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Monday, June 29th, 2015. Jackson is back from Baltimore, so for a few short days we have all 4 Heaths under one roof.  It will be short lived though as Jackson heads to Houston and Ben to Blowing Rock on Wednesday.  We went out as a family last night and watched Home at the Earle Theater.  We watched Inside Out last weekend before Jackson left.  We are very proud of the work Jackson did over the last week and while we will miss him during his trip to Texas, we are happy that he is getting to experience so many things during his summer break.  

After two weeks of super hot temps, we finally got a break from it on Sunday with temps in the mid-sixties during the early morning.  I took advantage of this by knocking out my longest run to date, 12 miles, all within our city limits.  I think we have a great little town for running, especially with the two greenways.
Last week, Amy, Ben and I went back to Kibler to break in the new fire-pit by roasting hotdogs and marshmallows.

It was a big week for Ben as he attended basketball camp for four days, had one evening of soccer camp and played in two indoor soccer games.  He has scored in each of his last three soccer games and set a weekly basketball camp record in the dot drill. He has been playing the best soccer I've ever seen him play.  He is passing well, getting to the right spots, attacking the goal, just really playing great.  Click HERE for a video of goals in Wednesday's 7-7 tie.  Ben scored twice in Saturday's 5-3 victory.

On Sunday, Amy, Ben and I picked raspberries next door at the Brevards, then Ben and I picked blackberries along the greenway. Amy combined the two to make a delicious mixed berry cobbler.

Monday, June 22nd, 2015.Father's Day started with cool presents from Amy and the boys.  We then dropped Jackson off at First Pres as he is heading to Baltimore for a week on his first mission trip.  I went for a run from the church to the house, making a loop up Main to Greenhill, then back down Country Club.  I had been dreading that hilly loop for good reason. That was followed by church, time at the river, a visit with my parents, some lawn mowing, a great dinner and I am now waiting for the pièce de résistance - hot apple pie, fresh honey and ice cream. Ooh la la. (Thanks Amy)  While at the river we cleared off a portion of Deana and Martin's river front and built a fire pit. 

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015.  Ben scored!  It was a tough game as they were playing 4 on 5 for much of the first half.  And even when they got a 5th player, they could not substitute, but they played tough, losing 2-10 in the end. 

Sunday, June 14th, 2015. Ten Miles!  I had never ran more than 6.5 miles and that was 30 years ago.  I started running at the end of March so in less than 3 months I ran a 5K at 22:03, a 10K at 50:03 and ran 10 miles at a 8:48 pace.  Pretty stoked about that.  I called it the City Schools Cycle since I ran past all 4 of the Mt Airy city schools.  The trek also covered the full length of both greenways.  Three months ago I would have said you were crazy if you had suggested I could run the length of either of those. 

Saturday, June 13th, 2015. Last night we joined friends at Chad and Amanda's house for some fantastic fajitas, good music and good times.  This morning, Jackson and Amy went to the MAHS graduation.  Jackson has some great friends graduating that I know he will miss next year.

Friday, June 12th, 2015.  We all pitched in on Wednesday for Martin's book signing at the Star Theater in Stuart, VA.  The Jezebel Remedy is receiving fantastic reviews and the night was a huge success with a great turnout.

Thursday, June 11th, 2015. Our friends Jack and  Cindy Stancil visited with us this week.  They drove up from Houston to pick up their boat.  Jackson and Jack were joined by friends Tanner, Robert and Grey for an overnighter at our cabin.  They stayed at our house the following night and added Simon and Harrison. 

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015. Congratulations Ben!  He finished with all A's in every class for the entire year.  He was one of only eleven students to accomplish that.  He also received all 5s on his EOG tests, with a score of 96 or higher in all three.  AND he was awarded the Citizenship award by his homeroom teacher.  He honestly could not have done any better.  So now he leaves Intermediate school and will head to the Middle School in the fall.

Monday, June 8th, 2015. I used the gift card that Ben won at the Bulldog 5K to buy a spiffy new pair of zero drop Altras at By Foot Sports in King.

Sunday, June 7th, 2015. Harking back to the fun we had during our Neighborhood Olympics a few years ago, the Heaths and the Bevards decided to host a neighborhood cookout.  I think it was a success.  It was great seeing older neighbors, kids and new neighbors all socializing together. 

Friday, June 5th, 2015. Jackson celebrated the graduation of friends Jai and Sarah at RoundPeak Vineyards.  As a special treat, he and I both got to visit with our old friend Steve who came up from Charlotte to perform.

Monday, June 1st, 2015. Jackson did an excellent job reading the announcements during yesterday's youth led church service.  He even managed to bring a little humor to the program, which carries on the tradition set by Sam during his tenure.  It was a day celebrating the seniors that will be leaving for college and a day to welcome the rising Beacons, which includes our very own Ben.  Jackson is very good friends with many of the seniors and will miss them next year.  He went bowling with the track team in the afternoon, then played disc golf with with his Beacon friends, then went bowling with them before calling it a day.