When Erin and I lived in Maui a short 15 years ago (was it really that long ago?!), it took us months to find a community there. We met people here than there, mostly at work, but it wasn’t until we met Becky that we felt like we had met someone that would remain inKeep Reading!

I woke up this morning at 5 am and had to breathe a sigh of relief, it’s the weekend. No school today. Funny to be saying that since school is Surfing and playing. Regardless though, no matter what we are doing, non stop learning, physical activity and action is tiring. Our day today should beKeep Reading!

Surfing is not easy for a big guy. I know that the transition from belly to feet is tough for everyone, but for a big guys like me, it’s exceptionally hard. “Popping Up” is not something my body does. After two days of attempting to get up, today was my day and I rode quiteKeep Reading!

OMG we love Costa Rica. I’m not even sure where to start, so I’ll just tell you about our last 24 hours.. The travel portion was a piece of cake. Really not much to say. Flight were seamless, connections perfect. We arrived in CR late last night around 9pm. We are definitely at a dis-advantage not knowingKeep Reading!

Even as of yesterday morning I really couldn’t get a full grasp on the fact that we were going to be living Costa Rica for the next 6 months, but now that we are here, I can’t imagine leaving 🙂 Sorry VFP. hehe. So, we are here!! I have so many stories already to tellKeep Reading!

Today has been a complete marathon of a day. All of a sudden it’s Saturday. Where did the week go? Waking up this morning started with a view out the window of another 8 inches of snow on top of the 6 that were left over from yesterday. We’re really packing in the weather beforeKeep Reading!

We have the most amazing school on the planet. Seriously. If I had to pick the one thing that I am most sad to leave, it is this school – hands down. Yesterday Erin and I went to both Ben and Jacob’s classes (Abby’s is today!) and let the kids show the Costa Rica videoKeep Reading!

A strange thing happened to me last night. We’ve been cleaning the house out for the last few months, getting everything ready for 6 months away. I’ve had a list of things that I need to do right before we leave. I created this list 2 months ago, and have been slowly tackling each itemKeep Reading!

One of the tasks that I’ve been dealing with this week is the mail. Moving is one thing, you have your mail forwarded. Done. Extended traveling is a different thing, you have your mail held. Done. Traveling & working in a foreign country for 6 months with no real address … that’s a unique situationKeep Reading!

It’s been a while since we’ve written and our plans have evolved and changed and become more solid by the minute. To make a long story short, we’re not traveling the world anymore, plan tickets alone made the trip cost prohibitive, but we have decided on a location and we leave in just over aKeep Reading!

I wrote earlier this year about one of our stresses, our wonderful 12 year old dog Annie. Sadly we had to say goodbye to her this week. We all knew that this would inevitably happen at some point, but we are so sad to see her go. Annie was a dear companion, friend, co-worker andKeep Reading!

At this point in the planning, we have not made our plans completely public. We’re not hiding anything, but we also feel that other than the fact that we’re GOING, we don’t have a whole lot to say at this point in response to the questions we’re getting from our friends and family. The mostKeep Reading!

Oh yeah.. it’s not beautiful everywhere year round. My first major research project was to determine the best time to visit all of our potential locations and try to map out the results. I’m still mapping. Not easy..Keep Reading!

Working remotely is easy. Working remotely in different countries with unknown internet access and reliability is a whole other animal. I plan to do a lot of research this year to determine the best way to deal with these unknowns.Keep Reading!

Our three kids will be missing an entire year of school. Do we focus on traditional educational skills or do we let them learn through experience and exposure? We’re voting for exposure and experience.Keep Reading!

12 year old dogs and world travel don’t go hand in hand. We do not have a solution for taking care of our dog while we’re gone yet and it’s a big source of unknown stress at this point in planning.Keep Reading!

We are involving the entire family in the whole process from start to finish. We have been talking about it with the kids, they are excited and that’s making us even more excited as parents.Keep Reading!

As would be expected, the first and most dominant thing that I am thinking about with this trip is the finances. We are going to spend the year saving every penny, but it’s hard to tell what we will need and when.Keep Reading!

Talking about leaving is one thing. Setting a date is a whole different thing. Now that we’ve set a date, we are seeing things from a very different point of view. It’s real.Keep Reading!