Our 2007 Photos and Journal Entries

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January - A warm January that started with a high-water kayaking trip on the Dan River and ended with a flat water paddle on Lovill's Creek Lake.  We had a trip to the zoo, a hike to the river, some welcome playtime outside, and lots of karate.

February - Ben took Pee Wee Karate at the dojo and Pee Wee Power at the gym, I learned how to roll my kayak, the boys and I threw Amy a surprise Valentine's Day party, we saw Farmer Jason at the Good Life, Jackson was excited that the NASCAR season started, Amy and I had a night on the town and went to The Cash Bash at The Garage and the boys saw High School Musical with their Aunt Deana.

March - We were completely caught up in the Survivor competition at Amy's gym, Jackson got a haircut, I saw a bald eagle and paddled the Mayo River for the first time, we watched Caleb and Izzy play basketball and went on a walk in the woods looking for frogs.

April - Qualifying at Martinsville Speedway, pranks on Amy on April Fool's Day, Jackson was awarded brown/black belt status, visits to Colonial Heights, Petersburg, Colonial Jamestown and Blacksburg, Jackson lost his front teeth in time for the Easter Bunny and I kayaked on the French Broad.

May - March of Dimes Team-walk, karate kicks in the front yard, rockabilly at the Star Theater, Ben's  end-of-year program, birthday parties for both boys, May Mountain Madness Sport JuJitsu tournament, two trips to Foster Falls on the New River

June - Father's Day in Kibler Valley, Wesley's graduation, Arts Alive, our nephew Jesse stayed with us for two weeks, introducing us to Guitar Hero, and the boys spent lots of time at the pool.

July - Celebrated Hama's birthday, picked blackberries, celebrated the 4th in Kibler, my mom was in the hospital with her heart, Jimmy's birthday on the mountain, visited Jerry Ann in West Virginia following her stroke, a trip to the water park, a hike around Pilot Mountain and time spent playing in the creek at Hama's house.

August - Nicole stayed with us, a trip to Build-A-Bear and Fairystone state park, lots of swimming, I sold my motorcycle and bought a new kayak, I paddled at the beach, the United States National Whitewater Center and on the Smith River, soccer screening, a trip to Myrtle Beach, school started, after 16 years I quit my job to remain in Mayberry.

September -I started a new job, Ben started soccer, Jackson's soccer team had a month long winning streak, we went to Kibler Valley for a weekend with friends, spent a beautiful sunny day at the Zoo and participated in Relay For Life at the high school.

October - My 20th year high school reunion, a trip to Colrain Massachusetts, paddling on Big Creek and on the Mayo, a day at Martinsville Speedway, Jackson won the 2007 Pee Wee soccer regular season and 2007 tournament championship, Moe's birthday party with Elvis, a corn maze, jack-o-lannterns and trick-or-treating.

November - Jackson's 1st time on 2 wheels, Ben started the beginner class at Mt Airy Martial Arts,

December - A month full of Christmas dinners, decorations and celebrations.