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Easter 2017

Happy Easter! This year it was low key because I'm still trying to figure out how to care for three kids and run a household. It's getting a little easier day by day! 

Instead of going anywhere we just got some cupcakes and balloons and had a little party. My birthday falls close to Easter so we had a small celebration for that as well earlier in the month. Valentino now thinks that whenever we have cake it means that it's someone's birthday, so for Easter we had to put candles on the cupcakes and sing happy birthday to everyone. They are so silly. 

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toddler birthday cake party

easter bunny balloons toddlers

I put together some Easter eggs for the kids's school and for themselves. I LOVE this stuff! It makes me feel like I'm 5 again. I also love dressing up my kids in suits and pretty bows! In a perfect world I would make them all wear suits and pretty dresses just for dinner time every night. 

stuffed Easter eggs for class school

stuffing easter eggs

toddlers in matching suits

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We saw a real bunny in our yard during Easter weekend! The kids love bunnies, and Valentino has eventaully figured out that Sir Edward is not a bunny and is, in fact, a dog!  Btw fun fact- bunny in Persian is called a "khargoosh" which literally translates to "donkey ears" Sir Edward totally has donkey ears.

Fun Filled Birthday Weekend!

Valentino and Caspian recently had a fun filled birthday weekend. It was three days in a row of non stop celebrating. By the end of the weekend I couldn't feel my feet! 

Valentino had recently turned 3, and Caspian will turn 2 very soon. They are both December babies, so we always celebrate their birthdays together. This year we threw them a party at an indoor playground, and they absolutely loved it. 

We started out the weekend celebrating Valentino's birthday at home by getting his favorite dinner to go and eating cake. In addition to celebrating their birthdays together, they each also have a small family only celebration on the actual date of their birth. They both also have a small celebration at school as well. 

celebrating birthday at school

So Valentino is still kind of scared of balloons, but he's getting better at it. He definitely thinks they are alive, but he does enjoy looking at them (just not touching :) Caspian will gladly grab them and tear them apart.

three year old boy birthday party

Throughout the weekend Valentino would say "BIRFDAY!" over and over again, and then he would (attempt) to sing the birthday song, and then would constantly clap for himself. Caspian then copies everything that Valentino says and does, and it's just the cutest thing when they both try to sing happy birthday together and then clap their hands together and say yaaaay!!!! We call Caspian a parrot because he repeats everything he hears! 

The day after our little celebration for Valentino, we were invited to Valentino and Caspian's classmates birthday party. They had a Winter Wonderland theme. I LOVE that birthday theme. Valentino's first birthday was also a winter wonderland theme! They had a fake snow play area for the kids that Valentino loved. He was making snowballs and snow angels and had completely covered himself from head to toe with fake snow. Caspian thought it was scary and refused to play in it. He's so funny. 

winter wonderland theme birthday party ideas

winter wonderland birthday cake ideas

Then the following day we celebrated the kids's joint birthday party! All of their school friends came and they had such a fun time running around the playground. We were nuts and booked the place for four hours to accomodate everyone's nap schedules. By the end of the four hours Valentino's face was bright red from all that running around, and Caspian was so tired he had passed out. 

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I had so much fun putting together the goody bags.....How cute are these guys?

winter goody bag ideas

I am glad the kids enjoyed their birthday weekend. We still have one more small family birthday celebration yet to come for Caspian. Watching them run around and laugh and play with their friends literally melts my heart. I love them so much and wish they could always be this happy in life. 

I cannot believe another year has passed and my babies are no longer babies :( Every day they are learning something new. They both just blow my mind with the progress they have made in such a short span of time. 

Our next challenge is potty training Valentino before baby #3 arrives.....and having baby #3 arrive. 

Wish me luck for both! 

On 31

Last weekend I turned 31. I've only just started to wrap my head around turning 30! How does time fly by so fast? I don't understand!?!?!!

What I want for my birthday is more TIME. Time is a luxury. Time is money. I'm constantly running short of it. 

One thing I've learned about time, is that it doesn't wait for you. It doesn't wait for you to get your $h!t together. it doesn't care if you're ready or not. It just soldiers on.  

So while I cannot make a day 26 hours, I can work on prioritizing my time. That is my birthday gift to me.

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We celebrated at Flemings, Morton's, and Cafe Renaissance. They all did special things for my birthday. Flemings gave a box of truffles with a $25 gift card and a picture of us. Morton's gave a picture of us and a free dessert (which we just gave to the kids), and Cafe Renaissance / my parents, gave a bouquet of flowers, balloons and a Ketogenic friendly sugar free jello birthday cake. Hubby took me on a shopping spree and splurged on nice clothes. Hubby also watched the kids so that I could shower for as long as I wanted (one whole hour!!!!) Overall, it was a great birthday and I was definitely spoiled. 

