Festibond 2012 – My Date With Skye

This past Friday Skye I went out for our annual Festibond date. It is such a treat to spend time with her, especially now as she has approached her teen years and is becoming less available.

Skye and me
Skye and me

Skye enjoyed the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and she was excited when she learned the latest Hobbit movie would be coming out in theaters on Friday. I don’t usually care for science fiction and fantasy; however I did like the Lord of the Rings. Perhaps it’s partly because I have special memories of listening to the story on LP records when I was a kid.

We drove up to the Cinemagic Theater in South Portland to watch “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” in 3D. It was well done and great to watch in 3D. Skye remembered the story much better than I did, and she patiently answered my questions to her during the movie about the characters. She said she felt cheated by the end of the film because the story wasn’t over and left us hanging. I guess she wanted some closure. We’ll have to make a date to watch the sequel together when it comes out. :-)

For dinner we went to Sebago Brewing Company. Skye loves reuben sandwiches, and the reubens at this place are especially good. They also have excellent sweet potato fries (which both Skye and I love), so of course we ordered some for our appetizer.

Skye is about to enjoy some sweet potato fries.
Skye is about to enjoy some sweet potato fries.

It was really nice to sit and talk with Skye about what has been on her mind, growing up, school, friends, and her current “crush” (I won’t name any names). It seemed that she had gone through so many changes in the short amount of time I was in the hospital this past summer, and I hate that I missed out on discussing these things with her. Brent seemed to have no problem taking her clothes and make-up shopping, and giving her advice on boys and friends. I just regret that I wasn’t more a part of it, and I am happy for the opportunities to share these things with her when I can.

My spinach and mushroom ravioli was delicious, and Skye enjoyed her reuben as well. For dessert we shared a slice of blueberry cheesecake with creme brûlée. Skye didn’t know what creme brûlée was, so she was a bit skeptical. The cheesecake was amazing, and Skye decided she liked creme brûlée.

My spinach & mushroom ravioli
My spinach & mushroom ravioli

Skye liked her reuben.
Skye liked her reuben.
Skye inspects the cheesecake before taking a bite.
Skye inspects the cheesecake

Skye and I like to belt out “The Way You Love Me” by Faith Hill when we are riding in the car together. I couldn’t find the song on my CDs during our drive home, so instead we had a sing-off. Skye was impressed by my memorization of every line of Vanilla Ice’s “Ice, Ice, Baby.” She then took a turn by singing along with the Black Eyed Peas to “My Humps.” She is so much fun, and I loved spending time with her. I absolutely love this part of our Festibond tradition!

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