Surprise, Surprise!

SURPRISE!!! I’m still alive!!! It’s been a little under a year since I last posted, and SO many things have changed since then.

Here are some of the major updates on the homeschooling front:

  • After a few short months of homeschooling Mateo last year, we decided to postpone anything resembling worksheets or “formal” learning at home for the time being. There was a bit of resistance on the little boy’s part to do certain activities, and the hubby and I both felt that we would wait until he was a little older so that we wouldn’t be forcing anything on him. Instead, for the next year, we did what all kids his age should be doing: play, eat, laugh, and read.
  • The little boy is now a little older and we feel ready to try homeschooling again! This is the year, baby!
  • We’ve formally signed up with a Homeschool Provider. After hoursssss of research and attending a handful of orientations with different providers, we’ve made our decision. For SchoolYear 2018-2019, we will be signed up with Homeschool Global.
  • I’m currently in the process of preparing Mateo’s “curriculum” at home, and we will be officially starting our journey very, very soon.

That’s it for now! You can expect more updates from me in the coming weeks–stay tuned!


First month: Check!

We did it! We reached the one month mark! I’m alive! Woohoooo! *throws confetti*

I’ll admit, homeschooling these last few weeks wasn’t always easy.  It’s a lot of trial and error on my part–especially when it comes to finding new activities for Mateo to actually show interest in. I’ll spend a couple of hours during the weekend researching, printing, and cutting some worksheets/activity materials for us to do together, only for him to say “Not that!” the second I whip something out.  The little boy can be stubborn when he wants to, so forcing him to do a simple worksheet just isn’t worth the effort. I’ll shed a few silent tears for the wasted effort, paper, and printer ink… then move on.

Of course, we have our good days. Thankfully, we have a lot of them. It’s the good days that keep me believing that we can do this. Mateo still eagerly asks me to do school with him every day–even if he does reject some of my proposed activities. When we’re reading together, he’ll excitedly point out a specific letter or even sight word we’ve covered in one of our lessons. He’s learning, and we’re blessed to get to witness it first-hand.

I’m looking forward to many more months (maybe even years?) of homeschooling with Mateo. Hopefully, he’ll want to homeschool with me, too!




Trying out Letter of the Week

Mateo is good at a LOT of things, but identifying letters isn’t one of them. He can carry a tune and dribble a ball, but point to a letter and ask him which it is, and the chances are pretty high that he’ll name a random letter. To be fair to him, he can correctly name about 10-12 capital letters on a good day. The small letters, not so much.

Letter of the Week is a curriculum I’ve considered trying with Mateo for quite some time now. I’ve read countless articles advocating for this curriculum, but also found a number of posts advocating against it. Most of the articles I read against it argued that one week was just too long a time to focus on one letter, and that a child could learn several letters in that timeframe. While I somewhat agree with the anti-LOTW arguments, I’ve decided to try it anyway.

Since this is our first ever attempt at homeschooling and we aren’t in a hurry to teach Mateo to read, this slow and steady pace may be a good one to start with. Besides, we can always move on to the next letter if he already knows it. Isn’t that what homeschooling is all about?

Let’s see how it goes!




Our First Week of Homeschooling

It’s been a little more than week since we started homeschooling.

Mateo has shown a LOT of enthusiasm for homeschooling. So much enthusiasm that it’s the first thing we do after breakfast. I was initially planning on homeschooling for only about 30-40 minutes a day depending on his mood (not counting the unstructured playtime he gets the rest of the day).

What I wasn’t expecting was his not wanting to ever end our morning sessions, as well as his constant begging of “Let’s do homeschool!” after waking up from his afternoon nap. As a result, we wind up doing activities I had planned for later that week/the following week. This means lots and lots of researching for mommy! I don’t mind though. Researching is a lot of fun! Besides, how are we supposed to encourage a love for learning in our children if we say no when they want to learn?

