November 17, 2015

Arizona Trip

In October, we took a trip down to Arizona.  This had been set up as a surprise family reunion for Aaron's dad for his birthday, and he sure was surprised!

This was our first time taking kids on a plane ride so I was super nervous about the whole ordeal- everything from going through security to keeping them entertained to dealing with diaper changes... I packed Aaron's bag full of snacks, bought Andrew some new toys for him to carry in his backpack, and made sure we had lots of diapers and an extra outfit for everybody.

At the airport, Andrew was super excited to look out the windows at our gate, watching the planes that were sitting right there.  He even got a wave from the pilots of the plane leaving our gate before our flight and he loved it.

Our flight there went pretty well, thanks in part to my overpreparedness and Aaron's ability to get Brandon to sleep in public.  We had a quick stop in Austin (Hi Austin!) before we got on the second leg of our flight.

We got to Phoenix mid-afternoon and met up with one of Aaron's brothers, who was bringing carseats for us to use.  We couldn't check in to our hotel yet so Justin left to pick up Brent from a different airport and we headed to a Verizon store to deal with Aaron's phone, which had annoyingly stopped working sometime before we even left BWI.

After all that was dealt with we got to spend the rest of the day hanging out at the hotel pool with two of Aaron's brothers (plus wife and kids, of course).  Dan and Karen weren't due to arrive at the hotel until later that evening.  Once they arrived and got settled in their room, we all gathered around their door and knocked.  Dan answered and had such a happy surprised look on his face.  Success!  Unfortunately we found out that Steve wasn't going to make it, but everyone else was there or en route.

The next morning we headed out right after breakfast for the house where we would all be staying in Strawberry.  It was a great house, but unfortunately we moms had to spend some time making the house safe for (and from) the kids- we probably moved over half of the decor and closed off the carpeted dining room, which had been set for us with real china, silver, and crystal. Eek.

We spent the next few days having a great time hanging out with everyone.  We don't get to see Aaron's brothers that often since everyone is spread out around the country, so this was a rare treat.  The last time we were all together was at our wedding!  Fortunately we made plans to have more regular reunions from here on out.

We got family pics done (I haven't seen the official ones yet, but a few of us were taking our own as well), hiked the Tonto Natural Bridge, went geocaching, played games, ate lots of food, and saw several elk (the owner of the house was a little crazy about the elk- the lights in the house even turned off automatically whenever they showed up).  I even got to braid some hair, which was great since I obviously don't style my boys' hair...

We spent another night at the hotel in Scottsdale before we flew home, so we had time to stop for a picnic at a park partway back, again with Justin and his family, and spend another afternoon at the pool and we went to this awesome pizza place for dinner called Organ Stop Pizza.  The pizza was fine but the organ playing was amazing!

The flight home wasn't quite as smooth- we were all tired, plus both kids had diaper disasters that required new outfits (Aaron deserves an award for dealing with both in the tiny airplane lavatory)- but the last leg was actually pretty nice since all four of us (I think) got some sleep.

Sorry for the photo overload but there's a lot to remember about this trip.  We had a great time, and we're looking forward to the next Kimbler reunion!

October 27, 2015

8 Months


Brandon is 8 months old.

It's been a pretty busy month for this little guy (and all of us).  He rode on an airplane for the first time, met lots of cousins, aunts, and uncles for the first time, mastered crawling, and tried to walk.

Last month Brandon was making his first attempts at crawling with his belly off the ground, after a while of successful army crawling.  Now he's a master crawler and has moved on to cruising.  Not only that, but he also loves to walk while pushing a toy around.  We bought him a walker and he loves getting around while pushing it, or he just uses a big toy truck and pushes that around.  He seems to think he's a big kid and tries really hard to keep up with Andrew.

We've started to introduce the sippy cup to Brandon this month.  He's not terribly interested in it though- he prefers his bottle for sure.  I gave him some juice in a sippy though and he loved that, but only as long as I held him like I hold him when he has a bottle.  He's done okay when I put some formula in it and have him sit in the high chair but he sometimes just chews on it instead of holding it up high enough to drink.  We'll have to keep working on it if we want to stop using bottles at a year like we did for Andrew.

No sign of teeth yet.  Aaron seems to be a little anxious about this.

And no haircut yet either.  I think we'll do that soon though, since Brandon's hair is getting so long in the front that little whisps are getting in his eyes pretty regularly.

New Things for Brandon this on Month:
Airplane ride
Sippy cup
Some new foods
Walking with walker

September 23, 2015

Seven Months!

Brandon is seven months old!

Brandon is such a flirt already (takes after his daddy!).  Most of the time it doesn't take much to get a cute little smile from this kid.  He's friendly as can be, and pretty much lets anyone hold him without making a fuss.

This month Brandon has been making huge improvements physically.  He is still usually traveling by army crawl, but boy has he gotten fast!  He's done some rocking on hands and knees too, and even a few timid movements in that position, but for the most part he prefers his speedy little army crawl.  His other preferred method of movement is walking.  Obviously he can't do it on his own yet, but he will gladly walk, one foot in front of the other, holding on to my hands.

I was hesitant, but we introduced Brandon to a few finger foods this month.  He has had a couple flavors of puffs so far, and watermelon chunks.  He seriously loves being able to feed himself.  He's still working on his pincer grab, but he can really shovel that food into his mouth!

He pulled up to standing.  Yep.  I wasn't expecting it at all and then it just happened.  (Un)fortunately we don't have much in our main living area that's the right height for him to pull up on, so it hasn't happened many times yet.

Brandon had his first injury this month.  Thankfully it was minor but it could have been really bad.  Brandon was standing up between my legs while I was sitting on the couch.  He was holding on to one of my hands with both of his.  He got brave and let go.  He kind of twisted as he fell and landed face first on a toy.  He ended up with a cut on his eyelid.  If he had fallen slightly differently his eye could have been in bad shape.  The toy in question has been banished to the top of the refrigerator for the time being.

Brandon is using the pacifier less often both during the day and at night.  He still uses it often (and sometimes I pop it in to keep him from eating everything else in sight) but I'm hoping the decrease in use means it won't be too hard to break him of the habit later.

New things for Brandon this month:
Pulling up to standing
Finger foods
More talking
Initial crawling attempts
First injury