boys. brothers. best friends.

It is so wet here. Standing water covers large portions of our yard. It is wet, but it is also warm. The boys contemplated digging a pool, but my oldest informed me it would take too long so they settled for a hot tub.

5.15mud-015.15mud-02The hot tub also came with a slide/diving board. I mean, who doesn’t want to slide into a pit of mud? My oldest called the slide “luxury”. Well, son, that is one way to describe it.5.15mud-03“Hey mom, do you dare me to drink this?” No. Please don’t drink that. I double dog dare you NOT to drink that.5.15mud-05I’m still learning these boys. Every day is a wrestling match. Every day someone takes something too far. Someone gets hurt. Someone gets mad. Someone storms off. Every day. I asked them to make it one whole day in total peace and harmony for Mother’s Day. It didn’t happen. I figure it is worth it though. In the midst of all that rough housing and competition a bond is being forged that I can’t even fully grasp or understand. They fight like brothers and love like brothers. No one better mess with one of them, that is unless it is one of them.

My boys. Chris bought an outdoor shower head this weekend….5.15mud-065.15mud-075.15mud-085.15mud-09I’m going to hang one of those in their bathroom or laundry room. It just seems appropriate. And it would make me smile…I rarely smile when I walk into the laundry room or their bathroom!

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  • Southern Gal - You’ve captured boyhood perfectly with your words and those photos. I would hang one of those up in my living room!! Great capture. I love the first and last one. They are so tickled with themselves.

  • Tracy R. - As a mom to all girls, I love the glimpse into your boy world! It is heartwarming and makes me laugh!

  • meg - LOVE this! I’m so glad you spoke on how they fight hard and love hard. That’s my boys, although they’re smaller! And I have photos of my boys in the mud in the laundry room too!

  • Bryony - When me and my four brothers ended up like that (too often) my mom would hose us down outside and then we would take a shower while stomping on our clothesβ€”give them a pre-wash of sorts. Loads of fun.

  • Jessica - These are just awesome. I can imagine them laughing at these together in 10 years! So well done. From one boy mama to another…the beauty of embracing the crazy and the dirty is a glorious perk of raising boys.

  • Itzi - I can totally relate to that. I have two sons. They love each other, the adore each other, they can spend hours hugging each other and telling each other how much they love one another. But when they fight, they fight like brothers. As heartbreaking as it is sometimes, it is lovely to see that bond growing and strengthening with the years. I hope they will always be best friends.
    Beautiful photographs by the way. Just gorgeous!

  • Dawn - Love! So fun

  • Kelley - So fun! I honestly think I would just throw those shorts away. Ha!! And I think I’m going to need an outdoor shower head also.

  • Aunt Sandy - Oh my goodness, that is priceless.

  • Jessie - These are some of my favorite pics on your blog now. I absolutely love these!

  • kaitlyn - I love this. I asked for peace on mothers day too and it didn’t work. Oh well. Through the insanity we all make it and inside our hearts are forever grateful for fighting and all.

  • angie - These just might be my favorite pictures of your boys.

  • Diana - Oh my gosh. These are perfect. Looks like the best fun. Must defenitely go up n their room and the laundry

  • Emily - This is my future!! I have 3 boys and they are an animal all their own! Amazing bond between the 3 of them though. Love to watch the fierceness of it!

  • amber - I love this. They are so happy! Perfect way to make laundry/terrible bathroom cleanup feel a little more worth it;)!

  • Tia Mirck - Have been following you for a couple of years now and just love your blog, and your kids and all your quirkiness!
    I live in Sydney, Australia, and if you ever come this way, do come and visit. You can stay in my spare room with its two beds, so you’ll have to work out who you’ll bring with you. Don’t wait too long though, I am getting a bit long in the tooth, but still do a lot of knitting and crochet for charity (blankets for poor people in cold places anywhere in the world mostly) and little fun things for kids.
    Anyway, just wanted to say ‘hello’!
    Love, Tia πŸ™‚

  • Jenny - You are an awesome Momma! I love seeing boys being boys! And an outdoor shower head… smart! πŸ™‚

  • Corey - Best photos ever! That is awesome!

  • Caroline - WOW!! This is so so so awesome!!
    So awesome that they are having so much fun in the mud and get THIS awesomely dirty!!
    And it’s even more awesome that they have a momma like you who allows them to have this kinda fun and instead of freaking out, you are snapping away on your camera!!
    I would so totally do this when I am a mom, but unfortunately in Singapore, we dont really get mud around us. not like the ones you have.
    Stay awesome boys and momma!!

