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The High King Lives

Writing Spaces July 23, 2015

Hello dear ones! Believe it or not, I am still writing my trilogy The Truth Seeker’s Chronicles. I’m on the second book and hope to release all three at the same time. I’ve made it a priority to leave the house once a week and go write. Some of this time is taken up writing my blog as well. I found several nifty places to write. I’m excited to have found these, because it’s easy to be creative in the right atmosphere. Here are some spots in downtown Columbus, Ga.

Iron Bank Coffee~ Iron Bank is my favorite place to write. The classy coffee/snack shop is located inside an actual old bank. They have a large room upstairs that can be reserved. The two vaults on the main floor are decorated rustic chic and one has a couch to sit on. The prices are reasonable and the service wonderful. I also like to sit by the window and look out at the street. They also have live bands and special events like Trivia night.

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Looking at the rain while sitting by the door

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Upstairs ~ I can just imagine rich bankers standing around discussing business up here long long ago.

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The Vaults

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Freeze Frame Yogurt Shop~ I’m not as acquainted with Freeze Frame but I like it so far. It stays open later than Iron Bank. You can customize your yogurt and you pay by the ounce. It’s similar to Sweet Frog but it has the rustic feel of downtown.  They have local artwork on the brick walls. I found this very unique gummy frog to put on my yogurt. I didn’t eat it though. It was too cute. I was pleased with the service as well.

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Picasso Pizza~  I like to eat outside of this pizzeria and hear different musicians play an acoustic set. One day I listened to these elderly chaps play the blues. Sometimes our contemporary music minister plays here. The pizza is delicious, and one slice is enough to fill me up. The only problem with writing outside during the Summer is the bugs. I think I’ll like it more in the fall.

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There’s still so much of downtown to explore. I hope to share more with you soon. God bless and remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

 

The Columbus River Walk and Heritage Park June 23, 2015

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

 

Free Comic Book Day & Chris’ 31st Birthday June 3, 2015

Hello dear ones! Michael and I had a mother-son date at the Coca Cola Space and Science Center in Columbus, Ga. They were having Free Comic Book Day. Several people dressed up like comic book characters.
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Okay, Elsa is not a comic book character but I got a picture with her anyways.

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Michael and I with Batman.

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Some of the Avenger’s

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A comic book writer (not sure which one) taught us how to make a mini comic book using one sheet of paper.

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We bought a couple of comics and then got a few free

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Lastly, Chris turned 31 in May. We didn’t do much since it was around Mother’s Day & his graduation.

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There’s always something interesting going on in Columbus. Well, God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

 

Exploring the Americas April 4, 2014

In this post: Come hang out as we learn about famous explorers & the Americas. We also learn about the Mayans, the Incans, and the Aztecs. 

Hello dear ones! I am several weeks behind on these crafty posts. You may have noticed but I’m not labeling my posts in the title anymore. I’m just posting them on whatever day I can. But I’m still tagging them in the right category. So you can still find all the crafty posts under Crafty Mondays.

Well, we took a week long vacation to explore historic sites from Savannah to D.C.  When we got back we were ready to jump into (more) learning (well, I was :P). We had fun with the Middle ages. Now we are off to explore the New World. Here’s how we did it:

  • We began Pilgrims, Pirates, & Patriots, our Draw & Write Through History book. This is actually what guides us. Story of the World is extra.
  • I hung up an Explorers in the New World banner across our room.
  • Michael colored and put together a Columbus hat, and spyglass with a map of Columbus’ explorations on it.  Then we headed to the park to be explorers ourselves.
  • We had a picnic by the water (a big rock was our ship), and I read about Columbus & Amerigo Vespucci (America’s namesake) in Story of the World Book 3.
  • I found this great lapbook on explorers and Native Americans (South & Central). I’ll provide links at the end. It had us mark Columbus and Magellan’s routes. We also marked out how many men died on Magellan’s voyage. A lot of people died in the search for the New World. We compared Columbus and the conquistadors.
  • Michael started reading “Who Was Columbus?” 
  • We put together a ship in a bottle. We ended the day with ice cream and we conquered the world ;).
  • The next couple of days we read about the Mayans, the Incans, and the Aztecs.
  • We watched a video on Netflix about the Mayans and the conquistadors.
  • We both made a Mayan eye of God craft. Then Michael put together a tp roll quetzal, an important bird to all of the Central/South Americans.
  • We learned about Montezuma and the Aztecs. Michael made a clay Aztec sun.
  • We talked about the Incans, watched The Emperor’s New Groove, and I made a stuffed llama for Michael.
  • We ended our week by learning about Walter Raleigh and the lost colony. We also learned about Jacque Cartiers and his “discovery” of Canada.

Links after the picture…

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Here’s the Pinterest link we’ll be using through April:

 Llama pattern:

Quetzal:

http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/mquetzal.html

 God’s Eyes craft

http://www.caron-net.com/kidfiles/kidsapr.html

Ship in a bottle:

http://www.nogginsandnonsense.blogspot.com/2010/10/tutorial-ships-in-bottle-christopher.html

Lapbook & Aztec Sun idea:

http://www.123homeschool4me.com/2012/02/explorers-part-4magellan-conquistadors.html

Columbus hat and spyglass :

http://www.layers-of-learning.com/columbus-hat-spyglass-craft/

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

The Renaissance (start here):

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2014/03/06/the-renaissance-week-1-the-reformation-great-artists/

The Middle Ages (start here):

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/middle-ages-week-1-celts-anglo-saxons-king-arthur/

Rome (start here):

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/crafty-monday-our-julius-caesar-party-rome-week-1/

Greece (start here):

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/crafty-monday-greece-week-1-down-at-the-farm/

Egypt

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/09/16/crafty-monday-part-1-ancient-egypt/

All our History lessons:

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/category/crafty-mondays/geographyhistory/

The 1600’s Week 1: https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/the-1600s-week-1-the-flying-dutchman-sumo-wrestling/