Our Family 2022

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Thanks for visiting Rockonliving!   

So, with that said, let us introduce you to our family!  Quinn and I are navigating the bittersweet transition to midlife and watching our family of five going through profound changes and reorganization. The term “empty nest” is absolutely on our radar as we watch our little birds beginning their practice flights from the home.

We are raising three girls ages 15, 17 and 19 in Raleigh, NC.  We met at Kent State University, Ohio in 1989 and have been together over 30 years!  

Screenshot_20190804-102516_FacebookVickie is a full time stay at home mother and home educator.  Our family is currently in our 9th year of homeschooling!  Vickie was a critical care nurse before transitioning into her new roles and loved her time at the bedside and working in the hospital.  Vickie is a lover of nature and passionate about encouraging our children to look up, get outside and raise life long lovers of learning.  Her love of nature has one caveat, if a bee comes around, she has and will sacrifice anyone around for her safety. It’s true. She has shamefully been known to throw her own children in harms way to save herself! She enjoys creating warm, cozy spaces and sprinkling pixie dust to the ordinary.  One of her favorite places you can find her is reading a good book, by a cozy fire with a really good glass of red wine. 

Quinn is a rockstar!  He is the owner and director of a holistic health practice called The Center in Raleigh, NC – The Center  He also runs an online holistic health consulting business Online Holistic Medicine.  Quinn has published a book (and is in the process of completing another called “Insights for a Life in Balance”).  In addition, he seeks adrenalin rushes, loves cooking, plays guitar, hanging out with his friends & family and is actively pursuing a new passion, surfing!

kayah hawaii pic for rockonlivingKayah is 19. Quinn and I call her our Renaissance Girl.  Kayah is finishing her first year of college at UNC Chapel Hill!  Kayah was our first homeschool graduate! She has a passion for academics and is extremely self-motivated and directed. She is a philosopher at heart and loves to wrestle with material. She is the type of person that deep dives into areas of interest. As her parents, it is fun to witness her spark of curiosity and then the plunge into the deep murky water of understanding. The best way I can describe my eldest is in a story.  My daughter, who isn’t one to display too much emotion, visited our Natural History Museum last Spring to view one of Shakespeare’s Folios.  It was a small exhibit – basically a glass case with one of Shakespeare’s Folios open to the “to be or not to be” speech.  We all were in impressed and the decided to leave – as we were walking out, Kayah asked if she could go back in to just see it one more time before we left.  After about 15 minutes, she came out  in tears, what we would call ‘ugly crying.’   She was so moved to emotion at seeing his actually writings, she could not contain her emotion…it took her almost 30 minutes to get herself together. This child was moved…deeply.  Kayah is a voracious reader and has danced in some capacity her entire life. In college she is exploring many new interests and facets of her being like Kendo, volleyball, and weight lifting!  Kayah has as solid of a moral compass of anyone I know. At this time, she is planning on majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Biology with plans for graduate school in the future.

20190625_191416Kira is our 17 year old fun loving, go with the flow social engineer.  Kira has a special sensitivity for people and animals — especially those with challenges or unique situations.  Kira has to create, in all mediums, daily. Creating is existing for her.  Kira plays guitar, writes music, paints, dances sings and enjoys pushing herself beyond her comfort zone.  Kira currently dances in the Core Preprofessional dance company at CC&CO and is in the process of writing, recording and releasing her 1st album!   Kira is a strict vegan and manages her meals and has become quite a cook with amazing talent! She is fan of cozy spaces. Kira is a child that doesn’t boast or share much and then will delight or surprise you with an accomplishment.  Kira’s preschool teacher summed her up best, “Kira is a friend to everyone.”

kamiko blog picKamiko is 15. Kamiko is a master of words – a messenger.  Quinn jokes that Kamiko is really the boss of our family – and all of us agree.  Being our 3rd, we have ‘parented’ her the least and as a result,  feel she has the most solid sense of self – she can not be talked into, persuaded or requested to do something she does not wish.  She has a golden heart and generates amazing insight with people and situations.  She is the person that knows when a hug, given at exactly the right time, has the potential to end a war.  Kamiko published her first book titled “The Book of Life” Kamiko’s Book of Life  at a young age. Kamiko loves swimming.  When she was 6 we were leaving our community pool and she grabbed my hand to stop me and said, “I want to do that.”  — she was pointing at the swim team practicing and I said, kind of shocked, “Miko…you want to be on the swim team?”  She replied, “yes.”  I kind of giggled and said, “Ok then, lets go check it out!” She not only joined the swim team that summer, but now  swims year round.  She has recently transitioned and is swimming with a new team called the TAC Titans after swimming with the  Marlin’s of Raleigh for years. One of Miko’s favorite quotes, “You don’t have to be Michael Phelps to train like Michael Phelps.” 

We also live multigenerational with Quinn’s parents, Frank & Shelley, and his older sister Nikki and her partner.  As a family we love traveling! Worldschooling has become one of our favorite curriculum in our homeschool!  We were fortunate to have children that are not afraid to choose the path less traveled with their parents and are happy to share them with you all.  Thanks for visiting!  I look forward to getting to know you!

RockonLIVING friends!