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Goodbye Virginia and Hello San Fransisco Bay area!

Ok major life update! We moved to the Bay area!!! This is so crazy I still can't believe we just packed up our lives and moved here. 

We moved here for a number of reasons, one of which being that hubby is a software developer and what software developer wouldn't want to live here?! His job is here as well and what a treat it is to live here!!!!! Also, the schools are what sold it to me. The schools are highly rated and are so academically competetive. Where we live a "B" is for BAD and "A" is for AVERAGE lol. I just love that. Also it will be great as I want my kids second language to be Mandarin, and I literally have like 10 Chinese neighbors. Ni Hao! 

Another thing I love about this area is that there is a really low crime rate, and everyone is so friendly it's like ridiculous. But the thing I love the most about here is that there are NO BUGS!!!!! I can comfortably sit outside without having to worry about bees attacking me and gnats flying into my eyes and all sorts of bugs flying into my hair.  

The one word that describes this area is: BREATHTAKING. The windows from our bedroom have a view of beautiful rolling hills, and when I drive to our local Starbucks this is pretty much the view I see...

san ramon rolling hills

So moving across country was a BIG step out of my comfort zone. The whole moving process is a stressful one, and I can't stand feeling unsettled and having to break our structure and routines. Add that to feeling overwhelmed from the amount of STUFF that we accumulated and had to get rid of. Can I just add that I CANNOT STAND STUFF!!! I'm on a full on minimalism kick right now and I never want to accumulate crap again!!! Also one of the hardest things was to leave my parents and sister and dogs! My first dog, Midas (the pug) is now 12 years old and sick and he requires a lot of care. We also had to give our family dog, Sir Edward, away to a nice family. We couldn't bring him with us because French Bulldogs (that are not puppies) die on airplanes. That was by far the HARDEST thing we have ever done and gave us lots of sleepless nights. We cried for 5 days straight. Moving away is hard, but like they say- SUCCESS IS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE. 

Saying goodbye to our dogs:

french bulldog

On our last night we went to my parents restaurant, Cafe Renaissance, and had a nice dinner and said our goodbyes....

cafe renaissance vienna va

cafe renaissance vienna

And then we stayed up all night packing everything that we would take with us. We got rid of all our stuff and furniture, but it still seemed like we were travelling with so much stuff! I guess it's not too bad for a family of 5. 

For some reason my kids get SO excited about going to an airport and on an airplane. Personally I don't like flying and I freak out during any turbulance, so I'm happy that my kids aren't like that. Also- can I just brag a little and mention how wonderfully behaved they all are on an airplane. Even the baby! How I got this lucky I don't know......but definitely not complaining. 

toddler on airplane

toddler sleeping on airplane

Landing at SFO was such a great experience. The weather was amazing and everything went smoothly. All our luggage fit into the rental car perfectly, and we drove straight to our new house and made ourselves right at home. We had no furniture upon arrival and we all slept and ate on the floor. Hubby went to Target to get a pack and play for baby and essentials to tie us over, and the kids LOVED having a sleepover on the floor! 

We are still in the process of getting settled. All of this is so exciting to me- it's like a fresh new beginning. We recently splurged a bit on furniture and I am just loving our new house. The views are stunning and the weather is just so perfect I love having my morning coffee out on our front porch and watching the boys play in the enclosed backyard. Our neighbor has lemon trees and the whole neighborhood is just so picturesque.

We also, unfortunately, decided to take a break from Keto during this month because I have no time to meal plan or cook. That means we have probably put on a few pounds, but right now I'm just too busy putting our house together to care. We will resume Ketosis next month. 

Do any of my readers live in Northern California? 

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

Halloween 2017 Festivities

Not that Halloween is relevant anymore, but in case your interested, here are some pics! 

We went to a fall festival in our neighborhood and the kids fed animals, and were trying to put their entire hands into the animals mouths. Eeeeeeek!!!!! The germaphobe inside me freaked out a little, but they were having so much fun!! 

On the night of Halloween they helped with carving the pumpkin and we gave them the task of scooping. All I heard for days was "I WANT TO SCOOP PUMPIN!!!!" And for days after I was finding whole pumpkin seeds in my dogs poo :D

We only went trick or treating to a few neighbors homes as Halloween was on a school night this year, but it was so much fun now that the boys are older. Caspian kept trying to go inside our neighbors homes LOL! I mean, that is what is noramlly done after ringing the doorbell, so he was totally confused as to why he couldn't go inside :) 

farm feeding animals fall festival

tinkerbell 6-12 month costume

halloween party cupcakes decor

halloween party cupcakes table

toddlers carving pumpkin halloween

peter pan halloween costume 2t

Off To Neverland!!!!!

We are off to Neverland!!!! Peter Pan, Captain Hook (or Captain Cook according to Valentino) Tinkerbell and John and Wendy Darling!!!!! 

Peter Pan family costumes Halloween

And we also have Tiger Lilly, The crocodile and the mermaid!!! 

I have obsessive halloween disorder and I make everyone dress in themed costumes every year. My husband gets SO embarrassed but I tell him it's for the kids (just kidding, it's really just for my obsession). 

Peter Pan Family Costumes Halloween

Peter Pan Captain Hook and Tinkerbell Family costumes

Peter Pan family halloween costumes

Halloween cupcakes ghosts pumpkins

Frying Pan Park picnic Halloween Peter Pan family costumes

frying pan park toddlers

baby tinkerbell halloween

frying pan park farm halloween

My kids are obsessed with fire trucks and firemen, especially after having our hotel catch on fire on our vacation. They think it's the coolest thing!!!! They were SO EXCITED to go inside a fire engine, and they pretty much attacked all the firefighters pulling at their gear, buckling their belts and touching their hats. They are too funny. 

We went to the boys's school fall festival and we also went to see some farm animals at Frying Pan Park. We went on a wagon ride pulled by horses and Caspian was just a tiny bit worried at first but then he loved it and kept non stop talking about it for the next few days. 

The Happiest Place on Earth......

We spontaneously decided to take a trip with the kids to California. We have a lot of family there and we thought a Disney trip would be fun for the kids, and boy did they love it!!! It really is the happiest place on earth!

The kids loved Toontown the best, we all loved the parade, and I was obsessed with the baby care centers. They were EVERYTHING! We would go back to it every two hours to feed and change baby, have the boys go potty and rehydrate. If only malls and restaurants could all have baby care centers, my life would be so much easier! Also, I cannot wait to go back in a few years so that baby Persephone can really enjoy it. I was swooning over the dresses and kids makeup in the bibbidi bobbidi boutique. Too adorable!!! I want matching princess outfits for the both of us :) 

disneyland toddlers castle

Disneyland baby care center

The boys couldn't get enough of Mickey Mouse, and they were shocked that Mickey was "real" and lived in his own house! They couldn't believe it!!!! The smile on their faces was priceless. 

Mickey mouse house disneyland

disneyland meeting mickey mouse house

disneyland mickey mouse toddlers

disneyland mickey mouse balloons

disneyland parade

mary poppins disneyland