December 8, 2023

Friday Family Fun And More Movies

Good Friday morning! Here we are smack dab in the middle of December! As expected, this month seems to be passing rapidly; I fear it will be over before I realize it is even here. I sent this message in our family group text a few weeks ago in hopes we could spend some time together enjoying the peace and joy of this Christmas season.

This week, Madison and Nicolas hosted a Favorite Things party! It was so much fun, and everyone was there. Madison asked each of us to bring three of the same item, a favorite thing. Something we used and loved, but nothing elaborate. Then, we each put our name in a bag three times. After each person presented his or her favorite thing, Madison chose a name, and one by one, we each picked something to keep. So we each came home with three special things. The most popular item was Flynn's Vaseline Advanced Care Body Lotion! She made such an excellent presentation that everyone wanted it, and it was the best! Rhett brought his favorite frozen pizzas and sodas. My item was a set of eucalyptus bath salt and lotion. One of the other favorite items was a huge pack of batteries! Anyone who wanted could also provide a favorite food. Flynn had McDonald's french fries delivered, Peyton made her chocolate chip cookies, Kyrstin brought shrimp cocktail, and Madison made her homemade macaroni and cheese, to name a few. We had a wonderful time and even watched a favorite movie, Leprechaun's Christmas Gold! 

In other news, my kids reminded me of several of our favorite movies I neglected to add to my last post. And yes. They read the blog! Here are some of our very favorites indeed.

The Grinch 2018

The First Christmas Snow 1975

Annabelle's Wish 1997

Red Boots for Christmas 1995

For the kids at heart...

Noelle 2019

Elf 2003

Christmas with the Kranks 2004

Falling for Christmas 2022

OK, I'm done! Promise! 
Have a festive, healthy, cozy weekend, my friends.
I plan on visiting your blogs this weekend.
Thank you for visiting mine!

Billie Jo



  1. Oh what a fun way to enjoy a family evening together! The picture definitely speaks of the fun that everyone had! You come with THE BEST ideas. I'll have to check out a couple of these movies that you listed today. Thanks, friend!

  2. That's such a fun idea! I hope you and your family have an incredible Christmas season. My daughter and I watched Noelle for the first time a few weeks ago and thought it was really cute. Something that seemed a bit different than the usual Santa stories.

  3. Your Christmas celebrations are off to a great start! Have a great weekend.

  4. I love that your family reads your blog. Mine does not. Sigh...but, honestly, I am okay with it:) I have always wanted to host a favorite things party but have never even been to one so not 100 percent sure how they go...but I have heard about several so have an idea. Just know that it sounds like fun!!:)

  5. I love that idea for a party! I may have to suggest that!
    I also like your movie list. We watched Elf last night.

  6. That's a great idea for a family gathering.

  7. Oh, I love that idea! I need to get our family to do this next year! So fun!

  8. That looks like such a fun evening. You have the best ideas and your family seems to enjoy everything too. I sure miss having all of our kids close to do things together.
    Blessings and hugs,

  9. That looks like such a fun evening, Billie Jo! Wishing you a beautiful Saturday. smiles

  10. This is such a great idea to have a 3 favorite things party. Fun post Billie Jo, thanks so much!

  11. What a fun post! I've never heard of a Favorite Things party, but will have to bring friends together for this next year -- or this winter. We could all use some fun in the dark days of winter.

  12. What a fun party at Madison's house! I have never attended one of those, but I know I'd love it and have a blast! I am going to remember this text someday. I would love to do that with our family! Christmas with the Kranks is one of our very favorite movies! I also love The Family Stone, Holiday, White Christmas, and Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater, an older Hallmark movie. I hope you're enjoying the weekend, my friend!

  13. Absolutely love this idea!! So much fun. :) And so Christmas movies I don't know - it will be fun to try to catch a few. Except Elf - that's one of my all time favorites and watch it every year. 💚 😁

  14. What a fun family night. I like the fact that Flynn ordered McDonald's. ; ) You know, Elf is one of our favorite Christmas shows. It makes me laugh every time I see it. That vintage photo of the kids watching tv is so delightful, love that. Leprechaun's Christmas Gold sounds like a good one, I'll have to check it out. Have a wonderful holiday week, Billie Jo.



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Billie Jo