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Melissa Haworth
Hi, I'm Melissa. I like to make stuff.
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Like the rest of America I got a good case of eclipse fever. This was 100% caused by an episode of the podcast Every Little Thing (which I love). So I made plans for our family to stay with friends... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at Under Construction
We've got a bit of a tradition going that the boys on my side of the family (well, at least my husband, father and son) get a themed joint birthday party celebration in during their mutual birthday week. Hard to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Under Construction
Biscuit (and now Oscar) have attended a really wonderful elementary school with a focus on experiential learning and tons of field trips. There is a great parent volunteer structure which allows for tons of extras including lots of t-shirts for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Under Construction
After five years of thinking about it I finally bought a half yard of canvas and made a little holder for the kids' Junior Ranger badges. It came out just about how I imagined it except I didn't add the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Under Construction
I just had a pleasant walk down memory lane looking at posts from Lake Topaz in 2008, 2009, 2013 (Oscar was such a baby!), 2014 Not always the best documenting and a serious lack of photos but I had totally... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Under Construction
So, it's summer. My favorite. I love the long days though I get tired of the fact that the kids don't go to bed until 10 pm and then I'm too far gone to get anything done. Like blogging. And... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at Under Construction
Another year, another Picnic Day. I continue to love it. Mr. H continues to not be a fan and not attend but he was happy this year because I brought home seven grapevines for our new vineyard. The Department of... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at Under Construction
I have been thinking that I want to be part of a book club but 1. I don't do well with assigned books (or timelines for that matter) and 2. I don't want another evening commitment away from my family.... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at Under Construction
This summer rather than one big vacation we are planning a bunch of weekend getaways taking advantage of my part time schedule and everyone else being on school break. It will be our year of many mini road trips. We... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Under Construction
Tonight Oscar and I were playing a rousing game of Shopkins (as you do when you have a five year old). And it reminded me I never posted about a lot of things. Including the fimo "shopkins" we made as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at Under Construction
I finally made Oscar a quilt for his big boy bed. Four years after he moved out of his crib. Poor second child. The top is scraps from other projects paired with solids in "bright colors" which was all the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at Under Construction
Inspired by Elise, I started using the 1 Second Everyday app in January 2016. And I proceeded to record my 40th year one second at a time. Since I turned 41 this week the video is done. It's SO far... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at Under Construction
Hi Melissa, nothing to do with this post specifically but I wanted to let you know how grateful I am that you're back in this space sharing your stories and a bit about your family. I so appreciate your perspective and the links you provide to other writers and perspectives.
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Good gravy the news is upsetting these days. Conflicts of interest for days, suppression of science and the media, lying all over the place, bans on immigrants, walls, "checks and balances" that neither check nor balance. It's stressful and I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Under Construction
Following news (politics) has completely taken over my brain in a way that is no longer helpful. I hop online and instead of doing something productive (finding a recipe to cook for dinner) or even something innocuous (looking at quilts... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Under Construction
I'm copying my own Facebook post here because I wanted to encourage blog readers to participate in the project I created--American Pen Pals. I just sent out the first pen pal matches this evening and it was so cool. I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at Under Construction
If you're on Instagram you may have noticed that every spare minute of every bit of daylight has been consumed with our major front yard relandscaping. It's been 80% moving of dirt. As of now, it's mostly moving mud and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2016 at Under Construction
Can you tell the birthday party theme? We do a joint birthday party in the Spring for the boys so this Fall we started a joint party for the fall babies: Biscuit (11), my mom and my brother-in-law. I couldn't... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at Under Construction
Last Wednesday (on a school night) I took off work early, picked up Biscuit (but not Oscar) after school and we drove to San Francisco (two three hours away) for a book signing. I had listened to Julia Turshen interviewed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at Under Construction
There is a new Winco Foods in our neighborhood. To be honest, I thought it would be like another Walmart moving in (we already have a Walmart quite close) so I was skeptical. But this morning Biscuit and I stopped... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at Under Construction
Kindergarten! Our "Oscar" is in the "Orange Oscars" group at kindergarten. His best friend from preschool is also an Orange Oscar. It's like his teacher knew his blog name. (she doesn't) His teacher tells me that thanks to our Oscar... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at Under Construction
While we were camping last weekend I finally made a macrame wallhanging. I bought cotton string at the hardware store and had sticks collected, I just needed to make the time. I re-learned the knots from Creativebug and just went... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at Under Construction
(Biscuit created this swim suit cover up meets superhero cape thing) Last week I got a bee in my bonnet that we had to go camping. We think of ourselves as a family that camps. Except that we haven't gone... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at Under Construction
Oscar is in kindergarten. This baby is in Sixth Grade. I'm feeling old. They both got the teachers they/we wanted which is fabulous. Biscuit is already getting excited about joining guitar club and continuing trumpet, choir and running club. Oscar... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at Under Construction
Yesterday was one of those days that made me so grateful to work part time. Oscar and I hung out for a few hours between kindergarten ending and 6th grade ending so by the time we picked up Biscuit we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at Under Construction