The High King Lives

Crafty Monday: Independence Day crafts (the 4th of July) June 30, 2014

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Hello dear ones! Here’s my 4th of July post from two years ago. It has some neat activities. Enjoy! God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover


Hello dear ones 🙂 I hope you had a lovely weekend. I’ve got several Fourth of July crafts and activities to share. Enjoy the pics etc 🙂

We started our day with an Independence Day lapbook.

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We also read a couple of books about Francis Scott Key and  “The Star Spangled banner”.

Nana and Grandad came over to join the fun. While Chris grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, the rest of us were being crafty :). You can find our ideas on my Pinterest at:

First, we made fireworks in a jar, which took a lot of trial and error. We found it was best not to pour all the mixture in at once. This craft is on Pinterest.

Food Coloring, Oil, water, and a glass vase….voila!

Then I taught everyone how to make Fourth of July Candles.

Materials: Mason Jar/ baby food jar…

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My Family Rocks! Sunday: Summer Bucketlist June 29, 2014

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Hello dear ones! I haven’t forgotten you. I have plenty to say about Belize and Lord willing that post is coming. For now, here’s our Summer bucketlist from 2012. God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover


Hello friends :). I hope you’re having a lovely Sunday and Summer. It’s been over 100 degrees over here.  As I think I’ve said before, we homeschool year round and take breaks here and there. Michael’s schoolwork is shorter during the summer. So we have extra time to do summery things. We’ve been home a lot because our van was sick but it’s better now :).  Anywho, so we’ve tried to think of fun things to do around the house. I found a couple of lists I like on Pinterest and then I added my own ideas to our “Summer Bucketlist“.

We have many more to try but here are some of the things we’ve been doing:

  • Water Guns– this is a no brainer during the summer. Next we hope to have a water balloon war.

Mom joined in too…

  • Chalk on the trampoline and outdoors Twister

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Colonial Road Trip Part 4b: Washington, D.C. Monuments June 7, 2014

Hello dear ones!

Well, this is the last post in my colonial road trip series. The pictures really speak for themselves. We saw a lot of neat monuments. I have them labeled in the picture. My favorite monument was the Lincoln Memorial. It was very inspiring. We spent the whole second day walking to the museums and monuments. We had lunch in a museum that faced the Washington Monument. It was awesome to be able to look at it while eating lunch. Everything shuts down at about five. We missed an art museum because they stopped letting people in 30 minutes before they closed. We wandered through an outdoor art exhibit. It was like a park with weird sculptures etc. We happened upon a glass restaurant by an outdoor ice skating rink. It was fun to ice skate under the moonlight in the city. The snow was still everywhere. It was beautiful. We took the moment and just indulged. We had dessert in the glass restaurant and then went ice skating. Michael did good for his first time.

So our plans didn’t always work out. We had to be flexible. God taught me a lot about flexibility on that trip. I had to face my traffic fears as well (since the wreck).  The trip went really well even though it was different than our plans. I’m so glad I had those moments with my family. 🙂 Enjoy the pics below.

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


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Colonial Road Trip Part 4a: Washington, D.C. Museums June 6, 2014

Dear ones, welcome to the first part of the last stop on our colonial road trip: Washington, D.C.  The picture collage says it all. You can see what we saw in the Smithsonian museums that we visited. We actually only visited one museum the first day in D.C. So you’re seeing two days worth of museums. Our first day in D.C. did not go as planned. We had no clue how long it would take to ride the metro. Then everything shut down shortly after we arrived. We couldn’t find a bathroom or anything so we just rode the metro back to the station. We had to wait a long time for the hotel shuttle to pick us up. We were freezing. Did I mention that there had just been a winter storm? Yes, that’s why there was snow everywhere!

So…D.C. was a culture shock for this country bumpkin. The houses are so close together. Everything is crowded. The hotel was nice but small. It was like a sardine can compared to the Southern hotels we had stayed in. The shuttle driver drove so close to other cars that I about had a panic attack. Remember, this trip was shortly after my bad wreck. Let’s just say that I had some major traffic anxiety on this trip. When we got to the metro station for the first time, Chris and I just stared at each other and then back at the Metro. We were obviously so clueless and obviously not from around there (Chris was wearing his old army jacket and looking very…ummm not like a city person), that a Metro lady practically took us by the hand and showed us how to use the metro. We forgot half of what she said when we got back. We didn’t realize that we needed to pay an extra dollar to leave. She chided us for forgetting and just let us through. I was afraid we’d never leave the metro!

