To the complete and total strangers at Costco:

Dear complete and total strangers at Costco,

I know you watched as we navigated our vehicle into the crowded parking lot.  You stood in awe as we wedged our trendy 15 passenger mega-van into a parking space between a 2 door Miata and a very roomy shoe box- on-wheels deemed a Smart Car. You saw us attempt to unload our family with as much class, decorum and organization as we could humanly muster… and 23 minutes later file toward Costco with our seven *progeny and three carts for our weekly shopping trip.

I can only imagine your thoughts as one wailing child donned an open-toed sandal on his right foot and a rubber boot covered in duct tape on the left. You correctly saw that a second child was wearing pajama pants that are at least three sizes too short, paired with a faded Thomas The Train pajama shirt, because he refuses to dress with his eyes open.

I’ve given up.

Our  toddler sported an ensemble perfect for an afternoon on a yacht.  Another youngster was flawlessly dressed for a cold afternoon at a ski resort.  The child sitting in the cart wailing was doing so, not because he hates shopping at Costco; on the contrary. He was wailing because we don’t let him shop at Costco naked.

You stared at our mobile carnival with a slight measure of horror and partly out of bewilderment. “Why on earth do they have SEVEN children?” you asked yourself. Now, I’d like to pause here and take the time to point out that the number 7 is really not that large. If I had told you that I owned seven goldfish, you might have curiously asked if I had other pets as well. If I had told you that I owned seven pairs of shoes, you might have shrugged and looked bored. If I had told you that I had seven dollars, you may have found my financial status tremendously lacking. But, observing that I have seven children seemed to invoke the same amount of shock as if I had asked you to lasso a bald eagle and eat it with your feet.

After making it past the Costco entrance bouncer, we maneuvered our troupe through various onlookers in order to fill up the carts and consume every available food sample.

It must have horrified you as you watched a tall, lanky teenager in poorly made cut-offs and a Seahawks jersey scoop up 14 paper samples of microwaveable beef wellington, down them in 3 bites and then reach for more. You see, this kid is the reason we shop at Costco in the first place. I can credit him for the reason we upgraded to the EXECUTIVE Membership after a checker said to me “Mrs. Diaz, our records indicate that you spend more at Costco than the average family.”  I’ll bet. At our house he is known as The Very Hungry Teenager. This kid can eat an entire meal, then want 2 sandwiches, 3 large carrots, a slice of watermelon, 4 mini bagels with cream cheese, a bowl of cereal topped with a fried egg, 6 pickles and a cookie, then look at everyone at the table and ask with a straight face “Are you going to finish that?”  

So you see? We are bound to the Costco warehouse establishment like an airborne rock is bound to the laws of gravity. We practically live at Costco and have made a habit of noticing reactions to our family from fellow patrons who are pushing their carts overloaded with frozen burritos, cheesy-poofs, vats of mayonnaise, candy bars  and weight-loss supplements.

Since discussing my fertility with complete and total strangers in the cheese aisle is what I LIVE for, I was more than happy to respond to your impertinent curiosity.

In fact, fellow club members, I  have loved answering your varied questions so much, that I’ve compiled a list for you to refer to in case you happen to encounter us again and so others who remain unaware can be ready for us with NEW questions next time around. Ready? Here we go.

Q: Cute baby. Is she your last?
A: This year, yes.

Q: Why do you have so many kids?
A: Because it will increase our odds of ending up in a good nursing home.

Q: Do all of your kids have the same dad?
A: Uh…so far….

Q: What is your food bill like each month?
A: How much is your mortgage?

Q: How will you ever pay for all of their college tuition?
A: Well bless your heart for taking a look at us collectively and still believing my kids could qualify for entrance into any institution that isn’t traveling with trained animals, acrobats and clowns.

Q: Does it get pretty loud at your house?
A. Didn’t catch that. What did you say?

Q: Are you trying to be like that other family? The one on TV with the nineteen kids?
A: Oh yeah, baby. Because the number 7 is just.so.close. to the number 19. Heck, I’m almost there.

Q: Why is that one taking his clothes off?
A: Don’t worry about him. He’ll stop undressing when he realizes we’re buying mustard.

There now. I hope that satisfied some of your curiosity.

