Saturday, March 28, 2015


Parker's a week old.  He's a nice guy.  Heidi went to the women's broadcast tonight.  Britton and his kids came over and we hung out while attending to the baby.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Parker Jack McMillan and some birthdays

Pretty eventful week for the McMillans.  Grammy visited from Utah from Monday-Saturday, Kira turned 5 on Friday, Blake turned 3 on Saturday, and Parker Jack was born on Saturday evening.  

 Kira got some Hello Kitty stuff, a helmet, and some markers.

 Blake got some coloring stuff and a bubble machine.  He was stoked about the bubbles.

Twas a busy Saturday morning.  Here are some pictures from my big camera.

The kids met Parker on Sunday.  Kira was the most interested and natural with him.

Tyler wanted in, too, though he was more awkward.

Blake couldn't have cared less and just wanted to play iPhone.

Scott was curious but nervous, so he didn't hold the baby.

Then Pop, Heather and Paisley joined us at the home for din din, more presents, and cake.

Tonight Cindy and her kids brought us dinner.  I'm pretty stoked about how big the table gets.

Heidi seems in good spirits, so that's good.  I worked today and had a good day.  Okay, bye.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Baby #5 arrived

Baby #5 was born last night between 9:42 and 10:00 weighing 7lbs 8 oz and measuring 20".  I had Saturday off, so Heidi and I continued putting the home together while the kids entertained playdates.  I was happy that our home is open to guests because that's how Heidi's home was and she enjoyed it.

A little after lunch, Heidi complained of back pain and thought she was going into labor.  Kathleen came to the house to watch the kids and Heidi and I took the car to Kaiser.  She had group b strep, so they had to do four hours of antibiotics before breaking her water.  Her OB was my kind of guy:  matter-of-fact with a good sense of humor.  

I know everyone says that birth is such a beautiful experience but I just don't like it.  Heidi got an epidural which wasn't her best one, and she threw up a couple times.  She had to push quite a few more times than with previous labors but it was still under 30 minutes.  The baby came out purple and then the placenta came out all fibrotic brown.  When Scott was born, the placenta came out bright purple and I about fainted when I saw it.  There were quite a few staff in the room and they must have been concerned about something because otherwise they'd be hanging out in the lounge.  

The purple baby started to cry and the pediatrician was relieved.  Then everyone cleared out and we chilled for a bit with the baby.  He seemed to do well with his nightly feedings even though I felt like we were up every hour.  Heidi says he was better than Blake.  The hide-a-bed I slept in wasn't too bad and we slept pretty well from 5-7.  We still don't have a name because we wanted to see what he looked like, but we were on google this morning searching for names again.  Heidi wants to go home now and she's probably fit to do so, but I think it'll take longer than expected.  

He and Blakey share a birthday.  Kira's birthday was the 20th.  I'll upload her pictures from the big camera when I get home.  

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Scott turned 9 on Wednesday.  We celebrated with Pop, Heather, Roman and Paisley at Skipolini's pizza in Antioch.  Scott got lots of cool gifts.  

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Christmas and bikes

Christmas 2014 was nice.  We usually go to Heather's church on Christmas Eve and then have dinner at Pop's house.  I texted Heather to say that we were running late and we'd just meet her at church, when she responded with a text that her dad was locked in the bathroom.  I thought maybe he had passed out or something but it was that the door mechanism had failed.  I went over and Jason and I ended up just cutting the trim off the door and using a card to push in the plunger.  

I was pretty stoked about our tree.  I like getting real trees because of the smell, and Foodmax has them for $20.  I went in the lot and most of them were tied up.  I asked the guy whether he could untie any and he said no.  So I selected one that looked the fullest and strapped it on the van.  Heidi was like, "Are you sure?"

"This is the one I've selected.  It's all bound up.  If you want to select a tree, you're welcome to do so but this is the one I've selected."  

It turned out that it was perfectly symmetrical, full, and beautiful!  Twenty bucks from the grocery store!  

