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The High King Lives

Storybook adventure in SecondLife, Mother Son dates, & Spinach Artichoke Dip April 30, 2012

Hello friends 🙂 I’d say we’re having a weekend combo but my hubby needed my computer for schoolwork all weekend. So this is a late combo of Virtual Friday and My Family Rocks! Sunday. First, I’m going to share with you  this nifty spot in the virtual world that’s basically an interactive story book of  “Where the Wild Things Are”. Then I had a lovely weekend with my son at Disney on Ice and also a Mother-Son Date Knight at Chik-Fil-A (it’s supposed to be spelled that way). Lastly, there’s one of my favorite recipes, Spinach Artichoke Dip. Enjoy the pics and let’s begin!

#1 Interactive Story “Where the Wild Things Are” in SecondLife

Visit Harrison (160, 111, 42)

PS: My avatar is dressed up as Rapunzel from Disney’s “Tangled” 🙂


I am super excited to share this gem of the virtual world with you. I found this on SecondLife’s destination guide but it didn’t give any info about what story was interactive. I was pleased to find the adventure centered around the popular children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are“.

For those of you who don’t know, “Where the Wild Things Are” is a book about a little boy named Max. Max likes to pretend he’s a monster and dresses up like one. Max gets upset at his mother and refuses supper. He goes into his room and it magically transforms into the wilderness where he meets the Wild things.

Max has fun with the wild things but he soon misses his home and decides to leave. When he “returns” his mom has left his supper on the table and he eats it up.

There was a movie recently made about this book. It showed Max as a deeply disturbed child. It taught a good lesson but there were some disturbing and dark scenes.  I like the book better.

#2 Disney on Ice & Mother Son Date Knight at Chik-Fil-A

We had such a lovely weekend (well Thursday through Saturday really). We usually try to only do a couple of big events each month because money is tight. So we saved up and looked forward to Disney on Ice. It had been a couple of years since we had went to the show. Last time we saw Tinker Bell and there was alot of confetti and light tricks. Michael fell in love with the little fairy then but he’d probably deny it now lol. I still like to watch the Tinkerbell movies. If you don’t allow magic (even make believe kind) then you probably don’t watch alot of Disney. Our approach with the magic in Disney is open communication. Michael knows none of it is real and if he ever saw something weird or fairy like in real life he knows to rebuke it. 😉

Some of these pics are a bit blurry because of the smoke and lights. This Disney on Ice featured “The Lion King”, “The Little Mermaid”, “Peter Pan”, and “Lilo and Stitch”. It was of course hosted by Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy. Don’t judge me but we took our own snacks in my big bag. I didn’t have 50 bucks for refreshments….also we didn’t bring home any light up swords etc. That stuff just cost too much. Maybe another year….

Michael had never seen “Lilo and Stitch” so we watched it the next day. I had forgotten how kewl it was. Ohana means “family” :)…sigh.

Michael’s favorite Disney movie is “The Lion King”.

Mine is probably “The Little Mermaid” because it was the first movie I saw in the theater with my parents (before they divorced). As a kid I’d pretend I was Ariel.

I went around sing “Ah ah ahhhhh”. Family and friends liked to show me off and boost my ego but actually looking back I didn’t sound that good! I was 4 to 6. Thankfully they didn’t shatter my dreams lol. We have most of the Disney films on VHS from when I was a kid.

I didn’t realize it til afterwards but “Peter Pan” came out in the 50’s. Wow….

Chik-Fil-A is awesome. I love those people. Seriously, my local Chik-Fil-A has the best service. I also love how the kids meals have toys etc that teach morals. My son got a Mother’s Day book last time and he’s been filling it out. They also have family nights and lately I’ve seen Father-Daughter and Mother-Son date nights.

Michael and I saved up and planned to go to the Mother-Son Date Knight. They spelled it “Knight” because the theme was knights. Michael didn’t have a knight costume and I figured since it was a date we would dress up…

The tables were so pretty and we were waited on…at a fast food restaurant. How neat is that!

I loved the paper with conversation ideas on the table. One question asked if being a knight was all about sword fighting. Michael and I talked about how a knight has to be loyal, courageous, and humble.

Michael was my knight 🙂

They also had cardboard shields on the table and Michael drew a dragon for our crest.

On the back it showed the different symbols and what they mean’t. The dragon wasn’t on there but I think of the mighty leviathan. The leviathan’s scales were so strong that a spear couldn’t pierce  it. I have to admit…the leviathan is my favorite dragon/dinosaur. I love how detailed the Biblical book of Job is about this creature. I will also have a leviathan in my book, The Truth Seeker’s Chronicles 😉

Lastly, we ended our date by being chauffeured by a Hummer. We didn’t ride very long but Michael enjoyed it.

It was super kewl seeing the Chik-Fil-A cow.

I encourage you to check and see if your local Chik-Fil-A has any events. I hear the Father-Daughter dates have dancing. I believe “dates” with our children are important. It’s good to have one on one time. Especially if you have several kids…I’d suggest taking them out individually. It’s important on the date to listen to your child and talk about special things.

My favorite “date” with my Dad was this Father-Daughter Purity Ball. I pledged to stay pure and my Dad pledged to protect me. I dressed up in a prom dress and my dad in a suit. We had a fancy dinner and there was dancing. We learned how to waltz. I’ll never forget that. You never know when you will have your last dance with someone you love. My Dad had his legs amputated years later…

#3 Spinach Artichoke Dip

My fav recipe from food.com and it tastes just like the dip in restaurants 🙂

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Mix together Parmesan cheese, spinach, and artichoke hearts.
  3. Combine remaining ingredients and mix with spinach mixture.
  4. Bake for 20-30 minutes.
  5. Serve with crackers or toasted bread.
Well, God bless and remember The High King Lives! ~Amber Dover
PS: I’ll send out the Crafty Monday post soon. I apologize for two posts in one day.
 

3 Responses to “Storybook adventure in SecondLife, Mother Son dates, & Spinach Artichoke Dip”

  1. lorettalittlefield Says:

    Oh how sweet and interesting! Michael is such a little man! He will remember those special times with his Mom and so will she! Nice blog Amber! love ya! Mom

  2. nikky44 Says:

    Missed you ❤ ❤ ❤


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