Looking back, I’m sure you have subconsciously blocked out the savagery of what you saw in our check-out lane. Let’s just say it involved a twirling sister, a sprawling brother, escaped oranges, a Flop Tantrum, and a flying churro. After St. Peter (the receipt angel and exit-guardian), gave us his nod of approval to move on out, we trekked the circus back to the van and headed home. Much to your relief and silent applause, I’m sure.

That leaves me here, sipping coffee and recollecting another Costco adventure that I look forward to each and every week.

You are always welcome to join us on our next shopping trip, of course. We like new friends. I’ll even put you to work pushing a cart. But you’ll have to swear upon chocolate milk that you won’t show us up by dressing like normal people do.

Which means you’ll need to be wearing attire suitable for a day on a yacht. Or a slumber party.

Or a ski resort.

-Sincerely Yours, Mrs. Diaz

*the word progeny (paragraph 1), in this instance refers to 7 quirky, bedraggled, colorful and unconventional offspring slightly resembling a funeral parade for fellow Big-Top performers. Mr. Diaz has informed me that the word progeny is far too sophisticated for this blog and I have to agree with him and therefore apologize.

 

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113 thoughts on “To the complete and total strangers at Costco:

  1. At 615 am , with all else sleeping, I just laughed so loud, I may lose the silence I love so early in the morning! Thank you! This is so refreshing! I found you on Mom Resource and look forward to reading more.

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    • Thank you for coming by to comment. I hope your family is still sleeping. Any of mine will wake up at the slightest noises, so I understand about that!
      I try and warn people that you don’t want to read this blog if 1) you have a mouth full of food
      2) if you’re in a quiet place (like a church service or funeral)
      3) If you’re next to sleeping people.
      But humor seems to be irresistible, so most people don’t take my advice. Haha
      Happy Saturday 😀

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  2. I am number 4 of 7. We shopped at Costco often, back when it was called Price Club. I remember watching people count as we piled out of the suburban. Look down their nose as we ate samples and ask the same questions. Thanks for the laughs and the memories. Kids are great. We’re on #4.

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  3. Brilliant. I had 4 & various foster children when mine were young, I empathise & admire you, and now they have flown the nest I miss the chaos!! We had a very large Ford transit that the kids called the “ice cream truck” – now they’ve gone we have a 2 seater sports car!!! Hang in there x x

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    • I live hearing from moms-of-many. So much fun! Your encouragement is wonderful. It’s nice to imagine a “two seater” car one day. 🙂
      But truth be told, I will miss them when they all leave and probably cry my eyes out.

      For a day at least. 😉

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  4. I have 7 kids too… I have the same life…. Except we shop at sams. One time my child got a mouse trap stuck on her foot at sams. A fellow shopper who asked me no less than 75 times through the store if I needs help because obviously I couldn’t do it on my own since there were “so many of them” swooped in to rescue my daughter when I kept telling I had it handled. It was like a wrestling match to be able to tend to my own child. Tug of war with stranger over my daughter. The trap was on the outside of a sneaker. The lady kept insisting I find some peroxide to kill any germs. Aparently she didn’t think of the fact that 1-her shoes walk on the floor and are likely already pretty germy and 2-if there are mouse traps by the food she may want to think about what critter may have touched the food she’s purchasing. Typically the trap isn’t as germy as the critter running near it. I should have encouraged her to buy some peroxide for her food. 😉

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    • Oh man, what a funny story. (Though I’m certain it wasn’t funny at the time!) Strangers can be so kind -and so rude, and you never know what you’ll get.

      It’s awesome to hear from another mom of seven! 🙂

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  5. Love it! We have nine, although only 3 still at home. Sometimes I really miss the big white 15 passenger van we drove all over the east coast for so many years. I felt so “average” when we down sized to a mini van 😉 although we certainly appreciate it at the gas pump! But now we have grandkids!!! #7 born 2 days ago and another due in Sept. Trading one type of joy for another. God is good, all the time ❤

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    • Hello Heidi. Thank you for coming by to comment.

      God is good! We are so thankful for our rowdy circus. Flop tantrums and all. They sure keep us laughing. 🙂

      I hope I have a passel of grandkids one day. Odds are pretty good that we will.

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  6. We had five girls, not because we were trying for a boy, it’s because we love our girls and would of had more if we could. It really wasn’t a choice God wanted us to have them. The reason I know this we adopted three of them. I just can’t remember which three.

