15 October 2014

It Runs in the Family

Excessively large, curly brown hair.

Telling stories of  past adventures for hours on end.

Healthy appetites, or the ability to consume mountains of fried chicken, veggie curry, and rice in mere minutes.

3-way Skype calls.

Getting really, really angry about matters of injustice (those Irish tempers...).

Hiding food. Because if your siblings find it, it's gone.

Knowing that there's always room in the car for more.

"Adopting" other kids because there's only seven of us.

Quoting lines from movies we've all seen more times than we can count.

Believing that sleep is a waste of time. "You'll sleep when you're dead."

Being ready to go anywhere, anywhere at all, at a moment's notice because you never know when Dad'll say: "Waterpark! Be out the door in 5 minutes."

Side note: Believing that if we say, "We can still make it to the waterpark!!" twice a day, Dad will eventually believe us and take us there.

Considering the word Boring just about the worst insult there is. Either that or Chikabuhbuh. The horror.

Refusing to speak in sentences that contain only words found in the English dictionary. Too boring.

Thinking that preparing food for a dinner party of 20 is no big deal because we've all been able to do it since we were preteens.

Being either kind of gigantic or miniature. There's not much of a middle ground.

Accidentally heading straight for the sink and washing stacks of dirty dishes as soon as we enter a friend's or relative's home because we've been conditioned to have a perhaps unhealthy fear of dishes left in the sink.

Secretly laughing at people who think Malaysia is the same thing as Indonesia.

Being super happy every time Mom and Dad are gone even though we love them because there's just something awesome about having the house to yourself and doing things that the parents probably wouldn't appreciate if they were home (like science experiments that involve dropping eggs off the balcony). 

A love/hate relationship with Pizza Saturdays

Being pretty much convinced that Angel's always been one of us and that the main reason he joined the family was because he always wanted a half-dozen extra little siblings.

Surprises in the Living Room (secret code word that means all of the kids are in trouble)

Believing that popcorn is the greatest meal in the world except for chicken butter masala with naan bread.

 Being mistaken for another member of our family because too many people can't tell us apart.

What kind of traits run in your family?
Bethany Carson said...

Loved this post! There are so many special things about your family! The part about washing dishes wherever seen reminds me of my mom! Plus we believe in pulling weeds wherever seen, and when we drive through a town we always inspect people's lawns to see how well they are weeded.

Patty said...

Our family does the same thing with movie quotes too!! Sometimes we catch ourselves doing it in front of other family members who don't get the funny we be laughing

Paige @ Reasons to Come Home said...

Your family is precious! I bet y'all always have a good time together. Hiding food and the being mistaken for one another happened all the time in my family of 7!

Bekah Loves Blog said...

hahaha! big families are so fun.

Also, Chikabuhbuh? tell me more...

Suzanne said...

The party's you must have!

Sensitive skin runs in our family. Terribly boring next to all the other things you've mentioned : )


Tina @ Girl-Meets-Globe said...

How sweet! Sounds like you have a fun family!! said...

I come from a family of 6 kids and know how you feel. I always hid my food in my room lol.
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Julia said...

Your family just sounds like so much fun! What a fun post!

Anonymous said...

Adore, adore, ADORE this post! [My Dad was exactly like that too - anywhere, anytime, always better if it was at the drop of a hat]....pop over to my blog today (am excited about a new series that's bloomed and would *love* you to guest post.....)...please, please, please xxx [I will swapsies if you'd like me to, just give me a topic] P.S. Am assuming that's your Mum, near your Dad on the left hand side of the last photo)? She looks just how I imagined your Mum would look! [LOVE this post!!]

AwesomelyOZ said...

Your family sounds wonderful Rachel :) Haha I agree speaking in one language is boring. I usually speak Spanglish mixing both Spanish and English words. Have a great one Rachel! -Iva

Susannah said...

Haha. Your family is too cute!!! I wanna join! :-)

Anonymous said...

Cute traits! For my family of 13+ it's always forgetting names or calling someone somebody else, forgetting ages and Biryhdays. Rachel xo

Tayler Morrell said...

Stubbornness, anxiety, making sure the house is clean before any guests (family or not) come over, talking loud and excitedly when we get together

V. Nino said...

The four of us in my immediate family (mom, dad and brother) are so different from one another it's strange that we're even related. My mom and dad are complete opposites, just like my brother and me.

But the one thing that seems to run in the family is plumber's crack. Seriously, I don't know what it is about our body shapes, but if we're sitting down and our shirt is not long enough to cover our backsides, we will be exposed. :)

I'd love to be adopted into your family! You guys sound like so much fun. Are you taking and applicants? Hah.

Miss Nutralicious said...

Sink full of dishes?! Oh yeah, I couldn't let that sit, I would need to take care of that!

In my family it's food. Everyone is either a chef, baker, or if they can't cook, nutritionist (me). Every family gathering there are mass amounts of food present. Even my grandpa was a cook when he served in the Korean War. The food gene is prevalent in my family.

Unknown said...

you have a very beautiful family and quite funny as well! :>
"we can still make it to the water park!" hahaha! I can imagine your faces while saying that. :>

Witchcrafted Life said...

What a heartwarming, wonderfully fun post. Save for a somewhat similar forehead with a few relatives, I don't look like my family members in the slightest and have exceedingly little in common with most of them. Still, I don't feel like a black sheep - just a vintage one. :D

♥ Jessica

Anonymous said...

Your family sounds like so much fun! This post is exactly why I want to have a whole boatload of kids. Cass likes the idea of two, but I still love the idea of a big family. I think I can get him to agree to four.