5 Things You Can Relate To If You Had Siblings Growing Up

5 Things You Can Relate To If You Had Siblings Growing Up

Through the good and the bad, the sibling bond stays strong.
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Growing up in a house with four kids, and my only siblings being boys, I have lots of crazy memories. I have always loved having lots of siblings and constantly having a full house. Now, at college and away from them I miss them more than ever!

I love looking back at all our memories and the crazy stories we will get to tell all of our kids one day! Here are 5 things anyone who grew up with siblings can relate to!

1. Using your imaginations to create some of the best memories.

Using our imagination was our greatest gifts, whether it was pretending to be doctors or acting out our favorite plays in the back year. One of my favorite memories is when we first moved into our current house, there were mounds of dirt across the street.

My brothers and I would go out every day and we would play a game where we were a royal family and each mound was a castle. We fought off magical beasts and enemy kingdoms. That is something I will always carry with me and I hope my kids will be able to create crazy and fun memories like that.

2. The relief you feel when you realize your sibling did something worse than you so you are off the hook.

There is no greater feeling than when you realize you are not in as much trouble as another sibling. When that sibling has done something much worse, you get let off the hook in the sense that your parents realize your mess up isn't nearly as bad as your siblings. You take the moment in and breath a sigh of relief that you got off the hook, this time.

3. You could annoy, torment and make fun of your siblings, but if ANYONE else did it, they wouldn't live to see another day.

The older of my younger brothers and I would fight constantly. We would go back and forth about everything and anything. That being said, if I caught wind of anyone harassing him or talking about him, I would stand up for him without hesitation. The same goes for the rest of my brothers. No matter what, family is family and that bond is unbreakable.

4. Summer vacations were actually awesome even if you didn't invite a friend.

A lot of people I know would go on summer vacations with friends. I have only done that once in my life. For every other vacation, I had three of my closest friends with me. We would be able to explore and experience new things together and make even more memories. My favorite was body surfing the waves with them in South Carolina.

5. No matter what, you know you can always count on them.

Growing up with my brothers, I know that no matter what happens I will always have them to lean on and they will always support and love me. We have had our problems and bickering, but our bond will never falter.

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Dear Mom, I Hope You Know

I hope you know that I am here for you--until the very end.
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Dear Mom,

I hope you know that I appreciate you.

You are the hardest working woman I know, continuously putting your family before yourself. Thank you for doing all of the tedious jobs that no one wants to do like keeping the house in order, cooking the food, and doing the laundry. Thank you for constantly putting up with my siblings and I. Thank you for always supporting us in our interests and hobbies. Thank you for investing in our daily lives and listening to our minor problems. Thank you for always loving us unconditionally.

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I hope you know I'm sorry.

I know I can be a big pain in the butt sometimes, and for that I'm sorry. I'm sorry for yelling at you, arguing with you, not listening to you, and making dumb decisions at times, but thank you for loving me anyways. Thank you for helping me stand back up, teaching me right from wrong, and pushing me to be the very best version of me.

I hope you know your love inspires me.

You live your life with a love that is contagious. Whether its nurturing love, tough love, friendly love, or romantic love, you have it all and you show it daily. The love you and Dad share is something I hope to find one day and the love you have for your family is evident in the way you constantly put us first.

I hope you know that you are my biggest role model and hero.

Ever since I was a little girl, you have been the person I have looked to in my life. You are strong, independent, confident, loving, supportive, and nurturing-- everything I strive to be as a woman and as a future mother. You give the best advice, even when I don't always take it. Though, I should know better by now because mothers always know best. Without you in my life, I honestly don't know where I'd be.

I hope you know that you are my best friend.

Not only are you my biggest cheerleader supporting me in everything I do, you are the person I talk to about everything, whether it's good or bad. I'm honestly so thankful for the relationship we share because I've had countless screwups and you literally give the best advice. Seriously, thank you for being the person I can count on at all times, at any time of the day or even night to just talk with. I mean we really do have some of the best conversations, best laughs, best cries (when needed), and the most fun watching cheesy chick flicks together or going on crazy shopping adventures.

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I hope you know that I am here for you--until the very end.

I don't mean to make you cry or anything -- even though you probably already are, but I want you to know that when the time comes, I'm going to be there for you just like all of these years you've been here for me. I will be there to support you, talk with you, laugh with you, cry with you, and love you for all of my life.

Honestly, I can't really imagine my life without you -- but it doesn't matter because I wouldn't be here without you, so here's to you.

Thank you for being you.

Love you lots!

Your daughter.

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To All The Girls That Have Only Brothers, You're Not Alone

They're my favorite people in the whole world.

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Ever since I was a little girl, I've always wanted an older sister that I could relate to, get advice from and share a room and clothes with. I always felt that my two brothers always had a built-in best friend with each other and had an unspoken language while I was always the odd one out.

It especially became challenging when I went through my puberty phase and didn't have someone to look up to. My mom was always there, but it's not always the same experience.

I wanted a sister. Someone that I could go shopping with, have deep heart to hearts with, and someone that I knew would always be by my side 24/7.

But, as I got older, I started to appreciate being the only girl and having two brothers to always make me laugh until I cry, beat all the hard video game levels for me, and protect me no matter what.

My brothers are my best friends.

Now that we're all a bit older, we can relate on more levels and we always enjoy the time we spend together, which isn't as frequent anymore as two of us are in college and the other is going through high school. Every holiday and vacation is the time of our lives and feels like we're kids again, play fighting and actually fighting over the stupidest things.

They always want the best for me and will pick me up when I'm down... and will literally pick me up when I'm stranded at the train station after school. They'll text me if I want anything while they're making a quick stop at Wawa. They'll get me the most thoughtful Christmas presents (with help from mom of course).

But most importantly, they'll always make sure I'm taken care of.

So, yeah, sometimes it's rough not having a sister, but it will always be amazing having brothers.

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