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Hazel is one month old! The first month went by quite quickly because it was chock full of holidays and visitors and travel, but now that things are settling into a more normal routine, it’s time to look back on our first few weeks as a family of four.

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Welcome, Hazel Ruth Taylor, born at 12:57 am on December 8, 2016 and coming in at seven pounds and 21 inches on the nose.

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Today is at least a passing attempt at returning to my normal schedule after a break over the Christmas holiday. Bart and I drove back to Arkansas for over a week and returned home late on Sunday night. We made it back just fine, but for once I think it would be nice to make the return trip to Virginia without a bunch of drama.
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It’s been a while since we have cooked together on the blog. I’m not sure why I’ve been so delinquent to share fun recipes with you, but Christmas seemed like a good time to share a recipe I’ve made with success for the holidays a couple of years in a row. While turkey and stuffing is standard for Thanksgiving, it might also be on your menu for Christmas, as it was for Bart and me when we invited a couple of friends over for smoked turkey this weekend (this might just become a tradition). I like this recipe for bread dressing and wanted to share it with you!

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Since moving to Northern Virginia just over a year ago, we have wanted to visit George Washington’s estate at Mount Vernon, which is surprisingly close to us. We’ve heard many people say how wonderful it is; my parents went when they came to visit us in October and had a great time. Bart suggested last month that we could go see it on Veterans Day when we both had the day off, but someone told us that it was really special to see at Christmas time, so we opted to push our trip off a few weeks and finally made our way over there on Sunday evening.
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Thanksgiving is less than a week away, which means the holiday season is upon us. If you’re like me, you’ve already begun thinking about Christmas shopping. If you’re like me, you’ve also done more of your shopping online in recent years. It’s pretty easy to find some good deals through the web, but a few years ago I came across a website called Ebates that has made online shopping even more profitable. I figure a fair number of you have heard of Ebates before, and I think there are a couple of other similar websites out there. However, since gift-giving season is upon us, I thought I’d pass along the info to anyone who isn’t familiar with it and also share some of my tips and tricks for making it even more profitable.

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When my parents come to town, they always want to help us with stuff around the house. They’ve built houses as a side business for over 40 years, so they have tons of experience doing just about every home improvement project. So you know I come by it honest. When they were in town a few weeks ago, they volunteered to tackle some projects with us if we wanted, so we consulted our (impossibly long) to-do list and picked two things that seemed perfectly timed for fall.

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There are many ways I could wish you Merry Christmas on my blog. I could tell you about spending time with family. I could kvetch about not being in the Christmas spirit. I could share a silly photo of my dog in reindeer antlers (some of you have seen that gem on Facebook already). I could tell you about Christmas Eve traffic and rant about materialism and commercialism taking over the holidays. There are lots of things to say about Christmas, but there’s only one thing I really want to say.

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It was a dark and stormy night to start off our Christmas break. It began raining with about an hour left in our all-day driving marathon, and we drove the rest of the way to our final destination in pouring rain and pitch black. We also had two different sets of family members driving out in the torrential rain and lightening last evening, so Bart and I were very thankful when we and all other parties arrived safely to their respective destinations.
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Thanksgiving may be a distant memory now, but that didn’t stop the Taylors from preparing a Thanksgiving-style feast for our friends on Friday evening.
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