National Finals Rodeo

For the Mellors, the Christmas season starts with a trip to Las Vegas for the National Finals Rodeo.  Lucky for us, we’re able to do this in conjunction with a sales event John does for Adobe and I get to tag along.  This year was as good as ever.  Our favorite part is when they ride out on a beautiful horse with the American flag and have a celebrity sing the national anthem.  It’s one of those “proud to be an American” moments.

As far as the rodeo finals, there were a couple cowboys from Utah that were in the running for national titles and we were cheering them on like crazy.  Kaycee Feild (yes, that’s how you spell his name) from Utah won the national title for the bareback competition and he came in second for overall.  Way to represent!  These cowboys are amazing and we have such respect for what this sport means – John says he still wants to be a cowboy when he grows up.  God bless America!

p.s. I got picture my picture with Charlie Daniels (aka “Devil Went Down to Georgia”).

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Thanksgiving in Ohio

We were delighted to spend our favorite holiday in Dayton, Ohio with my sister, her husband, and their new baby boy Zigmund.  It was so fun to see Charlotte meet her new cousin.  She didn’t quite know what to do with him but she was very sweet and called him “baby Ziggy”.  I also loved seeing my older sister take to her new role as a mother.  She’s a natural… even though she dropped me as a baby (I won’t ever tell baby Ziggy).

It was our first trip to Ohio and we wanted to soak it all in.  My sister lives in an adorable neighborhood with rolling hills and big, mature trees – the kind that leave big piles of leaves on the lawn :-).  We didn’t leave the neighborhood for three days.  We just cooked, talked, went on walks, played with the kids, and enjoyed spending time together.

There were a few more firsts on this trip.  It was our first vegetarian Thanksgiving which was quite good.  We loved the nut loaf with gravy my sister’s husband made and will definitely repeat the recipe.  We also had twice baked sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, stuffing, brussels sprouts, and rolls – all vegetarian with some being vegan.  And, I have to report, I made my first apple pie.  The crowd was pleased, so they said.

Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday for many reasons, mostly because we get to slow down and think about what we’re grateful for.  We’re especially grateful for moments like these with family.  Thank you to Kamie, Mike, and baby Zigmund for a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Looking forward to next year and some new recipes to add to the tradition.

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Christmas Card 2013

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We love this time of year when we get to connect with family and friends through our annual Christmas card.  It’s always fun to come up with the theme.  This year’s theme needs little explaining – our baby Charlotte has become an adorable toddler that has taken over our life.  And, of course, we wouldn’t want it any other way (or is that what you’re just supposed to say?).

It’s also that time of year when we get to reflect on the last year and can’t help feel anything but complete gratitude for all the health, happiness, and dear friends in our lives.  A year that has been both humbling and gratifying as we get more settled into this parenthood role.  We’ve loved watching Charlotte become a little person with her own ideas and opinions.  Everyday she gives us a breath of fresh air with her perception of this world – and we’ll do all we can to keep her that innocent little child and, in the meanwhile, try to stay afloat.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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