It was strange because everyone was in their own world. In the south people usually talk..even if it’s useless chit chat. But most people on the metro were wearing headphones or reading papers. My son wanted to stand up with his Dad. Michael was the only one talking for awhile. It was strange. I was also worried that the Metro would stop suddenly (like it does) and pitch Michael to the floor. It’s like a game. You see who can jump through the metro door before it speeds away and chops you in half.  Anywho, we finally grasped the workings of the Metro, on the second day. Then it was time to leave! 😛 So it goes…

We saw some neat things in the museums. It was neat to see real mummies. If you remember, we studied Egypt at the beginning of the year. Michael was terrified of mummies but I think seeing a real mummy took away his fears. He realized they’re dead and can’t hurt him. What amazed me about the city, was the vastness of it and the diversity of people. We heard three different languages all in one place. I also realized that the culture and atmosphere of the Metro changed depending on where we stopped. There were business men and poor people all riding together. That was unusual. Where we’re from, mainly poorer people ride the bus. It was eye opening to see such a melting pot.

That night, we  were hungry and cold. Our food supply had dwindled and some of it had went bad. I was upset with how much we had to throw out. So our plan for a cheap vacation went out the window. We ended up eating out. I actually had a Thanksgiving meal (turkey and mashed potatoes) at an Italian restaurant. It was strange. It was a fancy restaurant except that they sold drinks from a freezer. Yeah, it was a strange blend. The next day we ate out too. After eating peanutbutter sandwiches for days, we just had to give in. It would’ve been too hard to carry all our food with us on the Metro and then as we walked all over D.C.  Yeah, you know what they say about the best laid plans…If there is a next time, I’ll be more prepared. And for those of you who have a brain like mine, frozen pizzas can’t be microwaved! Yeah, I was not thinking….wasted pizzas…what a bummer.

We also bought a window scraper for our car because of the snow. Actually we got that in Virginia. We’ve never needed one before. I think I saw snow twice, growing up. Only once was it thick enough to play in. Anywho, it was a fun trip and we just had to be flexible. We really enjoyed each other and the experience (except the traffic). Join me tomorrow for the last post in this series, as we explore the awesome monuments of D.C. Enjoy the pictures!

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

PS:Most of this obviously isn’t colonial. But we did see things from that time. It turned out to be more of a historical road trip.



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Colonial Road Trip Part 3: Williamsburg, Virginia June 4, 2014

Hello dear ones! In March my family took a road trip from Savannah to Washington D.C. On the way we stopped in Williamsburg, Virginia. It is an awesome colonial town. Unfortunately a winter storm blew in and our two days in Virginia were not very colonial. It is a rare occasion that Colonial Williamsburg closes but this time it did. Thankfully our hotel was close to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum. We didn’t have far to drive in the snow. I think we saw some of the neatest historical pieces at Ripley’s. We did stop back in Virginia on our way home from D.C. but it was late at night. So we only caught a brief ghost tour at Colonial Williamsburg. The weather was so bad that the tour was all inside the tavern. This same night we drove to North Carolina in a hail storm! It was scary and big trucks were all over the sides of the road. Anyways, we will definitely have to go back to Williamsburg and make it one big trip.

However, I’ve got lots of pictures from Ripley’s and of us playing in the snow. The Holiday Inn at Williamsburg was very cozy. They even had a fireplace. We watched a lot of Duck Dynasty and kept safe from the storm. Ripley’s closed early for the storm but we made it all the way through the museum in time. Enjoy the pics! Tomorrow I share the last part of our trip: Washington D.C. We saw plenty there.

In the pictures below: Ripley’s in the snow, the world’s tallest man, a Civil War surgeon’s kit, a slave contract, an African snake totem, Ripley’s hollogram, the Statue of Liberty gum sculpture, Abe Lincoln’s picture in butterflies, butterfly art, and us playing in the snow. We saw a lot but that’s too many pictures to share.


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

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Colonial Road Trip Part 2: South of the Border, South Carolina June 3, 2014

Hello dear ones! My family took a trip from Savannah to Washington D.C. On the way we stumbled across this gem, South of the Border. It’s a very touristy mini amusement park on the border of South and North Carolina. We were on our way to Williamsburg, Virginia when I realized we were not going to make it to VA in time to do anything. So we took a detour at South of the Border. It was nice to stretch our legs during our 7 hour trip.

South of the Border has a Mexican flare. It’s made up of several shops and there is a Reptile center, “Reptile Lagoon”. We took pictures with all the statues and enjoyed an ice cream cone (a real one, not the big fake one!). We enjoyed seeing reptiles from all over the world at the Reptile Lagoon.  In the pictures below, you can see Michael sitting on a “jackelope”, reading the atlas while we traveled, standing by a Native American manequinn at the South Carolina welcome center, and checking out the neat reptiles. We even have a King Cobra on here. Lastly, Chris and Michael resting after we finally made it to Virginia. What a long day! We would spend two days in Williamsburg, while a winter storm blew in….

More tomorrow! Enjoy the pics!

