Washington, D.C.

We were beyond excited to see our nation’s capital for the first time as a family.  The intensity was at an all time high with just a few weeks to go before the 2016 Presidential election.  Our dear friends were so gracious to give us a behind-the-scenes tour of the Capitol Building and The White House, as well as experience Washington D.C. sites like the zoo, and the Natural History museum with an insider’s touch.  Thank you, Kennedys.

I suppose our kids will most likely remember the “sleepover” or licking the carpet of the West Wing (a strange urge Johnny had), but that’s okay.  We walked away feeling even more proud to be American.  We’re going to celebrate democracy, hold our heads up high and say thank you for letting us live in this country we call America – the land of the free and home of the brave.  We’re forever indebted to all of those who’ve gone before us to create such an incredible country.   

Love, the Mellors

(Pictures below were taken with an iPhone while managing 2-4 children at a time)


Mexico in May

Once again, I’m 3 months behind on posting.  It’s been a fun and busy summer for our family but now that school is back in session, I’m hoping to catch up on life.

In May we took a quick getaway to our favorite spot in Mexico – Punta de Mita.  “Mud season” was in full swing in Park City so it was time for some sun and sand.  Our days were filled with the usual beach/pool rotation.  Charlotte and Johnny are getting to such a fun age and becoming more adventurous with all of the above.   I suppose John and I are doing the same  – we took our first surf lesson this trip at El Paredon.  Apparently this spot is not intended for beginners.  It was harder than it looks but both of us loved the experience and are excited to try surfing again.  I’m sure Charlotte will soon join us.

What we value most from our trips is the family bonding that comes after spending a week together without life’s daily distractions.  We caught hermit crabs, dug endless holes in the sand, collected an extraordinary amount of seashells, and requested Feliz Navidad from the mariachi band all while soaking in the time spent together.  I have to say this is the first trip or moment where I think Charlotte and Johnny started to “like” each other – which equals a total success.  Mexico, thank you once again for an incredible week.



Charlotte’s 4th Birthday

20160403-IMG_3803Charlotte turns 4.  My heart couldn’t love this girl any more.  She is definitely our sugar and spice and everything nice.  When we quoted that line four years ago to announce our first baby was a girl, I had no idea how true those words would be.  Some days Charlotte is pure sugar.  I love it when her sweet side comes out and she says how much she loves me or how grateful she is to be my daughter.  I also completely melt when she takes Johnny by the hand and talks to him in a “mother’s tone” as she tries to teach him something.  Sometimes she squeezes me too hard and expresses herself so eloquently while saying “this is the best day ever”.  She also loves to get silly and laugh really hard.  A current pastime in the car is telling jokes.  For instance, she will say how does a tree talk?  And then proceed to laugh really hard.  (Her audience is an easy one, Johnny and I will laugh at about everything she does.)   I totally get her when a song comes on she really likes – she closes her eyes and will just dance.  Man, I love this girl.

But when I say there is spice, oh boy… let’s call it caliente.  While she exhausts me, outsmarts me, negotiates the heck out of me, I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Charlotte is far from simple and far from a push over.  There is always an opinion and a way to do things Charlotte’s way.  I rack my brain on an hourly basis trying to decide when to let her run the show and when to pick my battle.  It begins with how we make pancakes or the type of egg she would like and then proceeds into the level her juice needs to be poured.  It continues when choosing an outfit while negotiating the right shoes for the weather that day.  It is never a simple or quick conversation.  Once we finally get in the car, she likes to number off about 3-8 things she did really well in the last 30 minutes which is why she deserves that many candies.  At some point I just yes, of course, Charlotte.  Her questions are usually extremely thoughtful and heavy which in turn requires the right reply.  I sometimes fail while completely frustrating her because I can’t explain the difference between North America and America or why there is a McDonald’s flag next to the American flag.  Then there is the whole conversation about the moon lately and why you need a space suit because oxygen and gravity don’t exist in outer space.  She currently wants to be three things when she grows up – an astronaut, a music girl, and famous.  Heaven help me…  And to think she just turned four.  I’m extremely nervous for 14.

