11 Things You’ll Understand If You Have A Big Family

11 Things You’ll Understand If You Have A Big Family

My family is the greatest.
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With six people in my family, there is always something going on. There is literally never a dull moment — when I say never, I mean never! When I was growing up, there was always someone to play with and if one of my brothers made me mad I always had my sister and my other brother to hang out with. Four kids sounds like a lot to some people, but I can’t imagine it any other way.

1. Someone will always eat your favorite cereal and not leave you any milk

My brother eats it right out of the box for every snack and he snacks a lot, so I'll be lucky to even get a bowl.

2. You’re never bored

Whether someone is joking around with you or little brother wants to ride bikes, there’s never a “mom I’m so bored!!!” Every day is a play date. If you were in my family, there were enough kids to start your own band. (Shout out to TX4!)

3. When you were younger, hide and go seek was the go to game

Our babysitters probably hated us because we could all play for hours, well until someone got scared because my sister Gracie jumped out of her hiding stop.

4. You fight over who’s the favorite

The youngest is always called the baby and they get everything they want, but we all know the oldest is always the favorite.

5. Your siblings will try to get in on your gift-giving

It’s Christmas, Carson and I spent all our money on dumb sh*t so we try to just put our names on Gracie’s gift to mom.

6. There’s always a fight about chores

Your brothers never clean the bathroom and you ALWAYS have to do the laundry.

7. You learn to share (sort of)

My sister and I had many fights when I was in high school because I would steal her clothes. I miss her closet as much as I miss her sometimes.

8. When your mom goes grocery shopping she comes home with a carload

Refer to number one because I whined to mom and told her Wyatt ate all my Mini Wheats. My parents' literally meal prep to pack school lunches and I’m never surprised if there are two carts at the grocery store. When I was a kid my dad would take all of us to CiCi’s for all you can eat pizza when my mom was gone.

10. Car rides and road trips are eventful

Someone is always complaining because they don’t have enough leg room or someone's arm is touching them and it’s usually me.

11. Your mom does laundry every day

Whether it’s baseball pants or because I wear two outfits a day, the laundry basket is always full.

It feels weird to be living away from my family now that I’m in college. I get sad when I think about all the exciting things I’m missing and it’s weird to think that my youngest brother is only 12 and he still has so much to go through. I miss the family dinners, I miss us all joking around and picking on my dad. I even miss the fights sometimes because we disagree like all families do, but there was never a night where I went to bed without telling everyone I loved them after an argument. I love you, Ocock freakin’ squad.

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

Price: $12.00

6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

Price: $9.99

7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: $16.99

8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

Price: $38.76-$41.11

10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

Price: $21.85

11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

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12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

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13. Frat House Dr. Sign

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Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

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Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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It's Only November, DO NOT Cue The Christmas Music

"Why are people so quick to switch gears from October 31... to November 1st?"

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As I write this article it is early November. Crazy how we are already into November. For those of you who have two different personalities from Halloween to November 1, this is for you. Do not cue Christmas music in early November.

November is a really beautiful month if you take the time to appreciate it. Leaves continue to change, the temperature starts to drop, which means more coffee and hot chocolate! The NJEA convention is in early November, if you're an educator, future one, or if you're a current student, you are off these days, and of course, everyone is off for Thanksgiving. A time to celebrate what we are thankful for with our friends and family. Tables full of hot soups to warm our chilly bodies, turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet cranberry sauce, an array of pies and desserts, you name it.

So why are people so quick to switch gears from October 31, a time to dress up, trick or treat and attend Halloween parties, to November 1st, a time that has become all about Black Friday and Christmas? We've lost the meaning of Thanksgiving. In my opinion, stores should not be open on Thanksgiving Day. As mentioned it's a day to spend with family. You can shop for those best deals and stand in line for hours the following day and days leading up to Christmas.

We live in a time where everyone is busy with their own lives and family, and it's difficult to get together with everyone's schedules. So on Thanksgiving, it's the perfect time to surround yourself with family and friends, enjoying a meal together, counting your blessings, showing gratitude and appreciation, and catching up on everyone's lives. Truly a day of Thanksgiving!

So I encourage all of you to prepare for Thanksgiving and focus on family, friends, and gratitude. Next time someone talks about Black Friday or Christmas before Thanksgiving, stand your ground, make your voice and the holiday of Thanksgiving be heard.

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