My third birthday

This is (more than two weeks) earlier than my birthday, but there are a few reasons why we ended up celebrating it today. Khaleh Ziba wanted to celebrate Sara and Sina’s birthday in her backyard. To make sure the weather would cooperate, she decided to organize everything earlier rather than later. She graciously suggested that I would celebrate my birthday together with Sara and Sina to give mommy and daddy time to focus on our big move to the East Coast. The theme of our birthday was Mickey/Minnie Mouse and we all got to wear mouse ears during the party. Here are a few pictures of me partying as hard as I usually do:

Of course, we spent a lot of time taking group pictures:

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Riding ponies

Today I was invited to a cowboy themed birthday party: Jase (a friend of mine from the co-op class I attend at the Richland Community Center) is turning 2. There were some activities that real cowboys and cowgirls rarely get involved in, like playing in a bouncy house or playing in the sand. These were my favorite activities though and mommy had to convince me to try riding the ponies.

Here are a few pictures of me riding and petting real ponies. Of course, after these rides I happily got back to the sand and the bouncy house.

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Parna’s birthday

Parna celebrated her birthday more than one month after her actual birthday. No complains here: the weather is much nicer in May than in April and more appropriate for an outdoor party. Plus Parna’s father finished enclosing the yard with a fence, so it was safer for us (the kids) to play. We spent some time sticking stickers and gluing shapes on pieces of foam, then we played in the yard. Here are a few pictures of us.

The time came for my least favorite activity (eating). We ate kabob with rice and vegetables, then we had cake. Needless to say that my participation in these endeavors was (as usual) extremely limited.

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Merry Christmas

This was my third Christmas and I spent it partying. I only had Parna to play with (poor Sara and Sina were sick), but the older kids also played with us. I ate a BIG apple (and that was all I had for dinner). Of course, we opened gifts, and I made sure one of them (a book) was put to good use (I asked daddy to read it). I ended up going to bed way later than usual.

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Halloween Party 2012

This morning I woke up with a runny nose and I was not in my best mood. That didn’t stop us from going to a party with a bunch of other characters (see the pictures below).

As you may have noticed, I had an Eskimo costume. You may think that I kept my hat on during the party, but the pictures are misleading. That hat was on my head for less than five minutes during the entire party. Besides the usual hanging out and eating all sorts of goodies, we had a good time dancing on “I like 2 move it”.

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Another birthday party: Sara and Sina

Sara and Sina were born about two weeks after me. Because they were born in the same day, they get to celebrate their birthdays together. The party though was almost one month after mine due to circumstances out of their control. Below are a few pictures that daddy took of them with or without their parents.

What is a birthday party without cake and blowing candles? And there is one more thing: no matter whose birthday party I go to, I have to blow the candles. Otherwise I throw a tantrum with crying and begging. Now really, is blowing a couple of candles too much to ask?

Daddy took lots of pictures of Sara and Sina and kinda neglected me. However, mommy got the camera and took a few pictures of me playing with amu Mohammad:

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My second birthday

It’s been one year since we partied on my first birthday and two years since I got into this world. This long journey had to be celebrated. I will start by thanking all my guests for coming and making me feel special on my birthday. And – of course – thank you for all the presents! Pictured below are most of the people who came to my birthday – those missing should blame daddy for not keeping up with his photography duties.

My parents decided to celebrate my birthday in Columbia Park in Kennewick. The first picture below shows the picnic tables with the Columbia river in the background. After you see this picture you most definitely realize that the theme of my birthday was the ladybug, which is my favorite bug of them all. There was a playground right next to us, where the kids spent most of their time while the adults had their boring conversations. The adults interrupted our fun to take some formal pictures (like the above ones). They made it up to us by ensuring a session of fun with soap bubbles. After we had cake and ice cream, we opened the presents, then we played some more.

Taking into account that the theme of my birthday was the ladybug, you may have figured out that my cake would also resemble a ladybug. I knew for several days that I would have a cake and I would blow the candle (mommy told me), so I was ready for the challenge. Everytime somebody asked me about my plans for my birthday, I would say something along the lines “… sing Happy Birthday, blow the candles…”

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On the stairs with my friends

Today I had a lot of fun with my friends, who came over with their parents. We played with toys, jumped on the bed, and danced. We also took a break from these activities, when we sat on the stairs and ate some cucumber. Daddy took the pictures below during that break.

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A few grapes for Sara

Do you remember that I was feeding Sara a few months ago? If so, you may also remember that I was not feeding her real food. To make it up to her, I decided to feed her some grapes. They were not my grapes, I found them on a plate at a party (it was Natasha’s birthday), but nonetheless, they were very yummy. It seems that I finally gained her trust because – unlike last time – she actually ate what I offered her. With a little exception: when I filled her mouth with so many grapes that she could not chew them anymore.

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Norooz Mobarak

My parents set a pretty low bar with my first Norooz (which I spent mostly in bed), so I am not surprised that they did much better this year. We took a few pictures after daddy came back from work, then we went to kholeh Ziba’s house so I could celebrate the beginning of the Iranian new year with Sara, Sina, and Parna. It was one of those days when I had a lot of fun playing and went to bed really-really late. I enjoyed every minute of it!

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