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Twice the Triumph

It was a good evening for Team Boles.

I am proud to say that I have finally cooked a roast.  And it was a damn fine roast.  My mother cooks such a mean roast that a mere whiff of it simmering away in that 50-pound iron dutch oven will bring a tear to your eye.  For years, my secret fear of utter roast failure has kept me throwing my own hunk of meat into the oven.

However, I woke up this morning and decide that today would be the day.  I called Mom for a last minute pep-talk,  knew that I was as ready as I was ever going to be…and I went for it.

With delicious results.  (still can’t get the gravy right, Mom)

My carnivorous husband was beyond pleased, and I’ll be darned if I didn’t spy a misty eye as he walked in the door and caught that first whiff…



And in other (arguably more important) news, Bailey is crawling!  The entire process frustrates the heck out of her, but tonight, perhaps inspired by her mother’s culinary victory,  my little girl knit her eyebrows in determination and across the rug she went!


Parker is incredibly amused by his little sister.  He is delighted to see her grow and evolve into a fully functioning playmate.  I can only imagine what these two are going to get into in the years to come.

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GranbobAugust 28, 2008 - 9:57 am

Oh, the fun begins! No more little pieces of anything on the floor, no more unguarded stairways, no more sharp corners, no more leaving “unattended” for just a second…the end of true helplessness. Let the games begin!!! (I’m going to go dig out my baby gate!)

My Mimi, the Fashion Plate

I’d be willing to bet that I am the only girl who got to take her grandmother to get her ears double-pierced today.

Gorgeous, isn’t she?  She was very brave and didn’t even flinch.  (although she did emit a little squeak or two!  heehee)

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GranbobAugust 28, 2008 - 10:00 am

Wow, what a difference! It is nice to see Mimi sparkling again in the second picture. Nope, not by the “diamonds” but by the smile! Lookin’ beautiful, Marlene! (and of course, I am a big fan of those “second holes”!) Granbob (Barbara) (Mom)

MJanuary 26, 2009 - 4:16 pm

Oh, it’s never too late for ladies to get those second holes in the earlobes.

It enhances them, and the fact that more older ladies are now having it done enhances the practice.

The Kids.

I just wasn’t prepared for how much I would love them…I underestimated how much they would love each other.


P.S.  Parker, what’s up with the underbite, my friend?

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Karen ParodiAugust 26, 2008 - 2:12 pm

Looks like he’s channeling Michael Phelps. Maybe he misses the Olympics already.

They are both adorable. I’m also surprised by how much Dario loves Matteo. Not that he’s not lovable, of course, but he just adores him and gives him the biggest smiles and laughs. So sweet, to make up for the craziness I guess!

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