Monday, June 30, 2008

Daddy's Little Girl

Myla is happiest when in the arms of her daddy.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

In Loving Memory...

Yesterday the memorial service for my grandfather, Richard Cochenour, was held. Grandpa had a stroke last week and passed away on Wednesday. My grandma died about 11 years ago, so I can only imagine how happy that reunion must have been when grandpa passed.

My grandpa was an amazing man. He overcame so many obstacles throughout his long life. He was a very strong man who loved his family very much. He was always so happy and positive. He was so generous with all he had. My dad, brother, sister and I married into the Cochenour family when I was eight years old. I remember the first time I met them I asked them what we should call them. Grandma replied, "Well, Grandma and Grandpa, of course!" They were so welcoming and accepting of us. They never made us feel any different than any of the other grandkids. We were their grandkids too and that was that. I know that meant a lot to the three of us...and still means a lot to me today. Grandpa had the unique ability to make everyone he came in contact with feel special. That is something I will always remember; everytime I saw Grandpa he would tell me how special I was and to not forget it.

Grandma and Grandpa Cochenour had 8 kids, 35 grandkids and 55 great grandkids. I have very fond memories growing up with many cousins my age--all of whom unconditionally accepted us just like Grandma and Grandpa did. My favorite memories are of the yearly family campouts we had and the times when we just hung out at our grandparent's house--sleepovers on the trampoline, having water fights, playing Rook, making up extra verses to songs, or just talking. I am blessed to have such great cousins.

Mason, me, Cory, Larkin

These were the cousins that were my age (only Mandi is missing). We had a lot of fun growing up together. I am glad I get to see them and their families every now and then.

These are the older cousins that were at the funeral. It's been a long time since we've all been together. A lot of them came in from out of state. It was really great seeing everyone.

Goodbye Grandpa. Thank you for your loving and humble example. I am most definitely a better person from knowing you. I love you!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Budding Artist

Cade has started drawing people. And they are adorable! I especially love the arms, fingers and legs. It's so fun to hang his drawings on the fridge. He's so proud of what he does. He knows how to write his name and this week started writing Myla and Dad.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

My Handsome Boys

Whenever I tell Cade he is cute he always corrects me, "No Mom, I'm handsome." So true.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

I would be so ungrateful if I didn't publicly thank all the wonderful friends and family who have done so much for us the past couple of weeks. We've had awesome friends bring us meals and treats and diapers. My sisters are wonderful and helped watch Cade and Myla during our hospital stay. My sister Nicki actually has Cade and Myla right now so I can get some sleep and get things done. My Mom K. stayed with Cade and Myla the whole time I was in the hospital and my Mom W. stayed with me all last week and took care of the kids and me. Kevin's dad and stepmom were here this weekend doing our dishes and cleaning up Myla's pukey messes. Thank you! Also, thank you to our out-of-state friends and family who have sent gift cards and flowers and well-wishes. We are so lucky to have you. Mostly I have to thank Kevin, the most wonderful husband and father anyone could ask for. He's pretty much had to do everything the past couple of weeks and he doesn't complain at all. He's been the dad AND the mom AND my personal nurse. I've had problems with my c-section incision opening up and Kevin helps clean and dress it every day. He is so compassionate and has dealt with my post-partum crying spells with such love. He's up with me and Gavin at night and goes to work all day long. I just love Kevin so much! (Don't worry, that concludes my mushiness.)

Sweet Siblings

Cade and Myla are as close as siblings can be. They can't do anything without each other. Recently we found these two taking a nap together. Now all Myla wants to do is sleep in "NaNa's" bed (that's what she calls Cade--we have no idea where she got NaNa from).

Cade and Myla adore their baby brother. They always want to hold him and are constantly giving him kissies and lovies. This past weekend they both had the flu and it was very difficult keeping them away from Gavin. I love watching my kids together.


Cade and Gavin are almost identical as babies. It will be interesting to see how Gavin looks as he grows up. He is a little bigger than Cade was...but their features are so similar. Those McMillan male genes are pretty strong! I didn't think I'd have twins 4 years apart. :)

Cade at 1 weekGavin at 1 week.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Some Gavin Lovin'

Friday, June 6, 2008

It's a BOY!

On June 4th at 4:00 PM our family was blessed with the addition of a healthy baby boy. He weighed 8lbs and was 19 inches long. Both he and Mommy are doing well, and the older kids are excited to have a new baby brother. We've decided to name him Gavin Webb McMillan.

Thanks for all the thoughts and well-wishes you've been sending our way! Here's some pics of the little guy!