This week we introduce Kelly and Tom Carr and their four children who come from Birmingham, UK.
Introduce us to your family (names and ages & tell us a bit about yourselves):
Hello! I’m Kelly, now a stay-at-home mom (am a Registered Nurse, trained in the Royal Air Force but have also worked in the NHS) and married to Tom an electrician. We have 4 madcap, rough and tumble boys who bring us stress and joy in equal measures!!! Jacob is 9, Joseph is 3, Noah is 2 and Thomas is 6 months (we ran out of boys names after 3 so started recycling the ones we had!) We live in an overcrowded mid-terraced little house in Birmingham which although is far from ideal we’d like to think it was full of love as well as chaos and mess!!
Do you consider your family to be large? If not, what do you think is the magic number which turns an average sized family into a large one?
Hmmm…Actually, no, I don’t think it’s “large” (so why am I on this site lol!) but I do think’s larger than average. I think a family turns into large family when you can no longer transport all your family in a normal-ish 7 seater car lol so I suppose that means I think you need 6 children to count as a large family… Pretty random analysis!
Did you ever think you would have a large family?
I no, I don’t think I did!! I think I imagined I’d have two girls like my own mom. Think everyone is shocked to be honest!!!
What is your best moneysaving tip?
Buy only what you need and only occasionally what you want. Cook from scratch, check out a pre-loved option before opting for new, share resources between friends and family… I have loads of money saving tips lol…S’pose the best one is the first one though!
What is your best tip for organisation?
Hmmm… Being organised isn’t my strong point but I think my best tip (which I don’t actually follow!!) would be over estimate how long things take and the you might get there on time!
What is your favourite recipe?
A pasta dish made with bacon, courgette and creme fraishe…Think it’s one of those Jamie’s “Feed your family for a fiver” meals.
Do you cook the same meal for everyone or cater for different tastes?
Same meal for everyone!!! We all sit together, at the table, every day for tea. In my head it’s a vision of happy chatting, calmness, but in reality it’s totally bonkers and usually ends up with some shouting and lots of food on the floor :-/
What is the best thing about having a large family?
The support I hope we all provide each other.
And what is the most difficult?
The chaos, the cost, the sacrifice of “me” time, I personally struggle with that, I’m very, very rarely just on my own…Someone is usually with me in the shower or in the bathroom while I use the loo!!!
If you could offer one piece of advice to parents, what would it be?
Cross that bridge when you get to it…
Don’t you have a television?
No, but we do have an iPad so screen time isn’t completely inaccessible, it’s just limited.
Do you know what causes it?
Have been desperately trying to think of something witty to reply here and am struggling! Ha! Will have to just go with the answer “Yes”… Ha!x
And finally, will you have any more children?!
I’d love more but we decided that it was best for our family for Tom to have a vasectomy as we can’t afford and we don’t have any more room for any more children which actually breaks my heart but I suppose it was the responsible choice for our family