Are you in the holiday spirit & ready to go to the movies this Thanksgiving weekend?! I know of a couple great new films coming out & I’m so excited to share my thoughts on them with you. First up.
The Man Who Invented Christmas tells the behind the scenes magical tale of Charles Dickens & how he came up with the infamous Christmas Carol, the novel that forever changed Christmas as we know it. The film is based on the book by Les Standiford of the same title & shares how Charles (played by Dan Stevens) used real life events & people along with his wild & vivid imagination to create the timeless characters we all know & love including Marley, Scroogie (played brilliantly by Christopher Plummer) & tiny Tim.
This film is rated PG & is considered a comedy, drama. Hearing Christmas & PG, I decided to bring along Zach & Lucy as well as my aunt to our showing. I should have watched the Man Who Invented Christmas trailer first. Zach & Lucy loved the reclining seats, the popcorn & the costumes. But they didn’t “get” it. The story was just over their 5.5 year old heads.
My aunt & I really enjoyed it though. We loved that it is based on a true story & gave us the background story of Charles’ family as well as depth behind the characters I love. So, if you have older children, tweens/teens, take them & go start the holiday season with a movie that will help you remember what Christmas really is all about.
While I was giving passes to see COCO for myself & family, their generosity did not effect my honest review.
Monday night of last week, I had the pleasure of spending a couple hours with my tribe seeing Jen Hatmaker & Nichole Nordeman (along with like a thousand others) at my church for their Moxie Matters tour.
They shared their stories. Nichole slayed us with her beautiful music. Jen brought it home with her beautiful words & speaking God’s truth to us about pain, community & our tribe. We laughed, we cried & I know I left in a awesome state of mind knowing the beauty & power & Moxie of women together.
I’m about 1/2 way through Jen’s Moxie Matters book after laughing through For the Love at lunchtime earlier this year. Follow her on social media. Pick up her latest books. Let her words bring laughter & God’s love in our crazy world. & I came home last week & added Nichole’s CDs & book to my amazon Christmas wish list. I know there are days when I need to hear her songs while driving or at work.
The Moxie Matters tour just announced spring dates FYI. If they’re coming near you, go!
We might still be six weeks away from Christmas, but the Christmas spirit (& frenzy) is starting to take hold of me. Gift buying, decorating idea, travel plans & outfit choices have been occupying my thoughts for a couple of weeks now. It doesn’t take much to have it all be very overwhelming.
Which is why I was thrilled to have a night out with a few of my favorite fellow “bad moms” to go see the new film, A Bad Moms Christmas recently.
Have you seen it yet?! I laughed til I cried.
We meet the same three moms we fell in love & saw ourselves in the original Bad Moms (played delightfully by Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, & Kathryn Hahn) but this time as they’re in the middle of the holiday hustle. Adding to their holiday craziness is their three mothers. & we as the audience got to experience the mother/daughter dynamic of the ladies with their moms (played by Cheryl Hines, with Christine Baranski, and Susan Sarandon).
My friends & I looked the mall scene. & we loved Justin Hartley I’m sure you know from This Is Us, but you see a whole new side of this guy in Bad Moms Christmas. So much fun!
A Bad Moms Christmas is a great reminder that sometimes less is more. Kids are what matters most at the holidays. & that keeping your sanity as a mom is important too!
If you loved Bad Moms, feeling like you might be a slightly crazy, “bad mom” & in need of a laugh, grab some friends (or even your mom!) & go see A Bad Moms Christmas! I’m so glad I started off my holiday season doing just that!
I was invited by STXfilms to see a pre-screening of the film but their generosity didnt sway my views.
I spend most of my social media time sharing photos & antics about Lucy & Zach. This ol’ blog started almost 10 years ago as a way to share the treats in my life: books, food, travel, movies, TTS, & the kiddos. About me sometimes gets lost in the shuffle.
So what have I been up to? Traveling, working, trying to wrap my mind around Kindergartners! & in the middle of that, last Friday night, even thought I didn’t know anyone else going, I decided to go some where I wanted to go!