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cafe renaissance vienna va

Happy Birthday Hubby!

March is hubby's birth month, and my favorite month after December. His birthday and the Persian New Year just make it the best. 

We celebrated hubby's birthday all month. Well, nearly all month. In the middle of it I got sick with food poisoning or something and for a week I was completely knocked out. It wasn't the worst thing in the world though, because we got to break our diets and eat carbs as I wasn't well enough to cook. So of course we over did it and ate birthday cake every night and every morning for breakfast. It was the best thing ever. 

Here are some pics of the festivities:

celebrating daddy birthday party

happy birthday daddy

daddy birthday celebration

Happy Birthday Salar! Thanks for being such a fantastic hubby and dad!!!!!! Love you <3 

Our Family Christmas 2015

I absolutely love Christmas. I love the lights, the glitter, the gifts. I love how it's okay to wear big ugly sweaters or blinged out sequined dresses. I love the extra family time and seeing the kids's eyes glow with wonder and excitement when looking at the tree and opening their presents. I love everything about it. 

I love this holiday even though I am not Christian. I'm not anything really, but I think the message about love and peace and generosity and giving is a great thing. We should apply all that year round! I also love to celebrate any and every holiday. I totally can't wait until next year's Diwali, and no, I'm not even Indian. I'm also making the kids celebrate the Chinese New Year. It will be good for their Mandarin. 

I actually think the commercialization of the holidays are fabulous! Yes- I am that person who gets this warm and fuzzy feeling inside when I see Christmas decorations go up in the stores right after Halloween, and I do thoroughly enjoy a good Christmas commercial on tv. 

Anyways, I'm taking advantage of the kids's naptime to write this post and organize the milions of photos I've taken of our Christmas this year. Hubby took some time off work and we most definitely made the most of it. These past few weeks we have both completely broken our diets, had lots and lots of family time, and ended each day finishing a full bottle of wine. I would even spike our night teas. We both have probably gained ten pounds, but because we lost so much weight this past year I am not even going to worry about it. 

So we did lots of family fun stuff like decorating gingerbread, celebrating Caspian's birthday (he is a Christmas baby) multiple times, and just going out a lot. 

Here's a glance into our fun filled week:

frosted christmas tree

We took the kids for photos with Santa. Valentino obviously loved it =)

tysons galleria santa photos

I am so proud of my wrapping skills. I have to thank Estee Lauder (my college job) for that. They had me on my feet like 24/7 wrapping people's purchases. Super fun! No really, it was actually fun.

christmas wrapped presents

family christmas photo

Christmas Eve with hubby and the kiddos. I love to dress my boys in matching suits. I dress them better than I dress myself! 

Leila Rahmanian Salar Rahmanian

Leila Rahmanian Salar Rahmanian

frosted christmas tree

Christmas day brunch. 

family christmas photo

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Caspian Rahmanian

family christmas photo

frosted christmas tree

How cute are these rascals? 

Last year I slept through Christmas morning and we had to open the presents at night (I was pregnant, not lazy) haha. So this year we thought we would do the same thing. I was hosting Christmas dinner and we thought it would be fun to open presents with grandma and auntie too! 

frosted christmas tree

I made the salmon and hubby made the turkey. It was fantastic. This is our fairly low-carb Christmas dinner (minus the crackers and mashed potatoes). 

christmas tablescape

christmas tablescape

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I am so glad Valentino is a good eater. He devoured his food. He shoved so much turkey in his mouth that when it wouldn't fit he would just keep trying to shove it further back into his mouth.... and then I would panic over him choking, and then he would laugh at me. He's so silly. 

Leila Rahmanian Salar Rahmanian

christmas dinner tablescape

Caspian Rahmanian

Caspian Rahmanian Sara Abtahi

Caspian Rahmanian

Leila Rahmanian Salar Rahmanian

Santa was really generous this year.

Valentino and auntie Sara decorating gingerbread! Ok well Valentino was more interested in eating it, but he did help a bit too! 

decorating gingerbread house

Showing him the way

decorating gingerbread house

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Valentino was proud of his work! Daddy kept stealing the candies off the gingerbread house and eating them. 

decorating gingerbread house

As the holiday season draws to a close I feel a bit of relief from all the hustle and bustle. No joke- I kind of busted my @$$ running around making sure we get everything done and making an effort for the kids to enjoy themselves. However, I will really miss all the family fun festvities. I cannot wait to see what the New Year has in store for us.