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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. 

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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

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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

Our 2016 Christmas Celebrations

This year our Christmas celebrations were very low key and simple, yet joyous. Being in the third trimester I had to scale back a lot this year, and it still kicked my butt. Last year I wasn't pregnant, and I put up 7 Christmas trees and fully decorated the house in November. This year I struggled decorating the one Christmas tree that we put up, on midnight Christmas Eve. We almost came to the conclusion that we would have to skip Christmas this year, as we were all so sick. Me and hubby caught a bug from the kids that resembled the flu, and it affected me more as I already had an abundance of annoying pregnancy symptoms. All of us were stuck at home with fevers, sore throats and aches and pains. I vomited every day and had to go to the hospital because I couldn't breathe. Christmas almost didn't happen! BUT..... we toughed it out and I managed to decorate the tree, prepare a nice dinner, wrap the presents, and hubby put together the outdoor Christmas decorations, all just in time! I think I enjoyed it that much more knowing how hard me and hubby worked and pushed ourselves to make it special for the kids. They had the best time of their lives and that just made it so worth it for us. Hubby spent a lot of time and energy decorating our deck and turning it into a winter wonderland with lights! Every night the kids would run around the house super excited about the outdoor decorations. Valentino calls our huge inflatable Christmas bear "Mismis bear" and the snowman "owman" and the Christmas tree "Mismis tree"! Caspian's favorite thing to do is stare out all the windows to look at the lights, and he also likes to grab at the lights on the Christmas tree. He's so naughty. They melt my heart. 

Here's a peek!

outdoor christmas decoration ideas

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family annual christmas card

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Christmas dinner table

Christmas table setting ideas

Christmas dinner ideas

Christmas table setting ideas

Christmas dinner ideas table setting

toddler Christmas crafts ideas

Christmas dinner ideas table setting

outdoor Christmas decoration ideas inflatables

outdoor deck Christmas decorations lights

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. 

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christmas dinner tablescape

Caspian Rahmanian

Caspian Rahmanian

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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

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.