Chapter 1

I woke up feeling lost.  It’s a feeling I have from time to time.  Even in my late thirties it sometimes feels like I have never found myself.  What makes me, well, me?  I have hobbies but there isn’t anything that I feel super passionate about.  I have always envied those that are completely obsessed with something.  That thing that they think about all day long and yearn to go do.  They day dream about it and spend every waking moment mentally preparing to go do it.  I have never had that thing.  I love the outdoors, reading books, sports, but I’m not great at any one thing.  That feeling has always made me feel a little lost.  I want to wake up and feel inspired about something to the point that it is my driving force for getting out of bed in the morning.  As I laid there that particular morning, I realized I didn’t really have one.

I have a great life but, in my mind, I had no passion.  Passion is the spice of life, right?  It’s the reason you breathe, the reason you go to work so that you can earn money, to pursue that passion.  I go to work and I enjoy it most days.  On the weekends we go out and explore but still, no obsession.  That morning my wife and I were talking in the kitchen.  Just normal talk but she asked me what was wrong.  She always knows when something is off, when I am just not right.  I decided to tell her.

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Lemonade out of Lemons

Hello! Here, another week of homeschooling. Actually, not another week because we took this week off. My cousin (Anita) helped me plan my year so I can take every sixth week off. So everything was planned accordingly. I had a surgery scheduled with no need to worry about homeschool. My husband had taken time off for the surgery. However, the day before the surgery we got a phone call saying that the surgery was canceled. We were so mad because we had everything planned out. Well, let me tell you that we turned it around like my kids say. We took the time off to spend time outside with the family. We went on two hikes and visited one park. My husband, my kids and I loved it. It is so fulfilling spending time outdoors with nature breathing fresh air. What was my lesson? It really is such a cliché… When things don’t turn out the way I want them to, sometimes I get so mad with emotions and say to myself “Why? This is so unfair”( I know, real mature). At these times, I have slowly (but very slow almost like a snail) learned to say to myself “There is nothing I can do about what just happened and it’s totally out of my control. I am stuck with the emotion of being mad or disappointed, maybe that won’t go away. So what can I do?”. I can be productive and try to learn something about my reaction. Hopefully, next time I can react in a more positive manner. Also, move on and basically make lemonade out of lemons (the cliché). Maybe these tiny steps will help me be better. 

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Sweet potato brownies

Some of you may have heard of Hurricane Sally that recently hit the panhandle of Florida. She originally was projected to come to the Gulf Coast where I live, so of course as we prepared for the possible hurricane and they began to shut things down around town, my children became scared. Since our already crazy week from returning from a weekend beach trip and getting back into the swing of things was now turning more chaotic with hurricane and storm talks, I decided to turn one of our lessons into All About Hurricanes.

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Mommy Bags

Moms – let’s talk bags for a minute. Diaper bags. Finding that perfect “Mary Poppins” type bag that can hold your entire life has become a quest that I feel destined to fail. When I was pregnant with #1, I searched “perfect mommy bag” and read hundreds of reviews. I combed through several lists of the Top 40 bags. I watched YouTube videos of bag reviews. I asked all my mommy friends out there for their advice.

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Motherhood – See the two pictures? One is what I imagine my bathroom looks like. The other is my reality. I hear other moms/women talk about taking long soaks in the tub with Epson salts, calming music in the background, candles or a diffuser filling the room with delightful smells. If my bathroom looked like the picture on the left, I would do the same. Instead, my bathtub looks like the picture on the right. It’s full of dinosaurs. It’s so full of dinosaurs that my daughter sits on the edge of the bath because she has no space to sit. So she sits on the edge, puts her feet in the water, plays with random dinosaurs that float by, and waits for “soap time”. I could stress out about the mess. But the reality is those toys make my kids happy. And quiet. So instead of soaking in a bathtub to destress, I sit in the kitchen and enjoy the peace and quiet. For 5 minutes. And then begins the screaming and crying because someone pulled someone’s hair, someone bit someone, or they are just screaming and crying for no reason. Enjoy the mess and quiet my friends!

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Polly’s Bio

Bio – I have many titles but the most common ones these days are wife, mother, and teacher. I have been married for 5 years, have 2 kids ages 3 and 2, and have been teaching for 14 years. I recently finished my masters in Ed Leadership which means I was teaching full time, raising a 1 year old, and pregnant with number 2 when I decided it was a good time to add graduate classes to my plate. I have worked in both public and private schools, with populations from 500 to 3,000 students, and experience in both middle and high school. This means I have taught every math from 6th grade to AP Calculus, and literally everything in between. I love math! I love teaching. But more importantly, I love helping other people! My “math brain” causes me to try to problem-solve everything. And I mean EVERYTHING! (Often causing me to stress about problems I can’t actually solve – but that’s a conversation for another day…) I hope you enjoy my “pocket-sized ponderings” – whether they give you a good laugh or a good idea.



My name is Karla, a Puerto Rican native and newly turned homeschool mother of three crazy, tiring, and lovable boys. My husband and them are it… These are the four humans that make me be better. Before I met them, I did everything in my power to be better a person and to have a better life for myself by always trying to make the right choice even though sometimes, it’s SUPER hard. I still try very hard to do that, even though, I fail, often. But learning with every single failure. Now that I am married with three kids, I have added responsibilities. To my husband…to listen, to take care of him, and be his best friend. To the other three tiny humans… well to them I have a super huge responsibility; to make kind, hardworking, and loving gentlemen out of them.

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Avocado Choclate Chip Cookies

Avocado chocolate chip cookies. You heard me. Avocado in your cookie! Trust me, it’s good! The avocado really doesn’t change the flavor and adds healthy fat and creaminess. The main ingredients are avocado, peanut butter, honey and protein powder…and of course chocolate chips.

Trust me! Give them a try! And let me know how you enjoy them!

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Hi! I’m Nina, a military spouse, full time mother of 3 ages 6,5 and 3, and Anita’s oldest sister. I am considered the “hippie child” of the family and very artsy. I got my degree in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management. Yet once we started having kids, I became a full time mother (my life long dream since I was two years old! 31 years later it came true! Ha!). Our decision to homeschool came when we had to decide where to put our son for first grade. Granted it was not a new concept for us since we had discussed it since he was born. But as a military spouse, and spending a good bit of time on my own with three kids that were each 20 months apart, mommy needed a break and off to school they went. We were blessed with an amazing preschool from 2 years old to kindergarten, but afterwards???? So the decision was made that after they left kinder, they would start New Beginnings Homeschool with Ms. Mommy in first grade. After Covid hit, we decided to keep our kindergartener home but still send our 3 year old off to preschool to avoid any unexpected curve balls if they decided to shut the school down again. And our journey has begun. It’s been about a month now since we started and we are still learning, changing things up, experimenting…but over all, I am learning just as much as my children. Learning as a mother, learning as a wife and learning as an educator. That the most important lessons in life can’t be taught behind four walls, but in the experiences that you go thru in life alone. Here’s to New Beginnings.