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Miss Congeniality & Fun with Dick and Jane Date Nights July 2, 2015

Dates June 2015

Hello dear ones! Chris and I had a couple of awesome movie themed dates recently. Enjoy these original dates: Miss Congeniality and Fun with Dick and Jane. Here’s how it went down.

Date Night Disclaimer: These dates are intended for married couples. You may not like my movie choices based upon your own convictions. If that’s the case, then I encourage you to adapt these ideas for the movies of your choice. Ultimately my goal is to inspire others to have a fun marriage.

Miss Congeniality Date Night

We rented the movie Miss Congeniality. It’s about an agent that goes undercover as a beauty pageant contestant. So I set a table fit for a beauty queen.

First we got in the spirit of things by watching funny pageant videos on youtube. World peace! Just sayin’.

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I found everything at the Dollar Tree. I have trophies, ribbons, and medals for our contests later. I have a tiara and bouquet of flowers for the winner. I used crepe paper for the banners.

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The hubby and I enjoyed a nice dinner. Then we prepared to compete. I’ll admit…the competition was rigged, especially the Evening Gown competition, since my hubby didn’t compete. Ha! I made sure this date was guy friendly. I found a couple of fun things at the Dollar Tree.

“Talent” Competition

Chris was killin’ it on the paddle ball. Once he got the hang of it he was a pro!
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I was embarrassingly hilarious as a ribbon twirler. We each chose a song for the other to use. Chris chose an upbeat dance song for me. I know he had to be laughing inside.
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Chris won most athletic. He also won Best Kisser, but that’s besides the point. Leeland helped hold the trophy. He’s a pretty good kisser too! :)

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Then we each tried to play the recorder. I had an advantage since I play the flute, but it was still harder than it looks.

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I won most musical.


Interview

I found a site that helps contestants prepare for the interview section. First, Chris and I made up funny platforms. Mine was “Save the snails’ Then we asked each other questions.

Here’s the link for questions: http://thepageantplanet.com/233-practice-pageant-questions/

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Evening Gown Competition

My evening gowns competed :). The pink evening gown won!

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I won Miss Date Night!

Fun with Dick and Jane Date Night

(This is the movie from 2005 not 1977. I haven’t seen the older one.)

You can watch the preview here:

Fun with Dick and Jane is about a middle class married couple. Dick has a great job and he and the wife prepare to live extravagantly when Dick is promoted. Unfortunately Dick is being set up to take the fall as his company crashes, and the owner gets away with the money. Dick and thousands of others in the company are now competing for jobs. This is actually a comedy :). Dick and Jane go through all kinds of crazy scenarios as they try to find work. I have listed activities that go along with the movie.

First I gave my hubby this invite. The front is a quote from the movie, just in case I freaked you out a bit. The joke is that the couple is so busy that they don’t have time to be together when they are in the mood. They schedule to have sex on Saturday. Again, this date is for married people. Any married couple with kids can understand the quote.
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Activities (we only did the first three):

  • Learn some Spanish ~ Dick and Jane’s little boy spends so much time with his Spanish nanny, that he speaks in Spanish all the time. This causes a predicament when Dick gets mistaken for an illegal alien. I love that part of the movie.
  • Sing “I Believe I Can Fly” as loud as you can~ Dick sings this in the elevator when he believes he’s being promoted.
  • Find the best disguises~ When Dick and Jane find themselves on the verge of losing everything despite their honest efforts, they resort to being partners in crime. I do not endorse stealing, but they do have some funny outfits. They get into some crazy situations.
  • Play in the sprinkler~ Dick, Jane, and their son become so poor that they bathe in the neighbor’s sprinkler.
  • Find a distortion machine and make funny voices~ Dick and Jane steal from a rude business man that did Dick wrong. They act silly with a voice distortion device.
  • Walmart Bingo~ Dick doesn’t do so well at being a greeter. You can find this fun game at my favorite dating site: http://www.thedatingdivas.com/just-the-two-of-us/walmart-bingo/
  • Have Slushees (make sure to pay!)~ The first thing Dick steals is a Slushee. That is the beginning of his slippery slope into crime.

We watched the movie in our van. Our treats were popcorn, cream sodas, and chocolate.

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Our disguises 

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I think we’d make poor thieves, but that’s a good thing :).

