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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

Our Thanksgiving 2017

I feel like Thanksgiving is one of the only days of the year where you SHOULD NOT be dieting. So what we did was bought ALL the carbs we have been craving since June, and went nuts for two days (Thanksgiving and the day after.) 

We had a carbsgiving!!!! It was AMAZING.... but afterwards we were in misery. I felt like something was rotting in my stomach. I guess all that sugar gave my body a shock. 

Friday morning I ate a donut and immediately afterwards felt SO sick, like I was going to throw up and pass out. All that sugar first thing in the morning made my body go wack! 

Anyways, on Thursday we had brunch and then in the evening we loaded up with more carbs and ended the evening having mommy and daddy date night at home and finished a bottle of wine and watched Netflix until midnight. The next day we celebrated with my parents and sister and continued stuffing our face with carbs. 

 It was fantastic! Happy (belated) Thanksgiving to all! 

family thanksgiving brunch

thanksgiving brunch

family thanksgiving photo

thanksgiving brunch lunch

persephone rahmanian

family christmas photo

costco pumpkin pie thanksgiving

thanksgiving table for toddlers

thanksgiving cupcake turkey

dariush wine

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.