTA came!!!!!!! And he left all these presents, because I apparently have good little boys and a girl. 

They woke up on Christmas morning amazed at the site of all those presents. They opened them all and helped baby open hers too....and then it literally looked like Christmas exploded in my house. And then I cried a little just at the thought of cleaning up all that mess.....

christmas morning opening presents toddlers

snowman pancakes christmas toddler fun food breakfast

christmas toddler breakfasts fun pancakes

christmas breakfasts pancakes fun toddler food

Christmas time 2017

We had a wonderful Christmas this year. We did something fun almost every single day! But boy am I exhausted now that it's over. This Christmas was special because it was the first one that Persephone experienced. Last year she was in my tummy and causing me all sorts of issues, that troublemaker! This year I had so much more energy so I filled the kids days with activities, and every night we would go for a drive and look at the christmas lights up in our neighborhood. The kids had a blast. Why is it that toddlers will look everywhere BUT the camera? When I tell them to sit still and look at the camera, suddenly they feel the urge to do kung fu, wack their sibling in the face, start dancing and even turn the opposite way. They are so silly. 

Till next year. 

family christmas photo 2017

picture with santa fair oaks mall toddlers

christmas photos toddlers family

family christmas photos toddlers

bubblegum christmas tree gumdrops

french bulldog christmas

salt dough ornaments christmas paw print hand print acrylic paint

gaylord christmas village

gaylord christmas tree lighting ceremony

baby girl christmas photo

toddler christmas card photo

fair oaks mall santa va christmas

fair oaks mall santa christmas va

gaylord christmas village gingerbread decorating

christmas activities in gaylord hotel decorating gingerbread

fair oaks mall santa

gaylord hotel gingerbread display christmas

salt dough christmas ornaments acrylic paint

salt dough christmas ornaments acrylic paint

Happy Birthday, Valentino

Happy Birthday to my darling Valentino! He turned 4 earlier this month, and we celebrated doing all his favorite things. We asked him what he wanted for his birthday this year, and he told us that he wanted to go to a restaurant and on a tractor. We said absolutely! We weren't sure about that tractor ride though, so instead we took him on a mini train and a carousel, which he loved and enjoyed so much! 

valentino rahmanian cafe renaissance

gaylord hotel christmas train and carousel

The boys also had a very small joint birthday party as Caspian's birthday is at the end of the month! 

I love Valentino so much and I cannot believe he is 4 already! Some of his favorite things to do are taking charge of grocery shopping. We go over the shopping list together and he points out what we need and puts it in his cart. He also loves doing "homework" every day, and he has the cutest concentration face. Lately he also has been loving riding in the car every night looking at all the Christmas lights in the neighborhood. Both him and Caspian make the funniest noises "oooooh" and "aaaahhhh" when driving past the most decked out houses. 

A few funny things about Valentino: he refers to himself in the third person. Instead of saying "I'm hungry" he will say "Tino's hungry." If he doesn't like something he will say "Tino don't like that!" And he constantly says super "Tino's super scared! Tino's super tired!" He also has this crazy sense of time, and he's always right about it. He knows exactly when it's breakfast lunch and dinner time, when it's baby's feeding time, and when it's homework time. 

He is also such a polite, well mannered boy (well, for the most part). He asks before he doing anything new, always covers his mouth when he sneezes or coughs, and says please and thank you. He knows during eating time to sit down and not to get up until he finishes all his food, and he knows and adheres to ALL the house rules, and even reminds me of them, like "mommy I need to clean my room before bedtime!" 

This past year was such an exciting time for us as he gained a new sibling, learned a lot at school and at home, understands things better and has been given more responsibilities. He's really becoming a big boy! We love him so much and cannot believe our first baby is 4 now! Where does time go?!!! 

kid carts grocery store

Six Months of Keto, before and after

It's our 6 month Ketoversary! 

In June 2017 I weighed 220 pounds......and today my weight was....... 174!!!!!!!! I've lost 46 pounds on the Ketogenic diet in a period of 6 months. I went from a size 18 to 12, but now 12 is getting loose on me, and I'm hovering between 10-12. My goal is size 6-8 in the next 6 months. Maybe in two years I'll manage to become a 4? I'll take that! 

Here's just a slightly embarrasing picture of a before and after, the difference is crazy! I mean I know I had a baby and all, but with my previous kids losing weight after a newborn didn't come easy for me as I wasn't able to breastfeed (which apparently makes you lose crazy weight). So I was at a disadvantage there, but the Ketogenic diet saved me and I managed to lose a good amount of baby weight. My goal weight is around the 140's, so I have a good thirty something more to lose. 

keto weight loss before and after 6 months

Honestly losing this weight was only difficult the first three months, when my sugar cravings were sky high. Hubby never had any difficulty with this diet because he doesn't have a sweet tooth like me, and he gets more excited over bacon and cheese than cupcakes. Me, on the other hand, I LOVE MY CUPCAKES! I'm so glad I discovered how to make Keto mug cakes and Keto cookies as they helped with the cravings somewhat. 

I get a lot of questions about my macros, and I'm not sure if the way I diet is considered "lazy keto" but, it does work for me. Personally, I don't keep track of my macros. If you asked me how many grams of carbs I eat per day I wouldn't be able to tell you. I do look on the nutrition labels to make sure that whatever I'm eating is either 5g of carbs or below, and I pour butter on everything. Coconut oil and heavy cream are my best friends. I will never be that person who weighs her broccoli to keep her macros in check. 

A lot of people start this diet due to wanting to become healthy or for some medical reason, like epilepsy, migranes or diabetes. I purely started it to LOOK GOOD and get skinny. Healthwise I could care less. Ya that sounds bad and all but I wanted results and I wanted them fast, and this seemed like the perfect diet for that. 

As I continue to lose weight I feel more and more comfortable in my own skin. That is my ultimate goal- to feel good about myself. Even if I don't ever manage to be in the 140's, it's not a big deal as long as I feel good. It's all about becoming the best versions of ourselves, and that is what I strive for every day.