For the sake of time, I am going to simply bullet the reasons I think our family is THAT family too:
§ People always STARE at our family . . . any place we go. I guess two adults, one teenage daughter and four boys under the age of six is not very common in our area.
§ When all seven of us arrive at our table in a restaurant the people seated around the table we are taken to seem to scowl. A
fter the scowl our family is watched with EAGLE eyes . . . I am certain people are on pins and needles waiting for the first child to make an outburst.
§ No matter where we go, someone has to pee or poo!
§ The UPS and FEDEX guys know us well enough to recognize us when we are at the gas station or in a store.
§ We tend to run late, a lot!
§ We are the ones that tie up checkout lanes at ! Yes, we are the people that purchase three cart loads of groceries EVERY time we shop. Our register receipt is THREE miles long!
§ I know the call nurse, reception attendant and the pediatrician on a first name basis.
§ The poison control center sent me an EMERGENCY packet because I had contacted them so many times. “Children’s toothpaste is not poisonous, but may cause diarrhea!”
§ When my children are on the driveway to play our yard looks as if it is a “yard sale!” People have actually stopped and walked up to see. My hubs think the boys have too many riding toys! Hmmmmm
§ I am the neighbor you hear asking her children if they want to be paralyzed. We have an in ground swimming pool . . . there are stairs leading into the pool on the shallow end . . . for some reason my boys insist on jumping close to those stairs. After many bouts of instructing and then telling them not to jump near the stairs, I finally deduced it might be easier to give them an example. So, I had one of the boys lay on the pool deck and not move a muscle. I explained that if they jumped in and hit one of the steps just right they could become paralyzed and that meant they could not move – they would have to lay day in and day out. The boys seemed to “get it” after that demonstration. During my “demonstration and talk” with the boys our neighbor from next door came over laughing and said, “You sound like I would have when my kids were little. That question probably would have come out of my mouth too!
§ We are the family that has a portable “Johnny” sitting on our driveway. (for the construction guys only!)
§ We are the family that has a huge garbage dumpster on the driveway as well. (construction)
§ If you come to the door you will feel as if you are being ganged up on by THAT family because every child and dog will be at the door to see who you are.
§ Three of our boys thought it would be fun to have a “PEE Fight in the bathroom one day! Mommy found “it” and was not at all impressed!
My list could go on and on . . . but I think you might just agree . . . we are DEFINITELY a THAT FAMILY too!