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There’s this Girl…

She went back to preschool yesterday, and all I could do was marvel at her confidence and enthusiasm.

You see, there’s this girl…and I’m fairly certain she’s made of magic.  She’s as passionate as she is silly, as thoughtful as she is prissy.  I just can’t help but stare at her sometimes – she truly is the most enchantingly beautiful thing I’ve ever seen in real life.  I am challenged by her imagination, and wildly entertained by her antics.  She’s entirely too much, yet I can never, ever get enough.

But you know what the most incredible thing is about this itsy-bitsy 3 1/2-year-old ?  You know what it is about her that makes my guts all twisty and my throat lumpy and my eyes misty when I take the time to really consider how magnificent she is?  It’s the fact that she’s MINE.  Bailey Boles is the gift that I never dared to ask for.  I cherish you, my perfect daughter, and am humbled with gratitude that I get to be your mom.

(Now please get that obnoxious, sparkly Barbie pony out of my face for FIVE SECONDS so I can finish this, darn it.  Yes, her mane looks beautiful.  YES, I know that a flying horse is a pegasus and that you’re still hungry and that you don’t really like Miss Spider and you want me to watch how fast you can run in your new shimmer-shoes and that you love me and that you want to kiss my cold arm and that you miss Parker and that you want to go play at the Y and that Mrs. Wester sounds like a princess and that today-tomorrow we are going to see Stella and that you want to swim and we can bring our pool if Stella doesn’t have a pool and we will cheer “GOOOOO RICE!” at the football game and you can probably have nachos because they are your favorite but PLEASE!!  Please.  Just give me five seconds.  Thanks for the kiss.)


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HeatherSeptember 2, 2011 - 8:51 am

<3 that girl.

robinSeptember 2, 2011 - 8:51 am

I can see why you can’t get enough of that face. She gets prettier every time I see her on here! Beautiful beautiful pictures!!!

Daddy MattSeptember 2, 2011 - 8:55 am

I will take SOME credit for her! Love it.

LeanahSeptember 2, 2011 - 8:56 am

(Y)our little geisha girl is growing up!

BrandiSeptember 2, 2011 - 9:43 am

She’s definitely a special little girl!! Great post, Janica. And gorgeous pictures, as usual:)

DonSeptember 2, 2011 - 8:09 pm

These are truly beautiful photographs of a beautiful little girl. And your grateful thoughts about her being yours is wonderful.

GranbobSeptember 2, 2011 - 9:21 pm

Oh, I’m so “incited” that you have new pictures…order me one or a dozen and I’ll pay you for them gladly!!!! Now…where’s the new ones of PBo???? Toooo precious. I miss you!!!

MeganSeptember 3, 2011 - 5:12 am

perfect post! bailey, you are fantastic! and stella has her pool all ready for you, so don’t worry about lugging yours up here ;)

Jo Lou GibsonSeptember 3, 2011 - 1:33 pm

Stunning photos! Bailey and Parker are so adorable!

CaseySeptember 23, 2011 - 10:58 pm

Your wittiness never ceases to amaze me. I hang on your every word and then when you least expect it, HALARIOUS!!!! You are so talented in so many ways! I do believe your humor is my favorite part.

JillSeptember 27, 2011 - 7:35 pm

My daughter gasped at the last b&w pic of Bailey. She said it was amazingly beautiful. <3

First Grade

Didn’t this just happen yesterday?

And yet, here we are, getting the school party started all over again.

Parker.  He’s in first grade…and he’s fabulous.

These are the faces that are stamped on my insides forever and ever.

Dear Parker and Bailey…don’t lose this.  EVER.

Come on.  You’d want to kiss this goodbye, too.

I have to admit something.  The start of school doesn’t get me all weepy-eyed and nostalgic.  I think the mom rule book says that it is supposed to, but I just can’t get past the EXCITEMENT.  As I watch that boy bound up the school bus steps in the morning, I am overwhelmed by a feeling of pride.  I joked that Parker’s Meet the Teacher Day is more like Meet the Parker Day for his teacher…but it’s true!  I am delighted to send him off into the world, bit by bit, so that others can know and love him.  He has incredible enthusiasm for learning and I know that each day in the classroom for him is like a feeding frenzy.   Over the summer, we exhausted the library’s section about outer space  and have recently moved on to books about the periodic table of elements.  I learned more about the noble gases last night than I did my entire junior year in Chemistry.  (missing xenon problem, anyone?)  Parker is a factoid phenomenon…and I won’t even get started about his affinity for baseball trivia.

But you know what’s even better?  This little nerdy nugget of mine loves people.  As we walked back inside from the bus stop on Monday afternoon, he jabbered on and on about his day and gave me all sorts of fun first grade tidbits.  When he stopped to take a breath, he got quiet for a moment and seemed to collect his thoughts before saying, “Mom, you know what the best thing was today?  The best thing was that I got to wave at my friends all day.  I saw some in my class and I saw some at lunch and in music and on the bus and all over the school!  I was so happy to see my friends, Mom.  And they were happy to see me!”

That’s my pbo.  My favorite boy in all of creation is growing up with blazing speed, and now I get to share him with the world.

Hey, world, you’re welcome.

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GailAugust 24, 2011 - 8:40 am

Ahhhh..this post just made me GRIN Janica! What a sweetie your boy is. And don’t get me started on your little girl! I think first grade is maybe the best age. Can’t they come out of the womb like that? haha

The WizzleAugust 24, 2011 - 9:08 am

Aw, bless him. He is so handsome. We spent all summer reading about the periodic table too, how funny! And outer space has been a staple for a couple of years. We had to move on because the library was out of books on the subject.

I love kids growing up. It’s sad to leave the awesome that they were, but I love seeing the awesome that they become.

MeenaAugust 24, 2011 - 7:51 pm

I love the Boles family. I would like to keep you in my pocket. The genuine goodness and kindness that all of you radiate makes me happy, and I am proud to know and have you as friends. The world most definitely is thankful, too =)

ChrystalAugust 25, 2011 - 9:39 pm

Wow! He’s so grown up! Miss you guys! Glad to hear he hasn’t lost his nerdy spunk. Absolutely, adorable post.

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The Zachariah Family

I am sucker for babies.

And smiley, contagiously happy babies that throw out the most adorably hilarious faces of all time..?  Well, it’s all over.  I’m 100% smitten.

Dylan, kiddo, you are the BEST.

Dad’s a drummer.  Dylan…is overwhelmed.:)

A Dylan and his daddy.  What a handsome pair.

Let’s throw a beautiful mama into the mix, shall we?

Jason and Shery, what a lovely, lovely couple you are.  

He’s killing me with that face.

“They’re doing it again, aren’t they?”

♥♥♥

A little gross?  Maybe.

Completely adorable in every way?  Toetally.

Shery, Jason, and Dylan, it was such a pleasure meeting you and spending time with your sweet little family.

Enjoy each other!

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AngieAugust 2, 2011 - 9:12 am

Those faces kill me! So cute!!

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