Not This Christmas Eve


Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using:

retail ~ sweep ~ lonely ~ please ~ manners ~ intestinal fortitude

They were submitted by: 

Okay, the last two Christmas Even AJ has gotten sick. I don’t mean a cold, I mean throwing up all over the place. In 2014 he threw up two hours before we were meant to go out to a Chinese restaurant. Of course I swore I felt sick too and only ate the rice when we had to eat take out instead.


my mom comforting a sick AJ

Next year, 2015, Anthony threw up again. This time he got sick from too much candy and goodies. He threw up, but this time we ordered food ahead of time just in case.

This Christmas Eve I will make sure he has the intestinal fortitude to not throw up. I will give him extra probiotics, make sure the teacher limits his candy at the classroom party, and keep all candy and chocolate away at home.

A fellow OAD (One and Done) mom friend invited me to join a group on Facebook. I am loving it, knowing other parents are just like me. We all have one child, either by choice or not, and can share ideas, laughter, and memories. Some worry that their child might be lonely, others worry they won’t have the proper manners. Though most only children I know have the best darn manners around. He says please and thank you when it really counts without being told.

In fact, the few kids who bother and bully AJ are kids in a house with a sibling or a few. It seems to me that they aren’t getting enough attention at home and bullying other kids makes them feel better.

Thankfully AJ wants to be friends with everyone. Even if you are mean to him one day, he will be your friend the next day. He just jumps right in when he sees kids playing and everyone loves playing with him. He is a sweet, kind, and caring guy and I am so proud to be his mom.


When I think about his future, I hope he will be happy and do what he loves. I hope he will find someone who loves him and treats him with respect. I hope they sweep each other off their feet.

Retail? How can I add retail to this post???? Hmm, I have 95% of my Christmas shopping done. I have 80% of it wrapped and organized. I need to get my butt in gear, don’t I? Thankfully most of my shopping was done online. I try not to ever shop in stores, walking into retail this time of year zaps all the Christmas spirit right out of your body. I rather stay at home, watch ELF, drink coffee and shop online.

Thank goodness for Amazon!!!!


 Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:

About karen

Karen is married to a big kid and mom to a head strong, only child. She is happy with her family of three, along with their spoiled fur baby. Karen works full time as a teacher and still finds time to blog, read, crochet, and cook. Follow along as she enjoys this life.


Not This Christmas Eve — 10 Comments

    • thank you, it was time for another change…cant ever change the name of my blog, but I can change the look.

      I am loading him up with probiotics and praying for a miracle, LOL

  1. Oh my goodness, the words you got!! “Intestinal fortitude”?! Great use, though! And I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you guys!
    Outstanding job on being so prepared, now get that wrapping done, and you may relax!
    I’m not worried about A.J. being an only child. He sounds like a terrific kid, and any girl is lucky to have him! One day. When they’re 30… 😉

  2. Terrific job with your words! Poor baby getting sick every Christmas, and throwing up is the worst, I just can’t deal… I have 4 kids, so I hope my kids felt loved and weren’t bullies 🙁 Unfortunately, some people are just assholes, no matter how big or small their family :((( It’s funny, my husband is an only child and getting used to a big family was hard for him sometimes. I’m a big believer in families coming in all shapes and sizes, nothing is better or more advantageous, just different, unique and wonderful. Awesome post <3

    • I am sure you are raising awesome kids.. I definitely agree that the kids are not getting what they need have to do with the parents and not the size.

      Yes, all families are different and amazing.

      No getting sick this year! WOOOOHOOOO

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