Homeschool Mother’s Journal: Infusions and Nashville News!

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In my life this week…

Last Friday, Princess Roo’s infusion meds finally arrived by courier from Little Rock. (That’s why I never got a weekly wrap-up post done last week!) We were supposed to give her three infusions the first week to try to boost her immunoglobulin levels more quickly. We gave the first of those on Friday afternoon, the second on Sunday afternoon, and the third on Wednesday morning. After some initial drama with site reactions (which are expected), we got things ironed out and had smooth sailing with the third. She will do them once a week now, and I think we have a good plan in place to keep pain and itching to a minimum.

This week I had something very exciting come to my inbox. The schedule for the Nashville Teach Them Diligently Convention has been released! It was just as exciting for me to see my name in the sessions list as it was for my bio to go up on the site. I’m blessed to be speaking in two sessions in the Special Needs Track. Visit the Teach Them Diligently Convention {affiliate link} website and click “Sessions – Nashville” to see the line up. There are so many wonderful speakers in each session that I’m trying to figure out how to clone myself so I can hear them all! Will I meet you in Nashville? Are you attending another location?

In our homeschool this week…

The girls and I were all sick this week, so we had to take off Monday so BookGirl and I could go to the doctor and get medicine. On Tuesday, Princess Roo woke up sick, so we watched some interesting science and history documentaries on Netflix and used some of our educational iPad apps to practice skills.

Finally, on Wednesday, we got back to doing more of our regular schedule. I am thankful for the flexibility of homeschooling, which allowed us to give Princess Roo an infusion on Wednesday morning, let her soak in a bubble bath afterward, and still get her schoolwork done the rest of the day!

Thursday we stayed busy with lessons and therapy, and staying warm on a cold, rainy day. Friday will hopefully be another good day for all of us. It’s supposed to be warmer and sunny!

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

When things don’t go as you planned—kids get sick, you get sick, your schedule changes because of doctor appointments or therapy sessions, etc.—just go with it. One of the benefits of homeschooling is the flexibility. We took off on Monday this week, but I have been known to help the kids with lessons in the waiting room! 😉

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

We had a four-generation lunch between therapy sessions on Thursday with my mom and grandmother and had a belated Easter celebration. My grandmother was sick last week, so we didn’t get to have our weekly lunch date.

My favorite thing this week was…

Being able to be at home with my kids and take care of them when they were sick without worrying about how many paid sick days I had left at work. I also love that we can still do lessons even when they’re feeling bad! We only took a full day off. The rest of the days we did lessons!

My kiddos’ favorite thing this week was…

Buying new sandals for Easter Sunday and the celebration we had on Thursday at lunch.

Things I’m working on…

I’m working hard on Autism Awareness Month posts and giveaways. If you know a family who is affected by autism, would you please share the landing page with them? I’m adding links as each post goes up, so they can follow each post and giveaway for the month by bookmarking this one post.

I’m cooking…

Since we were sick, we made a huge pot of lentils with vegetables and a big pan of brown rice. It’s not glamorous, but it worked.

I’m grateful for…

My daughter’s access to the medications she needs.

I’m praying for…

Several friends who are going through difficult times.

I rewarded my kids this week by…

Saying “yes” whenever possible.

Something I am ogling or have my eye on…

This Fisher-Price digital camera. Princess Roo wants one for her birthday (the end of this month). Do you have one of these? Is it worth the money, or should I try to talk her into something else?

A photo, video, link, or quote to share (silly, serious or both!)…

Photo Collage for April 5, 2013 -

From left to right, starting on the top row:

  • BookGirl and Princess Roo on Easter Sunday morning
  • The inside of the Easter card Princess Roo made for BookGirl
  • Princess Roo’s new sandals – princess, of course!
  • An Easter sticker collage by Princess Roo
  • Princess Roo’s face painting from our church’s Easter Bash
  • Silliness on Easter Sunday after church
  • BookGirl’s new sandals – we finally found some she liked!
  • BookGirl and her Easter chocolate
  • The cover of the Easter card Princess Roo made for her sister

Linking up with these great sites:

 Homegrown Learners

I’m happy to be speaking at and to promote:

Teach Them Diligently Convention Banner

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12 Responses to Homeschool Mother’s Journal: Infusions and Nashville News!

  1. Cristi says:

    I wouldn’t get the Fisher Price camera. We were pretty disappointed with the quality of the pictures. It really is more of a toy than a camera to take real photos. I saw a few real digital cameras in that price range on Amazon, and I suspect one of them may be better for her.

    • Thanks, Cristi. The problem with the “real” digital cameras in that price range is that she thinks hers has to be hot pink. Let me know if you see anything, please!

  2. My boys got that camera years ago when it first came out. It still works but yes the picture look awful!

    • Thank you for telling me, LaToya! She really wants something that takes good pictures. I’m concerned about her having a “good” camera, but maybe she’s old enough to try, especially if we give her a good case to protect it. Now, to see if we can find something she likes that fits the budget.

  3. Jami says:

    Little Man had/has one of those cameras (original edition). He has had it for probably 4 or 5 years. It still works despite being used and abused and thrown and dropped and whatnot all of those years. If you are looking for something sturdy that can hold up really well, this would be fabulous. The pictures and video on it though aren’t very good at all so you can’t depend on it for those really. If you want something for real pictures and less sturdiness, I’d look for an actual digital camera.

    • Thanks, Jami. I think she wants to be able to take decent pictures, so this isn’t going to be a good option. :(

      • Kathleen says:

        Jennifer, I have a digital camera you can have! I had to upgrade my camera to an Eye-fi compatible model and I would be happy to pass the older one to someone who will use it, especially if that someone is your precious little girl. :) It’s a 14MP gray Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP2. It’s not pink, but it is fairly simple to use and takes great pictures. I still have the original battery and charger, so the only thing you would need for it is a memory card.

        If I can help you out, please let me know and send me your mailing address. Facebook messages are probably the fastest way to reach me.

        Kate Carpenter

  4. Trying to say YES more often myself. I feel like such a party pooper most of the time! And yes, so wonderful you are free to be home with kiddos when they need you most!

  5. Mary says:

    Jennifer, your comment today on my site was such a blessing to me. I know there are time when we all go through depression or just feeling helpless. It has been hitting me harder than usual this spring, and I am thankful for blogging – it helps flesh out feelings and to not feel so alone.

    I appreciate how you share your joys and struggles so freely, and I am VERY excited for you to be speaking in Nashville so you can share your wisdom with so many mothers. I will be praying for your words to be inspiring and full of grace.

    Thanks for always linking with Collage Friday, my friend.

  6. Becca says:

    One of my favorite parts of homeschool is not trying to decide if she’s sick enough that the school thinks she should be home. Closely related is that learning doesn’t stop just because we’re sick. We adjust, but we rarely have days o no learning even when we’re sick.

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