Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Hello Naples

For about two dozen species of sharks, it is essential for them to keep moving to stay alive. We Rockleys are like sharks: if we stay still we "die," become complacent. We move and explore to feel alive and stay inspired. Although we have learned that this is not the easiest way to live a life with three children, we are passionate about our commitment to a simpler, experience based life. So that is what we are trying to create. So far, it includes a lot of brainstorming and change. Let's face it, change is not easy, but imperative! 

While in Costa Rica, we decided to move to Naples for awhile. Mom and Rob had just finished remodeling a 2 bedroom condo and offered to rent it to us. We LOVE the smaller space! We are adjusting to a new town and falling in love with the warm winter. 

Grouplove (the band) articulates our place in life more effectively than I: 

"Lets call it quits and see what the future holds
I've been here before, yeah, we just went down this road
A long time to feel young, short time to get old
The tendency of time is to never understand it
The lesson of my life is to never comprehend it
Indiscretion is a blessing if you know what you want to say"

So we keep moving forward without knowledge of what our future holds, but holding onto our idea of a simpler, adventure-filled way of living. We can't answer the question of "what's next" or "where will you live next year," but we can keep moving forward and following inspiration. Follow us on our Naples journey; we know not where it will take us...the lesson of our life if to never comprehend it. 

First day of school. 

We all pitched in on the finishing touches to our condo.

Papa putting beds together.

Nonni getting our bathroom ready.

Booma and Boompa dropped in for a visit.

Putting our paddleboards to good use.

Fran's favorite pose.

Our pool....if that doesn't say "endless summer," I don't know what does.

Because moving requires an IKEA trip....

Granna lives here too...what a perk!

Our FAVORITE grocery store/happy hour spot: Lucky's Market.

Special drink break.

Queen of the bicicleta.

Just getting back to our American roots.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Happy Trails, Central America

Since I'm writing this four months post-Costa Rica, I will tell of the retrospect we gained from our trip. Our final days in this beautiful country were spent soaking up our favorites: hammocking, surfing, Playa Conchal, happy hour on the beach, a sunset bonfire/hotdog roast, a trip to the central valley (which contrary to its name is in the mountains,) and a McDonalds dinner (I know, gross! But we were dying to see how their coca-cola compares to the USA.) 

Aside from the obvious things we loved about our trip (not working for three months and surfing every day,) here are a few rich-in-spirit-lifestyle perks worth mentioning: 
  • We ate way less food! Something about not having a vehicle and riding two bikes with five people and all of our groceries every time we needed food...
  • We drank less alcohol. This is debatable whether it should be on the pros or cons list ;) 
  • We stayed super active. The aforementioned daily family bike rides while sweating buckets contributed. Also surfing (holy upper body!)
  • We each shed 15-20 pounds....see above.
  • We used less electricity, mostly because we were forced to, but it resulted in some major appreciation for creature comforts we often take for granted. We used our air conditioning only 2 hours per day, we did not use our hot water heater, we did not use a dishwasher, we did not use our clothes dryer (most of the time.) 
  • We each read 12-15 books. 
  • We took cold showers. Never even missed hot water for a second!
  • We spent far less time on our phones. Wifi was our friend, we didn't buy cellular data. 

We concluded that being without the variety and amenities we are used to in the United States made us better people. Honestly, it was refreshing not to have everything at our fingertips. It kept us on our toes, having to put our heads together on how to make day to day stuff work. It's a bit mind-blowing not to be able to hop on Amazon and have your every desire at your doorstep in two days, but the recalibration was a kickstart to our over-privileged American selves. 

Will we be back in CR? We hope so, but the reality is we need more time and resources to make it happen. Until then, we search for adventure in wherever we land. 

It's Going To Get Weird.......2 Anklets

Hammock Ate My Babies

"Bus Stop"

Soakin up the final days of surf....

Our neighbors


Strawberries, chocolate syrup, and sweetened condensed milk, who wouldn't?!

The cloud forest is rollin in.

This Lot Is For Sale w/3Bdr....$60.000USD

After sweating for three straight months, it was "freezing" in San Jose...70 degree evening. 

Just Couldn't Wait

Coffee Country