We had a special Sunday in fall where I whipped out my good camera to document a few moments around the ranch. We were aiming to do a mock-up of our family Christmas card shoot which involved a homemade raft and some very Huck Finn kids living their usual life. It was all too good not to document. Oh and there were some elk that came to visit in the morning while the camera was out.
Make hay while the sun shines… maybe that’s our family motto or at least it’s our annual family holiday (a.k.a. Hay Day)! It’s usually a week long process that blends into this wholesome family activity that feeds our country souls. This year made it feel even more precious as we held on tighter to everything that felt safe and whole and could help us escape the troubling times of COVID. Just get on the tractor and feel the vibration, smell the fresh cut grass, see the dogs chase voles, show the kids what it’s really like to be a (gentleman) farmer.
Also, pictured below is our garden… the newest addition to Mellor Ranch.
So I guess the Mexican flag is also our family’s Christmas flag (at least it’s green and red). We enjoyed another peaceful seven days in Mexico with just our team Mellor to celebrate each others’ company along with the Christmas holiday. Santa came on a jet ski this year and brought a few toys for our stockings. We mostly remember swimming in the ocean, digging in the sand, eating amazing meals (including crickets), talking and playing, talking and playing. And that was our Christmas 2020. (If I could, I would put it in a bag and freeze it forever.)