It comes in waves.

July kicked off “birthday season” at my house. August we have our oldest sons birthday and our anniversary. In September we have our three younger sons birthdays, as well as mine. Not only that, we have school starting too. Ah yes, school. This year I’ll have four kids in school full time. Leaving me with just one home! It’s been a LONG time since I just had one kid home.

Anyways birthday season requires deep pockets. They’re getting older and the typical kid stuff is getting less appealing. YAY US!! *insert hysterical crying here* I’m that mom who doesn’t combine kids birthdays. None of them are twins, so they all deserve their own special day. Even if three of them are all with in 7 days of each other. Let me tell you…We max out on cake consumption from the months of July- September, no shame. In reality we have seven cakes in that timeframe, seven.

Besides birthday season. We have back to school shopping. There will be clothes, new backpacks, new lunch boxes, school supplies, shoes, uniforms for athletics, club fees, lunch money, and never ending supply of socks. Today I placed a target pick up order for just the boys in elementary school. Three backpacks, all the school supplies and a few packs of pens.

(Pens, pencils with erasers and socks are hot commodities in our house. When we really need them, they’re never around.)

Anyways, continuing with my story. Not one single extra thing for the house, my guy or myself. A total of $261.42. That’s right around $87 a child. On just things that a required to make it a little more then halfway through the year. We all know, come February we will get emails saying they’ve run out of something. Which I’m happy to help restock. They could say they needed glacier water from Mt. Everest and I would some how deliver. I have had my kids home for 3 months and some days have barely kept it together. Somehow these saints have our children ten months and rarely if ever lose their shit. That’s a big nope from me, couldn’t do it. Love my kids, but I’m definitely no teacher. I’d be in a corner somewhere, bald.

If it’s not birthdays or back to school, it’s car repairs or house repairs. Not just quick fixes either, oh no. It’s always a couple hundred to a couple thousand in price. I’m not kidding when I say, it’s one thing right after another. It comes in waves. We will get caught up and feel like we are getting ahead. Then, BOOM. Life right? Sometimes, it’s just a plain jerk.

We live in Texas and my suburban decided it was time to blow the AC system. We had a rental from the dealership and the only place we took it was to the grocery store. Yep, a cart ran into the rental and we ended up having to fork over $1,700 to get two pea sized dents and paint redone. On top of a $1,800 AC fix. I was super thrilled. We get it home and for two months all was great. Went out to start my car, wouldn’t crank. Good, great, grand!! My husband tried to jump it for twenty minutes before we got anything. By some miracle it started. Only to die a few hours later, again. We then got to dish out $220 on a battery. I mean, why in the hell not?

*shout out to my parental units for saving the day, again! Mom, your car is still safe in the driveway. The kids are constantly thinking you just showed up every time they look at the window*

What I’m saying is, having a large family is a ton of work. It’s a constant balancing act. Not just of life, but your bank account as well. I’m not a planner by any means. From July- December, you better believe I have some sort of organization going on. Whether or not you can see it is a different story.

Also, if y’all could stop staring in public that’d be awesome. I’m fully aware there are five tiny humans following me. I was pregnant for 45 months of my life, believe me. I know.

Published by Chaos Party of Seven

Mom of 5, Wife, Chaos coordinator.

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