As many of you know I have a huge family. 18 of us in all. We are extremely close and do everything together. I talk about them all the time because they are the best support system a FatGirl could ask for but I don't post pictures of them much....so here goes.
The entire crew. I have 3 sister, 3 bro-in-laws, and 9 nieces and nephews. I would try to explain which ones belong to who, but how would I do that, "The blond one goes with Sister #2." Really everyone is blond!
The sisters....Let's start with them. Everyone has their roll.
Katie (Sister 1): She is the oldest. As I am the youngest I guess her biggest role is to spoil me rotten and thus far in life she has done a heck of a job at it. When I was 8 I was unable to dress myself or do my hair because Katie did it for me every day. To this day I know if I need something Katie will get it for me!
Liz (Sister 2): She is the secretary. She keeps the entire family organized. She gives me various schedules for the kids events, makes sure I have bought my Christmas and birthday presents. However, she never tells me when the school Christmas programs are so I am always 15 minutes late to them.
Maggie (Sister 3): Maggie is the reason I ever knew what a blog was and even wanted to blog in the first place. She is the one closest to my age so growing up we didn't really like each other. Once we both went to college we started getting along really well....I guess time (and distance) brought us closer. We are actually really good friends now, we can still fight but usually it is just for the fight and not because we are mad.
Patty (The Other One): Ok so she is not really my sister but I claim her anyway. She is a transplant to the area and I guess I kinda like her and she fits right in. She may be older than me but I have been around longer so I try to pull rank...and never succeed at it.
Patty, Maggie, Katie, Liz, and Emma
I cannot think of a day that goes by that I don't talk to any and all of these girls, and most days I see them face to face. I said we were close.
Mom and Dad:
These 2 are the greatest parents a girl could ask for. From an early age my parents let me make decisions for myself. They taught me not only to make decisions for myself but also made me live with the consequences of my actions. Most people think the youngest is spoiled by the parents and that is true in some ways, but I am way more spoiled by the girls that I am my parents.
My dad is a staple at my gym and has lost well over 100lbs. He is a great inspiration of not only losing weight but keeping it off. We share workout tips and have a good time when we actually get to workout together, even though I'm stronger than him!
Now mom, she spoils me. More so now that I am an adult than I remember when I was a kid. She is a great listener and lets me vent to her and lets me talk about my blog to her even though she has no idea what I am talking about half the time. She has never owned a computer!
Dad and one of the babies. Its hard to find a picture of dad without at least one child in it.
Then we have the babies.
How lucky could one girl be! As I like to say, "These are a few of my favorite things!" This is why I stay so busy all the time and I would not change it for the world. I love getting to attend all their events and have truly watched them grow up. I was 10 years old when I became and aunt and there was a baby about every 1 to 2 years from that point on. I never knew anything but a large family and I hope they grow up the same way.
I would do anything for these babies.
Bro In Laws:
Ok, so I don't have any pictures of these guys....this was the only one I could find. These 3 boys can take care of all kinds of things. Once can fix anything, if he cant he will make a part that will fix the problem. Another is a computer guy, he has saved my computer from death I cant tell you how many times. The other is a cop...we wont go into detail about that but it is very helpful at times.
Of course these guys are way better than just fixers and helpers. They are like real brothers. The one on the ladder has been part of my life since I was 7. They don't feel like in-laws cause they are not....they are just family.
My family is large and we get looks a lot because we do most everything together. You may see us in small groups but its rare to see just one. My family means more to me than anything in the entire world. I know they would do anything for me.
This is my happy!