January 29, 2018

Kimbler Baby #3

I know that I'm way behind in posting, but I'm pregnant with our third baby boy!  I'm afraid this little guy might resent me one day for not documenting his pregnancy with the same diligence that I did his brothers', but it is what it is!

The important details:
  • It's a boy!
  • Due date: May 1, 2018
  • Current progress: 27 weeks

This pregnancy started out much harder than my others- morning sickness was a beast and lasted much longer than I expected.  I have been very tired (not helped by the fact that I actually have to get up and dressed for the school run every weekday morning, rather than sleeping in as long as the kids let me).  And the timing was such that I was dealing with all the fun of the first trimester while we were in the process of trying to unpack our whole house and start the school year for Andrew.  Aaron was a champ during those hard months, and I'm so grateful to have him.

I started feeling the baby move pretty early this time, before 16 weeks!  And he hasn't stopped since- I'm pretty sure I've felt the movements daily since then.

I'm at a relatively comfortable phase of pregnancy now, which is good, but I'm getting pretty close to the third trimester now so I'm not counting on it lasting much longer!  Hopefully a few more weeks at least!

Andrew and Brandon are super excited and already talk about the new baby as a member of our family.  I'm sure they don't fully understand the changes that will happen in our lives and our home when the baby arrives, but they are looking forward to it and they already love their baby brother.  They have decided that his name will be George (but really we're not even close to choosing a name).

I've been working on some baby projects, but we still have lots of gaps to fill in the wardrobe (after my great pre-move purge) and some bigger gear to buy before we'll be ready for baby to arrive.  But we're looking forward to it- about 3 months to go!

January 2, 2018

Andrew is Five!

Our big boy turned 5 in December!

He has had a really big year, including finishing preschool, going to AwesomeCon, moving to England, starting full-time school (and learning to read!), and visiting Paris and several cool sites in England.

According to Andrew:
  • his favorite color is pink
  • his favorite animal is a zebra and giraffe
  • he wants to be an astronaut when he grows up
Andrew has done fabulously with starting school.  He looks adorable in his uniform and he is loving everything about his school experience.  He has picked up reading really quickly and is learning "joined up" writing (cursive, basically).  He's able to do some basic math in his head how, and he has started speaking with the cutest British accent.  He gets a hot lunch at school every day, which has expanded his tastes (they have fish n' chips every Friday, and curry is a regular menu item too).

Andrew is well on his way to being a world traveler, before this year he had only been to a few states and had never left the US.  He's now added 2 countries to his passport and he's looking forward to adding more this year.  His favorite trip was to Paris, where he and Brandon fell in love with the Eiffel Tower.

 We love you, Andrew, and we can't wait to see what you accomplish this year!

November 28, 2017


We took advantage of Andrew's half-term break and took a trip to Paris!  We were there for 5 nights and we crammed a lot into each day.

We took our car through the chunnel, with about 3 hours of driving on each end, so it was a long day.  And then once we realized that our international roaming wasn't working properly on our phones so we had a hard time contacting our Air BnB host to get access to our apartment but we eventually got everything working.  Because we were right in the city, there was no/limited parking nearby so after we unloaded our luggage Aaron had to spend some time getting our car parked and then walking back to the apartment.  So we didn't get to see much of anything on our first evening except what we saw from the car on our way in.

But the next morning we got started and didn't stop until it was time to head home several days later!

Day one:
Notre Dame (Cathedral and Bell Towers)
Bus Tour
Arc de Triomphe
Eiffel Tower

Day 2:
Musee d'Orsay
Maison d'Auguste Rodin a Meudon

Day 3:
Sainte Chapelle
Garnier Opera House Tour
Musee Grevin (Wax Museum)
Chocolate Museum
Montparnasse Tower 56th Floor
Eiffel Tower at sunset

Day 4:

Day 5:
Luxembourg Gardens
Drive home

It was a packed week and we really wore the kids (and ourselves!) out but it was really fun.

*See this post on our travel blog here!*