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It’s been a crazy week so I’m a little late, but Hazel is now ten months old!

…you are one spunky little girl, mild-mannered about some things and fiercely opinionated about others…Will you be walking by our next update? I guess we’ll see.

I posited this question at the end of Hazel’s nine month update. Now, one month later, what is the answer?

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Spunky, motivated Hazel Ruth is nine months old! When I look at her, I am surprised to realize that she’s closer to toddlerhood now than she is babyhood. She’s getting so strong, dexterous, and capable…which means she can get into all sorts of new things.

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Last week, for our summer vacation we took the kids to the Outer Banks for a week. Seven days in one beach house with five adults and four kids four and under is a little bit of insanity, but we survived and had a good time while we were at it.

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Hudson’s birthday coincided with the epic Solar Eclipse 2017, a once-in-a-lifetime event that a two-year-old could never appreciate. In fact, I’m pretty sure he slept right through it (since the peak happened pretty close to nap time). Between eclipse viewing and birthday partying, it was a crazy, hectic, but very fun day that I’ll always remember.

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Happy seven months, Hazel! You’re turning into a big girl, doing so many more things and developing your own little personality…which is proving to be quite interesting. I’m impressed by your inquisitive spirit and your drive.

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Today I wanted to share a tasty summer recipe that any mom of little kids is sure to love spending an entire day making. Based on a real recipe by Ina Garten and (loosely) inspired by a true story.

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My father, Bill McGee, passed away on May 31, 2017. He arrived at our house on Thanksgiving Day last fall, awaiting the birth of this granddaughter two weeks later and complaining of a strange rash that suddenly popped up on him. It took until March for him to be diagnosed with a rare type of lymphoma. By then, it had progressed too far, and despite enduring more physical suffering than I can even appreciate and trying so very hard to fight it, he accepted the reality of his condition, said his goodbyes to us all, and let things take their course. Bart, the kids, and I were back home for his passing and the funeral and have since returned home. In the meantime, I am slowly processing through what happened and adjusting to this new paradigm. Today I wanted to write about my dad, especially in time for a bittersweet Father’s Day, and honor his life and what he meant to me and those around him.

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