The Reality... is a series of posts that give expression to what life is like
going from being a family of four with two small children,
to instantly becoming a family of seven
when we adopted our three oldest children.
From the very beginning of transitioning from two to five kids, it didn't take me long to realize that I was CLEARLY outnumbered! I very quickly coined the following statement and have repeated it to the kids many times since!
"Ok kids, how many kids are there?”
They all yell out, “FIVE!”
“And how many mommies are there?”
They all yell out, “ONE!”
“Ok…lets all take a minute to remember that!”
On weekday mornings, all of the cereal options go out on the table...four options to be exact. I could tell you like clock work what will happen next. Five hungry children gather around the table and it is like a bidding auction with five little (that gradually get LARGER) voices...well, four medium voices and a grunting, passionate two year old in the mix all saying, "I want that one!", "I want that one mixed with that one!", "I want that one on the bottom and that one on the top!" "No, mom! I wanted that one on the top and no milk" as they all continue to point and yell (I mean use their "inside voices", ahem)
"Stop!" I enthusiastically say, "When I ask you which kind of cereal you would like THEN you can tell me what you would like." A hush falls on the crowd.
Why is it that we must repeat the same thing every morning?
I have tried to remember to pre-warn them every morning about the mommy to kid ratio being off. For some reason by the time I get all of the cereal, colored bowls, cups, spoons, 1% milk, Almond milk and water on the table the auction seems to have started before I even get the chance to stop them.