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My Family Rocks! Sunday: Pirates of the Caribbean Date Night July 14, 2013

Hello dear ones! Once again I was inspired by the Dating Divas for a movie date night. Here it is with some extra ideas. PS: Great marriage & parenting links at the end!

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Chris and I have been watching the Pirates of the Caribbean movies together. We watched the first one with our redneck drive in on the trampoline. This week we watched 2 & 3 inside but it was just as fun.

The Invitation

I got the message in a bottle stationary from Dating Diva’s here:

http://www.thedatingdivas.com/kari/pirates-of-the-caribbean/

I rolled it up inside a bottle and put it in Chris’ lunchbox.

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The Eats

Filet Mignon, baked potatoes, and bread with French cheese and butter.

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Cream Soda Ice-cream Float ~It looks like beer but it’s not….just vanilla ice-cream and cream soda.

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I used the mugs we got in Helen, Ga to make it look like Pirate grog.

We played this game inspired by the Dating Divas. Every time someone said “ship” or “pirate” in the movie, we clanged our mugs and said “Arrrrrr”. Then we took a swig and gave each other a kiss. It was funny because we usually didn’t remember until 30 seconds after it was said lol.

I got this pirate hat cookie idea from: http://www.diamondsfordessert.com/2010/06/jack-sparrows-tricorne.html

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So this is how they looked before I baked them. Note: I cheated and just added cocoa to already made sugar cookie dough. but after they baked…

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I guess they were too thick because now they look more like cowboy hats…if hats at all. They still taste good.

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I made Jack Sparrow’s Compass with  inspiration from here:

http://family.go.com/crafts/craft-628031-the-captains-compass-t/

Since it was a date night, I wrote “Heart’s Desire” on it. I simply pasted construction paper to a jewelry box Michael had given me. This way I could easily switch back to something use-able afterwards.

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I had Chris open it before I came in the room. I had planned on having it lead towards me when he got home. Maybe have arrows or something. But sadly he got home before me because I was doing our monthly grocery shopping. I was so tired he had to help me get supper going.

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I put the compass and “Jack Sparrow’s Guide to Being a Pirate” in a treasure chest of Michael’s.

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The Pirate guidebook  was funny to read. It had a name generator in the front.  Chris was “Captain Christopher. the Rum Runner” and I was “One-eyed Amber, the Adventurer”.

You can print the book off here: http://family.go.com/printables/craft-1012132-jacks-pirate-guide-t/

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

PS: Here are some great links:

The Peaceful Wife is still doing The Respect Dare.  Check it out if ya can :).

http://peacefulwife.com/2013/07/10/day-10-his-biggest-critic-or-his-biggest-supporter/

Compelled by Mel has shared a great video about teaching our kids about Christ…not compliance:

http://compelledbymel.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/true-woman-compliance-or-christ/

It goes along with the parenting book ““Give them Grace” which I’ll definitely be looking into.

https://www.reviveourhearts.com/store/product/give-them-grace/

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My Family Rocks! Sunday: My First Geocaching Adventure May 20, 2012

“Sorry we were late honey but Mommy and Daddy were stuck in the woods finding treasure. And we had to jump across a creek and fight spider webs. We didn’t think it’d take that long and then when we realized how late it was we ran as fast as we could. But Mommy got tired and Daddy had to carry me on his back.”

Sounds like a tall tale, huh? Well, not really when you’re talking about geocaching. Yes, this actually happened yesterday and boy is my body feeling it today…ugggg. The hubby and I dropped little man off at Church for practice. We had an hour and a half to find our first geocache. We had no clue it would take so long and be so rough.

What’s geocaching? Here’s the definition from the website: http://www.geocaching.com

“Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.”

There are geocaches all over the world…even in Antarctica! I’ve wanted to play this game for awhile but just now got the courage. There were a few beginner hunts I could’ve started with but nooooo…… I wanted to do the geocache that talked about Aslan (Chronicles of Narnia). So I decoded the decryption and read the clue “Over the river and through the woods”. By the way, if you don’t geocache you’re called a muggle (Harry Potter reference) which basically means you’re a clueless human. Geocachers can look a bit suspicious snooping around places but it’s perfectly legal. Those who hide the geocaches have to get permission to do so.

So I gathered my hiking bag and found a few treasures of my own to leave in the geocache. Sometimes people leave items in the geocache and if you take it you must leave something of equal value or greater. My gift was alot better than the bookmark I took (there were also small toys but we left them). I copied a page from C.S. Lewis and taped a wooden cross to it that was made in Bethlehem. I wanted to leave something inspirational and thought provoking….you know me.

I am really thankful that my Hubby decided to go because I would probably be lost in the woods had he not. We took the regular trail at the park but when we got to the trail we were mean’t to go on, there was orange tape. So we took another way and it turned out a lot longer and with rougher terrain.

We knew we had to cross water to get to the geocache. So we jumped across the creek. We slid a few times but thankfully never fell. My hubby had to help me across several places and he also battled the spider webs and briars.  Chris also warned me of the poison ivy. I really need to study my plants. We kept going anyways. I’m a bit itchy around the ankles but so far no rash….

Our GPS on Chris’ phone, kept bouncing it’s signal and we kept thinking the treasure was at different places. Finally after an hour we found it. We signed the little book and left our own treasure.

We found a much easier way back (the trail we were supposed to have taken). Anywho, had I checked ahead of time I would’ve noticed the terrain was a 3 out of 5 rating of difficulty. But you know me……I had to follow Aslan lol. When we got back to the main path we realized it was time to get Michael. So we ran but I had already pushed myself quite a bit. I was out of breath so Chris carried me some which slowed us down more. That may have been the first time Chris and I have ran like that together lol. We were late but it all worked out. Next time I’ll check the difficulty first. Also I’ll wear socks that cover my ankles……maybe wear sleeves too.

It was adventurous and I enjoy solving riddles etc… Not all geocaches are in the woods….some are near buildings etc. I can’t wait to have more adventures 🙂 but I think I’ll start with easier stuff next time.

God bless and Remember The High King Lives!~Amber Dover

 

February 29, 2012

Had to reblog for another Inspirational Wednesday post. This is a great article. I’m surprised by how many people that believe Christianity is stuffy & boring. I’ve never drank, smoked, or had premarital sex and I am definitely not a fuddy duddy. I’ve danced in the rain before. There are so many fun things you can do that DON’T involve sin. God gave us this huge planet to explore and enjoy. I guarantee you they weren’t sitting around meditating in the garden of Eden. God’s version of paradise (the true version) was a couple running around naked eating alot and hanging out with the animals. Father God created laughter & all things beautiful….he’s not boring…..he’s breathtaking 🙂
If you’re somewhere that sucks the joy out of living then you need to study your word and be careful…you are probably in a cult (I’ve been there). Run for your life! God bless & remember The High King lives! ~Amber Dover