white shirts are overrated anyway

Dirt and brothers go hand in hand around here.

The girls like the dirt for a bit…until they decide they are done being dirty and want clean hands.

The boys don’t understand why I would ever make them wash the dirt off.

They can play for hours in a big pile of dirt. I have to hose down their clothes before putting them in the washer, but it is totally worth it. I want them to have childhood memories full of just being brothers, making up games, getting dirty.

ISO 125, 1/400, f/3.2 85mm lens

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Notice the girls in dresses in the background…always in dresses, even in the dirt.

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His brothers were taking too long to bury his legs.

ISO 500, 1/1000, f/4.5 (not ideal settings, I was shooting fast) 85mm lens9.14dirt-09

They are so crazy awesome. Sometimes I just sit back and watch them – baffled and in awe. Growing up with a sister, I had no idea how much fun comes with boys. I just can’t imagine life without 3 young guys and 2 little girls. I’m so, so grateful I’m the one they call mom….even after 500 million loads of laundry and never getting to buy them white shirts!

And just for fun….my oldest in our front yard when he was 4.9.14dirty*If you are interested in learning more about how to use your DSLR (what all those camera settings mean), registration is open for the last SnapShop of 2014. Click here for more details.

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  • danielle - Ha! So true! Mine are perfectly happy with being dirty the rest of their lives 🙂

  • Paige - Oh my goodness how fun! I watched my two knuckleheads put plastic coffee buckets on their feet and pull each other around the kitchen last night. Who needs American’s Got Talent?

  • Michelle Hill - They made a slide out of a pile of dirt?! They are too cute for words!!

  • Kristin - Thank you so much for bringing back memories of my kids playing in the dirt! One summer our neighbors built an addition, so we had an amazing pile of dirt in their backyard, and the kids spent hours on it. We just left their “dirt clothes” in the garage & didn’t bother washing them everyday…the clothes…we did wash the kids!

  • Ilse - I am kinda depressed right now and looking at those photo’s I’m just thinking… Will you be my mom?

  • Jenny B. - It’s great that they enjoy that stuff! My boys are so different from yours. I often wonder if I’ve done something wrong because they are scared to death of pretty much everything outside and do not like to get dirty. My youngest son announced the other day that he is afraid of butterflies. Seriously. Oh, well… 🙂

  • Debbie H - I LOVE the last photo. Same cute little face but hair darkened up so much, he looks different now. His expression is pure joy and delight. What a great shot. I’m sure he LOVES seeing this photo of himself.

    My Mom never stressed about dirt when we were growing up, but not all Mothers are like that, Ashley. My Mom used to say “they’re all washable” Your kids are lucky that you do not stress about white staying white. Good for you and them. I love watching your life unfold. Thanks so much for all your sharing.

  • Amy Espinosa @the little farm diary - Being a VERY girly girl growing up, that dirt thing just escapes me! Now, the mom of two boys and two girls, I had to get used to letting them just be free to wallow in the dirt and mud. Boy was that challenging!

  • Ksenia - I totally agree — letting kids get dirty is a must (there are also studies about how it’s really good for their immune system). I’m relatively new to your blog and have binge read a lot of posts (I got here due to my interest in adoption). Do you share anywhere your photo editing process? Thank you!

  • Tracy A - Wow! Look how light big brother’s hair is!!