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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

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

Surviving 3 kids 3 and under

I am that crazy mom who apparently keeps having babies. Yes I try contraception but no joke guys NOTHING WORKS! Out of the 5 years I've been married I've been pregnant 4 times, and three of the pregnancies resulted in little monsters, who are now three, two, and an infant.  

I also wouldn't mind having more. Call me crazy, but I just LOVE being a mom. Don't get me wrong it's hard work, but totally worth it if you ask me. 

Here are 5 survival tips, because when you have three kids three and under, every day is about SURVIVAL. These have worked out pretty well for me and sometimes I even fool myself in thinking that I have it all together. 

  • STRUCTURE AND ROUTINE: We all do the same thing pretty much every day, except for the weekends of course. The kids know when it's breakfast time, school time, "homework time", nap time, quiet time, dinner time, bath time and bedtime. My three year old reminds me when it's time to put the two year old for a nap and when it's time to feed the baby. My two year old knows that during nap time he has to stay in his room and on his bed until he falls asleep, and both kids know that every day after dinner they need to make sure that the living room area (which has been converted to their playroom) is completely spotless. On weekends their routine is to go to the pool in the late afternoon and then have their dinner poolside. Toddlers thrive when there is structure and routine, and infants too! Baby Persephone has her own routine that works great for her as well! So we are really strict when it comes to their routines and they have to be in bed no later than 7:30pm. This means that sometimes we have to miss fun events and can't socialize as much as we would like to, but at least my children won't be grumpy due to lack of sleep, and that makes every day SO much easier for me. 

  • CHORES CHORES AND MORE CHORES: Ok so my infant doesn't have any chores (yet) but the older two know their chores and responsibilities. They both know to clean their rooms and living room before bed time, put their dirty clothes in the laundry hamper outside of their rooms, and where to put their shoes and backpacks when they come home from school. They both wipe the table after dinner (even though I wipe the crumbs off of it before they wipe) it's all about making them feel proud, useful and accomplished. And the more they get used to doing, the less I have to do! Win-win situation. 

toddler chores

My three year old is totally OCD and needs his things in a certain order. God forbid someone ruin the order - all hell will break loose!

  • TOY ROTATION SYSTEM / NO TV: Instead of turning on the TV for them when I want them to be quiet and out of my way, I will bring a bucket of "new" toys for them to play with. The "new" toys are just their old toys that were stored away that they forgot they have. I have lots of buckets filled with toys, and I let them play with one bucket at a time. Then when they get bored of those toys I will switch out the bucket. This system works miracles for me! Another win!!

bin rotation toys

  • MAKING SURE THE KITCHEN IS CLEAN BEFORE BED: I don't know why, but having a clean and spotless kitchen just makes me feel like I'm ready to conquer the world. The rest of my house can be an absolute mess, but for some reason, waking up to a clean kitchen just makes everything better. Every night no matter how tired I am, the counters need to be cleaned and cloroxed and all the dirty dishes need to be in the dishwasher. If I wake up to a dirty kitchen I will feel paralyzed for the rest of the day, and it will completely trash my productivity. 

  • PLANNING: This is something I picked up more from hubby, who is literally a master planner. Being a great planner helps with all aspects of life, and can make taking care of multiples feel like a breeze! A little planning goes a long way, and is so necessary when trying to successfully run your household. Me and hubby hold monthly meetings to plan for the following month. We plan for things such as fun events for the kids, when and what to order online (we are ALL about Amazon Fresh and Prime), and when to do finances and hold budgeting meetings. I also make a meal plan every month for the following month and it helps tremendously.

So there are times in our life where for some reason or another we may not do the things above. The world doesn't fall apart BUT there tends to be more conflict, less fun and more stress. We find that doing these things makes life so much easier for all of us (but especially for mom and dad:) Many people think having three kids this small is really difficult, but it's really not too bad. I'm not saying it's a piece of cake, but it's no way as hard as I initially imagined. You just need to have a system that works for you. These tips might work great for some yet no so much for others. Always just do what works for you and your family.