62 In Life

Red Rover, Red Rover

dirty rover

Please send the clean up crew right over, again. This is precisely why I shouldn’t hand him the hose even if he really, really, really wants it. And also precisely why our bath water is always brown.


Happy Wednesday!

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  • Lauren
    May 19, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Too cute! I am thinking that this is what I have to look forward to! Grayson is 9 months old….it won’t be long before he’ll be wanting to play in the dirt too! These pictures of Rover are precious! It looks like he had a fun time!

  • Leslie
    May 19, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Oh man… I recognize this seen well, except I have 2 little guys so it’s twice the mud, twice the brown water. I love it though… boys are such boys. 🙂

  • Shea
    May 19, 2010 at 9:58 am

    My mother-in-law always says “a dirty kid is a happy kid!” It looks like you have a very happy child on your hands. Good for you and what a fun momma!

  • Katie
    May 19, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Yup … this is exactly what I’ve had on my hands for the past few weeks….mud-covered babies. Only mine have usually done stripped themselves naked. 🙂

  • Susan
    May 19, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Snips, snails and puppy dog tails…and lots of dirt! Boys, gotta love ’em. You are making such wonderful memories!!!

  • Rhonda
    May 19, 2010 at 10:14 am

    This is exactly how children his age should be- no matter whether boy or girl! (my girls were just the same at his age) I think a dirty child is a healthy child! (after all, when your child is sick, they are laying around staying “clean” all day…try to be thankful for that brown, muddy tub water, like I know you are…) 🙂

  • Lori
    May 19, 2010 at 10:17 am

    There is just nothing better than a little boy who has played well! This is how they should all look! What a cutie!

  • Jamie
    May 19, 2010 at 10:33 am

    this is classic….I love it!

  • Brittny Hemphill
    May 19, 2010 at 10:35 am

    all i have to say is welcome to life with a boy!!! it’s fun, it’s dirty, it’s fabulous! my first is a boy so i laugh every time i see families that had girls first and how they experience just how different they are from the very beginning. i also laugh b/c every time you post about that cute little rover it reminds me when i experienced that with my lil’ man. he’s 4 now. boys are so fun! my little girl has never played much with girls and is used to boys 2 years older than her, so really, she’s not much different. i love them both!

  • Lillian - Domestic Simplicity
    May 19, 2010 at 10:40 am

    I love that even in the pictures he’s still so clearly moving his hands and squishing that mud around:)

  • sarah ella
    May 19, 2010 at 10:41 am

    i have been waiting on this blog title for months, haha…i love his name! Looks just liek my Campbell (21mths) after his hose experience this weekend, he crashed and burned into a deep mud hole and came up only with the whites of his yes showing,haha!

  • alison g. (brazil)
    May 19, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Oh my goodness – maybe an outdoor shower would be a good investment – the rovers would love it, too!

  • Lorraine
    May 19, 2010 at 11:15 am

    How much fun is it being a boy if you can’t roll in the mud! 🙂

  • Megan DiVito
    May 19, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I hope that is mud & not poop!

  • Bailey@peppermintbliss
    May 19, 2010 at 11:22 am

    I am laughing hysterically over here. Pete’s mom just gave me a bunch of his baby pics and he looks like this in nearly every one. I just emailed his mom the link and said, “remember this”? Boys really are just a different, adorable, mischievous, filthy species of child than girls!

  • MaryBeth
    May 19, 2010 at 11:26 am

    That is why you have a pool. Just throw him in!

  • Christy
    May 19, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Love it! I have a couple of similar pics of my little blondey just like that. 🙂

  • Boone's Momma
    May 19, 2010 at 11:46 am

    My, my, my…now I know what I have to look forward to! My son is three months old…I see muddy footprints in my future!! Too cute! Love your photos and watching you mother through them is inspiring!

  • Kristy Dorminy
    May 19, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Oh, that makes me laugh! Boys (especially after two girls) can really rock a woman’s world….and her bath tub. ha!

  • Amanda Thrasher
    May 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    If I had a spoon i would eat him up!!!

  • Tara
    May 19, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    but he had so much fun.

  • kari
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  • Meg
    May 19, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks for the comment about our little Alderman. I ask him all the time if I can eat him. Will this scare my child? You have a lot of that coming in your future. Get excited. We have got to get them together so that can teach other their “knowledge” on boyhood. Ha. Ciao, Meg

  • Melissa
    May 19, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I am RIGHT there with you!

  • McCall
    May 19, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    It’s a good thing God made him so darn cute, isn’t it? It makes moments like these that much sweeter.

  • Brooke G.
    May 19, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Oh my is he ever cute!!!! Even covered in MUD. I blogged some pics about a month ago of my son COVERED in mud. It was such a mess – but made from some great photo ops. So, to me it was worth it. I LIVE for photo ops 😀

  • Tonja
    May 19, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Ha! Ha! Ha! I remember those days x 3. My boys would always get hosed off outside before coming in for a bath! Dirt magnets, they are!

  • Julie M.
    May 19, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    He’s turning into such a little boy! My son is the same age, and our bath water is the same color 🙂

  • Kathy
    May 19, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Too cute! My boys are 17, 15 and 12….this still happens when that hose lands in their hands! Send them out to water flowers, wash the car or just hear the spigot turn on and it’s all over. Complete change of clothes. After all that laundry, I still find their zeal for life endearing.

  • Melissa
    May 19, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I have two little guys and I agree…they are into everything and always a mess. LOVE your blog and your pictures are always amazing.

  • Suzanne
    May 19, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I love it! I have a little boy and I can so relate. I love your stories and your fun attitude is so evident. Enjoy that little rover.