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    • “Not because we were trying for a boy”

      ^ Don’t you hate that question?? Your family is PERFECT just the way God orchestrated it. We’ve talked about adoption and I think it’s still a big possibility for us in the future. 🙂

      “I can’ remember which three”
      ^ THIS.

      Thank you so much for coming by. Your comment means so much. Blessings to you on all your grocery trips. 😉

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      • These are both AMAZING comments! God knew we only needed two, but I LOVE hanging with my friends with large families. I think it’s great, and EVERY parent has to pick their battles. Have no fear, my TWO aren’t worth fighting with over clothing, and that’s just fine because I’m not a mom who has to have things just so. Your houses are surely filled with more love than most ever see, so just LOVE it! it IS fun to make light of things that can bog us down, though, so I think maybe you should have business cards made with these questions/answers and hand them out as you go. 😀

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      • @Momofjust2boys

        So funny you should mention the cards… We just had cards made up. Not with all the questions, but with out site address. I figure if people want to know the answers badly enough, they’ll find out the most through this site.

        Your comment was precious.Our houses are filled with lots of love and laughter, but any house is (hopefully) filled with that as long as there are kids, regardless of how many.

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  8. I only have 5, and I frequent Costco’s as well. I fully understand how you feel. When people start asking me questions, I normally inform them that yes, I have 5 and they are all boys and guess what…..I homeschool them too. They normally retort with something like, Oh my! I would never…..How do you???? Wow! You have more patience (or time or care or something else inserted here) than I do…..
    I just laugh now because that normally stops the conversation.
    And recently when a very well meaning relative informed me that I should know what causes babies now, I laughed and smiled real big and with all enthusiasm informed him that yes, I have learned the cause and it’s so wonderful because I can do it on purpose now. Isn’t it amazing? lol.
    This is funny. Had me cracking up. Our most recent clothing changes are my 7yo who has a batman coat with a mask and cape and he wears it everywhere. Therefor his name has been temporarily changed to batman. And my 9yo who has decided he cares how he looks and has been wearing dressy button up shirts everywhere. My 12 yo doesn’t understand what I mean when I say to wear a shirt that fits. Not one that’s sized for his little brother. But that’s nothing new. 🙂

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    • This comment is AWESOME. 😀
      When I say that I homeschool….people nearly drop dead. It’s comical.
      As for people asking if I know “what causes that”, I’m SORELY TEMPTED to start saying “You mean REPRODUCTION? No! CAN YOU EXPLAIN EVERY DETAIL OF IT PLEEEASE??”
      So tempted. Hold me back, will ya?

      Oh, and I know exactly how the batman costume goes. I have one of those myself. 🙂

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  9. This was a joy to read! Your family is obviously full of life, humor, and a strong sense of self! 🙂 While I was “only” blessed with four children, my closest friend has 13! When our children were younger, we would often combine our trips so we could get some girlfriend time in while we did the grocery shopping. One of my favorite scenarios was when we would be out with some of the kids, and some had stayed at home. Inevitably, someone would approach and ask with wide eyes “Are those ALL your kids?!” My dear friend would smile and say “Oh, no! These are just my 8 daughters! My five sons are out with their dad today!” Watching the inquiring person puzzle through the math on that was always a treat!

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  10. This made me smile. My one daughter has four children, but wanted more. She also homeschools her children. Before I attended a homeschool function, she informed me that her family of four is referred to as a starter kit….lol. Every time I see a family I always smile. I don’t care how many children the parents have had. You are blessed with your family, as well as your sense of humor. 🙂

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  11. Oh goodness. And people tell me I’m brave (or crazy) for taking three to the grocery store! (They tend to multiply themselves, but STILL!) Thanks for the laugh!

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  12. Were do you live? I would love to join you on your next Costco trip as long as I can wear my pajamas and bring my two boys ages 5 and 7 wearing their super hero costumes and rain boots. Deal?
    Hehe

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  13. This was what I needed this morning. I have four girls and get quite the looks. My oldest, 7 keeps cutting her hair and has added her three year old to this, wears fancy dresses with mismatched add-ons. Oh and her new styling looks like a comb over gone wrong! My husband stays home now and his style and color matching rivals the kids, so we gets lots of looks at Costco too.

    My fav is when people advise us on how to have a boy and tell us we are having too much you know if all we have is girls. My recent come back was offering the box of unopened protection, that we bought at Costco of course, if anyone needs any! It was hard moving to the bigger vehicle, but kids and doors equal angry neighboring cars!