Then there is nice.  One day, Charlotte started crying in the car when she heard the song “Clementine” for the first time.  It absolutely broke my heart as I had to explain that she wasn’t really “lost and gone forever”, that it was just a song.  She also has become quite a caring older sister.  When I ask her to go grab a snack, she will always make sure to get one for Johnny as well.  When Johnny gets hurt, she will automatically give up her blankie or a stuffed animal to ease his pain.  I love it when she sincerely asks John and I how our date was or how the party went.  She truly is thoughtful and caring.  Her head is full of happy and complex thoughts… and totally innocent.  This is where I could just cry my eyes out thinking about her changing any bit.  I adore Charlotte and love to spend time with her.  She really is the most interesting person I know, and I get to call her my daughter.  Happy 4th birthday, Charlotte.

Below is Charlotte’s unicorn rainbow birthday party (per her request).  She was in heaven to have her friends and family come over for a perfect afternoon on April 3rd to celebrate.  Thank you to all that love and support Charlotte.

(p.s. she decided to get her face painted as a wolf… naturally, a wolf unicorn is the most magical creature anyone could come up with.)


Charlotte’s first bike ride with her new bike.



Happenings with Johnny and Charlotte

January through April has been a bit of a blur.  We moved into our house on December 28th and I had no idea how much work still needed to be done.  The new house post will come later but I didn’t want to let these few months go by without acknowledging some major happenings with our family.

First off, the amount of snow we received this winter gave John many opportunities to tractor, i.e. plow snow.  Johnny adapted quickly to such a manly cause.  The rest is history when it comes to Johnny and tractors.



And then Charlotte started skiing… she killed it at 3 years old going down blues by the end of the season.  John has done the same.  My Park City winter wonderland is now complete (besides Johnny).

More importantly, Johnny started preschool at 17 months old.  After taking Charlotte to school for a year and a half, Johnny was eager to go and learn more.  It took some coaxing of the school administrator, but I gave in and let them have Johnny for 3 hours a day.  Of course it was such a bitter sweet moment for me, but the progress I’ve seen has made it all worth it.  He skips into school now (or giddy-ups) with such confidence and would rather not be held by his mama.  And when I pick him up, he’s eager to share his new songs or the latest owie experience (that’s a scratch or bruise).  I just die over his yearning for more, especially to follow in Charlotte’s footsteps.


Lastly, mud season might be the bane of my existence… Hello, Park City.  We love you.


Christmas in Mexico 2015

Ah, Christmas in May!  That’s what happens when I’m 4 months behind on our blog.  But better late than not at all.

This year we headed to our favorite spot in Mexico (Punta de Mita) again to get warm and avoid the hype and chaos of Christmas 2015.  We all (well at least John and I) agree that having this be our present is the best way to celebrate.  We love warm afternoons at the beach while the kids get sand in every crevasse.  With two children under three, the serenity is balanced with sleepy meltdowns, dawn wake ups, and food fits.  We keep telling ourselves we’re “so close” to being able to go out to dinner and not have to look at the waiter and say “so sorry for the mess”.

So, here’s to seven days of sun, sand, chips and salsa, and ocean with our sweet family of four.

A few things worth noting, this was the first trip where Johnny was walking.  He felt like a million bucks strolling around the beach with a shovel in hand.  This also helped develop Charlotte’s relationship with him.  Progress between the two of them continues to be slow but steady.  I tried several times to get the perfect cuddly picture of Charlotte and Johnny together, but eventually gave up on that idea.  I hope to look back at these pictures in a few years and remember the good, the bad, and the in-between.  The days are long, but yet it’s going by so fast.


Johnny Jr. aka El Jefe



They’re still getting to know each other.


