2016 – Christmas

2016 – Christmas

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Closing out another great year with an addition to the family, Penelope Elliot Cleek.

2016 – Matt Maher and Casting Crowns

2016 – Matt Maher and Casting Crowns

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Stacey, Samuel and I attended a wonderful concert.

2016 – Chicago

2016 – Chicago

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Stacey and I took a trip with friends to Chicago. We enjoyed a lot of great things, the highlight being a Cubs game at Wrigley where they clinched a playoff spot on their way to a World Series Championship!

2016 – Oz

2016 – Oz

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At the top of Ski Beech is the Land of Oz. This attraction is only open 1 weekend per year and our kids have really enjoyed our trips down the yellow brick road.

2016 – Hilton Head

2016 – Hilton Head

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We spent a week in Hilton Head. It was wonderful! Our family doesn’t typically repeat vacation destinations, but I have a feeling we will be back here.

2016 – Treasure Hunt and Funfest

2016 – Treasure Hunt and Funfest

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Samuel and his best friend, Matthew, found the medallion twice in this year’s treasure hunt!

2016 – Blue Plumb Festival

2016 – Blue Plumb Festival

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We enjoyed the music and fair at this Johnson City festival.

2016 – State Championship for Track and Field

2016 – State Championship for Track and Field

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Only 16 individuals from across the state of Tennessee qualified to compete in the middle school state championships for each event. Samuel qualified in 3 different events – he was top 16 in the state in high jump, discuss and 4 x 100 relay. What an amazing accomplishment! He went on to win the silver […]

2016 – Samuel’s 8th Grade Graduation

2016 – Samuel’s 8th Grade Graduation

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  The end of middle school for our children.

2016 – Samuel’s 8th Grade Tack and Field

2016 – Samuel’s 8th Grade Tack and Field

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Strong developments in speed, strength and jumping for Samuel this season.

2016 – Late Season Skiing

2016 – Late Season Skiing

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Alexa, Samuel and friends on the slopes.

2016 – I Am They Concert

2016 – I Am They Concert

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The Cleek’s took a trip with the Cross family to small town Georgia to watch one of our favorite bands.

2016 – National Prayer Breakfast

2016 – National Prayer Breakfast

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Stacey and I were privileged to receive an invitation to this year’s National Prayer Breakfast.

2015 – Christmas

2015 – Christmas

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From Dollywood to family traditions, this Christmas was great!

2015 – Samuel’s 8th Cross Country Season

2015 – Samuel’s 8th Cross Country Season

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Samuel has speed and can sustain over a fairly significant distance.

2015 – REO Speedwagon

2015 – REO Speedwagon

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Our family loves 80’s music; so, of course we went to Knoxville to see REO Speedwagon when the opportunity presented itself!

2015 – Girls at the Zoo

2015 – Girls at the Zoo

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Stacey, Savana and Alexa visit a local zoo. Savana loves animals so much!

2015 – Back to School Camping Trip

2015 – Back to School Camping Trip

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Each year, Samuel and I take a trip together just before new new school year gets started. They stayed close by at Warrior’s Path and enjoyed many of the wonderful things this region has to offer. One of their many events was mountain biking where they learned that they hate mountain biking.

2015 – Stacey’s Birthday

2015 – Stacey’s Birthday

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Birthday dinner for the most wonderful wife and mother around.

2015 – Stacey and Savana Cruise

2015 – Stacey and Savana Cruise

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Savana deferred a senior trip in order to take an extended cruise with Stacey. They swam with sharks!

2015 – Savana’s High School Graduation

2015 – Savana’s High School Graduation

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We celebrated the completion of Zana’s years at DB with a creative outdoor party designed by the guest of honor.

2015 – Samuel’s 7th Grade Track Season

2015 – Samuel’s 7th Grade Track Season

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This is the year we discovered that Samuel is a jumper!

2015 – Savana Senior Prom

2015 – Savana Senior Prom

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Savana’s last prom.

2015 – Stacey and Savana take NYC

2015 – Stacey and Savana take NYC

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Stacey and Savana took a trip to New York City for adventure, shopping, theater and more.

2015 – Skiing

2015 – Skiing

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Fun in the snow!

2015 – Biltmore

2015 – Biltmore

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The family took a fun trip to Biltmore.

2015 – Savana’s 18th Birthday

2015 – Savana’s 18th Birthday

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We celebrated this day with family and friends.

2014 – Skiing and Sledding

2014 – Skiing and Sledding

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We definitely enjoy winter activities!

