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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Weekly Wrap Up: The One with All the Fun!

Joining the Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers once again...

Since I'm including TS 1's participation on a 5th grade basketball team as part of his physical education curriculum this year, I thought I'd start out this week's wrap up with a brief recap of Saturday's game.  It was our second game of the season but our "home opener" as TS 1 called it.  We got our first win and TS 1 made his first basket of the season.  We left the gym all smiles!

Tom and TS 1 spent part of the weekend putting the finishing touches on his Rube Goldberg Machine.  When the machine was finally complete, we videotaped it and breathed a huge sigh of relief.  (Or maybe that was just me.  I'm not the biggest fan of convoluted projects that topple over when you look at them sideways requiring you to set them all up again so that you can knock them all down once more.  Can you relate?)  

On Monday, TS 1 and I sat down to edit the video together and post it on YouTube, when much to our dismay, we discovered that it had been deleted from the camera.  Turns out TS 2 had mistakenly deleted it when he used the camera to take pictures of a masterpiece he had made in the playroom!  

The next few minutes were not pretty.  There was weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth.  And TS 1 was pretty upset, too.  Eventually, all was forgiven, the machine was rebuilt, videotaped, edited and posted on YouTube.  Without further ado:

Inspired by his big brother's diligence, TS 2 built his very own rendition of a Rube Goldberg Machine.  For your viewing pleasure:

Now, I have a favor to beg of you, dear reader.  Would you be so kind as to take a moment to like each of these videos on YouTube?  You'd be blessing the socks off of two test subjects I know and love!  Thanks in advance :)

Monday through Wednesday were productive, focused days at home.  Both test subjects got a week's worth of school work done in three days because we had an exciting field trip planned for Thursday.  We went to a Medieval Times Feast and Tournament!  It was super educational and extraordinarily fun.  The production wove educational information about feudalism in general, and knights and chivalry specifically, together with a riveting story of good versus evil, in which good dramatically triumphed in the end.  

On Friday we went to co-op.  It was col.  I froze to death.  Blah, blah, blah.

Since Advent officially began this Sunday, we began to get our hearts and home ready for Christmas this week, too.  We started decorating by putting up the Christmas Village, decorating the mantle and the top of the piano.  We hope to finish up by early next week and I'll be sure to share some pictures on Friday's Wrap Up post.

We also dusted off the Advent Wreath and began our Christmas Devotional this week.  We are using the free Jesse Tree devotional from the grace-filled Ann Voskamp of A Holy Experience.  (If you've never read Ann's beautiful and captivating prose, please click over now and be blessed- I'll wait here for you!)  The devotional is lovely.  We are reading under dimmed lights by the flickering light of the first Advent candle.  It is telling the story of Christmas right from the very beginning, right from where every one of our own stories begin:  Genesis Chapter One.  

I'll sign off this week with a humble request for your prayers.  Our family has received some devastating news about one very dear to us.  While I am not free to share names or details here, God knows, and I covet your prayers for mercy, strength and the peace that passes understanding for our loved ones.  

Thank you and God bless you and yours!

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