I love how I’m getting a front /row seat to his learning. I’m marvelling at how quickly he picks up new information, as well as how quickly he can use up a bottle of glue. Haha! Seriously though, I’m able to take note of what methods work and what doesn’t work and hopefully apply this to make the learning process even more interesting for him.

I know it’s only been a week and that we’re sure to hit more than a few roadbumps, but I’m optimistic that with God’s grace, this arrangement is going to work for our family . ❤

Homeschooling Begins in 3…2…1…

Why, hello there!

So it’s been five months since my last post. Yes, yes, I know that isn’t an impressive statistic at all! Please bear with me as I am a momma to two young ones and I barely have time to brush my hair. I wish I were exaggerating! 😛 But honestly, blogging is a luxury I have not been able to afford in the last few months.

But on to bigger news–news that not even my entire family knows yet. We’ve decided to homeschool our little boy! Now this isn’t a decision we’ve made lightly. We’ve been discerning about this since Mateo was one (he’s three and a half now). We’ve gone to two homeschooling conferences and a few seminars for homeschooling first-timers, and we’ve also interviewed/nagged several homeschooling friends about absolutely anything and everything homeschooling-related. We’ve read books and articles and x number of blogs. More importantly, we’ve prayed about it and are confident that this is what we should be doing–at least this year.

Since Mateo is still young, we aren’t enrolling with a homeschool provider just yet. Instead, we’ve decided to tread the intimidating world of homeschooling lightly and do it independently with lots of help from our dear friend Google. Thankfully, there are a LOT of creative and generous mommas out there who are more than willing to share their resources. So for our family, homeschooling this year will be comprised of plenty of play, some worksheets here and there, and lots and lots of quality time with the kids.

I initially wanted to begin homeschooling in January–when Mateo turned three. However, I decided to wait until most schools started the year in June. But the first and second weeks of June flew by, and so we finally decided on June 26, 2017. It was a Monday, it was a holiday (which meant Daddy was home), it was perfect.

I aim to document our homeschooling journey as much as I can, giving credit where it is due as much as possible. Hopefully, I’ll be able to help out other mommas–both locally and abroad–who, like me, are completely clueless and taking it one day at a time. 😛 More importantly, I’m hoping that a detailed, online record of Mateo’s homeschooling journey will help me out later on–when it’s Katrina’s turn.

So here we go. Cheers to the year ahead!

Version 2





Capsule wardrobes.

Bullet journaling.

These are three methods I’d like to explore further this year. Not because they’re the “hip” things nowadays, but because I want to simplify my life the best way I can–and I  need help. I feel like I’m drowning in to-do lists, as well as accumulating too many things that I will not use or wear (ever). I’ve got to start somewhere.

This week, I started my own bullet journal.  I don’t recall ever filling up an entire yearly planner, but I dare say that I’ve found something that really works for me and can actually sustain. A bullet journal is extremely easy to customize according to your own needs, and is perfect for people like me who have countless notes and to-do lists that wind up on post-its and pieces of scratch paper that eventually get lost or thrown away.

I’ve written on approximately seven pages of my bullet journal so far. Baby steps.

A Fresh Start

Like most people, I am most full of hope at the beginning of a new year.

It’s been a busy last few days, but this evening, I finally opened up WordPress and began to list down my resolutions for the next 12 months–complete with concrete steps on how to achieve them. Maybe I just had a good weekend, but I am brimming with optimism that I can improve myself this 2017 and actually attain my personal goals.

While I initially thought that I would be more likely to meet these resolutions if I posted them on my blog, I quickly realized that I would rather keep my resolutions offline this year. No offense to you, my non-existent reader.

Just remember this: No matter how bad or good your 2016 was, He makes all things new.

Here’s to blessings and surprises in 2017!



So here I am. Again. I have to admit that I was tempted to start ANOTHER blog or, at the very least, delete the first few entries in a lame attempt to “start from scratch.” But then I realized that I might as well embrace my inconsistency, as I’m likely to put on another disappearing act at some point in the future. Hopefully, nothing as bad as an absence of almost two years.

