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Hi! I'm Billie Jo, a wife to one and mother to four who loves all things home and family. During the day I homeschool, do laundry, and drink way excessive amounts of coffee. I would much rather read than exercise, and I am blessed to live the life I dreamed of.
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From November To December

November is almost over, and we are moving into the merriest month of them all. We wished my beautiful firstborn a happy 23rd birthday this past week. I am so proud of the woman that tiny blessing wrapped in pink grew to become!

We also commenced our family movie night tradition. Flynn had first pick, and she chose Home Alone! Our snack...yep. Over the top ice cream sundaes. We had so much fun putting our devices away and simply watching a favorite movie together. You know. Like in the olden days.

And then we celebrated Thanksgiving. We started the day with a small breakfast of pastries...thank you, Pillsbury...and fresh fruit. We ended it with our family's amazing pumpkin pie. And in between, we enjoyed all the delicious turkey day food that for some odd reason, we only make one day a year. No pictures exist because let's face it. When you take four hours to cook a meal, and seven minutes to eat it, you want to enjoy every single one.

Now we have those transition days. The few days between Thanksgiving and back to work and school where we all exist in a turkey dinner, turkey sandwich, and turkey soup haze complete with television, online shopping, and naps. I hope you enjoy my friends!


  1. Giggling; "When you take four hours to cook a meal, and seven minutes to eat it, you want to enjoy every single one." Yep...and Happy Birthday Madison!!

    I hope you have a lovely weekend, my friend.

  2. Happy birthday to Madison! Although there is a bit of sadness as our children grow up and leave the nest, it is such a joy to see the beautiful adults they become!! We celebrated a birthday this week too---Garrett's 28th!

    I love the sundae snack! Quite often when my kids were growing up, and even every now and then these days, we have what we call "Sundae Sunday." Our DINNER consists of ooey, gooey sundaes. We do it on Sunday, of course. Not exactly healthy, but very fun.

    Blessings on your day,

  3. I love your Thanksgiving breakfast! Yep totally agree about the time it takes to cook and then consume a Thanksgiving meal. Have a wonderful December filled with happiness and joy. Happy birthday to your 23-year-old. My Josh turned 23 last June. Interesting time of life for these young adults. Have a wonderful day, my friend.

  4. Boy is that the truth about the 4 hours to make it 7 to eat it. kind of over whelming?

  5. So much goodness here. I love that you all had a great time together celebrating Madison, Thanksgiving and having big sundaes! Have a wonderful weekend as we enter into December and Advent!

  6. I know Madison had a good birthday and looks and sounds like your Thanksgiving was equally a good day. Now on to the next holiday! Have a nice weekend.

  7. It sounds like you are off to a wonderful start to the Holidays. I love that you have Movie Night. We used to do that with our kids when they were younger, too. Such a special blessing to spend family time together.

    We are all still stuffed but going out to Pizza Ranch to celebrate SweetCheeks turning 13 today. The years have flown by way too fast. xo Diana

  8. Happy birthday to Madison. Over the top ice cream sundaes seem the perfect way to start off your movie night tradition. xx Susan

  9. Flynn picked the perfect snack for Home Alone! I like her style : ) I'm glad you all had a Happy Thanksgiving! It looks and sounds perfect! Pumpkin pie is the best part! I also love how Madison has a birthday pie! I hope she had a wonderful birthday!! xx

  10. A belated Happy Birthday to Madison! And your Thanksgiving Day sounds lovely.

  11. Happy belated birthday to your sweet Madison. This looks like the perfect time for your family; good food and cozy times. Happy December 1st!!

  12. Mocha looks so cozy. Happy belated birthday to your baby girl.


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