I collected several clips of the kids on their bikes and used IMovie to put together this little video.  You just can't beat the convenience of a phone camera and I think the quality is good.  I used to love making movies in college and dental school and I'd spend a lot of time editing them.  Admittedly, Adobe premier is more powerful than IMovie but the latter is way faster.  Maybe I'll get final cut pro, but not just yet.  This will have to do.  I am most pleased about Blakey riding his bike at two years old.  He loves it.  I had to overhaul the crank bearings and rear hub and it's working pretty well.  Jacquie got that bike for Scott in like 2008 and Blakey is the only one who learned to ride it without training wheels.  The rest of the kids learned on Little Bike.  Now we're fully mobile with one kid per bike.  Well, that's all gonna change in a few months.  But let's just enjoy things as they are.  Okay, bye.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thanksgiving in Utah

 Had a great Thanksgiving in Utah.  As usual, we drove all night after work on Wednesday.  The van was running well and the kids slept predictably.  Our tradition is to stop at a Wendy's near Sacramento, and then do the drive in thirds.  I went to Fernley, NV, and then Heidi drove a few hours.  Winnemucca is the halfway point, Elko is the next major point.  The last half we had to split up a few more times.

Thanksgiving day was nice.  My parents made bacon and had doughnuts and chocolate milk for us.  That was always a favorite growing up.  On Friday we did professional family photos, so all the cousins were there.  The weather was record-breaking warm and it was nice.

Scott's fake teeth from ebay.

Action shot of Tyler throwing the football

After pictures, we went to this fun center in Kaysville called Boondocks.  It was better than expected.  Tyler and I drove the go-karts and they were faster than the ones in Bear Lake.  They could have been faster still, but I could still drift.  Dad's was faster than mine and I was ahead, but he was gaining on me.  I was driving such that he couldn't pass, but I felt it was unfair that I slow him down.  I moved over so he could pass.  After we parked, I said, "Your car was faster, so I let you pass."  

Dad said, "Oh, sure you did."  

The batting cages were fun too.  The boys and I took a couple of turns and did well.  Then we did laser tag.  Even that was more fun than expected.  

On Saturday we went down to BYU campus.  There's always some construction going on and they are always beautifying the campus.  We went to the bookstore and I treated us to some fudge and cookies'n cream milk.  Yum.  The student employees asked me if I had a student ID.  Afterwards, I said, "Dad, they asked me if I had a student ID!  Maybe they think I'm a student!"

Dad responded, "Well, Dan, they asked me too."


Heidi asked if being on campus again brought back memories.  Yes, some good, some bad.  I remember feeling lost, overwhelmed and alone the first few weeks.  But I was grateful to have Dan-o as a roommate for most of my time at BYU.  By the time we were seniors, we were on pretty different paths and we didn't have any classes together, but we would still find time to go diving on Friday night and pick up pizzas on Monday at Little Caesars.  

I reminisced about my last semester at BYU, in which I would purchase a bottle of cookies'n cream milk and a bagel and then go to my microbiology lab.  I would store the spent bottles in a cupboard and they started culturing all kinds of stuff by the end of the semester.  By that point, I had been accepted to dental school and was less stressed about high achievement.  

After that, we went to Thanksgiving point to a natural curiosity museum.  It was a wannabe exploratorium.  Some attractions were cool but the obstacle course was too claustrophobic and there weren't enough exits.  We told Kira that if she got lost to go to the front and tell them she was lost.  Well, she was playing with her cousins for quite a while so we didn't constantly police her.  Then, an employee holding Kira came to us.  Apparently, Kira had done what we said.  We were pleased that she took initiative.  

Dad spent most of the afternoon in his Sequoia.  

We left for California on Sunday morning.  It started snowing in the middle of Nevada and four cars were off the road in the embankment.  I like driving in the snow but it wasn't sticking during my shift.  In the middle of Nevada, we came up on a grey Sienna.  I said, "I wonder if that's Britton."  As we overtook them, we realized it was them!  They were coming from Idaho.  Of all the places to see your friends, we see ours on westbound 80 in the middle of Nevada.  We caravanned for about two hours, and we had no service to plan a pit stop.  They pulled off before Reno and we stopped in Reno.  

Anyway, it was a great trip.  Much better than my trip last year.  It was nice having Heidi and Blake come and I am in a more secure place professionally.