Wednesday, November 24, 2010

November 24

I asked her to pose for the picture, this is what she came up with!??!
Snow White ice skating right past us!!

Casey and her princess wand (also wearing her Cinderella dress over her sweatsuit--it was cold in there!!!)

USMC Ball 2010
The Major
They ran out of bottles of beer and we were drinking cans!
Before we ran out of cans -- ha ha!

The girls: Megan (she's kind of cut off), Christie, Me, Valerie and Allison

Former Sgt Major of the Marine Corps Lee

The oldest Marine and Youngest Marine share the cake

The Cake
The band

The view from our room =)

Kendall =)

I put her down for tummy time and she fell fast asleep!!

Out for a hike on the Edisto Trail!

Checking out the "fish" situation!

Daddy and Casey


Kendall's first formal pics from Olan Mills...wasn't too excited about how they turned'll get your soon! Hoping for better Christmas pics of both girls....

Hi Everyone,

Can't believe it, but today, Kendall is exactly two and a half months old! WOW! She's really developing a personality lately...staying awake more during the day and loving to interact with us...smiling, cooing, and just looking at us! SOOO much fun! Casey loves to try and make her smile...and loves laying with her, hugging her, kissing her, etc! Kyle and I were just noticing last night that Kendall has already started flinching when Casey gets close - ha ha!!!

Kyle and I went to the 235th Marine Corps Ball down in Hilton Head last Saturday. We had a really nice night out...and got to stay overnight at the hotel where it was held thanks to the Kilian's (Kyle's parents) was sooo nice not to have to use my "mommy ears" for a night of sleep! Although, sleep was not as good as we expected-- hey, we were in a hotel full of Marines who were fired up over their birthday and many of whom had been drinking!!!

Casey is getting very excited for Turkey tomorrow and also for Christmas...I really can not WAIT for Christmas morning with her...which means I should probably get my butt in gear with Christmas shopping!!!

The weather down here has been ridiculously warm. I mean, I'm really, really ready for some fall weather--I'd love to wear the new pea coat I bought...also my new winter boots--a few sweater?? Is that too much to ask? I guess I'll get some use out of them when we head to PA in December. It looks like we'll arrive the morning Monday the 27th and leave the evening of Sunday the 2nd of January. Hope to see you all!!!

Oh...forgot to mention...Casey and I went to see Disney's Princess on Ice Classics down in Savannah last Thursday. It was a great mommy and daughter night out! We went with our friends Megan and Alexis... I forgot my camera (Megan took some pictures for us but I have to wait to get them from her) the only pictures you see are from my cell phone! Casey really took it all in, but told me the next day that she enjoyed riding in Miss Megan's "van car" the most. (Not any of the princess's ice skating!!!)

Hope you enjoy the pictures!!!

Katie, Kyle, Casey, Kendall, and Jimmy

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

November 10

Wednesday afternoon photo shoot...
it's hard work...

Princess Casey on her thrown.

fast asleep...

silly, silly girl!

can you find Casey in this picture?

Casey reading to Kendall.

Jimmy was also interested in hearing the story!

Happy 235th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!!!
Hi Everyone~~~