2014 – Christmas

2014 – Christmas

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Another great Christmas!

2014 – 7 Bridges Marathon

2014 – 7 Bridges Marathon

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I set a goal to do something that felt impossible after turning 40. I ran my first full marathon. The family and a friend came along on the trip to Chattanooga for fun at the aquarium, Rock City and Ruby Falls.

2014 – Samuel’s 7th Grade Football Season

2014 – Samuel’s 7th Grade Football Season

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Samuel had a great season as wide receiver and cornerback!

2014 – Rhythm & Roots

2014 – Rhythm & Roots

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Stacey and I enjoyed hanging out at this year’s annual Rhythm & Roots at the Birthplace of Country Music – Bristol, TN/VA. Alexa joined us for part of the festival.

2014 – Bonnaroo

2014 – Bonnaroo

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Alexa and I took our annual trip to Bonnaroo. This year’s lineup included Elton John, Cage the Elephant, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Avett Brothers, Yonder Mountain String Orchestra, First Aid Kit, Skrillix and many more, but Jake Bugg stole the show for me.

2014 – Family Cruise

2014 – Family Cruise

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We took a family cruise to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Nassau. A great time was had by all.

2014 – Fishing at Dave Clark’s

2014 – Fishing at Dave Clark’s

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We went to hang out with friends at Dave’s house. This evening included fishing, ATV riding and a bonfire – great time!

2014 – Samuel 6th Grade Awards

2014 – Samuel 6th Grade Awards

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Samuel won several awards including “Most Outstanding Math Student”.

2014 – Samuel MS Track

2014 – Samuel MS Track

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Though many 6th graders participate in middle school track, Samuel was one of very few given the opportunity to compete at the meets. He is an excellent high-jumper and long-jumper!

2014 – Savana Junior Prom

2014 – Savana Junior Prom

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Savana’s Junior Prom made me proud in so many ways. Here are a few pictures of my beautiful daughter.

2014 – Savana Valentine’s Sleepover

2014 – Savana Valentine’s Sleepover

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Savana and some of her girlfriends decided to forgo the whole romance scene and spend the evening together at our house. This didn’t stop some interested guys from stopping by, but they did enjoy most of the evening together.

2014 – Sledding

2014 – Sledding

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We had quite a few good snows this year.

2014 – Savana’s 17th Birthday

2014 – Savana’s 17th Birthday

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What a beautiful girl! So happy to have her.

2014 – Savana Junior Toast

2014 – Savana Junior Toast

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Savana and friends enjoying the first formal of Junior year.

2013 – Christmas

2013 – Christmas

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We still love to play Santa Clause in the mornings and spend the entire day with family.

2013 – Dollywood Christmas Visit

2013 – Dollywood Christmas Visit

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  We love to go to DollyWood when the lights are out – spectacular!

2013 – Samuel 6th Grade Fall Band Concert

2013 – Samuel 6th Grade Fall Band Concert

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Samuel’s first concert as an alto-sax player was wayyyy better than I had imagined it would be.

2013 – Family Decorating for Christmas

2013 – Family Decorating for Christmas

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No one was really in the mood to decorate the Christmas tree; so, we made the kids. Instead of sulking, they made a wonderfully silly time of it.

2013 – Samuel School Play (<i>Murder at Crooked House</i>)

2013 – Samuel School Play (Murder at Crooked House)

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Samuel decided to go out for the school play. During tryouts, the actors were told to sing Happy Birthday or some other song of choice. One-by-one, 7th graders, 8th graders and a few 6th graders stepped onto the stage and gave their best “happy birthday.” 6th grader, Samuel Cleek, decides to set himself apart. He […]

2013 – Cross Country

2013 – Cross Country

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This is Samuel’s 6th grade year. He joined the cross country team for Sevier Middle School. They had a great season and made it all the way to the state championships. Here are a few pictures of Samuel and his friends from throughout the season.

2013 – Free Fest

2013 – Free Fest

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Alexa met up with some friends and headed to Baltimore for this music festival.

2013 – Color Me Rad

2013 – Color Me Rad

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Stacey, Samuel and I had a great time at this color bomb run.

2013 – UT Move-In Day

2013 – UT Move-In Day

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We moved Alexa in to her dorm room a week early so she could take part in a leadership/service program. Knoxville just moved up a notch in class, style, intelligence, wisdom and beauty.

2013 – Annual Father/Son Trip

2013 – Annual Father/Son Trip

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Samuel and I stayed a little closer to home this year – Warriors Path State Park. We camped, hiked, went horseback riding and played frisbee golf. Great times, better memories. The girls even came to visit one evening.