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Well, I hope you enjoyed these ideas and they will inspire you to have your own fun date nights. Do you like themed dates? I’d love to hear about your own dates. Please leave me some comment love.

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

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My Family Rocks! Albany, Ga May 2015 July 1, 2015

Hello dear ones! My family took a trip to Albany, Ga and had a blast at the Flint River Aquarium, Ray Charles Plaza, and Turtle Park. We also saw Art Park and had ice cream at Cool Scoops. Albany has all the bells and whistles of a big city but with small town charm. Let me show you!

Albany

Albany is a hidden gem. We originally went for the Flint River Aquarium but when we got there we discovered a whole lot more. One day I hope to go back to fully explore the area. Here’s what we found:

The Flint River Aquarium~ We really enjoyed it here. It’s not as big as the Atlanta aquarium, but it’s not as crowded either. There was plenty to see and interact with.

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The Turtle Park~ A giant turtle, xylophones, and an awesome playground! What more could you ask for?

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The Art Park~ Art Park was sadly closed when we got there. We were able to look inside though. The park is a groovy place where graffiti is legal. Seriously, they encourage you to spray paint the walls! There’s some great works of art in the park. I can’t wait to go back to explore and to add my own painting.

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Ray Charles Plaza~ This memorial to the late Ray Charles is brilliant. It’s a fountain with his statue on top. You can hear Ray’s greatest tunes coming from the speaker. Piano keys surround him and there’s also raised keys on the sidewalk. It’s like walking on a giant piano! You can sit on an eighth note, and there’s a mural of the treble clef. Every musician should see this place!

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Cool Scoops~ Not far from all of this is a nifty little ice cream shop. The service is great and the people are super friendly.

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Have you ever been to Albany? What’s your favorite attraction? God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

 

White House Study

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Hello dear ones! Michael learned about the White House recently. Here’s a craft and lapbook for you. This would be a good study for Independence Day in the U.S.

First Michael did this short lapbook and learned facts about the White House.
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Link here:

http://www.currclick.com/product/72577/The-White-House–Speedy-Lapbook
Then he and I made the White House out of craft sticks.

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Inspiration here:

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

 

Life with Baby: Breastfeeding & Baby Wearing

Hello dear ones, I’m sitting outside at the Picasso Pizzeria listening to two men play the blues on guitar. I’m taking a break from my kiddos, so I can write about them! Irony, right? I am desperately trying to catch up on posts, but I’m only able to write once a week. Life with a newborn has changed everything. I’m not saying this to complain. I know I’m blessed and I’m thankful for my lil miracle. My boys mean the world to me. Life is just…different.

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I started this series “Life with Baby” to talk about how things have changed since my oldest was little. I am diving into all kinds of baby trends. Okay, so breastfeeding is not a “trend” per say, but there was a time not too long ago when doctors told women that breastfeeding was bad. Yep, my grandparents would’ve been told that. Now we know that “breast is best”.

God created womens’ bodies to do amazing things. Not only do we carry a being that’s still uploading ;), but we also nourish that child with our bodies once they are born. That’s awesome! My buddy Hannah (you hear a lot about her) is a La Leche League leader. The La Leche League is a breastfeeding support group. Hannah gives me a lot of advice. I’m very thankful for her.

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I only breastfed Michael for 3 months, but I want to go longer with Leeland. It hasn’t been easy though. Leeland had a substantial tongue tie. Hannah noticed it and told me. Thankfully we found a surgeon who clipped it for us. Still, there are times when Leeland pulls off or accidentally hurts me. And I’ll admit that every now and then we use formula so I can get a break (& keep my sanity). I try to pump but that doesn’t always go according to plan. I’m doing my best though. Moms can only do their best. Sometimes women can’t breastfeed, but that doesn’t mean they don’t love their children. If you are able to breastfeed, I encourage you to find a support group. I had so many misconceptions about breastfeeding. Even my pediatrician gave conflicting info at times. Thankfully Hannah and my breastfeeding consultant set me straight. It also helped to talk to other women in my shoes.

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Breastfeeding has been different this go around. Breastfeeding in public is more acceptable. I’m learning to use a cover in all kinds of places….even while walking at the aquarium. One of the benefits to breastfeeding is that it’s always available. I can feed my baby anytime anywhere. I don’t have to worry about fixing a bottle or buying formula. A neat fact that I learned is that when my baby feeds, his saliva lets my breasts know what germs he’s been exposed to. Then they make milk that helps fight those particular germs. I hope I wrote that right. That’s how I remember it anyways.

