Homeschool Mother’s Journal ~ August 26

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In my life this week…

What a crazy week this has been at The Pelsers.  Josh was busy getting everything taken care of for his motorcycle: safety class all weekend, insurance, registration, license, inspection, etc.  He drove the motorcycle to work yesterday for the first time and it broke down a few miles from work.  Seriously?  I was all set to celebrate that I finally get my van back and the motorcycle breaks down.  Ugh.  Now we have a car whose engine is all over my garage, a motorcycle that needs to be repaired, and our minivan.  And what does that leave me?  Still stuck at home during the day on weekdays until either the motorcycle or the car is repaired.  Then when Josh brought the motorcycle home and was pushing it back into the garage, he stepped on a fire ant hill.  He had a bite that swelled so bad on one arm that he had to go to the doctor this morning before work and is now on a strong antibiotic with instructions to go to the ER if the swelling and redness extends beyond a circle drawn on his arm.

In our homeschool this week…

  • Jonathan started Kindergarten on Monday!
  • Homeschooling went very well this week!  Some of Jonathan’s favorite things were: math, Astronomy, and The Boxcar Children {we’re reading this again – Jonathan read it to me this summer and now I’m reading it to him}.
  • Jonathan blew Josh’s mind on Wednesday night when he rattled off the planets – in order.
  • We celebrated homeschooling {and I got my van back day} by going to Startbucks yesterday morning to do our school work while all the public school kids had their first day of school. {Yes, I promptly had to give the van right back after yesterday’s motorcycle break down.  We enjoyed the freedom while it lasted.}

My favorite thing this week was…

  • Jacob is trying to take steps!  He can stand on his own for a few seconds and if we prompt him and help him, he’ll try to take a step, sometimes two.
  • Jacob the Climber.  If we leave the car bucket out from under the train table, he uses it to climb up onto the train table.
  • My amber necklace from Inspired by Finn arrived yesterday.  Yes, this one is for me.  I’m wearing it now and will be reviewing it soon.

I’m reading…

I’m cooking…

  • I’m always on the lookout for new gluten-free, dairy-free recipes.  I had some buffalo wing sauce that I picked up on sale a while back.  I found a modified a GF/DF chicken nugget recipe to use ingredients that I had on hand.  Wow.  I think they may have been the best chicken nuggets I have ever had!  We smothered those in the buffalo sauce for amazing buffalo chicken bites.  Seriously.  A-maz-ing.
  • I also made some delicious GF/DF mocha muffins earlier this week.  The recipe came from Once A Month Mom.  I used rice flour since I was out of sorghum and I used potato starch.  For the coffee, I used Starbucks carmel flavored coffee in my espresso machine.  So yummy and not icky sweet.

I’m praying for…

  • Quick repairs to the motorcycle.
  • Swelling/irritation in Josh’s arm to go down.
  • Jacob’s next tooth – We’ve had a good bit of snot and low-grade fevers this week.  I know there’s a tooth ready, but it just won’t come through.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

Jacob Jumped Self To Sleep

Tired boy jumped himself to sleep.

Jacob Climbing on Train Table

Jacob the Climber


  1. The Boxcar Children was a fave of my oldest and just thinking about it brings back a lot of good memories for me. I’m looking forward to reading it with my youngest.

  2. Anonymous says:

    sounds like you had a good week. Enjoy your Starbucks!

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