Ain’t No Snow Left – June 26, 2012

Each year on our anniversary we take a photo of Timp from our backyard (yes, it’s our 2 year anniversary :-)) It started out as just a pretty view from our wedding, but this year it shows the dramatic difference in snowpack from last year to this year. Going to be a pretty rough water year for farmers relying on irrigation, and I’m sure the firefighters are going to be extra busy.

– John

Timpanogos 6/26/2011 vs 6/26/2012

Alpine Cove 6/26/2011 vs 6/26/2012

The Rollover – June 26, 2012

It’s an exciting morning here at the Mellor household.  Charlotte just completed her first rollover at 12-weeks-old.  We are those proud parents sitting around a baby smiling and cheering her on.  I think she had some extra strength because she has now slept through the night four nights in a row.  Mama and baby couldn’t be happier or more well rested!

Rollover on the activity gym mat.

Celebrating Charlotte’s first “sleeping through the night” last Saturday.

On July 9th, we actually caught one of her first rollovers on video 🙂

First Hay Crop – June 23, 2012

We’ve been working hard the last couple years to get our pasture to grow grass hay and it’s finally starting to happen. Lots of hours with seeding, digging ditches, and irrigation (which we love) are starting to give us some results. Last year we only got one cutting of hay off our field and it was 57 bales. This weekend we got our first cutting of the year and got 220 bales! John was over the moon.  I’m not sure the hay is very good yet (the horses will decide) but I’m hoping we will get another couple cuttings which will get better and better. More reasons for John to hang out on the tractor.

Summer Begins – May/June 2012

We couldn’t be more excited about summer on the Mellor Ranch!  Our weekends are spent outside working and playing until the sun goes down.  There is always plenty to do around here.  John is excited about our growing hay crop.  We have spent a lot of time and effort with irrigation and fertilizing.  We hope to get a few good cuts of hay this year to feed to the horses.

We also have a few new additions to the ranch – six adorable chickens.  Our chicken flock dwindled over the last year to four hens.  We lost our handsome Rooster and two other hens to the misfortune of country life.  Our egg supply should soon be plentiful.

Summer means irrigation time! Might be our favorite day.

Prissy’s idea of Heaven.

John’s idea of Heaven. Prissy got a lucky ride.

Prissy taking charge on the Ranger. She is such a big help.

Ride ’em, cowboy!

Long day.

I think they love each other.

Charlotte’s first Farmer’s Market.

Our newest addition to the ranch, a buff laced polish hen. We call her Phyllis Diller.

First cut of the season.

Happy first Father’s Day to John!

New York City – May 16-20, 2012

Charlotte and I took on New York City for a girls’ weekend.  It was a brave move to take a 6-week-old to New York but how could we turn down such a trip.  Plus, I really needed to get out of Lehi for a bit.  We spent the days strolling around the city enjoying great food and shopping.  At night, Charlotte and I would head in to order room service and relax while the other girls went out.  We only had one combined meltdown, not bad for our first trip.  I couldn’t have done it without the help from all of my amazing girlfriends!

Our first flight was a success thanks to Angie.

The Gansevoort Hotel welcomed a newborn with open arms.

Tea at The Plaza was one of the highlights of the trip. We love a reason to get fancy.

Charlotte lived in the Baby Bjorn.

A walk across The Highline Park was the perfect ending to Charlotte’s first trip.

Charlotte’s Birth – April 1-3, 2012

There are no words to describe the birth of our first child.  It was a very humbling and overwhelming experience that we will treasure in our hearts forever.

Baby Charlotte took her own sweet time coming to this world as she was 10 days late.  We believe she chose April 3rd to make her grand appearance for a reason.  It was the exact day 20 years ago that John’s father, Jesse Lynn, passed away.  It will always be a very special day in so many ways.

The birth process was not quite what we had planned for, but probably never is.  We attempted a natural child birth through hypnobirthing techniques, but after 18 hours of natural labor, modern medicine had to intervene.  After Pitocin, an epidural (that doesn’t include what they had to give John), and another 12 hours of labor, our baby Charlotte was born perfectly healthy and beautiful!

Checked into the Women’s Pavilion at St. Mark’s Hospital April 1st, 2012 at 7:00 pm.

And so it began…

After 30 hours of labor, our baby Charlotte was born into the world April 3rd, 2012 at 5:47 am.

And our life is changed forever.