Summer 2017

Summer 2017

Summer… the days were long but the season passed by too quickly.  Not sure where all of the hours went but most of them were spent outside at Mellor Ranch.  We would start off with a bike ride and jog down our road to see Romeo, the donkey.  Most days we ended up in swimsuits to play on the grass, swim in the creek, or go to the pool.  All meals, including breakfast, were eaten outside.  We mastered sunscreen application in record time.  Bed time was very flexible for the first time.  We took a break from most structure and thoroughly enjoyed the long days.  Charlotte and Johnny attended Deer Valley Camp a couple days a week where they did hikes, funicular rides, and activities outside while I had a moment of being an adult.

One of our favorite events of the year is the annual hay cut.  We all get to participate in daddy’s hard work from cutting to raking and finally baling.  Johnny was just a step behind on his own tractor.  John got 200 bales this year which went to our old horses Monty and Hook.  Mellor Ranch was happy.

A few memories and highlights from summer:  John’s mom (GrandmaB) passed away peacefully at the age of 91, the bond between Charlotte and Johnny became even stronger, Swaner Preserve rainbows, John’s flip from Slip and Soar, digging for worms, hay cutting, another cover photo op of Prissy, 4th of July with our neighbors, Johnny starting to wear underwear, Charlotte getting her ears pierced, the pool, two nights of camping at Ferron while John was in China, early morning hot air balloons, planting some new trees, the solar eclipse, and last but not least, the first day of kindergarten for Charlotte and second year of preschool for Johnny.






London and Paris 2017

London and Paris 2017

We adventured to Europe with Charlotte AND Johnny for the first time; a monumental experience for our little family.  The kids and I took the direct flight to London to meet John after a long work week.  We were able to spend a weekend in London and then Paris for the rest of the week.  It was probably our favorite trip as a family so far.

The trip started off with a pretty flawless flight to London and of course we were all so excited to see daddy after a week away.  (John met me after Customs with a coffee in hand:-))  We enjoyed London’s beautiful parks and great food!  Our most anticipated moment was seeing Lion King live at the Lyceum theater.  We all loved it!  Charlotte danced in the aisle and Johnny, in a moment of complete audience silence, shouted out “Scar is not nice” for everyone to hear.  The kids had their own room connecting to ours and they woke us up at 3 am the first night when they broke into their minibar for a jet lag party with KitKats, Sprite, M&Ms, etc… all memories we never want to forget.

Highlights from London:  The swans, a phone booth, The Lion King, Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens, break dancers in Piccadilly Circus.

Below are pictures from London (Paris follows):


After London, we found our way to the lovely city of Paris via the Chunnel (not sure the kids totally understood the awe of being on a train under the ocean).  Paris did not disappoint any of us.  We visited a new park every day and planned our meals accordingly.  The weather was warm and sunny but not too hot.  We could wander for hours with the kids while stopping for gelato, a carousel, or to pet the next cute dog.  The parks, food, weather, and the people made five days in Paris feel magical.  Of course, there were meltdowns and Johnny was asleep in my arms by the time we finally made it to the top of the Eiffel Tower, but we thoroughly soaked in Paris on a new level.  Experiencing this together as a family makes it oh so special and I hope we never forget some of these memories.  

Highlights from Paris:  Arriving on Mother’s Day, the top of the Eiffel Tower, Versailles, Tuileries Garden, Jardin d’Acclimatation, Mr. Pistachio, two cute kids named Charlotte and Johnny.

Below are pictures from Paris:



Charlotte Turns 5!

The one that made me a mama and therefore human… my Charlotte.  She pushes me daily – challenging me to be smarter, more patient, more present, creative, spontaneous, kinder, wittier and mostly stronger.  She came into this world kicking and screaming with an intensity for life that words can’t describe.  I believe she was born with a soul much older than mine and she’s here to teach me.  I’m overwhelmed with gratitude to be Charlotte’s mother and to have the opportunity to learn from her.  She enters a room and fills it with sunshine.  I want to be around her to feel that sunshine and to feel her strength.  I want to be around her to hear her unique and creative outlook on life.  I want to be around her to fully live life like she does.  Charlotte is an avid swimmer, dancer, skier, gymnast, and is now reading and writing which has opened up her world and mind even more.  She enjoys getting silly with her brother and protects him like only an older sister can.  I suppose our whole family is trying to keep up with her.  Thank you, Charlotte, for being you and for letting us tag along for the ride.  I know we’re just getting started.  Happy 5th (or maybe 15th) birthday! 

Below are pictures from Charlotte’s 5th birthday party which she created and directed.  The theme was a white, whipped cream party.  There was an endless amount of whipped cream for Charlotte and her friends.  Shortly after singing happy birthday Charlotte was showered in whipped cream by all those attending her party.  It was beyond amazing and absolutely Charlotte!



Winter 2017

Winter is always magical and incredibly long in Park City.  Waking up to a shimmering, white panoramic with blue sky and a bright sun kind of makes it feel like a fairytale… until you step outside and realize it’s 5 degrees (or less).  John loves the snow because it gives him a reason to get on his tractor in the winter – blowing and plowing and more blowing and plowing.  This year, there was plenty of snow to get some good tractor time in – we had one week with over 4 feet!  We tried to make the most of those cold, beautiful days.  The kids were mesmerized with the deep snow and obviously love to eat it.  Johnny enjoyed all of the tractor time.  There was some ice skating and a few statuesque snowmen, but mostly we loved the pretty awesome ski days.  Charlotte had a great first season of ski school which gave John and I the opportunity to get in some runs on our own.  Johnny was able to join the family skiing a couple times toward the end of the season.  It was a little dream come true for me to have all four of us on the mountain, even with a meltdown here and there.  We’re definitely excited for more winters to come in beautiful Park City.

p.s.  We’re constantly working on Prissy’s cover photo op.

