4th Day of Christmas: Fill in the blank!

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12 Days of Christmas

Today’s random question for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble (and to get your name in the drawing for the Grand Prize) is:

All I want for Christmas is ________ (fill in the blank).

All I want for Christmas is to have one day without petulant fighting!

I have two boys. My oldest just turned seven and my youngest is closing in on his sixth birthday. All these two do is roughhouse, fight and make faces at each other. Gads. I had a brother who was two and a half years older than me who I used to fight with so I guess this is payback. But these two are ridiculous.

This is the conversation we had this morning:

Yelling, screams and what sounds like a door trying to be closed alert Mom-of-the-Year (that’s me) that there’s a problem. Calmly like any good mother, I put down the sandwich I’m making and walk over to their bathroom.

“Boys? Is there a problem?”

“Yes!” the both shout in unison.

“Eddie’s trying to slam me in the door!” says five year old Henry.

I look at Eddie as he’s taken up an unusual fascination with putting his toothpaste on his toothbrush. “Why were you trying to slam your brother in the door?”

He shrugs.”Because he was trying to  turn off the lights.”

“That’s no reason,” I said for what had to be the tenth time this morning alone. Then I look at Henry. “And just why were you trying to turn off the lights?”

“I wasn’t,” Henry insisted. “I accidentally hit the switch when Eddie tried to slam me in the door.”

I move my eyes from the door frame to where the light switch is, then back at him and raise my eyebrows for him to continue.

He lifts his elbow high into the air. “See?! He got my elbow?”

Aha, so it was his arm that was slammed in the door because he’d reached in to turn the lights off… While it’s nice to had that piece of the riddle solved, it still doesn’t me why he was reaching in to turn off the lights! “All right, that’s enough. Just brush your teeth and let’s get ready for school.” I’m clearly not going to get to the bottom of this.

Just as I’m walking away I hear the words, “Don’t burp in my face!” Followed a second later by, “Well, there wasn’t anywhere else to do it.”

GOOD GRIEF! I swear sometimes it’s only by the grace of God I haven’t had to be institutionalized.

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Each day from December 14th to the 24th, I’ll ask a question on my blog. All you have to do is answer it. No right or wrong answers, just an answer. Each commenter will be entered into a drawing for a daily prize: gift card, signed book, swag, etc. On the 25th, all names and entries from all the previous comments will be added together and a name selected to win the Grand Prize of a Kindle Fire or a Nook Tablet.

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70 thoughts on “4th Day of Christmas: Fill in the blank!”

  1. All I want for Christmas is a job. I got let go earlier this year and it’s been pretty difficult trying to find work. I’m going back to school to help beef up my resume (plus.. it gives me something to do instead of sit in front of a computer screen all day sending out resumes). I have the most supportive family on earth and for that, words can never express how truly grateful I am to have them.. but I often feel like I am a drain. I’d like for that to change this upcoming year if at all possible!

  2. It is scary…I also told my constantly-bickering-girls when they asked what I wanted for Christmas…PEACE and QUIET! I have need of nothing, but new clothes and shoes are never unappreciated! 🙂

  3. I could answer this question so many ways, like you it would be nice to have some peace and quiet and for my boys not to fight with each other. It would also be wonderful to have the Twins eat the same things that the rest of us eat so I wouldn’t have to be a short order cook every night for dinner. This isn’t because they are simply picky, it’s because of the autism and the sensory stuff that goes with it, there are just too many foods that they cannot tolerate in their mouths. We work on this weekly. I would like my youngest son to be able to communicate with us. I would like a day without physical pain.
    Oh I know, I would like to wake up on Christmas Day to a nice clean house that stays clean for more than a couple hours.

      1. I started signs with him before I knew he wouldn’t talk and he never took to them. The only one he does on a regular basis is “more”. I tried, the speech therapists have tried, it’s just not something he’s interested in. The Twins’ loved sign language and we had all the Signing Time DVD, even though they are verbal they loved to do sign language. Not so much anymore, but one of them was almost fluent in it, if you even say fluent for sign language. I still do signs with my youngest hoping he might catch on. He tries to talk you just can’t understand it. We just keep working on it. But I know there are worse things.

      2. There certainly are worse things. We used Signing Time! to help both of my boys communicate. (Granted one, truly didn’t had a problem expressing himself it was more for his brother’s benefit.) I found it to be an excellent program, and you can’t beat their catchy songs…”I’m a little caterpillar, tiny and green, crawling around, head full of dreams…”.

        My mother-in-law is a speech pathologies/language and child development specialist and she suggested a stack of picture flash cards to have him sort through to find a picture of what he wanted (it was only like 10-15 common items: toy, food, drink, etc) because he’d passed his 3rd birthday having only a handful of unclear words in his vocabulary and no signs after more than a year of speech therapy. I don’t know why, but after only two days with those pictures, he suddenly found an interest in Signing Time! LOL

        I guess for him it was too much of a hassle to shuffle through the cards than to just learn a few basic signs.

        But I’m sure you’ve had your own experiences with learning language with your older ones. You are a very admirable lady, to be sure.

  4. All I want for christmas is a day fill with pure romance. I want to be swept of my feet by my husband. He is not really romantic and I am, so if i could have anything in the world it would be 24 hours of romance in my live. Just for one day I would love to feel cherished, carr an thought of.

