Merry Christmas and Happy New Year ..........The Leoniks........
MELE KALIKIMAKA from the LEONIK Ohana!!!!!
(Merry Christmas from the Leonik Family!!!!)


     

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Everyone

Happy Birthday Baby Jesus

.......Hope this greeting finds you all happy and well.  We have had a pretty good year.  We hope you did too.

Kate just turned 23 !!!!!!!! and Kallie just turned 13.

 Kate is now a Chemical Engineer(......Yew!!!....), working in Charlotte-NC, making some really good money and just bought a brand new fully loaded Jeep Cherokee.  We are super proud of her.   Kate's dog....Nala....is staying with us until she feels that she can keep her in Charlotte as she does put in some long hours at work....so Nala and Spark are really enjoying the time together....kind of like wolf pack.

 Kallie is in seventh grade(Middle School).  She's been getting all A's and A+'s in school, playing softball, surfing, dancing, playing field hockey, singing, writing songs and doing gymnastics.  Kallie is surfing the Eastern Surfing Association and should qualify for the regional event in 2013 and hopefully the Eastern Championships.

Diane is doing great...she just had back surgery in fall and is slowly but surely get back to normal and looking forward to the 2013 warm weather/water surf season......

TL retired from basically my secondary job in public service(35 hours/week) and can now focus more on my primary job with Leonik Engineering...designing/inventing new products...the standard mad scientist stuff.  I was able to qualify for early retirement with the State after a bit of a legal battle by using my time spent as a lifeguard with the North Wildwood Beach Patrol back as a teenager.  Soooo nice to get away from my public service job as the lack of good leadership and parochial management was just bringing me down.  With a decent pension check coming in...I now surf when I want....work when I want....and kind of feel like a grom all over again....Yew!!!.... if it wasn't for the pension I would have left many years ago....so it all panned out.....

 Below are some of our adventures during the year 2012....hope you enjoy the pictures and stories.............

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Peace.....Love......Ride the waves....
 Rincon Puerto Rico
We spent 10 days in Rincon, Puerto Rico....it was the absolute best....our first time...but definitely not our last time.....they say that it's like Hawaii.....and it truly is......it was the end of January and the air was 80...the water was 80 and crystal clear....the only downside of the whole trip was that Kate couldn't make it because it was her last semester of school....We stayed right on the beach at Dogman's in Rincon...A place called Villa Ensenada...based on my friend Jim Pellini's recommendation....only a couple blocks away from Maria's.....a nice stroll away to watch the sunset over the water drinking  $1 rum punches at the Calypso bar.....Nice!!!....we had waves everyday at least longboardable....a solid swell for a couple days....with a couple feet overhead faces.....I really got worked by a clean up set......almost made it under the wave....I was riding a longboard at the time .....it picked me up and sucked me up and over the falls.....It slammed me off my board underwater...then held me down for a really long period of time....then  I got worked by the next wave of the set.....had to paddle in and chill out....paddled back out about an hour or so later....actually I was lucky...bunch of dudes were walking up beach covered in blood as they were bounced off the reef.......we met a bunch of people that we know from Jerzee....and met some people from Cape May County that stayed at the same place.
 
We also got to check out Jim Pellini's huge house up on the side of the mountain at a break called Steps.....Really nice house and awesome views......surfed with some of the guys who were renting a part of the house...one of which turned out to be the son of a guy I surf  with in Stone Harbor and Avalon...Graham Hudson....originally from Australia and a dentist in Pennsylvania....small world.

The snorkeling was unreal......super clear water....and a lot of life....Kallie and I got to do some jet skiing....and we wiped out....unknowingly I had the rental car keys in my trunks...had do some work that night to get the FOB to wor
k again...but I did it....
Yew!!!!....gotta love route 413....90% of the time the winds were offshore....







The English Rose has got great breakfast food and an incredible view....so as Diane is leaving.... the waitress....a young European girl(20 something)....kind of reminded me
of a young Lauren Bacall....calls her aside and says..."I debated on telling you this... but I have psychic abilities and every time I came to your families table I felt this
really strong psychic presence...I just wanted you to know this".....Wow that is something that doesn't happen everyday!!!!!
Nice to know....something has got our back.

Di's Bat Cave Trip....these subteranean caves were huge!!! and full of bats...incredible.

Spring Break in NJ
Kate spent her spring break with us in Jerzee....visited Philadelphia.......


The swamps of New Jerzee......
Mayville Sunrise.....just east of the house this time of year..
Bruce's Vette....
Easter in Hatteras
We had fun in Hatteras.......


Kate Graduates with a Chemical Engineering Degree ---North Carolina State University -- Raleigh, NC
Our Biggest Event of the Year!!!!

