Friday, March 7, 2014

Itty Bitty Ball


Brody is old enough for itty bitty ball!   He has been so excited to start.  He has been patiently watching Brock do all sorts of fun things over the past year that he couldn't do, because he wasn't quite old enough. Your time has come Brody. Just look at that face!



Doing a little stretching and laying....Hey why not?


Brody is on team Superman!  This is his coach teaching them a cheer.  So cute!



 Today he learned the basics of Baseball.  He caught right on to it. It also looks like he was dazed about it too. 

"Go ahead and play, I will rest!".  It's got to be hard being a 3 year old. haha  It has been fun watching him F-I-N-A-L-L-Y be able to play and meet some friends.  He totally rocks it on the court.  Go Brody!!!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Quick Trip to Moab






This last weekend we took a quick trip to Moab.  We love this place!  The boys can't wait to get dirty in the red sand, throw rocks and just do whatever boys love to do.  And the best part is....I get to watch them.  For Christmas I gave Randy this remote control Jeep.  It was a big hit for the boys, and not just the little boys, but the big boys too!







 About 15 minutes past Moab there is a place called The Hole In The Rock.  I have always wanted to visit this place and this trip we did.  We took a tour of the hole or house in the rock.  Yes, there is a 14 room house that this couple used to live in.  It was incredible to hear the story of the man who built the home.  It is a must see.  They have lots of other cute things to look at on the property.  The boys loved seeing Mater!  There is a petting zoo too.  We fed the animals and the boys took a camel ride, which they thought was pretty cool.  The Jeep you see in the picture is made out of license plates and tools.  It was awesome.  If you ever drive past this place stop in you won't regret it.  Always a fun time in MOAB


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Changes

Now that I have a new perspective on life & have made a few changes. I thought why not take it a step further and change my house a little.  I painted this wall yellow 6 years ago when we moved in.  I thought to change the color of the wall, but I still love the yellow.  I thought why not put a stencil on it.  It's the " in" thing right?  So I ventured over to Hobby Lobby and found a stencil that I liked for $16.00 not bad.  I still had left over paint from 6 years ago in our basement.  So I pulled out the yellow and the cream color we painted our walls.  I did a quick touch up to cover some of the holes in the wall and re- painted the yellow to freshen it up.
The nest day I attempted the stencil.  This was my first time ever doing it and half way through I thought I need to start over.  But I kept going.  When I was done stenciling I did all the touch up work. It turned out great for my first time.  There are a few spots that aren't level, so if you come over don't look to close.  haha

On a funny note:  The hole where the vent plate goes we told the boys that dragons live down there.  It is funny when they have to pass that wall,  they walk the furthest they can get from it, with there eyes glued to make sure the dragons don't come out.  Having kids makes things so much more fun.  


Here is the finish product!  I absolutely love it!  It changed the whole entry to our home.  Now to buy what I have envisioned for this wall for 6 years now. Something so simple can make a world of a difference. 
Change is good in any form.  It was long over due.  Some people are afraid of change or get stuck in a rut. This wall was a simple change, but I feel invigorated because of it.  
If you are afraid or stuck in a rut I challenge you to change something in your life.( for the good of course) It can be big or something simple, like my wall.  See how you feel.
Change is good:) 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Brody Conquered the Strider Bike

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It has been so beautiful outside for the last couple of days we can not stay inside. Wahoo!  I am totally an outdoor person.  
For Brody's 2nd Birthday we bought him a STRIDER BIKE.  This bike has no peddles. The purpose of the bike is so the child can learn to balance first, once he has conquered balancing then you can introduce him to peddles.  Daddy did just that on this beautiful day.
His first attempt.


Look at him go!  We owe it all to the Strider Bike. The STRIDER was a great purchase.  We are totally impressed with Brody and his balancing skills.  He will be a pro in a week and he is only 3 years old.   GO BRODY!
We bought our Strider at Scheels.  We would highly recommend it.




Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Social Media Reality Check


 Hello again!  
I have been away for awhile & I am glad to be back! 
I know I haven't posted in quite some time.  To be honest I got caught up with all the social media and it was doing me more harm then good.  So here I am starting fresh, with my "old" look on life when I was focused on my family and not other people's families. 
What a whirl wind the last few months have been.  It has been a struggle for me to find some answers to what I have been dealing with inside of me..  I have been a wreck.  I may not show it, but the inside says differently. I don't want to go into all the details, but at times I would want to run and hide and never come out.  I felt like there was this beast in me waiting for the right time to explode, and it finally did. 

 Through some events that took place during the Holiday's I have come to realize I need to work on relationships.  Relationships with my husband, kids, friends, family, neighbors, myself, and especially my little family. It's hard to look at yourself and know that something needs to change.  When you are not enjoying what you used to enjoy and are trying to find happiness and validation in all the wrong places.  There is definitely something wrong.        

On my down time I found myself plopping on my couch turning to social media via  FB or Instagram to see what my friends and family were up to.  Just letting my boys run wild while I socialized on the web.  I found myself pushing them away so I could post a comment,  finish reading an article,  post a pic, check my "likes", or take my turn on a game.  I was so into other people's world I forgot about my own, and my patience with my own family was running thin.  


