Crew

Zach

I think the trip is going to be amazing because of fishing, family and fun.

What I like to do is play video games like Minecraft, Mario Brothers and Black Ops. I like hacking also because you make games or online better and it is what I do 24/7. Sports is a fun thing. I like basketball and bad mitten and most of all running because it is healthy and fun.

If you want to see my YouTube channel visit YouTube and type zachtaylor2002.

Enjoy!

Madeline

Follow my personal blog: www.voyageofmadeline.com. check it out. So, I THINK this is going to be a very fun trip for all of us. I am looking forward to visiting all of the islands and all that kind of stuff. I can’t wait to get our iPads though. 🙂

ANYWAYS. Now about ME.

I LOVE: Snowboarding, surfing, softball, tumbling, sailing, playing on my iPod, playing on my phone, various apps, and all that stuff. To hear more, check out my personalwww.voyageofmadeline.com. DO IT. GO LOOK IT UP AFTER YOU READ THIS.

Wanna hear something? Here’s my top 10 list of apps. For the iPod, possible Android.  1. Instagram 2. Kik 3. Skitch 4. Doodle Buddy 5. Voxer 6. Songpop 7. Draw Something 8. Textgram 9. Pandora 10. Falldown 🙂 Hope you enjoyed.

I love blogging. And I also love making youtube videos! SOO, go check out my YOUTUBE acc.,madelinetaylor21. I’ve only made 1 video so far, but there WILL be more to come. Go comment on my personal blog what kind of videos you would like to see. I’ve done a Warrior Cat slideshow (based off the Warrior Cats series by Erin Hunter), and i’m thinking of making a “What’s on my iPod” video.

I don’t know what else to say 🙂 Just check out my other blog (NOW), and check out my youtube. 🙂 thanks for your time 🙂

Jennifer

I’m 42 years old and have been living a typical middle class suburban life in a great community (Wheaton, Ill.) for the past 11 years while raising my family. My first decade as an adult was defined by my journalistic pursuits — studying and then working full-time as a reporter — and marrying the love of my life — Kevin. Untraditionally, the four years at the university followed our November 1990 wedding day. Ten years later, in the spring of 2000, we welcomed our first child, Madeline. Eight days before she was born, we packed up and left a two-year stint in Kansas City to return to the Chicago area and be near our families. Back home, I swapped out my writing career and embarked on my first decade of motherhood, which was rounded out in 2002 with the arrival of Zach. I’ve spent the past ten years hopping in and then out of freelance writing jobs, volunteering at my kids’ elementary school, leading committees, driving in carpools, reading in book clubs, rolling dice on Bunco nights, cheering my kids on at games, and seeing my husband at the end of long work days. Now, another ten years lays out before me and I envision it differently. Not being molded by the American suburban culture that funnels families into predetermined expectations, but breaking out, discovering, and holding onto deep-rooted values and a new purpose. Beginning with my family on this trip.

Kevin

After a series of disparate (and sometimes desperate) careers as an oceanographic equipment operator, bartender, futures trader, programmer and technology entrepreneur, I’ve reached a point in my life where I’m more interested in experiences, personal growth and time with loved ones. Though leaving the technology world now means forgoing a signficant income stream, collecting More Stuff or More Success is simply no longer interesting.

Fortunately, I founded and sold a successful technology business in 2011 at the age of 42. It was my first successful business exit after several failed businesses (starting when I was 19). We are now in a position where we are able to reduce our consumption, reorganize our portfolio and live free of jobs or external income streams. In fact, this family sabbatical will be the kickoff of our first year of semi-retirement. Or, as Tim Ferriss would call it, our first mini-retirement.

What am I looking forward to during the coming year? I hope this family sabbatical leads to memories of being a daily, integral part of my children’s lives and educations, memories of sharing amazing adventures and sunsets with my lovely wife, and plenty of toes-in-the-sand time, on beautiful, secluded beaches, surfboard laying nearby, as I ruminate on things weighty and things ephemeral, and plan the future projects and adventures of our newly freed family.

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