Duct Tape Weapons for The Hobbit & Keeping Strong to the End

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Hands-On Project:

Over the holidays we went to see The Hobbit.  My second son was inspired by his cousins to make duct tape weapons.  They even wore these things to the theater to watch it!  They’re made by cutting two pieces of cardboard in whatever blade shape is desired.  Angle it over a stick, and cover the whole thing with duct tape.

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What We’re Reading:

What I’m reading aloud to the kids:

Tabitha’s Travels by Arnold Ytreeide.  We finally finished this advent story!

Challenge on the Hill of Fire (Imagination Station book 10, review coming soon) by Marianne Hering

Apologia Zoology 2/Swimming Creatures– Read about rays, skates, and sharks this week.

Mystery of History, Volume 2– Read about St. Augustine, St. Jerome and the Vulgate, and St. Patrick.


What I’m reading to myself:

At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon.  I’m going to read through this wonderful series for the third time!

Six Ways to Keep the “Little” in Your Girl:  Guiding Your Daughter from Her Tweens to Her Teens by Dannah Gresh


New Homeschooling Idea:

I had gotten very frustrated last semester in my kids not getting all their work done.  So, I decided that I’d write out every single page/paper/book, etc. that they should do each day of the week.  They aren’t allowed to use any electronics in the afternoon until everything on the sheet is done–and I’ve checked it.  And so far it’s working–they got all their work done this week!  And I was able to get it checked, too!

Public Speaking Class:

The speech assignments for the month of January are to do impromptus.  I think I would have freaked out if I had to do this at my kids’ ages!  (Don’t tell them!).  They did really well this week!  The way it works is this:  They are given a topic such as “On my last birthday. . . ” or “My favorite school subject is. . . .”  They have one minute to think about it.  Then they get up in front of the class and have up to 2 minutes to speak about it.

Aladdin Show:

My oldest son is in the musical Aladdin, and has started the rehearsals, which are about 45 minutes away.  It’s going to be a very busy couple of months.  He plays a Palace Guard, and I’m on the costume committee, so that should be fun!

Exercise Update:

I’m still trying to get consistent in my exercising.  I’ve only done one T-Tapp workout so far this week.  🙁  I’ve had such a hard time fitting it in.  So I decided this morning that I will do it immediately after putting the baby to bed each morning.  We’ll see how that goes next week–I still need to do my 4-day boot camp.  Good news, though!  My eating habits were better, and I lost 2 pounds!

What God is Teaching Me:

I started reading 1 Corinthians this week.  I’ve decided to read it through very slowly and work on meditation–we studied about biblical meditation this week in our Worldview book Who Am I? . The verse that spoke to me most this week–and I think it will be a good focus verse for the whole year–is 1 Corinthians 1:8:

“Who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (ESV)

Or in the NIV it says,

He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ”

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  1. Gena! Are you going to do a Hobbit weapons tutorial? I would love it 🙂

    My littlest chose The Hobbit for a literature fair project, and he is searching for a hands on project to go with his tri fold display. These weapons would be perfect. 🙂

    We are reading many of the same things as you. Great minds, you know?

    Thanks for linking!
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  2. Yay for the two pounds!! Are the other books like Jotham set during Christmas as well? I hope you get to your workouts this week!
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  3. Gena
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    Yes, the three books about Jotham, Bartholomew, and Tabitha are all about Christmas. The 3 kids interact with each other during the stories.
    There is one set at Easter-time, which is about Tabitha and Jotham’s son Amon!
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  4. Stef Layton
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    I don’t know how I missed this linked up to Tactile Tuesday – it’s fabulous!
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