We spent about a week in Raleigh celebrating Kate's Graduation...what an awesome achievement.....then we rented a Uhaul and brought her stuff to NJ
We had a big party for her at the Wildwood Yacht Club on sunset lake in Wildwood Crest.....Willie Thomas and Jimmy McVey...did a pig roast...we had great time!!!.






The award winning Senior Project.......

Lunch with Nala
Back to Mayville....


Hatteras in June....
My favorite time of year on the banks....water is warm enough to go bareback....and typically there's always some nice waves....light winds...
This year Kallie brought her surfer friend... Alyssa with her....we all got nice warm tasty waves....
Jet skiing....tubing.....surfing....Supping...dining....From Duck to Avon...
We had a great time....didn't want to leave......we are going for two weeks in 2013....Yew!!!...over the 4th of July....with fire works off Avon pier...that's a first for us.




Kate gets her first engineering job!!!!
we were hoping that Kate could have the summer and part of the fall off....for some well deserved R&R....but she had an opportunity for a great position in Charlotte,NC....in August...
A company called DAK America.....originally a joint venture between Dupont and Akron....I think...
She found a really nice apartment in the South Park section of Charlotte.....so loaded up her stuff ....Kallie and I took the Uhaul to Charlotte....

New Friends



    only 400 miles to Aah View......

    no waves in Charlotte but plenty of Lakes.....  

   California Cousins....
   Jerzee Cousins....

  Kayla and  Sailor Jerry

  The Na.......





Kallie
Some of Kal's stuff over the year....
St Patty's Day

Gynastics

New Board

Softball Team Champions

Heritage Grom FourthResults

OCSA first overall


Kate's Pool in Charlotte.....
13th Birthday..... Birthday Movie  Be patient this takes a bit of time and requires Quick Time
could take a couple minutes depending on your internet speed.

Seller's New Dog...Schnitzel.....


Nuns Beach First Place          


Kallie zip lining during Sandy.......   Be patient this takes a bit of time and requires Quick Time

Also Kallie(12 years old) had her first job this summer as a surf instructor for Wetsuit World....she took the initiative, she made the call and she got the job....she wanted to get some
money for an iPhone.......Wetsuit World gave her a new full wetsuit at the end of the season as a bonus.....a great crew of people at Wetsuit World.


General Stuff
TL got a gig playing my original songs at Yvette's Cafe ... 97 street in Stone Harbor.....my first real paying gig...I think we did like 4 nights overall....throughout the summer
with Emmitt Heron on Lead guitar....and Tony Hillman on percussion....hey we did alright...some people asked about us doing some private parties....
Next time you are in Stone Harbor...you need to try the food at Yvettes Cafe...Man...it's really good!!!....


Some Retirement shots....Coconut Cove....NW
with super electrician Tom Betancourt and Debra Winger  Nicole Betancourt

It's a Jungle in Mayville...check out the size of the banana plants...I almost need a machete to cut path to my lab...stuff grows so fast....


Got Sewer this year....Jack Denis Lent me his back hoe.......we got it in.....4" PVC


Sister James.......Cruising.....she's awesome.....She runs Nun's Beach


TL at Das Pipe -> 110 street


Original Song Jersey Girl recorded on the Outer Banks 7 Dec 2012

Found this old recording on my Hard drive original song Surfer Girl

Diane had her back operated on .... she was getting pain shooting down her leg....it's been a really slow healing process but she is getting better and stronger....looking forward to
hitting the surf!!!


December Trip to Hatteras to winterize the house.....


     Been watching this bird for years...working the dune line in front of the house...think it's Peregrine Falcon...finally got a pic.





A little Xmas fun.......Tormenting our neighbors the Sellers out the back..... Christmas Eve......with Q-beam and didgeridoo  ..... Movie


Nala Gettin the paper...... Movie

  THE Hatteras House.... LINK


We celebrated Thanksgiving at Kate's Apartment in Charlotte, NC.....really good time.

SAD Stuff

We lost Grandmom in mid-November to Melanoma..she was 70...it only took a couple month's....RIP Pat...we are really going to miss you.....
so everyone please visit the dermatologist for a checkup.....

Hurricane Sandy
As you all know Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore....we were really lucky that we were on the good side of the storm....29Oct2012....Kate's Birthday!!!!
                                       

                                     

Original Song I wrote about Sandy ......  WE GOTTA GO


Avon Pier in NC got the worst damage that I ever seen after owning a house there for 20 some years....







Best Wishes to all for a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous and Frothy Waveful New Year!!   


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Show some fin...... in 2013!!!