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Goodbye Virginia and Hello San Fransisco Bay Area

Ok major life update! We moved to the Bay area!!! This is so crazy I still can’t believe we just packed up our lives and moved here.

We moved here for a number of reasons, one of which being that hubby is a software developer and what software developer wouldn’t want to live here?! His job is here as well and what a treat it is to live here!!!!! Also, the schools are what sold it to me. The schools are highly rated and are so academically competetive. Where we live a “B” is for BAD and “A” is for AVERAGE lol. I just love that. Also it will be great as I want my kids second language to be Mandarin, and I literally have like 10 Chinese neighbors. Ni Hao!

Another thing I love about this area is that there is a really low crime rate, and everyone is so friendly it’s like ridiculous. But the thing I love the most about here is that there are NO BUGS!!!!! I can comfortably sit outside without having to worry about bees attacking me and gnats flying into my eyes and all sorts of bugs flying into my hair.

The one word that describes this area is: BREATHTAKING. The windows from our bedroom have a view of beautiful rolling hills, and when I drive to our local Starbucks this is pretty much the view I see…

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So moving across country was a BIG step out of my comfort zone. The whole moving process is a stressful one, and I can’t stand feeling unsettled and having to break our structure and routines. Add that to feeling overwhelmed from the amount of STUFF that we accumulated and had to get rid of. Can I just add that I CANNOT STAND STUFF!!! I’m on a full on minimalism kick right now and I never want to accumulate crap again!!! Also one of the hardest things was to leave my parents and sister and dogs! My first dog, Midas (the pug) is now 12 years old and sick and he requires a lot of care. We also had to give our family dog, Sir Edward, away to a nice family. We couldn’t bring him with us because French Bulldogs (that are not puppies) die on airplanes. That was by far the HARDEST thing we have ever done and gave us lots of sleepless nights. We cried for 5 days straight. Moving away is hard, but like they say- SUCCESS IS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE.

Saying goodbye to our dogs:

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On our last night we went to my parents restaurant, Cafe Renaissance, and had a nice dinner and said our goodbyes….

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And then we stayed up all night packing everything that we would take with us. We got rid of all our stuff and furniture, but it still seemed like we were travelling with so much stuff! I guess it’s not too bad for a family of 5.

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For some reason my kids get SO excited about going to an airport and on an airplane. Personally I don’t like flying and I freak out during any turbulance, so I’m happy that my kids aren’t like that. Also- can I just brag a little and mention how wonderfully behaved they all are on an airplane. Even the baby! How I got this lucky I don’t know……but definitely not complaining.

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Landing at SFO was such a great experience. The weather was amazing and everything went smoothly. All our luggage fit into the rental car perfectly, and we drove straight to our new house and made ourselves right at home. We had no furniture upon arrival and we all slept and ate on the floor. Hubby went to Target to get a pack and play for baby and essentials to tie us over, and the kids LOVED having a sleepover on the floor!

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We are still in the process of getting settled. All of this is so exciting to me- it’s like a fresh new beginning. We recently splurged a bit on furniture and I am just loving our new house. The views are stunning and the weather is just so perfect I love having my morning coffee out on our front porch and watching the boys play in the enclosed backyard. Our neighbor has lemon trees and the whole neighborhood is just so picturesque.

We also, unfortunately, decided to take a break from Keto during this month because I have no time to meal plan or cook. That means we have probably put on a few pounds, but right now I’m just too busy putting our house together to care. We will resume Ketosis next month.

Do any of my readers live in Northern California?

About: Leila Rahmanian and Salar Rahmanian

Leila Rahmanian is married to Salar Rahmanian. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area and have three wonderful kids, two boys named Valentino Rahmanian and Caspian Rahmanian and a beautiful daughter named Persephone Rahmanian.