Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Everyone
Happy Birthday Baby Jesus.......Hope this greeting finds you happy and well. We have had great year and everyone has been healthy. The waves this year were pretty bad at least during the warm season..Hopefully 2012 will be epic.
Kate just turned 22 !!!!!!!! and Kallie just turned 12.
Kate is going into the home stretch at North Carolina State...One more semester and she will be a Chemical Engineer. What an awesome achievement we are super proud of her. Kate's dog....Nala....is really awesome.
Kallie is in sixth grade(Middle School). She's been playing softball, surfing, dancing, playing the clarinet, singing, writing songs and doing gymnastics.
Diane is doing great...she spends as much time as possible surfing it up......
TL is still surfing as much as possible....doing a lot of electronic design and software......playing guitar and writing songs...working on a new book!!
Below are some of our adventures during the year 2011....hope you enjoy the pictures and stories.
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Easter in Hatteras
Easter was late this year....so Hatteras was really nice......warm weather...awesome moon...and some tasty waves...
| Hatteras in
Definitely my favorite time of year in Hatteras....we really had fun.....had some waves....lots of good food....and a cool trip to Ocracoke
We are Big Phillies Fans
|Lake Lure, North
We took a trip to Raleigh to visit Kate in October....spent a few days at Lake Lure....beautiful area in the mountains...and did some Zip Lining at a place called Navitat!!
Over a mile of zip line....10 runs....one is over 1250 feet long and 200 feet high...rappelling down from tree stands 60 feet high....woo...hoo...
We surfed as much as possible this year....waves were not the greatest but we still had fun....
OCSA ...Ocean City Surfing Association.....Kallie surfed it this year and did really well overall...link
Pecks Beach Surf Contest ...yet another Ocean City Surf contest...hosted by Surfer Supplies.....Kallie surfed it and won a brand new surf Board...
Brendan Borek Surf Contest ...Avalon....Kallie's first time surfing it....she did really good.....
Nuns Beach Surf Contest ...Stone Harbor....our favorite contest...we brought home a bunch of seconds, a third and Kallie took First in the Betties division.
Kal, Kate, Di and myself also participated in the FOX 29 coverage of the contest. TL inspired this years poster.
New York City ASP world cup tour Surf Contest ...Kallie and I went up to NY to check out the 1 Million dollar purse event and it was awesome.
The waves were incredible....Kallie got to meet and get autographs from some of the Pro surfers and meet Kelly Slater.
We are disappointed that the contest is not going to return in 2012.
We had a great time.
Josh Kerr .... The board that she won is his model.... Link to the kal's letter that he posted on Twitter
Kate is one semester away from being a Chemical Engineer....She loves living in Raleigh....and may be working in Raleigh, NC after she graduates!!!!
Charlie the Dolphin
Last winter our neighbors the Sellers had to cancel their flight to Switzerland because of snow...so we brought Switzerland to Mayville....
Kallie has been surfing, singing, acting, playing in the band, doing gymnastics, playing softball, writing songs and getting all A's in School......
Over the Rainbow
Created a video series called....The Adventures Of Kashandra And Bella - HALLOWEEN SPECIAL
Never a dull moment!!!!
So sometime last January...after shopping at Walmart....I jump in the Jeep...to head home....it starts making a noise...and I am thinking that it's the water pump.
Wrong..... a rod went....right through the oil pan....so I bought a rebuilt engine from Advance Auto for $1950.00....Me and my buddies Randy Handlovsky, Bob Allamong and Tom Betancourt spent about 20 hours installing it.
Earthquake in New Jersey !!!!
August 23, 2011. .right before 2PM...it felt like California...I was at Landfill Generation...discussing some programming...
with Bob Allamong and Randy Handvlosky when the quake hit.....
At first I thought it was Randy's nervous leg on the base of the chair I was sitting in....until...it got so pronounced...we all looked at each other....
amazing how the cell phones got all jammed up...and it took a good bit of time before the news hit the web.....I was so happy to hear that the center was land based and
not a couple miles off the coast.
Hurricane Irene !!!!
August 28, 2011. .Hurricane Irene....pounded the north end of Hatteras Island.....creating a couple new inlets north of Mirlo Beach....unbelievable we were watching web reports
being web cast from our house and posted to Facebook....just when we thought everything was OK....we heard about the devastation up North....The Island was not open to traffic from the north until November as repairs were being made to the roads.....The eastern surfing championships were held in Nags head at Jennett's pier.... http://www.jennettespier.net/
Which is truly an incredible up scale pier that just opened in May of 2011....it has wind turbines...solar power....and it's all concrete....the waves were huge and scary but fun once you got out.
You literally had to hug the south side of the pier to get out...and some times an eddy current would suck you right in the pier....some of the wave faces were at least 10 feet.
I stayed with Jen Grottola and the Petersens....in this old soap box on the beach...it was fun.
The same Hurricane cause a massive evacuation from the new jersey coast line....me and spark stayed at the house and rode through the storm....
Crazy Blue Jay !!!!
So this Bluejay....is hanging around the house...landing on the cars when we drive in....pecking at the Kitchen window. I come home for lunch...get the mail and this bird fly's down and starts pecking at my boot.
My Niece Stephanie and her beautiful family.......
Best Wishes to all for a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous and Frothy Waveful New Year !!!!!!
All Christmas Cards
Peace.....Love......Ride the waves....