  • Dianne
    May 19, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    I could eat him up!!! What a wonderful photo. Aren’t boys very very different? 🙂

  • hannah
    May 19, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    super cute!!!!!!!!! it’s so educational… and cheap entertainment too! 🙂

  • I Love Pretty Little Things
    May 19, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    All Boy!!!
    I have three, who are now somewhat manly, but Oh do I remember!
    Such wonderful and fun-filled days… Enjoy!

  • Julie
    May 19, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Hey Draby! I have your site on my favorites list and check it daily! I live in Ozark and we should get your Rover and my Rover together! They would have so much fun! From your posts I can tell that JM and Lo have so much in common:)

  • Carol
    May 19, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    You will cherish this picture in about 20 yrs. . . possibly sooner. I have a picture of my boys (now 19 and 23) in much the same muddy attire. I can remember the day that I gave them the hose and let them “have at it”. I checked on them about 10 minutes later and nearly opened a vein. I decided I could either yell at them or get the camera. So happy I decided on the camera!

  • Kasey
    May 19, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I love it! And I love that we have the technology to capture such precious moments of our children. I’m currently having a giveaway on my blog if you’d like to enter!

  • katherinemarie
    May 19, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    BOYS!!!! DIRT!!!! I never dreamed I would appreciate & love such simple things— like dirty brown bath water and big fat toddler smiles…. ohhhh but I do! Really sweet little man you have here!

  • Brittan
    May 19, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Boys are something else aren’t they!!! So precious though:)

  • martha-caknitter
    May 19, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    I love the pictures of your son. The first looks like he’s saying, “What? Is there something wrong?”

  • Montye
    May 19, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Love it – 100% Boy! That is exactly what my little brother looked like every afternoon when we were growing up. Too cute!

  • Karen
    May 19, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Ah! Too cute! I thought it was chocolate at first. I think as a kid I had chocolate all over my face rather than dirt.

  • Michele
    May 19, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    My initial thought….Oh, please tell me this is not* poop! Looks fun-thanks for keeping it real 😉 I am surprisingly expecting our third child this summer and having had two girls, I secretly fear boys! And I suspect this one is just that! If it had been poop, I may have been reduced to tears out of my own fears that this will be my new reality!!

  • Elizabeth
    May 19, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Oh my! I love all of your posts on Rover’s adventures, but it makes me a little bit nervous as we are expecting our own Rover in September. I have no idea how to be a “boy mom”, so a blog post on things you wish you had known about raising a Rover would be much appreciated!

  • Cait
    May 19, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    love it! this is just what a little boy should look like! adorable and covered in mud….looks like he had a wonderful day just being himself! what a good mommy you are to let him get all muddy!

  • krista
    May 19, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    cute kid award goes to JM!!! Precious!!!

  • Mary Elizabeth
    May 19, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    I remember thinking when my boys got older they’d get cleaner…
    but then they played sports, then they coached sports, then they organized muddy football games through their work, played games for charity, and just kept getting dirtier.
    I know this will continue when they have their own boys…boys and dirt simply become men and dirt…the cycle never ends!


  • Christie
    May 19, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    He’s a very cute little dirty Rover! Boys sure are sweaty little dirt magnets!

  • joy
    May 20, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Darby, oh my goodness, he is so adorable!!

  • Stephanie
    May 20, 2010 at 3:51 am

    Boy, girl, it doesn’t matter–the job of a child is to explore the world, and to get dirty while doing it! Job well done, Rover.

  • erika (mommasis)
    May 20, 2010 at 6:36 am

    I hope we still call him Rover when he’s in high school.

  • Jen
    May 20, 2010 at 8:04 am

    His haircut is so handsome and I need help in my garden!

  • Jennifer
    May 20, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Yesterday in the time it took to pass over our neighbor’s yard to get to my parents house, Jack had jumped in every rain puddle he possibly could and was soaked to the bone. Warm days make my heart sing…and fall (just a tiny bit!!) because I know that they will bring with them a trail of dirt a mile long through my house. 🙂 It’s worth it though!

  • Allyson
    May 20, 2010 at 8:37 am

    He looks like a mini-me of Justin in the last pic!

  • Jennifer
    May 20, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Darling! I think an outdoor shower would be a great investment at your beautiful house!

  • Teri
    May 20, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    There’s a happy boy!!!

    My kids are all dirt magnets, daughter included. You are a good mom for letting them play in the dirt and get all muddy.

    The ring around the tub does get a bit old though.

  • Julie
    May 20, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    You and your family are just adorable! I love reading your blog.

  • Tara
    May 20, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    My husband installed an outdoor shower last summer and I made fun of him…this situation calls for an outdoor bathing area!

  • Caroline
    May 20, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    my first thought was “i can’t believe she let him in the house like that.” haha i am the annoying mom who strips the kids down and hoses them off before they are allowed to come in.
    he is so adorable. i have really enjoyed having a little boy, even though they are way messier than girls.

  • rachel
    May 20, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    I’d like to be a “follower” but I can’t seem to find a button on your blog. …not like that means anything. I’m new to the “blog world” so I’m probably just not “in-the-know.”
    Anyway, I stumbled across your blog and I read about your camera.
    Today I bought myself a Canon Rebel-thanks to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Can’t wait to play with it!
    Thanks again for the help and inspiration with the camera. 🙂
    Let me know if I can become a follower…somehow.


  • Kelly
    May 20, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    He is all boy and couldn’t be more handsome covered in mud!

  • Crystal
    May 22, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Hi! I love reading your blog! This is not related to this post but I would like to know where the fabric came from for your wing back chairs. I have two that I need to have recovered and not sure where to purchase fabric. Any recommendations? I love the fabric on yours. Thanks.