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  1. Donna B. McNicol
    May 14, 2012

    Just
    found your blog today thanks to an RVing friend on Facebook. I started
    here, read the year ago post and am truly in awe (and jealous). What a
    wonderful life for you and Tigger. I look forward to many more posts
    from you both.

    BTW, have you thought about Tigger getting his own blog and writing
    from his perspective? Good teaching tool, too. I know I’d read it!

     

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  2. Donna McNicol
    May 14, 2012

    ERROR…..

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    • 1dad1kid
      May 14, 2012

      I’m so glad you found us and will be following along. Welcome!

      When I began the blog, one of my goals was to have Tigger doing some posts. Unfortunately, he currently detests writing so has not been open to doing any posts. I’m hoping that will change with time because I would really love for that! There’s even a category already set up for his posts.

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  3. Sattvicfamily
    February 18, 2012

    SO glad this year was wonderful for you! You two deserve it, big time.

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    • Anonymous
      February 18, 2012

      Thank you!

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  4. Jessica Bowers
    January 15, 2012

    What a fantastic post!  At first, I was just drawn in by the title because my husband is always teasing me that I should use less flowery titles and simply say “Go Here, It Doesn’t Suck.”  But, I am sure glad I kept reading.  What fantastic stuff!  My husband and I are scuba divers and we have just convinced our kids (with a snorkeling trip to Cozumel) that they want to become divers also.  The Junior Open Water Cert will be in our future too.  I hope 2012 is just as awesome as 2011.

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    • Anonymous
      January 15, 2012

      I love to hear that! Love when families dive together. I’m going to be starting a blog targeted primarily at families that dive together or are considering it. You might find it helpful or interesting. While I’m finalizing it, feel free to follow the Facebook page at http://facebook.com/TheScubaDad.

      We absolutely loved Cozumel. It remains on the top of our list of places we’d live for longer term.

      Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment! Happy diving!

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  5. Robert BAJAN
    January 9, 2012

    This past year was a truly amazing one for us. We’ve taken the most difficult step in our lives: we’ve quit pursuing the American Dream and started travelling instead. Right now, we’re in Mexico, but I’m sure we’ll end up seeing more of the World, before we settle in. And travelling with kids is the most fun experience you can imagine. 

    Wish you much luck for 2012! 

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    • Anonymous
      January 10, 2012

      Wonderful! So happy to hear it!

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  6. Drina Murphy (Room For 5)
    January 2, 2012

    I will mentally tell myself ‘This year is going to be awesome’. I hope it works for me too! Happy New Year 🙂

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    • Anonymous
      January 2, 2012

      I’m sure it will! A lot of it really is perspective.

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  7. Kirsten Alana
    December 28, 2011

    I couldn’t agree more, “Life is truly what you make it.”

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    • Anonymous
      December 29, 2011

      It sure is!

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  8. Erica Kuschel
    December 19, 2011

    Miss your face. And our Flor de Cana nights. And Tigger’s curiosity.

    Love you!

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    • Anonymous
      December 19, 2011

      Miss you, too! Those Flor de Cana nights were so freakin awesome! Remember our chat about beavers? ROFL

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  9. Annie Andre
    December 18, 2011

    I need to hang out here more often. I love to that you travel with your son.

     It seems that i get so much pleasure in watching what my 3 kids get out of our travels. Last year we lived like vagabonds on the east coast of the us and i felt so bad because i ha to rip them away from their comfortable suburban lifestyle in California. But now when i hear them talk about our journey to making it to France for the year i hear the pride in their voice about all the things they did and plan to do now. I’m so glad because it could have gone both ways. Phew. 

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    • Anonymous
      December 18, 2011

      Isn’t that such a relief? I recently asked Tigger would he rather return to the States or continue with our life as it is now, and he said he wanted to continue traveling. Did my heart good!

      A year in France sounds WONDERFUL!

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  10. Katrina
    December 18, 2011

    Love it!  It’s amazing how easy it is to fall in love with the world when you explore and become friends with it.  😉

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    • Anonymous
      December 18, 2011

      Most definitely. And it’s so nice to be able to do it slowly.

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  11. Barbara – The Dropout Diaries
    December 18, 2011

    Another “yay” from me!
    It’s been great following your story. I’m so glad it’s worked out well for you. Maybe see you in Southeast Asia soonish?

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    • Anonymous
      December 18, 2011

      Me too! J Not sure when we’ll be in SEA. But hopefully our paths will cross.

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  12. Brooke vs. the World
    December 18, 2011

    Aw what a great roundup! So glad to see your life on the road has been the right decision 🙂

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    • Anonymous
      December 18, 2011

      Thank you!

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  13. jen
    December 14, 2011

    Wow what a great year. I love hearing stories like this!

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    • Anonymous
      December 14, 2011

      Thank you!

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  14. Marc G.
    December 14, 2011

    I like the quote about learning.  Why do people undervalue the things he is learning while promoting the importance of history lessons that aren’t even true. 

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    • Anonymous
      December 14, 2011

      Thankfully no one I know is devaluing his learning. It most definitely isn’t traditional, but he obviously is thriving with it and that’s what matters most to me.

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  15. Christopher
    December 14, 2011

    The fact that you’re teaching Tigger to dive is awesome. And I mean that in the most literal sense of the word. I discovered the underwater world a few years back after returning to the States from a somewhat rough deployment. I spend most of my time stateside in the North Atlantic on shipwrecks, but truly appreciate tropical diving nonetheless!

    Congrats on making your instructor rating; that can’t be easy. I intend to do that as well when able!

    The travel aspect is also pretty rad, as I currently have a job that lets me travel the planet for a living (aircrew). Traveling so much has taught me a few things:
    1) The metric system truly is better in every way. (your comment about meters made me laugh)
    2) More people are alike than different.
    3) Those who are different usually get along fine, unlike what the media would love you to think.
    4) Most of my fellow citizens (and many civilians in general) are INCREDIBLY short-sighted. Money, global issues, food/health/fitness, doesn’t matter.
    4a) I am not lambasting my country, in fact I proudly serve as Active Duty military. Whether or not I’m doing the right thing I have yet to truly figure out, but this is the best way to find out.
    5) The simple and lean life is often the better. Some of my best trips have been living out of a flight bag, no-notice missions. When one is forced to improvise is when things get interesting.
    6) Language classes are nothing compared with simply living there.
    7) Money and borders are imaginary, yet some people (arguably many) fight for them more than the things that are real and DO matter! I have fallen into this trap a few times myself.
    8) We’re all pretty confused but like to pretend that we’re well sorted in life.

    I guess I should stop rambling and get to the point: you’re an incredible dad and I wish I had someone in my life like that when I was growing up just a few years ago. I know that as a kid, I loved learning and adventure, but every grown-up I knew was old and boring and seemed to have paperwork and a cell phone in front of them at all times.

    So here’s to me becoming a Dad (someday) at least remotely like you!

    PS – Hi Ms. Vogel! Your blog also rocks 😀

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    • Anonymous
      December 14, 2011

      Thanks for such a wonderful comment. Could be a great blog post all by itself, actually. I appreciate and agree with your insights, and I also thank you for the wonderful compliment. I wish more people had such a refreshing view of the world. Which is one reason I have this blog. J

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  16. Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    December 13, 2011

    YAY!!!

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  17. Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    December 13, 2011

    YAY!!!

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  18. Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    December 13, 2011

    YAY!!!

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  19. Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    December 13, 2011

    YAY!!!

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  20. Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    December 13, 2011

    YAY!!!

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  21. Nancy Sathre-Vogel
    December 13, 2011

    YAY!!!

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