I left the kids at home with Jason, called my aunt & talked her out of pjs & back into work clothes for an evening out. I merged three current passions of mine (reading, politics & religion) all together when I went to hear John Pavlovitz speak & met him & had him sign his new book, A Bigger Table at his book release party in Wake Forest.
I discovered him on twitter last fall & love reading his inspirational & thought provoking blog posts on Stuff that Needs to be Said & tweets. So cool that he lives & preaches pretty much in my same city. I started his book Sunday night & can’t wait to really have time to delve into the meat of it.
After the book signing, my aunt & I went literally around the corner to White Street Brewery for another one of my favorite activities: craft beer drinking! (I owe y’all a post on husband &I’s recent Asheville weekend, I promise it’ll come.)
I’d had White Street beers around Raleigh before but not been to their Wake Forest brewery & it was nice! It’s in the middle of a cute down town & they have a big space that was pretty full on Friday night. Their Double IPA Domillo was great, but I was driving so I tasted a few sips of my aunt’s while I drank their Belgian style Blonde ale Emmalyn.
Cheers to am impromptu fun Friday night!
Any weekend plans for this weekend?
We were able to go see Leap! back in August & yes, I’m just now writing about it. Not because we didn’t love it (Lucy sat at the very edge of her seat the whole time), not because it didn’t change her mind on dance (she’s since decided to be a dancer). But because the last two months have blown by. Today is Oct 11th & I just typed September for the date. Yes, I’m that behind.
But back to Leap! This film tells the story of two orphans, Felicie (voiced by Elle Fanning) & Victor (voiced by Nat Wolff) who take off to Paris to make their dreams come true.
Sadly for Zach, there wasn’t enough about Victor, the wanna be inventor to hold his attention for long. But the story of Felicie trying to become a ballerina at the Opera Ballet School without formal dance training, captured Lucy’s heart & imagination.
Lucy is obsessed with Felicie’s leap! This was by far her favorite part & that leap has had Lucy practicing the splits for months now!
We left the film with Lucy twirling & she hasn’t really stopped. Hope you & your dancer & watch this one soon. Loved it as a former dancer with my little dancer-to-be!
While we did get to watch the film for free, my thoughts & (late) review are entirely my own.
The Book of Henry came out in theaters yesterday, Friday June 16th. I was able to see it a few days ago so I could share my thoughts.
This is a harder one for me to review. Have you seen the trailer?
I think this film was partially marketed as a children’s movie, but y’all it’s not. It has a PG-13 rating & IMO, that needs to be adhered to for this one. I’d call this film a thriller. There were funny parts, super sweet parts, VERY sad parts & lots of suspense.
The main character is single mom, Susan (played really well by Noemi Watts) & her two sons, the brilliant Henry (Jaeden Lieberher) & Peter (Jacob Tremblay).
Henry made me laugh at his classroom antics & made me cry over his sweet love of his family & empathy for others.
Brother Peter, I just wanted to hold & hug & take home with me. I was rooting for him all the way til the very end.
I think one of my favorite scenes in the The Book of Henry is this one between Susan & Henry after they witnessed a domestic disturbance at their local grocery story. Henry saying “Violence isn’t the worst thing, apathy is” has stuck with me all week.
I loved the mother-son bonds in this film. I loved that Henry was the grounded responsible one & mom Susan cussed, played xbox & loved her boys fiercely. Their nightly bedtime routines were so special to me.
Sarah Silverman was great playing Susan’s coworker & family friend Sheila. I wanted to be part of their friendship too & drink some wine & laugh & cuss with these ladies.
As the plot unfolds with what might be happening next door & how or if they can help neighbor & classmate Christina (played by Maddie Ziegler) & her stepfather Glenn (Dean Norris), I was sitting at the edge of my seat in suspense.
I won’t share more spoilers, but I do think this is a good film to go see. Mothers, take tissues.