Resurrecting the Blog (maybe)

Posted by Amanda on August 8th, 2016

A big move across the country seemed like a good time to blog again.

I still can’t believe we moved from California all the way to Florida! We truly loved our time in California. We are already loving it here on the ranch.

Things we have loved already:
So much green!
view from the front of our house.


Friendly people!

Living across the street from the church building!

Animals! Okay, this is a love/not so love thing. I won’t say “hate” because that is too strong. Its fun to see a horse basically in our backyard almost everyday. Not sure whose it is. Its fun to see lots of cows. This is taken from our screened patio.


The first day the kids seriously “mooed” for 10 minutes. Darryl had to tell them to stop. Its fun to see lots of kinds of birds (we started liking birds in EDH). Its kind of fun to think about alligators, but not so fun to hear they do get into the swimming hole (small ones, they say). Big bugs are not so fun, either. I am kind of wimpy in the bug department.



Our house! Our house is actually quite a big smaller than our last house. We lost a guest bedroom, most of a living room (still have one but very small), and the other bedrooms are smaller. The girls beds would only fit right together like this in their room (because it has 2 closets!). They love it.


But there are a lot of things to love. I love the layout, and that it is one story. Everything is close! No running upstairs to the other end of the house to get something. The laundry room is actually bigger than our last one. Super love. The family room is just as large, too. And whoever designed this house had big families and storage in mind. Lots of storage. A closet off the garage that has a vent from the house, so it is cooled. Hello, food storage! A large pantry, and another large closet next to the laundry room, a closet by the bedrooms, and a closet in the master bathroom (besides the master bedroom walk in closet). And a little room off the family room that can be a closet or for us, might be a small art room. And another happy thought: shelves in (most of) the closets! Not to love about the house – no garbage disposal. Maybe I’m spoiled, but that seems like it should be standard. But, we lived without it in Kyiv, and Darryl said he could put one in.

Senior missionaries! There are 5 couples here on missions doing things at the ranch, such as an electrician, plumber, etc. I met some at church on Sunday, but I know from past experience that senior missionaries are awesome!

School uniforms! At first I was surprised and not sure what to do. But now I realize it will be nice to have a few school clothes and then some play clothes. And the kids will look so nice going to school! Here is Kathryn modeling.


Plus, they have once a week they can wear school spirit shirts, and jeans count as blue pants/shorts.

The Beach! One night we had dinner in Melbourne, the closest town to the east. We realized the Atlantic Ocean was just 15 minutes away and drove to see. We found a park/beach and checked it out. So beautiful, and such beautiful, soft sand. Warm water.



Don’t worry, not everything is perfect. If I get around to it I will post about registering for school. How do they expect people to have a current utility bill when they have lived in the place for 3 days?!


Posted by Darryl Melanchuk on August 4th, 2014

A few pictures from our summer.

A lot of popsicles.


Celebrated Nathaniel’s first birthday.



A friend took us on his boat.



The kids wrote and performed a play.


Had fun with cousins.


The kids put on a bear wedding.





Family Reunion in Utah.


Future cougars in front of the Tanner Bldg.


We also did a lot of swimming, but I apparently didn’t take pictures of it. I’d better do that this week. School starts next week!

Mother’s Day Pictures

Posted by Darryl Melanchuk on May 15th, 2014

I told Darryl I wanted a picture of me with each of the kids on Mother’s Day. Some were more cooperative than others:






That’s me in the background!

Spring Break

Posted by Darryl Melanchuk on May 4th, 2014

A few random things from our Spring Break.



Climbing at the park. I was so nervous about the kids climbing up these rocks, which are at a park near our home. With all of Nathaniel’s dr appointments and Darryl’s broken neck last year, I really, really want to avoid hospitals and extra dr appointments!




Not sure if this was during spring break, but Darryl built a planter box so we can have a garden! This picture is from Lowe’s.


I love how Daniel and Darryl are matching, and both are loving a trip to Lowe’s.


Our family finished reading the Book of Mormon!


Spring break entertainment.


My three sons.


Other highlights included eating breakfast at McDonalds and playing at the play place. Gold Bug Mine and Park, blogged about here by my mom. Playing at Grandma and Grandpas house while I took Nathaniel to an appointment. Playing at cousins house while I took Nathaniel to an appointment. Kids go to work with dad, on the previous blog post. We were supposed to have a mystery outing (Darryl and I plan an outing and don’t tell the kids were we are going, but give clues along the way), but Darryl just couldn’t get work off so it is postponed for now.