17 Struggles Of Growing Up With A Lot Of Siblings

17 Struggles Of Growing Up With A Lot Of Siblings

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I'm the youngest of seven kids. That meant the leash got longer and longer with every new kid-- so yes, I had the longest leash. My siblings may constantly remind me about how easy I've had it, but there were definitely a lot of struggles being one of seven children, even if I was the youngest. So here are 17 things you'll probably relate to if you grew up with a lot of brothers and sisters.

1. Hand-me-downs. Lots and lots of hand-me-downs.

Did you just outgrow your winter coat? Don't worry, there are 5 more in the storage closet that your older siblings wore in the 90's. Neon never goes out of style.

2. If your parents do buy you new clothes, you better believe they just bought one of your sibling's the same thing in a different color/size.

You were almost original.

3. Not knowing what leftovers are

Your best bet was to just scoop as much as you could onto your plate because that's what all your siblings were doing. Those were the original hunger games.

4. Sharing a bathroom

You had to call the shower ahead of time because if your sister uses it before you, all you can expect is a lot of cold water and a lot of hair on the shower wall. *gag noise*

5. Being crammed into a minivan

ESPECIALLY after one of your sibling's hockey, lacrosse or football games. And if you're the youngest, there's no way you're not sitting in the way back-- right next to their gym bags. With all of their sweaty equipment. Basically you're going to be holding your breath most of the way home.

6. Being subjected to never ending pranks

Did one of my brothers convince me to drink a cup of mouthwash? Yes. Did I stick a huge wad of gum in his hair later that day? Yes. Do I regret making him cry because he had to get a buzzcut as a result of that? No. Absolutely not.

7. Remembering birthdays

"I know Jimmy's is in December because it's right after Christmas, and Claire's is September 29th and Emily's is September 4th... Or is Claire's the 4th and Emily's the 29th..."

8. Christmas shopping basically takes the entire month of December.

"Did anyone get Joey that game he wanted? How about Alex? What does he want? Socks? Again? No, we're not getting him socks for the 5th Christmas in a row." "What do you mean you got Frances a new laptop?! I just got Frances a new laptop..."

We've tried doing Secret Santa before. It was still a mess.

9. People at school call you by your last name

Sure, you can introduce yourself by using your first name, but whoever you're talking to is just going to say, "Oh, you're a [last name]? I didn't know there was another [last name]!"

I just learned to introduce myself in high school by saying "I'm a Powers." Who needs individuality anyway?

10. If you want your snack to be in the fridge when you get home, you have to hide it.

You can't just leave that Klondike bar sitting on the first shelf of the freezer, just begging to be eaten by whichever one of your greedy siblings happens to see it first. If you plan on saving that delicious dessert for yourself, you're going to have to hide it on the very bottom shelf behind the forgotten bag of frozen peas. Just make sure you don't forget about it.

11. Almost never agreeing on what show to watch

American Idol's on at 8:00, but so is the football game... AND the new episode of One Tree Hill. That was when World War III happened right in your own living room.

12. Your friends pride themselves on being able to name all your siblings.

After people get excited by naming all of my siblings, I like to mess with them by telling them they forgot one and just watch them try and remember my non existent seventh sibling.

13. Hearing things like...

"Man your parents got BUSY."

"Are you Mormon?"

"Are you all related?"

14. Any food item labeled "family size" is a joke.

Those bags of chips with the silly "family size" labels will be devoured by two of your brothers within two hours of them being in your home. You're gonna have to buy three to last the week.

15. Finding your clothes in your sibling's laundry

It's inevitable that you're going to be switching your sibling's laundry from the washer to the dryer so that you can do a load, and then you'll see it. That pair of sweatpants you've been looking for for weeks has been in your greedy sibling's laundry the whole time. But once you confront your sibling, he/she will point out that you stole it from another sibling a long time ago. In which case, you'll probably relinquish the pair of sweatpants. Because that's the circle of life.

16. When your mom calls for you but she says at least 3 of your siblings' names before she gets to yours.

"Joey-- uh, uh, Jimmy! Uh, Claire-- Lily! Get down here for dinner!"

At some point, you know who she's trying to name, so you'll respond to your sibling's name to save time and trouble.

17. Knowing that you have more than enough people to depend on for a laugh, a shoulder to cry on, or a kidney transplant

Yes, they make life hectic, but hectic is the opposite of boring. And who wants a boring family? Boring people. That's who.

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."

Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."

3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."

4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.

"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.

“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.

Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."

25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.

"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.

"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."

30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.

"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"

32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."

34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."

35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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The Zodiac Signs As Bath And Body Works Scents

Just in case you want to know what scent you are!

Bath and Body Works fans could be considered to be part of a cult. The scents draw you in as if calling your name, if you ever
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Aries: Country Apple

The rather impulsive Aries takes their time picking and choosing the scents from Bath and Body Works. The soothing scent of a fresh apple orchard is just what they need on a daily basis to keep up with their shenanigans.

Taurus: Japanese Cherry Blossom

The personality of a Taurus is stubborn, or what I like to say, is stuck in their ways. When they first discovered this scent in middle school, this was it. This is the only scent you will find anywhere around a Taurus.

Libra: Pink Chiffon

Pink Chiffon is another cult classic. This best selling scent went out of style for a hot second but is back and bigger than ever.

Leo: Thousand Wishes

Thousand Wishes is a purr-fect scent for a Leo. The light scent adornes the wearer just the right amount to get the desired reaction from those around them.

Aquarius: Be Enchanted

The rather cold personality of an Aquarius is counteracted by the loving scent of Be Enchanted. The scent is just enough tenderness for the wearer to be relaxed.

Gemini: Moonlight Path

Gemini's constantly change their favorite scent and are in and out of the store almost weekly to by new lotions, candles, and body washes. You will never see a full empty bottle of anything, however, Moonlight Path is the scent they keep coming back to again and again.

Virgo: Sea Island Cotton

The clean personality of a Virgo must be matched with the clean scent of Sea Island Cotton.

Capricorn: Cucumber Melon

Another clean scent of Cucumber Melon is the exact thing a Capricorn needs. The balance and calming scents are what make this scent so attractive to a Capricorn.

Scorpio: Paris Amour

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Sagittarius: Cashmere Glow

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Pisces: Warm Vanilla Sugar

This lovely scent accentuates the lovely personality of a Pisces. They can never get enough of this scent so they just keep buying and buying until they have a full stockpile.

Cancer: Velvet Sugar

Velvet Sugar is the perfect blend of red velvet and strawberries and a Cancer is always changing their mind. The wearer can tell if it is a more red velvet or strawberry kind of day, and that is the balance that they need in their lives.

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