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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! Sunday: Terabithia & Costume Fun November 3, 2013

In this post: The family transforms Michael’s playhouse into Terabithia. Costume fun at Fall festivals. Also a pumpkin carving and owls that share God’s love :). Meet Glinda/Evanora, Bilbo the Hobbit, and Jace from Duck Dynasty!

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Hello dear ones! We’ve had an eventful October. We don’t do scary stuff on Halloween. We like to go to Fall festivals throughout the month. So costume fun isn’t just one day for us. I’m really against anything gory or ghoulish. I love Autumn and I love dressing up though (candy’s not that bad either). I also think Halloween itself is a great opportunity to reach out to kids.

Michael helped me color these owl papers and I put John 3:16 on the back. Then I taped it to a bag of candy.

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I grew up being well aware of the roots of Halloween etc… But I believe what the enemy means for bad can be put to use for the good (in some cases…). For example, the mall had trick or treat and a church gave out candy bags to hundreds of kids. We got home and found a gospel tract in the bag. So hundreds of kids were given the gospel of Jesus….because of Halloween.  This is also why we keep our light on and leave a bowl of candy. One year we gave away cds with the gospel message for kids on it (cute musical). I don’t believe Christians should fear the day.

Another Halloween tradition that can be used for good is the Jack-o-lantern. We like to carve pumpkins and we don’t worship the devil ;). The story behind the Jack-o-lantern is grim but I like to put the light to good use. Jesus is the light of the world and what better night to share His light than Halloween when all manner of ghouls are glorified? Chris is pretty handy and he’s carved elaborate designs like “Jesus loves you” and a cross before. This year we went simple and stayed with “God’s love” as a theme. So we had a big heart. I didn’t bother with real candles this year.

Michael used gloves to dig out the pumpkin guts. My lil man doesn’t like to get his hands dirty! 🙂 We saved the guts so we can plant the seeds back in the pumpkin later. Chris carved the pumpkin but I came up with the design. So it was a family matter.

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Now, a little break from trick or treat. I’ll get back to the costumes in a bit :).

Michael finished readingThe Bridge to Terabithia” the week before. I wanted to save the details for today since the biggest Terabithia project was a family thing.  Michael read the book and reviewed with me. I had him draw his own fantasy land in his reading journal. It’s called “Funnyland” with “magic and funniness”. He also made a leaf crown which we reused for our Greek studies. We were going to build a small bridge but didn’t.  We also watched the movie. But the best idea came from Michael….

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He wanted to transform his playhouse into Terabithia. I’ve been wanting to paint the faded playhouse for ages. Chris took Michael to the hardware store to pick out paint. I found various odds and ends to make a wind chime or “bells”. I hung up string to make a nature loom that Michael could weave leaves and flowers into. Then we all painted. You can see “Terabithia” written on the top. Chris helped me fill an old tire with dirt and Michael’s flowers. Chris also cut pieces of wood so I could have fantasy road signs. We have Narnia, Terabithia, Oz, the Shire, and my own fictional city, Davar.  I went back later and made “Narnia” more legible. I’ve never had nice handwriting.

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Michael likes to read and do schoolwork inside Terabithia. It was a lovely sunny week so what the who! I love the bubbles picture. My baby is adorable :).

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Now, for costume fun. Are you ready to meet some celebrities? Okay, so it’s really us but I think our costumes were great for the price. Jace was super easy. Chris was just himself!  He usually keeps his hair back in a pony tail though. If you’ve kept up with this blog then you know we love Duck Dynasty. They remind us of family :).  Michael’s Hobbit costume did cost a pretty penny and we had to order it online but his was the only one.

I decided to be two people. This time I was Evanora the wicked witch of the East from the movie “Oz the Great and Powerful”. I don’t like evil but I really liked Evanora’s style. No one knew who I was but this outfit was the prettiest of the two.  I got the black dress from Goodwill way back when. I added green sleeves. I bought the necklace online. It’s not the official necklace but it’s so much prettier. I got the earrings at Target. I will be re-wearing the jewelry often for sure.  I ordered Evanora’s head band online.  I had difficulty achieving her hairstyle so I did a simple bun and pulled my part loose a bit. I went with green eye shadow and lots of silver glitter.

We all went to a church Fall festival and visited my Mom afterwards.

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Then on Halloween day I was Glinda the good witch of Oz. I mixed old Glinda with the new. So I have the modern Glinda’s crown and wand. My dress is pink for the old Glinda.  I wore light make up with silver and blue eye shadow. I added glitter too. It’s hard to tell with flash. I felt prettier in this outfit than I actually was. I should’ve used the pink fabric for a shawl instead of sewing it to the back of my dress. I had so many wardrobe issues.  I’ve had the pink dress forever. The tutu I made for Mom during our Oz party. I just made it shorter for me. My white tights were black from Evanora’s shoes :(. That little jewel on the crown left a bruise.