    Good luck with your bunch, I am trying to get up the bravery of taking my brood out other than in our spawn hauler. I work for airline, so tempting to fly with them, but thinking one at time on trip might be safer.

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  14. We went to Costco just last week, with merely 5. A lady stopped me on the way in and asked, “Are these all yours?” I smiled and said, “Yes. Yes they are.” She slapped me on the shoulder and made my day. “Good for you!” Costco was awesome last time!

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  15. I took my six children to Costco last week. By myself. It was wonderful. That last sentence was sarcasm. We tried all the samples, stopped everything for a potty break, and everyone was still alive when we left.

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  16. I love how friendly the employees are at Costco. We have four gregarious girls, so most of the employees know us.

    Or at least I thought they did. It took me a few years, however, to figure out why I kept getting asked where the rest of them were. That’s when I realized that they were confusing my family with my sister’s clan of seven. There is a resemblance. And since we all homeschool, we tend to come in at different times of the day than the public schoolers do.

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  17. Thank you so much for the laughs!! Do you have a post about what you DO like being said? I would love to be an encouragement! Thankfully everyone has pretty much always been encouraging to us and our four (though when they ask ages they get a little wide eyed when we say ‘9,8,6, &5’). 🙂

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    • What a great question! What really touches my heart is when people (it’s usually grandma and grandpa types) say things like “You have a beautiful family.” Or, “What you are doing is really important. Good job!”

      Those comments tend to be more rare, and so they stick with me longer. Sometimes they are so kind that tears well up in my eyes.

      Or, that could just be from the total on the costco bill. 😉

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  18. This made me laugh out loud! We only have 3 so far but with a set of twins it is always a 3 ring circus. One day at the grocery store the cashier said “wow, all your kids are so blonde, are their daddies (yes, pleural) blonde too? Ummm…I wasn’t too sure how to answer that one.

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  19. I have seven as well, but we were a family of up to 11 children when we fostered for 10 years. Costco was a place we hung out too! I also home-schooled for several years. They went to school as the chose, but one chose not to. My 2nd & 3rd look a lot alike & were close in age & size so people thought they were twins, then I had my twins plus a foster dd the same age (triplets) & then my youngest biological son & a foster son close to his age & size (twins) & at that time fostered a set of twin boys a bit younger then them. Oh & then there is my grandson who is 4.5 years younger than my youngest. So much fun! Now we only have 5 at home (6 till recently). Another off to University will leave us with only 4 :(. So many times we were asked if they were all mine & one would pipe up…no there are more at home. The rare occasion when we go out for dinner is always interesting as people are constantly counting & the fact they all called me mom! I home-schooled 3 of the 16 children we fostered…CAS request. Even now when people are shocked we have 7 kids, they say that is “nothing” now that we no longer foster! Sunday night dinners find most of us at home. Oldest four have significant others, plus 2 grandchildren, so far. Loving it!!!

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    • “We have more at home” That is a great line! You had quite an incredible bunch. What fun stories your kids must have now looking back. Sounds like you are my kind of crowd. 😀

      Thank yo so much for taking the time to leave a comment. I loved hearing your story.

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  20. Growing up I was #4 of 5 and an Aunt at 13. Yay, free babysitter… I was an aunt for over half my life before I became a mother. I was quite happy to let the nurse in the hospital give the baby its first bath. She said, “You’ll have to know how to do this.” I’d been bathing babies since I was 7 when I started on my little brother! I had that, thanks!
    Now I often get asked how many kids I have and I have to stop and think. I then get asked, “You can’t remember?” It’s not that straight forward. “Well, are you talking about how many I actually gave birth to, or how many call me ‘Mom?'” It is a difficult question. My youngest would bring another stray home and say, “This is my mother. Her name is Karen, but you’ll probably call her Mom.” I only gave birth to 2 but that was because I was getting too high risk to have more. There are some ‘fertile-Myrtles’ in our family who could get pregnant if their hubby just LOOKED at them! But that wasn’t me. I don’t know if I’m just making up for the fact that I couldn’t have any more or if my brains just leaked out on my pillow one night. My youngest just moved out but left behind his best friend who’s called me his ‘other-mother’ since grade 2. He’s been living on our couch since August last year since the unofficial Foster Daughter moved back to her Mom. Youngest said to me, “I’m sorry I’m moving out. I know you’re going to miss me.” I asked, “Would you think badly of me if I told you I said to your Dad, ‘one down, 2 to go’?”
    All the ‘extras’ as I call them wouldn’t be a problem except we live in a 2 bedroom mobile home. It’s chaos at times and sometimes I can’t tell if I still own a couch, but it’s my chaos and my couch. And I can’t go shopping without running into one of my ‘extra’ kids and getting another hug. I’d say that’s worth it. But I have to say, since youngest moved out, my food bills improved tremendously! He’d feed all his strays – on my budget! Now it’s his budget, we’ll see if the generosity continues! 😉 First time he bought groceries after he got his first job he came home and said, “Groceries are expensive!” I was sooo close to saying, “No $*&t Sherlock!” but managed (barely) to hold it inside. I love my siblings (mostly except I got 3 brothers and only one sister – then parents divorced, remarried and gave me 4 more brothers – and no more sisters – rip off if you ask me!) so I know you’re giving your kids a built in support network that will be awesome! I have a feeling you live no where near me but if you were close, I’d be happy to push one of your buggies!

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  21. We currently have 9 children (6 biological and 3 family foster members). We also do not have a Costco, so we’re stuck shopping at Sam’s. I’m told by other friends with large families that Costco is much better and I’m seriously missing out. We’ve had our fair share of Sam’s moments though, so I do understand and I laughed but it was more a sympathetic laugh because…been there! I once told the guy checking my receipt “We picked up some extra kids in aisle 5”, when he asked if we found everything. I think he considered calling the cops for about 2 seconds.

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  22. Thanks for this! We have 4 kids under 4 and every time we go to Costco they put on their *best* behaviour, which means they scream a lot and constantly ask for something to hold (which is pretty much impossible since every package in that store is twice their size). They will be momentarily appeased with a hotdog, but would really rather stick their hands in their water cups and play with the ice cubes. We get a lot of looks from strangers: some looks of horror, some of amusement and some of sympathy. I can pretty much guess a stranger’s comment before they even approach us based solely on the look on their face. Yet still we do it every week because by golly we love bread in this house (and samples, samples with little spoons!).

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    • I just started laughing at your first few lines. Thanks for that! It’s a blessing to have a good sense of humor, isn’t it?
      I hear you on the ice in the water cups. OY. And I agree about being able to predict the comments by people’s faces. We could probably be good poker players since we’ve learned to read people so well.

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  23. We have four, and are frequently asked if we know what causes it. Even my eye doctor asked and I told him yes, and I’m really good at it! He laughed and said, that’s good. He didn’t say anything else. Haha. I’ve told a few people that now and I personally find it hilarious. 😉 my sister and her hubby have seven, so the question I get from all family members is if I’m trying to keep up with her. Why, yes, its a race, baby! Lol Annnnnd, we both homeschool. (In a family of hard core public school advocates, so we’re weird. And fun! )

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  24. I have two precious little boys. Just two. But I loved every word. You made me laugh. Especially about the mustard. I’m not sure why. Maybe because kids are kids, and the only way to enjoy them is to embrace the chaos! Who cares if it is absurd? It’s more fun that way.

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    • There’s no “just two.” Your boys are probably every bit as zesty as mine are! Which means that whether a person has 1 child or 20, every child requires hard work from Mama! I’m so glad you took the time to read and say Hello. My kiddo loves mustard! It’s the weirdest thing. I wrote about it in a post called “Poop-skittles and mustard shots.” What a crazy kiddo.

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  25. I just love it. I only have 2 and they are 19 years apart. But they each have their fair share of “add ons” one we adopted. My son gave me 4 extras.
    I would get looks while out shopping with my daughter, mostly smiles and such until the youngest child called me “Mother Bear” then the gasps came. “Your HIS mother? Did you forget what causes that?” Once my daughter replied “Well, her second husband was sterile so yeah, she probably forgot” It was priceles. Because I then got the “more than one husband” look.

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  26. I have 7 kids and another due in a few months and we all laughed reading this. It is always nice to see that other large families are just as crazy as ours and get asked the same ridiculous questions.

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    • Yes! I have LOVED hearing from all the mamas out there that have taken their time to tell me about their families. What a gift that is to me.Seems like ridiculous questions are asked no matter teh family size.

