Author Archives: Melissa Spurlock

My favorite seasons here are late winter when all the hills are vibrant green and mid-summer when the crepe myrtle trees lining the streets are all exploding with color! Every shade of red and white and all the pinks in between! 🌳+=

My favorite seasons here are late winter when all the hills are vibrant green and mid-summer when the crepe myrtle trees lining the streets are all exploding with color! Every shade of red and white and all the pinks in between! 🌳+=

My favorite seasons here are late winter when all the hills are vibrant green and mid-summer when the crepe myrtle trees lining the streets are all exploding with color! Every shade of red and white and all the pinks in between! 🌳+=

My dad’s childhood home. It sits right on the main road and backs up to the levy, which my dad would walk along with his dad during rains, watching for swells and weak spots. The orange trees are some of the tallest I’ve seen! My Grandma Bain told countless stories (and repeated them countless times) about this home—hosting Primary for years before she was even a member of the church, my dad chasing chickens in the yard as a toddler, cooking big holiday meals… I wish I could remember them all! It would be amazing to see this home restored someday. It has so much charm and is likely one of first homes built when Nicolaus was settled 150 years ago.

My dad’s childhood home. It sits right on the main road and backs up to the levy, which my dad would walk along with his dad during rains, watching for swells and weak spots. The orange trees are some of the tallest I’ve seen! My Grandma Bain told countless stories (and repeated them countless times) about this home—hosting Primary for years before she was even a member of the church, my dad chasing chickens in the yard as a toddler, cooking big holiday meals… I wish I could remember them all! It would be amazing to see this home restored someday. It has so much charm and is likely one of first homes built when Nicolaus was settled 150 years ago.

My dad’s childhood home. It sits right on the main road and backs up to the levy, which my dad would walk along with his dad during rains, watching for swells and weak spots. The orange trees are some of the tallest I’ve seen! My Grandma Bain told countless stories (and repeated them countless times) about this home—hosting Primary for years before she was even a member of the church, my dad chasing chickens in the yard as a toddler, cooking big holiday meals... I wish I could remember them all! It would be amazing to see this home restored someday. It has so much charm and is likely one of first homes built when Nicolaus was settled 150 years ago.

Last week we visited the teeny tiny town that my dad grew up in. Nicolaus is nestled among walnut orchards along the Feather River, northwest of Sacramento. In this 2-room schoolhouse, he had the same teacher for 1st through 8th grade (Mrs. Finch), and she also happened to be his next door neighbor! My dad gave us the grand walking tour of the town—past both stop signs—and shared stories from his childhood. I’m so grateful to be his daughter and for all the forces that shaped his life for good over the years. I love that he was able to share his history with my kids.

Last week we visited the teeny tiny town that my dad grew up in. Nicolaus is nestled among walnut orchards along the Feather River, northwest of Sacramento. In this 2-room schoolhouse, he had the same teacher for 1st through 8th grade (Mrs. Finch), and she also happened to be his next door neighbor! My dad gave us the grand walking tour of the town—past both stop signs—and shared stories from his childhood. I’m so grateful to be his daughter and for all the forces that shaped his life for good over the years. I love that he was able to share his history with my kids.

Last week we visited the teeny tiny town that my dad grew up in. Nicolaus is nestled among walnut orchards along the Feather River, northwest of Sacramento. In this 2-room schoolhouse, he had the same teacher for 1st through 8th grade (Mrs. Finch), and she also happened to be his next door neighbor! My dad gave us the grand walking tour of the town—past both stop signs—and shared stories from his childhood. I’m so grateful to be his daughter and for all the forces that shaped his life for good over the years. I love that he was able to share his history with my kids.

Jake and I went to a USC Send-Off garden party with alumni, current students, and incoming freshmen tonight, and we were asked more than once what our child is studying at USC… 🏻🏻 Do we really look old enough to have a college student??

Jake and I went to a USC Send-Off garden party with alumni, current students, and incoming freshmen tonight, and we were asked more than once what our child is studying at USC… 🏻🏻 Do we really look old enough to have a college student??

Jake and I went to a USC Send-Off garden party with alumni, current students, and incoming freshmen tonight, and we were asked more than once what our child is studying at USC... 🏻🏻 Do we really look old enough to have a college student??

My neighbors generously share their peach tree bounty with us, so it’s been pies & cobler, milkshakes & smoothies, with waffles &/or ice cream, frozen, and just plain at our house lately. I’m not complaining and I’m not sick of them yet!

My neighbors generously share their peach tree bounty with us, so it’s been pies & cobler, milkshakes & smoothies, with waffles &/or ice cream, frozen, and just plain at our house lately. I’m not complaining and I’m not sick of them yet!

My neighbors generously share their peach tree bounty with us, so it’s been  pies & cobler,  milkshakes & smoothies,  with waffles &/or ice cream,  frozen, and just plain  at our house lately. I’m not complaining and I’m not sick of them yet!

We found the coolest park complete with a splash pad, rad play structures, a skate park, and frisbee golf! It was pretty empty because it was like 726 degrees outside, but we brought our Gatorade and big gulps and enjoyed ourselves as long as we could stand it.

We found the coolest park complete with a splash pad, rad play structures, a skate park, and frisbee golf! It was pretty empty because it was like 726 degrees outside, but we brought our Gatorade and big gulps and enjoyed ourselves as long as we could stand it.

We found the coolest park complete with a splash pad, rad play structures, a skate park, and frisbee golf! It was pretty empty because it was like 726 degrees  outside, but we brought our Gatorade and big gulps and enjoyed ourselves as long as we could stand it.