Hope you are all well. We've had an exciting 24 hours down here! Yesterday we woke up at 5AM--very excited because Kendall had gone to bed at 1130 and did not wake up in the night to eat! Yay! Casey got up shortly after our big accomplishment only to go right back to sleep and stay in bed until 730! It started off as a great morning here! Casey went back to school after having a week off for "Fall Break". She was very happy to head back - and she made her first Family Tree and was so proud to give it to me when she got home! While Casey was at school yesterday, I took Kendall to her 2 month check up! She weighed 11lbs 8oz and was 23 inches long. I think the doctor said she was in the 71st percentile for weight and 85th for length. She got all her immunizations and proceeded to just sleep the rest of the day away. Casey and I headed to the Navy Hospital for our flu shots in the afternoon. Kyle and I both have a little cold and Casey had been complaining of a headache, but there were no fevers and we didn't feel that sick. So they administered our shots--end of story...not really. She and I both ended up with fevers last night--hers at 101 and mine at 100. She inevitably vomits every time her fever goes past 100, so she was puking, I was feeling exhausted--it was no fun. She slept on the couch, I tried to sleep on the recliner--and by 7am, she was asking to put on her Cinderella dress! Ha! Kendall and Daddy spent the night upstairs away from Casey and I -- and unfortunately, she didn't sleep through the night for a second night...maybe because she slept so much yesterday??? Oh well. We are having a pj's and movies kind of day here--even though we are both on the mend, I'm soooo tired--enjoying being lazy for the day! Hopefully Kyle will get out of work a little early today, too because he's sick too! We all need a full night of sleep -- maybe in 18 years or so??!!!
My brother is on the mend after his hip replacement surgery. He did great w/the surgery, but then had a reaction to one of the medications he was taking and had horrible headaches for a few days post-op.

My sister and her team of Reichl's Warriors walked in the Race For Hope in Philadelphia this past weekend. They all report it was inspiring and a great success. I believe the team raised over 3,000.00 for the National Brain Tumor Society. Woo Hoo!

What else??? Kyle's aunt and uncle finally sold their house a little over a week ago and are anxious to be all moved out and down in North Myrtle by the end of the month. They are so relieved as are we all that they can now proceed with building their new home in Murrells Inlet. We have a new buyer for our condo in San Diego...old one fell through at the last minute, but thankfully our realtor got a new offer within a week of the old deal falling we wait and wait again for all the paperwork to go through! Ugh...seems like a never ending process, but will be so very worth it in the end.
Some stories:

Kendall is really starting to respond more and more to our voices. She likes to listen to Casey "read" her stories and will "talk" back to her big sister. She's still not a big smiler yet, but when you get a little one, they are too cute for words! She had her first photo shoot at Olan Mills last Thursday and we got a few cute shots that I'm anxious to post...have to wait until next Thursday when I pick up the pictures and photo CD.

Casey--oh Casey. She is a pistol. This past week she asked me, "Mommy, does Baby Kendall have brown hair??" I said, "yes". She asked, "Why" I said, "Well, what color hair does mommy have?" and she said, "Grey." Fantastic, Casey. Just fantastic. She is getting very excited for Christmas and pretty much wants ANYTHING and EVERYTHING she sees in magazines and on commercials--except if it is "for boys"...because she'll say--"that's not for me, that's for boys."

Ok...enjoy the pictures and hope to post again sometime soon!

Katie, Kyle, Casey, Kendall, and Jimmy

Monday, November 1, 2010

November 1st

ahhhh...peace at last (for Heather and I)...ha!
The girls visit Savannah!
Kendall was blissfully unaware that she went trick or treating in downtown Beaufort. The road gets blocked off and all the stores pass out candy from 4-6 a few days before Halloween.

Casey, Jake, and Payton at downtown trick or treat!

Payton and Casey are ready to conquer downtown!

The Kilian girls ready for trick or treat #1
Littlest pumpkin!
Jimmy is making sure Kendall gets a good nap!

Bath time!
Getting along and relaxing together!

Heather and Casey...
Payton and Fafa (we taught her to call him Godfather--and it came out fafa!!!)

Casey reading to Payton!

Kendall after church last Sunday...

On Halloween

Ready for Halloween trick or treat!
The Girls

Little pumpkin!

Kendall was honored at the USMC Birthday Children's celebration as the youngest child in attendance!

Hi everyone...

Just adding some pictures today--will write more soon! Had a great/busy week with Heather and Payton here last week and wanted to also give a quick shout to my brother, Joey--he had hip replacement surgery last Tuesday and is recovering well!

Love to all and more stories soon!!

~Katie, Kyle, Casey, Kendall and Jimmy