8 Things Big Family Moms Don’t Want to Hear

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  1. “WOW! You have your hands full!” – Thank you,I didn’t realize this before you pointed it out. Yes, my hands are full, full of love and lunacy and everything in between. I hear this every time I go out and I simply don’t want to hear it ever again.
  2. “Are you done having children?” – I don’t freaking know, LOL. Obviously we have been crazy enough to keep on going long after most of society stops procreating so, who knows? It could happen, it could not. This question just forces me to feel like I have to come up with an answer now. Trust me, when I know, you’ll know.
  3. “So, which one of you is getting ‘fixed’?”- Um, none of your business? Taking away your ability to have more children is a BIG decision depending on many, many factors. It is also a very personal decision. When someone decides to pose this question, it suggests not only that they believe you should not have more children, but that such a decision as a vasectomy or having your tubes tied, is an easy and obvious solution to a problem you may not believe you have. I have had people go so far as to threaten to kidnap my husband and take him to get snipped….not funny. So mind your own beeswax and let people make this decision on their own, privately.
  4. “Wait ’til they are teenagers and eat you out of house and home!” – While this is not a malicious statement, it is one every parent dreads. As mothers, we are constantly attending to our children’s needs and hoping that we meet them appropriately. Being able to meet the dietary needs of teenagers, much less MANY teenagers if you have a big family, is terrifying. As parents, we are already scared and don’t need to be reminded of the fear. However, as parents, we will figure it out. We don’t have a set plan or savings account for teenage food, but we will find a way and that is that.
  5. “I don’t know how you do it” – We just do. Humans are great at adapting, you adapt to one baby, you can adapt to two, or four or six….You simply find a new groove. However, to be honest, I don’t know how parents of single children do it. We are all living our own idea of “happy” and we don’t have to understand each other.
  6. “How are you going to pay for college?” – Again, none of your business. Whether they have college funds or have to work through school, money matters are private and you should have been taught that by your mother!
  7. “What is your profession that you can pay for so many kids!” – No matter what our line of work, we will take care of kids.  That fact that you think a high paying job is required to make a big family work is a little insulting to those of us who just make a normal, honest living. We simply make it work. We budget, we coupon, we do whatever we have to.  We are fine, thank you very much.
  8. “Do all your kids have the same dad?” – Believe it or not I have actually heard this question more than once. This question makes moms feel like they have to go on the defensive. Are you calling me loose when you ask that? With this question you are basically assuming that to have so many children there must be multiple dads, which is somewhat insulting to both my husband and I. Whether our family is made of all the same DNA. combined from previous marriages, or there many different baby daddies, you should probably make this an “inside” question; as in, it doesn’t go “outside” your mouth.

YES, some people have big families. NO, you don’t have to comment on every aspect of big family life. We really are not so different from you.

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5 Things We Should Always Be Thankful For

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Many Americans are having a tough time recently breaking themselves out of the political drama of our country to find joy and happiness in their everyday lives. To them I say BOOOOO. We have more to be thankful for with or without our new president than the majority of the world.

So suck it up and take a look at this list of things you should be thankful for….hopefully it will give you a good laugh! Continue reading “5 Things We Should Always Be Thankful For”

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2 Simple, Cheap and Easy Thanksgiving Crafts For Kids

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The holidays always bring out my crafty side. I love getting my kids involved in anything hands on, especially if I can teach them lessons at the same time. These two crafts are both basedo n getting children to think about what they are thankful for, about what they have that many other people in the world don’t. Continue reading “2 Simple, Cheap and Easy Thanksgiving Crafts For Kids”

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FAF; Beat Those Holiday Pounds!

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The holidays are approaching fast and you know what that means! Worrying about fitting into that New Years dress after all the fabulous food at parties, work events, and family get together’s? I know I do. Start your fitness routine now and your body will thank you.

Here are 10 things you need to get your fitness routine started or to just give it a boost! Continue reading “FAF; Beat Those Holiday Pounds!”

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Enjoying The Little, Simple Moments

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The evening of Monday November 14th the moon was closer to earth than it has been in decades, creating what NASA describes as an “undeniably beautiful” effect. This “super moon” was an amazing sight that researches say will not occur again until 2034.

On this particular evening I was bartending most of the night, hearing from many of my customers that I had to take a moment to go outside and marvel at the moon’s rare beauty. I promised that I would enjoy the sight when my shift was over, but couldn’t go in the middle of a crowded bar.

When I got off work, I got in my car and headed straight home. Thoughts of my children, the upcoming holidays, meal planning, homework issues, blogging, and so much more filled my mind to the brim.

I never once looked for the moon.

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Holiday Gift Guide- 5 Must Have Gifts For Kids

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I can’t help but be opinionated about gifts. After all, we sift through so many each year, with 5 children and 3 separate sets of grandparents, that we have learned what gifts are fabulous for the kids and what gifts get shoved under the bed after 5 minutes of fun in favor of the box. I have included some gifts that we have loved from this last year that you may want to try with your own brood and some that we are looking forward to testing out ourselves this Christmas. Continue reading “Holiday Gift Guide- 5 Must Have Gifts For Kids”

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