2013 – Camping Trip

2013 – Camping Trip

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Samuel and I took advantage of the girls being out of town and went camping, hiking, biking and theme parking in Sevierville.

2013 – HIS House

2013 – HIS House

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This summer, Alexa served as an intern at HIS House in Miami.

2013 – Bonnaroo

2013 – Bonnaroo

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I had the opportunity to take Alexa, Molly and Jocelyn to the greatest concert festival in the nation again this year.

2013 – St. Simon

2013 – St. Simon

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We took advantage of a last minute opportunity to vacation on St. Simon’s Island.

2013 – Graduation Party

2013 – Graduation Party

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We held a celebration in Alexa’s honor at Ridgefields after her graduation.

2013 – DB Graduation

2013 – DB Graduation

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Graduation ceremony for Alexa and friends.

2013 – Last Day of 5th Grade

2013 – Last Day of 5th Grade

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We sent Samuel off to his last day of elementary school and ended the day with a party.

2013 – Samuel and Will Play Dress-up

2013 – Samuel and Will Play Dress-up

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The title says it all!

2013 – Samuel 5th Grade Promotion

2013 – Samuel 5th Grade Promotion

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Samuel’s promotion ceremony from Washington Elementary.

2013 – Avett Brothers at Knoxville Coliseum

2013 – Avett Brothers at Knoxville Coliseum

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Jeff Rainey and I took Alexa and Savana to see the Avett Brothers. Great show!

2013 – Samuel as Napoleon Dynamite

2013 – Samuel as Napoleon Dynamite

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Samuel played the role of Napoleon in this Washington Troupe performance.

2013 – Alexa Senior Honors

2013 – Alexa Senior Honors

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Alexa was honored as the most outstanding marketing student at Dobyns Bennett’s Senior Honors ceremony.

2013 – Samuel Singing at Dollywood

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Washington’s Troupe (singing choir) were invited to Dollywood for a performance.

2013 – Samuel 5th Grade Field Day

2013 – Samuel 5th Grade Field Day

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Samuel and friends signing annuals and competing with each other at school.

2013 – Alexa Senior Prom

2013 – Alexa Senior Prom

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A collection from what I hear was a great night.

2013 – Samuel Being Silly

2013 – Samuel Being Silly

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Samuel decided to show off at a Steak-n-Shake stop on the way home from Asheville.

2013 – Alexa Becomes a Minister

2013 – Alexa Becomes a Minister

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Alexa decided she should get certified to perform marriages, silly girl.

2013 – Avett Brothers Concert at Clemson

2013 – Avett Brothers Concert at Clemson

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I drove Alexa to Clemson University so she could meet up with friends for this concert. While walking her to the venue, a radio station representative gave me a free ticket; so, I got to enjoy the show too. This was probably my favorite concert ever!

2013 – Final Four

2013 – Final Four

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I took a trip with some friends for golf, Atlanta Braves baseball and the NCAA Final Four and Championship in Atlanta.

2013 – Fire Tower Hike

2013 – Fire Tower Hike

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Stacey, Alexa, Samuel and I took advantage of a beautiful day.

2013 – Stacey and Alexa Hiking

2013 – Stacey and Alexa Hiking

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Stacey and Alexa took a day trip for a gorgeous hike.

2013 – Easter Egg Painting

2013 – Easter Egg Painting

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The kids let loose and had some fun today.

2013 – Samuel 5th Grade Concert and Art Show

2013 – Samuel 5th Grade Concert and Art Show

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The singing was good and the dress was sharp!

2013 – Samuel Band Assessment

2013 – Samuel Band Assessment

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Samuel has decided to give band a try once he gets to middle school. He’ll be playing the alto sax.

2013 – Family Fun at Eastman Cabins

2013 – Family Fun at Eastman Cabins

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Savana had the idea to go play together followed by ice cream at Sweet Frog. Great evening!

2013 – Knoxville Weekend for Stacey and Matthew

2013 – Knoxville Weekend for Stacey and Matthew

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Stacey and I took a trip to downtown Knoxville this weekend. We spent some time familiarizing ourselves with UT’s campus since Alexa will be going there in the fall. We had no idea how fun downtown Knoxville could be; and, to our surprise, there was a concert scheduled for Market Square while we were there.

2013 – Bon Jovi Concert

2013 – Bon Jovi Concert

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We took a trip to Nashville to see Bon Jovi. This is one of Samuel’s favorite bands!

