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Proud parents Mario Lopez and Courtney Lopez celebrated their kids’ birthdays in a joint party on Saturday (September 6). With Dominic turning 1 on Sept. 9, and Gia turning 4 on Sept. 11, the Lopez family celebrated with a Wizard of Oz-themed birthday bash at PLAY in Glendale, Calif.
“We are so excited for this birthday celebration,” Courtney tells Celebrity Baby Scoop. “Gia is obsessed with The Wizard of Oz, so when she asked for it to be the party theme, I thought it was perfect. It could be for a boy and a girl, so it would be great for Gia and Dominic’s combined celebration.”
With the birthday girl sporting red Stride Rite shoes, the adorable Wizard of Oz-themed baskets Courtney created were filled with fun goodies, including Net Nanny gift cards for the parents and personalized Mabel’s Labels bag tags for the kids.
“Mario and I will combine their birthdays for a few more years,” the proud mom shares. “But I will always do something special for them on their actual birthday.”
Courtney and Mario surprised their pretty preschooler with a personalized nameplate necklace from POSH Mommy.
“Time flies,” Courtney says of her growing tots. “Dominic is about to walk and Gia acts like a teenager already! Being a parent is the greatest gift and such a blessing. The love we feel for our family is indescribable, as I’m sure other parents can all relate.”
Guests enjoyed everything from face painting, an indoor play area, party hats and balloon art. Not to mention the Polkatots cake, made up of red velvet, vanilla, chocolate and strawberry cupcakes.
During the celebrations, we caught up with the couple and heard about their happy family life.
“Gia is so busy,” Courtney gushes. “She takes gymnastics, ballet, Spanish class and piano class and loves it all.”
And it sounds like the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.
“She definitely has been bitten by the performing bug,” says Courtney. “We will support her in whatever she chooses to do, while making sure to help guide her to always stay close to her family and have enough high self-esteem and strong enough foundation to help her always make ethical choices in her future.”
Would they like to add to the brood? “We’d love one more child,” Courtney admits.
As for staying fit amid their busy schedules, they say it’s all about fitting it in when you can.
“Making time to workout is hard but I try to fit it in whenever possible,” Courtney shares. “We live on a huge hill so when I walk our dog, Julio, I also push Dominic in his stroller and make it a workout.”
Jessie Pavelka and Jennifer Widerstrom on The Biggest Loser
09/11/2014 AT 06:30 PM EDT
Joining returning trainer Dolvett Quince are Jessie Pavelka and Jennifer Widerstrom, whom PEOPLE chatted with exclusively about their first season. Before tuning in to the Season 16 premiere of The Biggest Loser (Thursday at 8 p.m./7c on NBC), here are five things to know about Pavelka and Widerstrom.
1. Every successful team has a strong motto.
Finding motivation is a huge issue in itself, so Pavelka and Widerstrom have taken it under their belt to create a slogan with their teams to stay dedicated.
“I tell my team to ‘Take the body and the mind will follow,’ says Pavelka. “I tell them to commit to five minutes – that’s it – and then the mind will catch up with that.”
When we spoke to Widerstrom early on in the season, she already had several mottos. “I say, ‘Get uncomfortable,’ a lot,” says Widerstrom. “What I use the workouts to do and hard conversations to do is to ‘get uncomfortable,’ shaking things out and find out that as uncomfortable as that may feel, you’re actually okay.”
2. Dig deep to get healthy.
Pavelka likes to think of himself as “hard with heart,” and focuses more on the feeling of the body than on the scale’s numbers.
“I think weight loss is a side effect of doing it right, feeling good, and falling in love with the feeling of exercise,” says Pavelka. The contestants aren’t the only ones helping each other compete to success. “I have to give Jessie credit for this quote, but ‘weight loss is not the answer to obesity,'” Widerstrom quotes of fellow trainer Pavelka. “It basically says we can treat all the symptoms – we can work out, we can eat better – but unless we find out what’s going on with you, then we’re not really going to go very far.”
3. Health is more important than competition.
After last season’s controversy with taking the weight loss competition a little too far, the trainers are making sure that health comes first and competition comes next.
“I think the competition needs to come secondary,” says Pavelka. “The weight loss is a side effect of living life right. We want them to kind of be ready for life, not just be ready for a scale.”
4. Even trainers have to get a workout in.
Growing up, whether it was gymnastics, diving, or track, Widerstrom always made sure that she was participating in sports.
“I got out of college and was eating the same amount and training almost none, and I got this huge jump in my weight. I think I went like 20 pounds,” Widerstrom told PEOPLE. Now, she maintains her fit body by working out with her team. “As much as I’m focused on trying to help them, I’m focused on trying to keep myself off the ground,” she says.
5. Being a Biggest Loser trainer is a dream job.
The contestants aren’t the only ones living out their dreams on this season of The Biggest Loser. “I’ve done weight loss shows in the past, but as a trainer, you look at The Biggest Loser as you kind of made it,” Pavelka says.