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  27. hahahaha I loved it!!! I am #1 of 7….. the only girl too, so understand the kid with the bottomless pit and odd clothing!!! we have 3 so far! 3, 16 months and 4 months…. yep were a sight so far! thanks for the laughs! I needed it!

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      • oh golly! your not messing her up at all! you have given her (or more like God) the best body guards ever! She will love her brothers and when your almost an empty Nester you will have more time to do the girly things you only dream about! and then she will be a great help to your other kids as (Lord willing) grand-kids come along! =D (my youngest brother is 10 making him 7 years older than my daughter and they are “best buddies”) As she grows you and her will become best friends! 😉 it is one of the best things to be best friends with your mom!

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  28. Thank you!! This almost perfectly describes my day to day life with my 8 children!! My children love to play a game whenever we go out. We score a point every time we see someone counting us, or hear any of the classic lines like “You’ve got your hands full!”, “Are they all yours?” or “How do you do it?”!!

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  29. The entire time I was reading this I had a visual that almost put me in the floor. It brought back memories that my mother told me about when we were all small. She had five there were stair steps and apparently we were hell on wheels. Thank you so much. I would love to see you out shopping. I would even help you.

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  30. This is great! Will look forward to our next family shopping adventure at Costco with our 6 kiddos!! Oh and thanks for the great answers to the same kind of questions… Some people can be very rude but it’s so nice to hear good things from kind people. Kids are great!

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  31. Expecting #7 this summer! We love Costco too; my three youngest are boys and think we should go every day! Few months back I left my cash in my 12 passenger van, the cashier volunteered to watch the crew while I ran out to get it. The next week I was back, with only 2 kids, and the guy remembered me! “Wait, aren’t you the one I watched kids for last week? Don’t you have a ton more kids??!” Haha. Yep, that was me 😁

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  33. Thankyou! I have wanted to write this same sort of post to fellow shoppers many times…..problem is I nearly always have a toddler or preschooler on my lap, and they help very little with spelling and gramar. Though we “only” have 6 kids and my nudist is a girl…lol…I can completely relate to your posts.

    Your fellow Red-nex-ican,
    Sara

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  34. I laughed so hard! As a mother of nine who has been known to cause similar scenes at Costco, and reply with similarly snarky comebacks, I can absolutely relate. 🙂 Now, I order our food the night before online from Sam’s Club. As a Plus member, I get in an hour before everyone else to see my LOADED CARTS waiting for me, glowing and softly humming the hallelujah chorus. I pay as quickly as I can (there is always at least one “Do you really eat ALL OF THIS every week?”) and go home. Takes ten minutes. 🙂

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  35. Brilliant! I only have four kids but because they are all boys I have strangers pass comment all the time. It’s weird the way people think they can comment on your fertility, make assessments about your lifestyle and generally attempt to engage you in conversation on a subject that is none of their concern just because you have a family that doesn’t fit their expectation of what shape and size constitutes a “normal” family. Mostly I’m bored by the comments because, as you clearly know, it does get dreary but sometimes I snap and they get an earful. If you should care to read my rant on this subject you will find it at https://pictinpa.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/the-four-boys-questions/ . Thank you for writing this. I hope some people who read it think twice in future about making “amusing” comments to strangers.

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  36. Yes, yes and yes! We only have 4 so I can only partially relate, but YES! I will add that I am an adoption attorney so the subject of “is that your child” comes up A LOT to my clients. My favorite answer of all is “I’ll make you a deal. I won’t ask about your sexual prowess if you don’t ask about mine.”

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  37. This was hilarious… And so relatable! We have 7, and although I don’t always try to bring them everywhere (because I get the “OMG do you bring them EVERYWHERE with you?” Question a lot), gosh darn it sometimes we have to, and it’s always an adventure sometimes good and sometimes…not!
    It’s so funny how at church I get so many well wishes and “beautiful family” comments and then at Costco or Target, I get GASPS and “Harry, did you just see that? They have 7 freaking kids”, and many middle aged people with disgusted looks. Those are what make me laugh the most, like “I am sorry my family disgusts you”. All I know is I am s lucky to have them all and our fun memory-filled adventures! I know I’ll miss the giant mom van and in-store tantrums some day 🙂 Oh and my house will be amazingly clean, and empty…. I’ll take the messy house any day than the latter.

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  38. I am dying laughing right now! I am a homeschooling mom of 7 that shops at Costco once a week also and get all the same questions!!! Love this! I am not the only one!!!

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