  • Meredith N. - Those last few pictures are so so great!!

  • Shannon - Wow!! I mean really WOW at those photos!! Worth every little speck of mud for those smiles and that happiness!!

  • danielle - I have pics of my boys covered in mud in their bathroom. It always makes me smile. Boys are great at getting muddy πŸ™‚

  • Debbie - I love the pics of them being so dirty. I have two grown daughters so I can’t relate. However, I do have a two year old grandson that will probably teach me how to relate. Hope you have a great day!

  • Emily - I asked for the same thing for Mother’s Day! (but of course did not get it, although I must say they tried!) These are pictures to be treasured forever. Love the joy that comes when boys are muddy and messy. πŸ™‚

  • ranee - i LOVE these photos…so great to capture these moments of crazy and happy and messy!

  • Betsy - I have three boys. This was so encouraging for me to read today! LOVE these photos, and just the whole story!!

  • kathy tillman - As the mother of three boys myself, I love this!

  • CassM - I have 3 boys … now 6, 5 and 3. And I’m so very happy I do. They are spectacular. And I can’t wait for the day when they’re all standing together for one of the others’ wedding, looking immensely handsome. All those “3 boys??” commenters will be laughing then! πŸ™‚

  • Rachel - Those last few pictures are just awesome!!!!! You must frame one. (I like the last one the best πŸ˜‰

  • Julie - Oh heaven! My oldest boy still doesn’t like to get dirty, but the for the youngest 3 it is game on! Beautifully captured. We have moss growing on the lawn it has been so wet! I kind of like it though. I’m sure I will miss all the rain when it’s 100 degrees. That may be the best part about OK, if you don’t like the current weather just wait an hour it may be totally different!!

  • Amy - Those last 4 pictures of your boys are priceless! I don’t have boys, but strangely this makes me want some!

  • angie - I LOVE these photos of your 3 amazing sons. I follow your journey daily and I so appreciate seeing their huge laughing smiles in one shot. The love simply oozes off of the page. Simply precious photos. And it doesnt’ hurt that they are captured in a lightness of childhood that involves a good coating of mud!

  • Crystal - That is definitely a framer!!! I love the first group shot at the bottom!!

  • Emily - every time I get a little freaked out at having only boys, you remind that it’s pretty awesome to see brothers grow up. Thank you πŸ™‚

    (and yes – make your laundry room someplace you don’t hate to be. Lord knows we do so much of it that the room should be inviting!)

  • Emily - PS, my 5yr old just walked in and saw the pictures and declared that all of your boys look like Mud Monsters, then he laughed so hard he snorted. Boys… πŸ˜‰

  • Erica - That is awesome! We are preparing to move across the country from New Mexico to small town New England and I dream of rural space around our home for our children to explore and get dirty! What a great childhood. And yes, boys will be boys. I don’t think we’ll ever fully grasp it all but they are unique and beautiful and wild all in one! Good job momma!

  • Jamie - I can hear the laughter just by looking at their faces in those last pictures. Awesome.

  • Elizabeth McDonald - That is perfect..hang it in their bathroom..I love that!!

  • Tanya - I absolutely love those last few pictures — the joy on their faces is priceless!!! Yes, please hang them in one or both of those rooms! Just perfect!

  • Brandi - These are awesome–and would be so great displayed in bath or laundry room! I have one in the laundry of my daughter covered in ice cream…so I smile when I see it, but then I want to go eat something sweet! πŸ˜‰

  • Cheryl - I love these photos so much. My youngest son died on January 20th, and I am just now able to look at fun photos like these and not fall apart. The bond between brothers is unique. I realize that now more than ever as I watch my oldest struggle with the loss of his little brother. Among my many regrets is not taking more pictures. There are a lot of them, but now that there won’t be any more, it doesn’t seem like enough. Thank you for sharing the wonderful photos and stories of your beautiful family.

  • Amy Cornwell - I want to be the kind of mom you are…no scared of messes and dirt. They have such fun. Love these pictures!

  • Cindy Steffan - My favorite post ever!!!

  • Victoria / Justice Pirate - Oh man this looks like a lot of fun. My sons aren’t really into getting too dirty. one is and the other hates being outside (drives me nutty because I’m outdoorsy and have to split my time indoors and outdoors to appease each child and myself haha). I would LOVE to go in the mud with my boys! I love these photos so much!!! They look so happy!!!!