New year, new promises in 2014
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Payton Jones, 1, climbs down the jungle gym while aided by her mother Jennifer Jones. The Jones family, natives of Mississippi, hung out at Hillcrest Park for New Year’s Day. “It’s beautiful out, so we decided to come let Payton play a bit,” said Adam Jones, Payton’s father.
What’s the best way to start a new year?
For Airman Adam Jones and family the answer was a day at Clovis’ Hillcrest Park.
Jones, his wife Jennifer and 1-year old daughter Payton could be seen chasing each other around the jungle gym, with young Payton giggling as they played peek-a-boo.
“It’s a nice day, so we had to get out of the house,” said Adam Jones, a Mississippi native who works as a navigator at Cannon Air Force Base.
“It’s beautiful out, so we decided to come let Payton play a bit.”
As for New Year’s resolutions, Adam Jones just had one goal.
“Be more organized,” he said with a chuckle.
Here’s how others spent their New Year’s Day around eastern New Mexico:
• Dressed in full firefighter’s gear with his fire hose draped over his shoulder, Charles Nunez scaled up a 25-foot ladder on a sunny and breezy Wednesday afternoon.
Training to fight fires is how Nunez and about 20 other Clovis firefighters spent the first day of 2014.
“It’s skill training. We have a book with over 200 skills a firefighter needs to know, and we’re just practicing some of them,” said Nunez, 23, a rookie member of the department.
Nunez, a native of California, is two months from taking his probationary exam to become a fully-certified firefighter. His New Year’s resolution?
“Just to get through training,” he grinned.
• Meanwhile, across town, Charly Schupp, 19, was teaching her son Micah Woodard, 2, how to ride a bike on a day off of work.
Woodard was excited, and looked the part with a brand new helmet decked with authentic looking spikes on top, and training wheels to keep him balanced.
“We had to come out here and get him some practice,” said Schupp, who attends Clovis Community College and works at a local drugstore. Schupp said she got a few extra days off at work because of a recent surgery to remove her gall bladder.
“I feel fine,” said the upbeat Schupp, who wants to quit smoking for her New Year’s resolution.
• Dannon Wafer’s resolution involved getting more fit and staying in shape.
“I got to get back to where I was,” said Wafer, a native of Galveston, Texas, who played both football and basketball at Eastern New Mexico University. Wafer spent New Year’s Day with family eating soul food and watching college football bowl games.
“We ate greens, ham, black-eyed peas, and watched some football. The best game had to be the Capital One Bowl. South Carolina beat down Wisconsin,” said Wafer, who works at a local convenience store.