July 24, 2016

Hottest weekend of the year so far. Temperatures were close to 100 yesterday and are flirting with the same today. Somehow Linker managed to eek out a 12 mile run yesterday with temperatures never getting much below 77 with high humidity even before sunrise. He then changed the oil in Deb's jeep before it got too much hotter in preparation for the Michigan trip next weekend. In the afternoon, Linker and the boys went to go see Star Trek: Beyond down at the Senator.

Sunday morning everyone made it over to church. Linker ran a few errands after that, but much of the rest of the afternoon is planned to be spent indoors from the heat.

July 17, 2016

Not as much action happening this week since not a vacation week for Linker. Seth probably had the most fun of anyone this week, as he was part of “Artbeat” at church this week. Seth was part of the media team and made some of the graphics and photos for the production of “Suessical Jr.” that he and the about 100 kids put on Friday night. Everyone did a real good job and the play came off really well, especially since they only put it together in five days.

The heat has certainly come to Baltimore as we had highs in the 90s most of this week and weekend. Linker started off Saturday with a slow but steady 17-mile run. After that he worked on the yards and trimmed the bushes before getting a haircut.

In the afternoon, Linker and Deb watched “Joy”, which they both enjoyed. Around dinner time, there were some pretty intense thunderstorms just south of here, but we did not get much in the way of rain.

Everybody made it to church this morning. In the afternoon, Deb went shopping over at Kohl's. Linker plans to watch the Indy Car race from Toronto later this afternoon.

July 10, 2016

Linker had the week off so, he and the whole gang got to spend some time traveling down to the Virginia mountains. Their first stop on Tuesday was Luray Caverns, which everyone enjoyed, especially the large underground reflecting pool. Ian and Seth also did the rope adventure after touring the caves.

On Wednesday, most of the morning was spent at Natural Bridge and then over to the Natural Bridge Caverns. Everyone had a good walk under the bridge and along Cedar Creek. One fo the odd highlights was seeing a small copperhead snake on the low water crossing that thankfully was pretty docile. We caught the caverns tour just had started, and then after that went back to the RockBridge Center to have lunch.

In the afternoon, there was a quick trip up to Wade's Mill and Rockbridge Vineyard before heading back to the hotel for some pool time.

Thursday was spent driving back, with the usual stops on the Blue Ridge Parkway of Raven's Roost and Humpback Rocks. Ian managed to make it to his Tae Kwon Do class that night.

On Friday, Linker got some roof panels replaced that were damaged by a toilet overflow on the 4th. He spent most of the morning doing that, and then he and Deb went out to lunch. In the afternoon, everyone watched a rental of “Zootopia” before both boys went to Tae Kwon Do.

Saturday started out with Linker taking a very soggy 12 mile run in 75 degree temperatures and 100% humidity. Linker and Ian then played a game of “Gauntlet” on the XBOX 360. Seth got his kicking stripe later that morning at his Tae Kwon Do class. In the afternoon, everyone went over to the Senator to see “The Secret Life of Pets.”

Everybody made it to church this morning. Linker went for a nice 2.5 mile walk after lunch. It was much less humid and there was a breeze blowing. Deb and Seth are scheduled to kickoff his “Artbeat” week at church this afternoon.

July 4, 2016

Nice long weekend. July the 4th came on a Monday this year, so Linker got a three-day weekend. He is stretching it out to include the rest of the week. Everyone is scheduled to to head down to the Virginia mountains for a few days tomorrow.

Saturday started out with Linker taking a 12 mile run. Then everyone packed up to go to the Baltimore Zoo for the first time in a long time. The temperatures were very mild for July and everyone enjoyed seeing the penguins and Sofiya the leopard. The highlight was Deb and the boys getting a turn to feed Cesar the giraffe.

Yesterday everyone made it to church. After church was pretty laid back, but Linker did manage to wire up a new switch for the router and wire up both the XBOX 360 and printer. In the late afternoon, Linker took a nice long walk.

Today Linker started off the 4th with a seven mile run with cloudy and mid-70s with high humidity and abit of drizzle. Linker and Seth took a quick ride in the camaro to give it some much needed driving time. Deb and Seth took a trip to the craft store to work on Seth's hat for his upcoming ArtBeat camp at church.

Rain was supposed to come all weekend, but it doesn't look like it is coming the until late this afternoon. The boys both took turns playing the XBOX One in the afternoon.

June 26, 2016

Had a good weekend after the first week of summer for the boys. Seth had a good first week of summer camp, and Ian helped out Deb around the house. Ian also had a rock climbing trip to Earth Treks with his church youth group. They both had their Tae Kwon Do lessons for their new belts.

Linker started out Saturday with a 16.5 mile run to see if his legs would put up with a longer mileage run and they did fine. Other than a bit tired the rest of the day, he was fine. The only other activity was the Orioles game that night as part of the CCC Palooza goings on at church. Everyone except Seth went, and it ended up being a really good game with the Orioles coming back from an early deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-6. Matt Weiters hit two home runs, including one that landed out on Euataw Street.

Today everyone slept in a bit, except Seth, as it was a bit of a late night. After lunch, Linker and Seth went to go see “Finding Dory” over at the Senator in the afternoon.