2013 – Alexa and Stacey in NYC

2013 – Alexa and Stacey in NYC

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Last year, Alexa started a fashion marketing club at Dobyns Bennett High School. She was able to convince her teacher sponsors to put together a school trip to NYC for the club members. Of course, Stacey had to go along as a chaperone.

2013 – Alexa Mainstage at CF (<i>Everyday People</i>)

2013 – Alexa Mainstage at CF (Everyday People)

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Alexa took the mainstage at Christ Fellowship on Sunday, February 24 to sing Everyday People.

2013 – Family Trip to SnowShoe

2013 – Family Trip to SnowShoe

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We decided to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to SnowShoe, WV for some family fun including games, movies, skiing, snowboarding, zip lines, shopping and – as always – good food! Great time together!

2013 – Savana Sweet 16 (<i>Bieber Concert</i>)

2013 – Savana Sweet 16 (Bieber Concert)

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For Savana’s 16th birthday, she and Stacey spent a couple of days in Charlotte. While there, they did some shopping, dining and went to a Justin Bieber concert.

2013 – Samuel 5th Grade Spelling Bee

2013 – Samuel 5th Grade Spelling Bee

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Samuel was 1 of 12 elementary school students out of 86 who passed the qualifying examination for this year’s spelling bee. He did an awesome job and made it through more than 20 rounds. He placed 5th overall.

2013 – Passion

2013 – Passion

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Megan Fryant, Alexa and I attended this year’s Passion conference at the Georgia Dome in ATL. It was outstandingon all levels.

2012 – Christmas

2012 – Christmas

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Pictures from our 2012 family celebration!

2012 – CF Christmas Eve Event

2012 – CF Christmas Eve Event

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Christ Fellowship holds a 9pm and 11pm Christmas Eve event every year. It is the annual “main event” for our gathering. This year, Samuel played a very cool role in the programming for the celebration.

2012 – Dollywood Christmas

2012 – Dollywood Christmas

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When the kids were small, we went to Dollywood a whole lot. As they’ve grown those times have become less frequent. We decided to blow it out in 2013 and get season passes. The nice thing is, next year’s passes will work for the rest of this year too; so, we went to see the […]

2012 – Savana’s Art Show

2012 – Savana’s Art Show

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Today, I had the opportunity to stop in and look at some of the artwork from Savana’s efforts this semester on display at Dobyns Bennett.

2012 – Samuel’s Birthday

2012 – Samuel’s Birthday

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Wow! It’s already been 11 years. He is so awesome!

2012 – UT vs Troy

2012 – UT vs Troy

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We all went down to watch a football team at Alexa’s college of choice, though she and Samuel refused to be in any of the pictures.

2012 – Halloween

2012 – Halloween

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Lot’s of family fun!

2012 – Alexa’s Birthday

2012 – Alexa’s Birthday

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It’s been 18 amazing years. She is ready! I love her so.

2012 – Fall Break

2012 – Fall Break

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We spent fall break in Miami. While we did have fun eating, beaching and shopping, the trip was really all about volunteering at His House Home for Children. A great experience of serving together as a family.

2012 – Alexa’s Senior Pictures

2012 – Alexa’s Senior Pictures

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Today is special in many ways, two of which are highlighted here. This is Alexa’s 18th birthday and it just so happened that her senior pictures came in this morning. Enjoy!

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2012 – shhh, We’re Writing the Constitution

2012 – shhh, We’re Writing the Constitution

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Washington Elementary’s fall production was shhh, We’re Writing the Constitution. Samuel played the lead role of James Madison. This was his first stage performance as an actor. He is definitely a natural. It was awesome!

2012 – Land of Oz

2012 – Land of Oz

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We spent the weekend with some great friends, the Wheelers, in Beech Mountain, NC. They are involved in an annual event called The Land of Oz. Years ago, there was a theme park based on the Wizard of Oz located at the top of Beech Mountain. I’ve skied there for years and years and never […]

2012 – Fire Tower

2012 – Fire Tower

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My family decided to take a hike to Bays Mountain’s fire tower on Memorial Day 2012.

2012 – Samuel Golfing

2012 – Samuel Golfing

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This summer, Samuel has really began to excel in his golf game. He is absolutely my favorite playing partner. I am looking forward to many years of bonding with him.

2012 – Gentlemen of the Road

2012 – Gentlemen of the Road

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Alexa bought us passports to the Gentlemen of the Road music festival this year in Bristol, TN. We got to see Mumford & Sons, one of our new favorites – Dawes and many other great performances. The best part of all was hanging out with my amazing daughter.