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Michael and I “trick or treated” at the library and mall. No one knew who I was this time either but all the little girls lit up and said “Look at the princess!”.  For a night I felt like a character at Disney World. There were adults dressed up but I think I was the only poofy pink adult princess. So the kids wanted to say “hi” to me. I felt like a nicer person in the Glinda costume. Ha!

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I got so excited that I decided to have a fashion show when I got home. I even pulled out my wedding dress from the closet. It’s been 8 or 9 years since I’ve taken it out. I was happy to see that I still fit. It was a tad tight but that’s it. I really like that dress. I’m planning a costume for it without the train. I know I can never sell my dress and I hate for it to collect dust. It’s such a pure white dress…so delicate…sigh.

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And I leave you with this…

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Chris feeding Tessa with chopsticks. Ignore the cat’s bottom. What a week! Did you dress up this year? Please share your costumes/ kid’s costumes in the comments :). God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

 

Virtual Friday: Costume Fun at Hogsmeade November 1, 2013

Hello dear ones! Last night, after taking Michael around for candy and having the darndest time with my pink tutu Glenda dress…I propped up my feet and decided to have some costume fun in Second Life. I was only able to find one family friendly place to “trick or treat” per sey. Really I just walked around and clicked on pumpkins for free clothes. Inara’s had a pumpkin hunt. Inara’s clothing shop is located in a Harry Potter-ish sim. So I was able to explore Hogsmeade. I was too tired to see if Hogwarts was there.

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The hardest part of the evening was finding the right costume. I loooove to dress up…in Second Life and real life.  I firmly believe in my avatar staying true to my real life morals and personality. Though if I dressed as Tinkerbell  I would be more modest. I also have an adult body in real life so there is that big difference lol.

In the end I chose the most expensive costume for the night…the unicorn. I usually don’t spend that much on virtual clothes but I have a girly love for unicorns. The sadistic side of me wants to say “Charlie! Let’s go to candy mountain, Charlie!” He he he 🙂 (Google it). Here I am with the loot at the end of the night.

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I just have to show you the other costumes up close :). Then we will head to Hogsmeade and I also have a frightening discovery to share about my house!

I wanted to go as Audrey Hepburn but I just found a sweater…not a costume that would fit. All the good clothes are going to toddledoos these days…ugg so annoying.  I don’t want to have to switch to a toddler avatar.  I would so wear this sweater in real life…the whole outfit really. It went well over my fall clothes.

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The puppy dog was my second favorite costume. I had a hard time choosing between it and the unicorn.

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This is actually a combo of two outfits. The puppy costume I bought was too small in some areas. So I had to find a shirt and leggings to go with it. Maybe I’ll do this in years to come for real life…though I think I want to be a white owl next year.

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The Butterfly Princess is the most elegant costume. I had to use a different top for it too.

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Lastly, this pumpkin girl outfit is adorable. Oh, if i had a little girl…

If you’re wondering about the candy bag…it actually has a little girl’s voice in it that says “trick or treat” when you touch it.

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So then I headed to Inara’s for the pumpkin hunt.  You can find Inara’s and Hogsmeade here:

Visit Jack and Jones (131, 90, 30)

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After finding all the pumpkins I went exploring. Here’s Dervish and Banges.
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Inside Hogshead.

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Halloween decor was everywhere.  The area looked very authentic and detailed.

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Inside Madam Puddifoot’s.

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Inside Honeyduke’s. You can see Burt’s every flavor beans.

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Outside The Three Broomsticks.

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Inside The Three Broomsticks.

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I don’t know if you noticed but I’ve finally realized how to scale images on here. Yaaa! At the end of the street there was a lovely little park.

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Sand castles!

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Just keep swinging, swinging, swinging…

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Weeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!

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Now, let’s head home and check the candy. I didn’t get this for free. I had to buy the bowls. They give out candy bags when you touch them. Maybe I’ll put them on my porch next year.

What the heck! My room is being invaded by spiders! This was not planned!

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They kept coming in my room. Then they followed me to the playroom. I was a bit freaked out…virtually speaking ;). I love using emoticons on my avatar…too cute.

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So I did some investigating and found the source of my infestation problem. The haunted house next door has spiders that come down the trees. I’ve never had issues with them before but for some reason they kept coming in my yard and house. I hope they take them down soon. It’s rather disturbing.

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Well, I hope everyone had a lovely holiday. Halloween in second life isn’t the kid friendliest. It’s full of gory parties and horror…things I don’t seek out. I’m glad I was able to find a safe and beautiful place to explore. It was a relaxing night…despite the spider invasion. God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover