The beginning of a new adventure // Fashionably Dirty has launched!!
Where do I start? I’ve had this idea brewing in the back of my head for quite some time, but I just didn’t know how to pull it all together or what it really looked like. Over the course for these past few months I’ve tried to integrate my professional photography blog and website with stories and images of my family and stories and images of my clients. I started to realized that the two are very different. Sharing my world with a man that works in the dirt industry, having two boys, and being pregnant with another boy who’s due in September, I realized that it was time to make the cut. Wedding photography, high school seniors and portrait photography was not mixing well with my little dirty family of all boys.
So here I am today attempting to split my professional portrait and wedding photography from my crazy family life. I understand that it’s hard to follow a beautiful photo of a bride on her wedding day with my tiny-tot Billy who’s up to his eyeballs in a dirt pile. Here we are making the cut and I’m super excited about it!! At Stephanie Dyane Photography and on the @stephaniedyane Instagram account, I can keep it flowing with diamond wedding rings, stunning high school seniors, and gorgeous portraits. At Fashionably Dirty I can share all the pictures of the boys and our adventures. I can also get to know you as a mommy or daddy raising kids and keeping it real and exciting. With that said, I’m super excited for this adventure!!
Today Fashionably Dirty is launched!! YAY!! There are still a few tweaking website things that I need to do, but for the most part, everything it working the way it should be (I think… Let me know if it’s not). I have an idea of where this blog will go, but who really knows? The exciting part about launching something new is the journey of the unpathed path that we’re about to embark on together. My idea is to share our family with yours and vise-versa. I can’t begin to tell you how many funny stories we have in our day to day lives. It’s going to be a good time!
It was about 4 months ago that Chris and I were sitting in the ER waiting to see a doctor. I had been really sick and was completely dehydrated. Since I was pregnant, I knew that I should probably go into the ER and have the doctors hydrate me. I couldn’t keep anything down. We sat in the waiting room for hours and it was then that we received the call from the nurse at my OBGYN clinic. She knew the sex of our baby and asked if we would like to know. Um, yeah! We’re way too impatient for that type of suspense. She said, “It’s a baby boy!!” I started laughing so hard. Chris looked at me, “Well, what is it…?” I looked at him with a smirking smile, “It’s a boy.” You could literally see the wave of relief fall upon Chris’ shoulders as he tried to hide the biggest smile ever. He would have been happy either way, of course, but there’s just something about raising boys, from a man’s perspective, that is exciting and maybe a little less stressful. As I sat there shaking my head in happy disbelief, the reality was setting in. I am the only woman, the only girl, in our house of all boys. And these are BOYS who are dirty, they fart all the time, they’re constantly getting bumps and bruises, and they are on the GO every waking hour. This stuff is about to get REAL!!
I grew up in a house of girls. I was obsessed with Barbie’s and I did synchronized swimming for 15 years, for goodness sake! I’m a girl who likes clothes, makeup, and sparkly things. I remember when I was in high school commenting to my mom and sister as we were driving in the car together, “When I have kids, I’m having all boys so I don’t have to deal with all your girl drama!” Well, the Lord likes to give you what you ask for and here I am!
In my home, I raise boys. Boys who will be men one day. It’s so much fun and terrifying all at the same time. Many moms worry about a scratch on their child’s face before family pictures, I’m just happy that we don’t have broken bones and nobody is missing any teeth! There’s no doubt that someone is going to have a fat lip or a black eye at all times and I’ve accepted that.
So I came up with the name “Fashionably Dirty” because I love being a girlie girl who loves dress up and fashion, yet I’m surrounded by dirty boys who play in the dirt constantly and even work in the dirt industry. So together, we equal Fashionably Dirty!
Life passes us by so quickly. My oldest is going to be 13 in November. Billy will be 2 in September. Henry will be joining our family before we know it. These truly are the best days of my life. Those of you that have known me for some time know the journey that I’ve taken to get to the places where I am today. It has not been simple. But today I can truly say that I am so blessed to be the mother to three amazing boys. They have my heart and I know they are going to grow up in a flash. Within this blog, I can capture our memories together. I plan to share the fun that we have and the trials and tribulations that cross our paths as well. I believe that as a community, sharing one another’s stories is a way we can relate to each other. Yes, I’m sharing our stories here, but I would love to hear your stories too. You can find the Instagram platform here: @fashionablydirty. If you have stories and pictures to share, I would LOVE to connect with you! Just hashtag #fashionablydirty so we can find each other. Halla!!
Thank you so very much for taking the time to stop by and read this post. May this day be the first of so much more to come. Cheers to you and your Fashionably Dirty family!!