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Secondly, I’ve started baby wearing. The wraps and carriers they have today come in all kinds of shapes and patterns. There is an art to wrapping. I do not have that talent. I’ve only found one carrier that I’m super comfortable with and I bought it at Walmart. The chic wrap I bought online was too small and complicated. I had another that worked when Leeland was brand new but not long after. Baby wearing is definitely a new trend. There’s social groups and everything.

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So how about you, mom? Have you tried baby wearing? What’s your favorite type? How long did you breastfeed? What got you through the sleepless nights? God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

Life with Baby: Cloth Diapers

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/life-with-baby-cloth-diapers/

 

Independence Day Crafts & Fun 2014

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Here’s last year’s post. Have a happy Independence Day! God bless and remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

Originally posted on amberdover:

Hello dear ones! I hope you are well. I want to show you the crafts we did this year for the 4th of July.

In 2012 we made fireworks in a jar, Independence candles using salt and food coloring, and we decorated a t-shirt. I also painted Michael’s face before we saw fireworks. There’s also a short lapbook. Link here:

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2012/07/09/crafty-monday-independence-day-crafts-the-4th-of-july/

2013 we celebrated our first Family Olympics. Link here:

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/my-family-rocks-sunday-2013-family-olympics/

This year…

  • I made a Summer wreathe out of red, white, and blue flip flops and a bow. I got it all at the Dollar Tree.
  • The wreathe goes perfect with the patriotic flip flop welcome mat, I made a couple of years ago.
  • Michael made a flag out of popsicle sticks.
  • Michael did another Independence Day lapbook.
  • Flip flops are a theme in my house, this Summer. I’ve also been making Summery…

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Pentecost & Bike Safety June 23, 2015

Hello dear ones! We made a special dove painting for Pentecost this year. I’ve also got pictures from the Bike safety class our homeschool group did with the Columbus cops. Enjoy.

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• Pentecost Dove Painting ~ I was inspired by this similar painting on Pinterest:

Michael painted a sunset on canvas. Then we modge podged a dove silhouette, a Bible verse about the Holy Spirit, and words about the Holy Spirit on top.

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Pentecost in the New Testament is the time when the Holy Spirit came to live inside Jesus’ believers. Sometimes the Spirit is represented by a dove. He is our comforter, counselor, and healer. This was a special time because in the past only a select few had the Spirit visit them. No one had the Holy Spirit live inside them permanently until Pentecost.

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• Bike Safety~ One of our homeschool moms is married to a park cop. He rides a bike through the parks. So her husband and his buddies visited our group and gave a bike safety course. It was great.

The guys showed the kids the proper way to wear a helmet. One cop demonstrated what happens when you don’t wear a helmet and get in an accident. He used a cantaloupe to show this. We have Crazy Carl who doesn’t wear his helmet and gets smashed all over the floor. Then we have Careful Carla who always wears her helmet. She does fine in an accident.

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Then the kids watched a video on bike safety. They learned hand signals for riding in traffic. Michael volunteered to come up and show the signals he learned.

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Lastly, the kids got to hear the sirens on the cop car.

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Leeland hanging out.

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Well, that’s it. God bless and remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

 

The Columbus River Walk and Heritage Park

Hello dear ones! Columbus Ga has a beautiful River walk. There are historical sites in downtown right above the River Walk. Our family (including my mom and stepdad) explored the area including Heritage Park. Enjoy the pics!

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Columbus, Ga was a center during the Civil War. There are cannons and other neat historic markers on the sidewalk above the River Walk.

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Then you can take the stairs or a ramp down to the actual River Walk. It’s a great place to ride bikes, and there are a couple amphitheaters. We had a preacher invite us to church at the outdoor amphitheater. Sadly, we didn’t get to go.

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Michael finally got better at his bike this year. So we let him ride along the River Walk.

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Here’s me carrying Leeland.

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After, we walked across the road to the Heritage Park. It’s near the Columbus Coca Cola Space and Science Center. There’s a replica of Columbus’ dam and several statues honoring Columbus’ different industry workers.

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Coca Cola

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Textiles

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Iron works
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River Boat

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I think this is a doctor.

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This looks like a farmer.

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Family pics

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A flower in Papa’s memory (my dad)

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God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

 

 
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