Our sugar and spice



Daddy’s girl



Another attempt at photographing them together…



Feliz Navidad



Sunrise on Christmas morning



Got this one on about take 34


Our only picture together – Christmas dinner

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

We continued John’s sabbatical with some beach time in Dominican Republic.  This place has been on our list for a while and we decided it was the perfect time to brave it with our two young kids.

It was an amazing destination with plenty of adventure for the four of us.  The ocean water was warm, calm, and crystal clear.  I felt like we were in a kiddie pool most of the time – perfect conditions for the Mellor Mermaids.  The beaches weren’t crowded and full of beautiful white sand.  (One downfall was the excessive amount of seaweed on the beaches while we were there.  Guess it’s a seasonal thing.)  The house we stayed in had the cutest southern charm with plenty of space for the kids to play.  We even had a pet iguana on the property that Charlotte fed (from a distance, of course).  Golf carts and bikes were our main means of transportation to and from beaches and restaurants.  It was quiet and relaxing with plenty of sunshine and food to last us the rest of the year.  

One day we ventured out on a boat to do some mermaiding – snorkeling and visiting secluded beaches.  We were so proud of Charlotte for jumping into the ocean and feeding fish.  Johnny also was inducted into the mermaid/man club when we made him leave the boat.  This trip was a major milestone for Johnny when he earned his place in the family with the nickname El Jefe (a.k.a. the boss).  The days passed by and we quickly became accustomed to island life.  We spent most waking hours in the pool to stay cool, only breaking for meals and naps.  By the last day, most of us were ready to head back home.  We’ve learned our kids start to get home sick around day seven which is also when we as parent are pretty much exhausted.   It’s never easy to travel with these kids at their ages of 3 and 9 months, but the journey is always well worth it.  

I’m grateful we were able to experience Dominican Republic together as a family and create some incredible memories.   Also, a huge thanks to Adobe for providing John with an amazing six weeks off where he truly got to unwind and spoiled us with lots of daddy time.   It was a very special time for our family that we will always remember.   One more thing, we couldn’t have braved this adventure without our right hand girl, Alli.  Thanks for putting up with all four of us!  

#adobelife #inspirato

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Disneyland… They say it’s the happiest place on earth.  We know one little girl that totally agrees!

We decided to kick off John’s six week sabbatical with a dream come true for our Princess Charlotte – three days in Disneyland.  The focus of our entire trip was everything princess (sorry Johnny, your time will come).  It was the kind of magic we knew Charlotte would die over at the perfect age of three.  With that said, we hope she doesn’t think this kind of trip is going to become a tradition.  It’s a sabbatical that comes maybe once every five to ten years 😉  Pretty sure Johnny won’t be asking to go back anytime soon.

On our first day, we entered the park right when the parade was going on.  We saw every princess that ever existed in the first 15 minutes.  I think I was just as star struck as Charlotte.  From that moment forward, it all became a little blurry with sparkles, sugar, flashing lights, loud music, and lots of people.

The second day was Charlotte’s princess makeover at the Bippity Boppity Boo boutique.  After hair, makeup, nails, and a costume change she was transformed into her princess of choice, Sleeping Beauty.  She was then escorted to meet several princesses one by one.  They all made her feel so special and even indulged her with some twirling.  I don’t think we can ever top this day for Charlotte.  

We spent the third day at California Adventure.  The awe and fascination continued with the whole “Frozen” experience.  We lunched at Ariel’s Grotto where Charlotte was able to meet even more princesses.  At this point, Johnny was learning how to endure by becoming completely  enamored with the pretty ladies.  Apparently, Ariel stole his heart.  The grand finale of our trip was a family ride on Mickey’s Wheel.  I’m not sure words or pictures can ever do it justice but we are all grateful for the magic of Disney and for making our little girl’s dreams come true.  Until next time, or not.

*John had a small “owie” on his nose that required a band-aid and Charlotte insisted it be a princess band-aid

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