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- Anne of Green Gables

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

You Know You're from a Large Family If...

I saw this over on Our Family View From Us Two, and just had to share it! I am in a large family of 12 (and I'm proud of it!) so most of this stuff is very relate-able for me. :)
 
You know you're from a large family if:
-There are pictures of your family in matching outfits
-You write your name on the bottom of your socks
-You go to the bathroom just to get some "alone time" -You never say "I'm bored" -You have valuable negotiating skills and have honed them from a very young age -You know that just because someone says your sibling's name, it doesn't mean they're not talking to you -You find creative ways to hide things you want to keep for yourself
-You've seen your mother walking laps around your property so she can get a few minutes of peace & quiet
-You shake your head in disbelief when you hear someone say they've never changed a diaper -One sibling is getting on your nerves it's okay because you can just go hang out with a different one -Strangers think that big sister is actually mom -If you want some ice cream, you don't wait around to get some, because tomorrow it will be gone -You wouldn't trade the fact that you have the opportunity to make a bunch of best friends that are stuck with you for life! -You can make a pb & j sandwich in 10 seconds flat -You go somewhere with another family, and people think it's a youth group  -Whenever your family goes out to eat the waiters always have to put tables together for you and when they do it is always in the back corner of the restaurant so as to keep your stereotypically rude family away from their other customers -People continually comment that you could have a whole basketball team, or even better a baseball team -Your mom is trying to say someone's name and she's already gone through 6 sibs' names, she probably is trying to remember yours -You don’t have a picture of your whole family because every time you get one taken another kid shows up -You run out of the room when your parents look at you and say someone elses name because you know it means you will have to do a job when they remember your name -You are proficient in cleaning up broken glass and ceramic and you can tell from the sound it made when it crashed whether the item dropped is fine, cracked, or broken -You can hear a cry and tell whether the child is hurt, angry, sad or throwing a temper tantrum within 3 seconds -You're walking around a store with little siblings and people assume they're your kids
-People compliment your parents on "how well behaved their children are...just didn't expect that with such a large group"
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You know what the "thirty second rule" is and it's importance
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You can't eat at McDonalds without breaking a fifty dollar bill
-Your family can't fit in a mini-van
-Instead of learning from your own mistakes, you learn from your siblings'
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You are the shyest person in the world, but the loudest in your family
-Other people "don't understand how your mom does it"
-Your family has paid enough overdue fines to fund the building of a new library
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Picky eaters are not tolerated because mom simply does not have the time to prepare different foods for one child
-You go looking to purchase a new appliance and the capacity is the only feature that really matters
-Everything under the sun is discussed for an hour straight around the dinner table because everyone has to put their two bits in
-You go off to college prepared to savor your independence and get so lonely for your siblings that you have to come home
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Your brother leans over your shoulder and corrects your grammar and spelling while you type on this site.
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You smile when people ask how many kids you have because you know when you answer they will repeat the number even more loudly to help themselves hear it
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You can proudly declare you are doing your part to curb human depopulation
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You go to get your picture made and the first thing the photographer says is "no, seriously"
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The invention of the wide-angled lense made your family portrait possible.
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Your mom at one point purchased different colored hangers so she could easily sort the hang-up laundy but eventually had to stop because Wal-Mart only had seven different colors to choose from
-Getting from one side of your living room to the other requires skillfully making it through an obstacle course of toys, coloring books (plus the spilled crayons), school books, extra chairs dragged in from other rooms, and small children
-You've been asked over and over if you're Mormon, Catholic or homeschooled

-You take your driver's license test in a 15 passenger van
-You move away from home, and every time you cook a meal it takes you a week to finish the leftovers
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People are constantly asking you if you are a daycare provider
-You think it is normal to grocery shop at Sam's Club
-It takes a full day to change everyone's wardrobe from one season to the next and process all of the hand-me-downs -You have your own "reserved" pew at church every Sunday -You shared a room with no less than three people for most of your childhood -Massive lego wars were an unforgettable part of growing up -You don't have to go online to get a good six-man table of poker going -You have to squeeze four people in a row of seats in your van that was only designed to hold three -You have brothers on four different sports teams at the same time -Your dad won't buy a snowblower because he knows he has an unlimited supply of expendable labor to shovel the driveway instead -You're 28 and you still have a few siblings under 6th grade -You're closer in age to your mother than you are to your youngest brother

4 comments:

Mikailah said...

That is great! :) A lot of it sounds familiar too! I will have to remember that one! :)

Blessings in Him,
Mikailah

Miss Sophia said...

Yes, yes, yes! At our church I always feel like our family of eight kids is teeny-tiny until I come across something like this! One I'd add is that you can't remember sibs ages or birthdays :P

Ashley said...

I reposted this on my blog!

This fits my 11 people family so well, It is almost creepy. We're not alone in big-family hood!

Reilly Clan 13 said...

Wow I love this post!!! It had Devin and I laughing and laughing, we enjoyed it so much. And so much it is is so true!! :)

These are my favorite...

Strangers think that big sister is actually mom (and)
You're walking around a store with little siblings and people assume they're your kids
Any more I don't even bother telling them I'm not, because it's like I will never see then and again so what dose it mater....but lately the little girls will tall them and ask 'why dose EVERY ONE think you are our mom?"

You can hear a cry and tell whether the child is hurt, angry, sad or throwing a temper tantrum within 3 seconds
Not only that but you can tell which kid it is and the same amount of time... :)

You don’t have a picture of your whole family because every time you get one taken another kid shows up
We have had this problem for many years.

You're closer in age to your mother than you are to your youngest brother
Is it is two year before we have another baby this one will me true, and if it is next year I will be the same age either way.

Thank you so much it was such a blast!!!!!
Samantha