South of the Border

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

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Colonial Road Trip Part 1: Savannah

Hello dear ones! This series of posts was a long time coming. Back in March our family took a colonial road trip from Savannah to Washington D.C.  I’m finally going to share it with you, starting with Savannah, Georgia;  only an hour from my hometown of Jesup. Savannah is a charming Southern city. It was a pleasure to take my son Michael on his first tour there. I just love the old oak trees that stretch everywhere. We only had time for one day in Savannah. Chris and I spent our 5th anniversary there. We stayed at the Historic Hamilton Turner Inn. This time though we stayed at a Holiday Inn. In fact, that’s all we stayed in our whole trip. I’m a member of Holiday Inn’s rewards program so I earn rewards for my trips.

God called me to Belize after we had planned the colonial road trip. I knew I couldn’t cancel since I had promised Michael. But we did cut back on spending and we took food for snacks and dinner. We had some unexpected expenses as some of our food spoiled in the cooler and other things that happened. But we did try to go cheap. The most unexpected thing was the severity of the weather but I’ll get to that in another post.  For now, enjoy the pictures of Colonial Savannah. We had a blast walking around the old city at night.  We visited Forsyth Park that day and took pictures by the fountain. There’s also a picture of James Olgethorpe the founder of Georgia’s colony. It was great to see in person what we were about to learn about in homeschool…


Lastly, we had pizza at the hotel and enjoyed having cable t.v. 🙂 I found this pretend shaving kit for Michael and I found bath dyes to dye his bath water. Our bath at home is messed up so we only use the shower. It’s always a treat to use a big tub. Michael still plays with his shaving kit.  We would get up early the next morning for a large breakfast at the Holiday Inn’s restaurant (more than a continental breakfast) and then drive about 7 hours to Williamsburg, Virginia. We stopped about halfway in South Carolina. More on that tomorrow…

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

PS: Have you ever been to Savannah? What was your favorite site there?

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The 1800’s Week 3: Native Americans, the Alamo, Edgar Allan Poe, & the Gold Rush

In this post: Food, games, crafts, & fun as we study Native Americans, the Alamo, Edgar Allan Poe, & the Gold Rush! Also a composter study on Beethoven! Pull up a chair  and hang out :).

Hello dear ones! This is how we studied week 3 of the 1800’s:

Native Americans

  • We read about the Trail of Tears in Story of the World Book 3.
  • We read books about Native Americans: The Cherokee Indians, The Girl Who Lived With the Bears, & Follow the Stars.
  • We read Native American nursery rhymes.
  • Michael drew a picture of American bison from his Draw through History book.
  • We watched movies about Native Americans: The Trail of Tears, Dear America season 1 episodes 1 &2, and Mandie & the Cherokee Treasure.  The Dear America series is on Netflix and it’s just wonderful. It’s fictional diaries of historical women.
  • We wove a basket with a basket weaving kit.
  • Chris made Native American Fry Bread. We tried it with butter and then with powdered sugar. I prefer the latter.
  • Michael made a papoose and a Native American drum.
  • Michael played the online game: Mission US mission 3: Cheyenne Odyssey
  • We took a trip to Fort Mitchell and saw the Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Center outside of it. We saw where the Creek Trail of Tears began. We learned about the Indian Creek Wars and we toured the old fort. We looked at old stage coaches.

Edgar Allan Poe

  • We went to the park and read  The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe. We happened to see a raven or a crow at the park.
  • We watched videos about the genius of ravens. They really CAN mimic human speech. They can even use tools. Links are at the end of the post.
  • Michael typed out part of the poem, “The Raven”. I printed it on scrapbook paper. Then I pasted it on fabric with a paper raven.
  • We watched an old Mr. Peabody episode on Edgar Allan Poe.

The Alamo

  • We read about the Alamo in Story of the World book 3.
  • We watched Dear America Season1 episode 7 about the Alamo. It shows a Texan family during the Mexican American war.
  • Michael drew the Alamo from his Draw Through History book.
  • Michael made a model of the Alamo with styrofoam blocks. He had his own war with his little figurines.

The Gold Rush

  • We read about the Gold Rush in Story of the World book 3.
  • Michael did a lapbook on the California Gold Rush. Michael did a worksheet on what he would bring if he was a miner.
  • We “panned” for gold. I filled our kiddie pool with dirt and aquarium gems. The orange represented fool’s gold and the yellow, gold.
  • Michael played the online game “Rush for Gold-California”. You can buy it on It’s quite addictive but it shows how the miners start mining towns. It’s easy and fun.
  • We ate fish soup, a sort of gumbo.
  • I made chocolate “nuggets” with peanuts and chocolate.


  • Michael did a composer study of Beethoven.
  • He learned how to play Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.
  • We watched “Beethoven’s Wig” a parody of the symphony.
  • Michael read “Little House in the Big Woods” as he continues with the Little House series.
  • We visited the Columbus Museum and Michael sat in an old one room schoolhouse.

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