So… a lot has happened since my last post in 2015. By a lot, I mean the conception and birth of a second child!

As of this moment, I am a momma to TWO. There’s the energetic, intelligent, talkative, and charming almost-three-year-old boy–and the beautiful, teething, drooling, crawling almost-seven-month-old baby girl.

I felt the need to revive this blog as many things are in store for our little family of four in the near future, and I really, really want to document and share them with you. Please stick around. I promise I will!

The Hubby and Goodnight Gorilla

My hubby is amazing. While it’s likely that we all might think and say that “MY husband is the best”–the reality is that MY husband is the best! Kidding, kidding.

Seriously, however, I really do think that my hubby is the best fit for me and our crazy family.

One of my favorite moments of all time with my two boys is bedtime. Little M can have us read anywhere from one page to five (or six or seven) entire books before getting sleepy. For the most part, he doesn’t really have a preference as to who reads him what book. Except for Goodnight Gorilla, of course. Daddy has to be the one to read that. Even if I read it to him first, M will always hand the book over to his daddy afterwards.

Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann is beautifully illustrated and has a very funny plot. It’s basically about a zookeeper who goes around the entire zoo, saying goodnight to all the animals before heading home for the day. Little did the zookeeper know that the gorilla grabbed the keys from his pocket so he could open his own cage. The gorilla followed the zookeeper around the zoo, opening the cages of all the animals the zookeeper passed and was saying goodnight to. So the zookeeper walked home–followed by a gorilla, an elephant, a lion, a giraffe, an armadillo, and other animal friends.

Sounds like a great book? It really is! The tricky part about reading Goodnight Gorilla… is that there are pretty much no words to read.

Yep, that’s right. If you want to read this book to your child–you’ll need to use a bit of imagination and creativity.

The hubby, however, has mastered the art of “reading” Goodnight Gorilla to baby M. He can read it to him over and over again in one sitting, with each version being different from the previous one. He notices the little details I’ve never seen in the hundreds of times we’ve read the book, such as the zookeeper’s name being Joe (as apparently indicated on his uniform); that the blue key opened up the blue lock, the red key opened up the red lock, and so on.

I love listening to all the hubby’s versions of Goodnight Gorilla, and love watching the little boy completely captivated by his daddy’s storytelling. I am not only amused by my husband’s creativity, but I am reminded of how kind and patient my husband is with us. For that, I am thankful. 🙂

Happy birthday, Daddy! ❤


Missing in Action

I know what you’re probably thinking: Considering that I just started this blog a little over a month ago, a three-week absence from posting isn’t a good sign.

What’s my excuse?

Yaya is on vacation.

I finally found some downtime to type this post up (on my phone) because a little boy decided to nap on my belly and I’m currently stuck and am in need of distraction from the fact that I have to pee.

With yaya gone, that means I’m pretty much in charge of the little one 24/7. The exception is when the hubby arrives home from work and I all-too-eagerly hand the boy over to his daddy for a little bit while I do something important–like take a shower or lie down and play Candy Crush.

Unfortunately for me (and little M), I’ve been feeling under the weather lately and am very easily tired. This means that I’m not able to be as playful with the baby as I’d like. 😦

Thankfully, he’s been perfectly happy reading his books and “drawing” with his pens and scratch paper for the most part. When it isn’t raining outside, we’re in the garden blowing bubbles or looking for worms. We also did playtime with yogurt again, and have also had some sensorial time with water or bigas. More on that another time.

While I am enjoying the time with the little munchkin, I know I could make the experience better for both of us. I’d check Google or Pinterest, but to be honest, I’m too lazy. I have about a week and a half left and would really love some ideas on how else to keep the toddler busy at home (without resorting to plopping him in front of the TV).

Any suggestions?