Our Family 2020

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Hello! 

Thanks for visiting Rockonliving!   

2020 came in like a whirlwind and has offered many opportunities, like our tag line suggests, to live upstream. It feels like almost overnight everything we knew was flipped upside-down and inside-out. Who knows where or what this will look like in the future, but one thing I know for sure is we are changing – transforming – and hopefully evolving as a society. Our hope at Rockonliving (ROL) is that you and everyone you love is safe, healthy and embracing the times the best you can.

So, with that said, let us introduce you to our family!  Quinn and I are in our mid/late 40’s (Vickie just turned 50!) raising three girls ages 13, 15 and 17 in Raleigh, NC.  We met at Kent State University, Ohio in 1989 and have been together over 25 years!  We could never have predicted the path our lives would have taken back then, but what an awesome ride it has been!  Being a ‘rule follower’ Vickie’s entire childhood, the concept of  ‘living upstream’ was, at first, a disorienting, dizzying and lonely experience for her. Now, after some practice at swimming against the current, it feels like the right skin for her —  and she can not imagine it any other way.

Screenshot_20190804-102516_FacebookVickie is a full time stay at home mother and home educator.  Our family is currently in our 8th 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, astronomy, history, government, science and weather.  She is not a fangirl of math…wishes she was, but that is not her legacy.  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, enjoying a glass of wine, long walks on the beach and getting caught in the rain…lol.

kayah hawaii pic for rockonlivingKayah is 17. Quinn and I call her our Renaissance Girl.  She is currently in the throws of the intensity of her Junior year of high school – rigorous academic course load, studying for SAT/ACT and AP exams, touring colleges and working on college entrance essays. 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, loves to dance, holds season tickets to the Carolina Ballet and has as solid of a moral compass of anyone I know.

20190625_191416Kira is our 15 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 has recently become committed to regular exercise and fitness. Kira is a strict vegan and manages her meals and has become quite a cook with amazing talent! While Kira is an extremely outgoing little girl, she also loves time alone and in her home – 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 13. 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.  Periodt.  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…and she not only joined the swim team that summer, but now loves swim year round on her competitive team called Marlin’s of Raleigh.  One of Miko’s favorite quotes, “You don’t have to be Michael Phelps to train like Michael Phelps.” 

We also muligenerational live 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 swim upstream 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!