I would get annoyed, frustrated, stressed, anxious, and irritable with my husband and boys.  Most nights I just wanted to scream at the top of my lungs, because I just wanted to be left alone in my unhealthy world.   I thought to myself why do I feel like this?  Why am I acting this way?  I have a great life, a great husband, a great house, two great boys, a great job, and I am a mom, what I have always wanted..



Here is my reality check....We were out to dinner one night and both myself and my husband were on our phones, not talking to one another or our boys. HELLO!!!!!
My other reality check was....one night I was looking for Randy and I found him on Youtube smiling and laughing at this other family (who we don't know personally) but who are well known on Youtube.  I looked at Randy and then looked at our boys in the next room.  HELLO!!!!
I thought to my self  "What are we doing???"
 I decided to try something.  I took all social apps off my phone. It's just to accessible.  Gosh...it was hard for the first few days. The apps have been off my phone for a week now and I can already tell a difference in my relationships with my litttle family.  My focus is back on them and that's where it should be.

Food for thought....Why are other families so intriguing  to us?  What is missing from our family to turn to other families?  Is it for pure entertainment?,  Or are we looking for validation?  Why am I searching for validation with people who aren't in my life?  When the validation is right in front of me.
Reality check!




I know social media can be a great tool in our lives, if used properly.  I don't want to say that I was addicted to it, but I think I was and lost myself in it.  I forgot to put my focus on what matters most in life.  My family.
I have had a wonderful week by getting back into a healthy routine with these cute boys and my husband.
This is just the start of fixing this beast inside of me, but it has truly been gratifying.
Life Rules!

So, if you don't see me on FB or Instagram this is why.   I still have FB & Instagram on my desk top that I will be checking periodically.  If you want to see what the Mellor Family is up to, check us out on this blog.  

Thursday, July 25, 2013

This Has Been One Busy Summer...

This summer has been so crazy!  Between, vacations, house work, yard work, young women's, working, and being a mom I haven't really had a time to breath.  So, sorry I have not posted anything until now.  One more month and school will be in, then it will feel great to be in control again. haha  Here are a few of the things we have been up to.

MOAB


In June we headed to Moab for a Mellor family Reunion. You have heard it before, but WE LOVE THIS PLACE.   We never have a bad time there.  Fun times with great people. 
 My First 10k

I ran in my first 10k. I finished.  That's all I have to say.  It was a good experience. It gave me a taste of what the 1/2 marathon will be like. 
 Lehi Round-up Parade
It is a tradition of ours to go to the Lehi Parade.  This one was scary. Brody has had so many close calls on death that he will be the death of me.  The parade started and the kids were loving it.  Some of the people in the parade were throwing candy.  All the kids ran in the road to get it of course, when I saw a fire truck rolling by.  Brody was so focused on the candy he was so oblivious to the big truck creeping by.  He went right up to the huge tire on the truck, literally and inch away to get the piece of candy he had his eye on.  People were screaming, I ran to grab him just in time before his little fingers got crushed.  Close call.  He had no clue as to the nature of the situation.  After my heart slowed down I could enjoy the parade.  There were several good floats.   I think my boys are sick of all the pictures I take.  See picture.     
 Lagoon



This day was awesome!  Both the boys loved every minute of it.  Brock was tall enough for some of the bigger rides like colossus, and wicked.  His favorite was wicked..I am not surprised.  He has no FEAR!  It was awesome being with family. Good times!
 4th of July





We started the day at our ward breakfast and bike parade.  Out boys loved riding their bikes in the parade.  We spent the evening at my Sister Erin's new home in Riverton with some good food and fun times.
 Girls Camp
I serve in young women's in my ward and had the honor to go to girls camp.  Here are a few of the cute and crazy girls of mine.  It was a awesome experience. We had a ton of fun! 
 Pioneer Day (Monday's)



Me, my boys, and a few of my family members are volunteer workers at This Is The Place Heritage Park all summer.  Monday's are the day we spend time up there.  It is fun!  The kids have chores they do and then they just play and do whatever for the day.  They love it!  They look forward to it and so do I.  I am assigned to the Andrus House and give the visitors a tour of the home.  Mine is actually a Hotel. I tell the history of it, help the kids with the crafts, and help on a quilt.  It has been a great experience for everyone.  I highly recommend volunteering. The clothes are not as bad as the look.  haha
 A Little Male Bonding
Daddy had a wild idea to have the boys sleep on the tramp.  So they did.  I went to sleep all by myself in our dark house:(  Not even an hour later here they all come inside.  They were getting eatin' alive with all the mosquito's.  I don't blame them.  They enjoyed it just laying on the tramp with Daddy.
 Swimming Lessons




Brock is in swimming lessons.  he does so good.  I love watching him.  Brody was so sad he is not old enough for lessons this year. He is my hang out partner on the grass.   Next year will be awesome buddy!
 We hope everyone has had a great summer so far.  We feel so blessed with all we can do for these 2 amazing boys.  We soak up every moment with them and all they are achieving and experiencing.  Life Rocks!