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Christmas in Mexico 2016

Here we are again… escaping the hustle and bustle and/or running away to Mexico for Christmas.  The sun, the sand, the chips and guacamole, the seven days alone as a family is what Christmas means to us (mostly the later).  Santa subtly dropped by with a Barbie and a Captain America, which were both forgotten about within an hour as we made our way to the beach, and so went Christmas 2016.

We spent endless hours in the pool and at the beach.  This trip Johnny’s confidence in the water was at an all time high.  He seemed to think he could swim just like Charlotte (bless his heart).  John and I never took our eyes off of him for a solid seven days.  Charlotte pushes him in every way, which is mostly a positive.  This theme lead into one of our adventures of “swimming with the dolphins”.  Charlotte set the standard and Johnny followed.  They both rode the dolphins, fed and danced with them, and mostly were the coolest kids when it comes to anything new and challenging.

The next highlight of the trip was Charlotte surfing.  John and I had scheduled a day to surf and thought we should have Charlotte join us.  Of course, within minutes, she was up on the board and gliding gracefully to shore.  Her intensity and coordination combined with her inner mermaid made surfing only natural.  I stand amazed.  (Video below)

One more thought to add to our journal is when I tried my hardest to get the perfect “Christmas/beachy” photo of Charlotte and Johnny.  We brought down the Santa hat and the reindeer antlers along with the fancy camera.  After about 20 minutes of enticing them to get on board or just to indulge their mama, I totally gave up and captured everything that is Charlotte and Johnny (also pictured below).  Maybe this means staying in the moment and embracing the chaos – things you slowly learn as a parent.  Thank you, Charlotte and Johnny, for the lessons you give us daily.

I’m especially grateful for the progress we’ve made as a family which made this trip so fun.  I’m also extremely grateful for the opportunity we have to spend this time together over Christmas as a family in Mexico.  It might not be traditional, but this is our Mellor family tradition.  Feliz Navidad!


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Munich, Germany (Nov 2016)

Maybe it’s the charming cities that feel like Hansel and Gretel, the warmth and heartiness of the people, or possibly it’s the beer and hearty food that makes us love this country.  Whatever the draw is, Germany feels close to home.  Both John and I can trace part of our ancestry to Europe, so it’s only natural we have a soft spot in our hearts for this place.

Munich seemed to sum up all of the above plus more.  It was a bit colder than expected but we found great comfort in pork knuckle and beer.  John had a few days off of work when we were able to explore and experience (sans children).  I found plenty to do while he was working… mostly wandering alone for the first time in months.  We loved touring and staying in Munich but then found ourselves on a train to Salzburg, Austria for the day.  We talked, ate, drank, and lived like Europeans for a short while (and also froze our butts off). 

Our last stop was Hamburg where we were both surprised by the beauty and charm this city had to offer.  It didn’t have quite the countryside feel of Munich, but we found ourselves, once again, loving this country. 

John and I had eight days in total together in Germany without our kids.  I started to unravel the last couple of days, but pretty sure the kids didn’t skip a beat.  It was much appreciated adult time and all the things a (young) couple in love needs 😉  Love you, Germany.

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Mellor Ranch Completed

Mellor Ranch Completed

It’s a thrill and a pleasure to officially say Mellor Ranch has been completed.  It took 23 months from start to finish with another 10 months of settling in which included contractors, landscapers, and a lot of little things to figure out.  We would love to share a little bit about the journey that got us here as well as some photos from the house and property.

To start, John and I are both country folks at heart.  We love to get lost on a ranch either on the tractor or attending to animals and/or children.  And the thought of a barn with animals, and the associated chores, has always been a dream for our family.  We were lucky enough to find a beautiful property in Park City that fit exactly what we were looking for.  The property had a cool barn and out-buildings, but we needed to start over with the house.  This ended up being a journey that, while it took almost 2 years, was an opportunity to design and build our dream home.  It was the most hectic period of our life thus far – we were trying to sell our house in Lehi while living in a rental house in Park City while designing and building this new house and having our second (and last) child.  We loved it, but I’m not sure we knew what we were getting in to.  We can now call this home our dream home.  I refer to it as our ‘forever home’.  John says that’s a good thing because it’s going to take ‘forever’ to pay for it.   I’ve told everyone I plan to die here.  It felt like a third child to us – taking a bit of our heart and soul with every nook and cranny.  If that isn’t dramatic enough, I could go on, but will stop.

We got through it with the help of some incredible partners – PUREfourhundred (Kristina and Brett) for real estate and design, Jack Thomas (Jack and Ron) for architecture, and MCC (Gary, Blaine, and Glen) for building.  We had the best experience with each group and feel lucky to have experienced their talent and hard work.

You can usually find us here all weekend without leaving and hope to have plenty of visitors and many more memories to come at Mellor Ranch.

Pictures currently only give a glimpse into the life we hope to create with our young family.  We’re grateful to call this place our home.