  5. A good time with family. Last few years have been a bit hectic and anger came into our time together. This year we are only 8 versus our normal 12-15 so it might be a bit better

    1. What is it about the holidays that tend to bring out the worst in people sometimes. I’m terribly sorry to hear about your experience and hope this year’s is far better!

  6. All I want for christmas is for everyone to get along and have a joyful day of peace and love…. especially from my husband of 43 years. May all of us be blessed with joy, peace and love.

  7. All I want for Christmas WAS to have my kids and grandkids under one roof for a few days. We celebrated Christmas a month early this year because that was when my Christmas wish could be granted. Now I’m just happy at the thought that my kids and grandkids are still alive. So now my new wish is for the loved ones of those 27 –no, 29 — to somehow find peace and some sight in the darkness surrounding December 14.

  8. All I want for Christmas is for my son, who has ADHD/OCD hurdles, to be accepted for the loving, warm hearted child he really is on the inside. I know his behaviors can drive the most patient person to lose their cool, but I just want others to love him and have one whole week where I don’t have an email from his teacher informing me of his “bad choices” at school.

    1. I think sometimes in this crazy, high speed world we live in that we as adults are less tolerant to children being just that: children.

      But love and kindness at home will go a long, long way.

  9. All I want for Christmas is to enjoy time with my daughter and grandkids. They live 700 miles away from me so we don’t get to spend as much time together as I would like. This year, weather permitting, we are going to travel to SD to spend a long weekend with them. I cannot wait to jug those little guys and spoil them.

  10. All I want for Christmas is one more day with my son Ryder. Since this is not possible, even a sweet dream of him would be wonderful.

  11. I’m thankful for all I have and am in need of nothing. Well actually…I want to learn to be an alpha dog so I can gain control of my beasty boy. Really a 60 lb dog needs to be controlled.

  12. Oh I’m so with you on the fighting! My boys are 5 and 6 and I just don’t understand the stuff they fight about. That conversation you had could easily have been my house as well. Sigh. I love them to pieces but it is going to be a long winter break lol.

  13. Oh my this is hard one…there are so many things I want…yet so many things that I have and very thankful for…BUT if I could have my daughter be free from pain, my son put his trust back in God, my autisic grandsons be normal ,my other grandchildren to have peace and happiness and my husband to have contentment that would be the greatest Christmas present for me.

    1. Oh my this is hard one…there are so many things I want…yet so many things that I have and very thankful for…

      I, too, have so much to be thankful for. And sometimes it’s the pain, uncertainty, and differences we notice that make us appreciate what we have all the more.

      1. This list is what makes you one of the best mom’s and gramma’s out there. I am so blessed to have you for my mom and Gramma to my boys.

  14. All I want for Christmas is my kids to think of others needs and to be Christ like and helpful to others. I think if they could do this they would fight less and will grow up to be wonderful adults.

  15. All i want for Christmas is a day without my brother being depressed and saying things making my mom and me desesperate! so an happy day!

    happy holidays and thank you for this new day

  16. I’m seconding (or maybe thirteenth-ing at this point) the “No useless fighting”. It’s what I want every day of the year! I have a boy and a girl… So we get the strange bodily functions in the face as well as things like, “”she poked me in the eye with her Barbie!” I suppose life would be boring without it… At least that’s what I say to maintain my sanity.

    1. My single friends think I’m nuts to talk about bodily functions at the dinner table or to explain why we can’t stick beans up our noses. To me, it’s just part of living. I think once you become accustomed to it, you think it’s normal…

    1. I’ll be envious if you get that full body massage with extra emphasis on your feet!

      As for my next book, well, I’d be thrilled just to be done writing it by Christmas. Elijah Banks has officially become my most difficult hero to write. I’d say it’s because the plot was difficult with aspects I’ve never covered before, but the honest truth is, Elijah is a Banks and as those born with the last name of Banks int he past, they all have a mind of their own and pay little regard for what I want them to do!

      Thank you though for suggesting this as it certainly made my night.

      Now for Judy and Daniela, you two need to stop before there’s a revolt from my readers! I’m working on it as fast as I can. I promise!

  17. I would love snow! We had a white Christmas last year. Love being inside and watching the big flakes come down. Great time to read and watch an old movie.

  18. What I want for Christmas is not far off from what you want. Peace for two hours and I only have one child. A 2 1/2 year old daughter who makes me feel like I have already run a marathon before I arrive at work. We go thru a power struggle on most days. As I dress her she is demanding that I go away. Once in the car I am hoping she will fall asleep instead she exclaims change the song, I want fries, please get me donos (donuts). And if we have to stop it is priceless when she is screaming to everyone that it is her blanket and her bag and no do not touch it. Just 2 hours of Peace and quiet.

    1. LeeAnn, the mental image your comment created reminded me of what my youngest son was like at that age. There’s a particular store in town I can’t go to for fear of dying of embarrassment.

    1. It’s only a bit too optimistic if you say it is! (At least that’s what my husband tells me when I dream of the seemingly impossible). So no, not too optimistic!

      Happy Holidays to you, too!

  19. I have been wanting roller shoes, like the youngins wear, for a while now so I will pick them! They look like so much fun, but I’ll sure I’ll run into a tree the first time I use them if I get them!

      1. Haha yeah, I’m not great on skates either, so I have wondered if it’s worth the pain to have them! I really just want to get places quicker and those seemed like a good and easy solution!

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