A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Lehi

If Shakespeare had grown up in Lehi, A Midsummer Night’s Dream would be about the wafting scent of cows, the long, dry-hot days, and Walmart blowup pools.  It all seems so perfect that we want to soak in every moment, and hardly ever leave Mellor Ranch.

We spend most days coming up with projects we can do in the backyard with Charlotte and our dog Prissy.  Recently we installed a new swing-set that Charlotte loves.  GrandmaB (John’s mom) spent an afternoon with us and Charlotte showed her how she could swing and go down the slide all by herself.  She’s so independent.  We’ve also started a new project making lemonade and, one day, we spent the whole afternoon in a blowup pool – keepin’ it classy in Lehi.

These are the times when we forget how darn cold and miserable it can be in the winter.  So, we’re going to try to capture our spirit of summer, and in mid-January we’ll look back and say “Utah really is fantastic”.

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Rosemary Beach, FL

Dear Rosemary Beach, thank you for an amazing family vacation!

We loved everything about this adorable southern town from its sugar-white beaches to its fantastic restaurants to all the cute little families trying to do the same thing as us – relax and connect.  John mentioned several times that this place felt like we were on the set of The Truman Show.  Come to find out the film was shot just a few miles from where we were.  It was a wonderful place to soak in some southern charm.  The only downside was the tropical storm that rolled in and dumped more rain in 5 days than Utah sees in a year, seriously.  Charlotte didn’t care a bit.  She loved walking in the rain, building sandcastles, and getting mermaid lessons from her mom (when the double red flags weren’t out of course).

The 4th of July looked a bit different than we had pictured but it was wonderful nonetheless.  All in all, I’ll take any opportunity to have seven days away as a family come RAIN or shine.  We are definitely going to give Rosemary Beach another chance.  We all needed a few more sand castles, beach cruising, oh and a tan y’all.

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