April 12, 2015

Deb and the boys had a good week up in Michigan. They went roller skating, visited with their Aunt Carol, and went to Cabela's among other things. They are on their way back from Michigan as of this writing.

Here in Baltimore, the weather has started to warm a bit. We had a fairly strong thunderstorm late Thursday night when it was only in the 40s, so the change of seasons is definitely happening.

Yesterday, Linker went down to Druid Hill Park and ran 16.3 miles in 2:36. This was to make up for the metric marathon he was hoping to run in late April, but it was cancelled due to construction in the park in which it is run. Temperatures were in the low to mid 50s, so a long sleeve and shorts did the job just fine.

Later that night he went to the Orioles game, which means he has seen Orioles games for 20 seasons now. The Orioles beat the Blue Jays 7-1, with a great pitching performance by Ubaldo Jimenez and a grand slam by Jonathan Schoop. Jimenez went seven innings with just one hit, so it was nice to see him do well after a rough year last year.

After a late night, Linker did some work around the house including turning on the outside faucets and hooking up the hose in front of the house. The rest of the afternoon will most likely be spent helping Deb and the boys getting unpacked when they arrive.

April 5, 2015

Some slightly warmer temperatures this week, with the boys having off Good Friday for the first part of their Spring Break. Ian had his first workout with this baseball team (The Braves) this week, on Thursday.

Linker got in a much warmer run yesterday. Then it was off to watch a puppet performance where Deb was the sound engineer and Seth got to be José for the non-speaking parts. There was a pretty good crowd for the three 20-minute shows they put on that morning. In the afternoon, JJ came over to play with Seth and Linker and Ian watched “Interstellar”.

Today was Easter, so after church, everybody headed over to Outback Steakhouse for lunch. After that, their was lots of packing to do as Deb and the boys are planning to head up to Michigan in the morning to spend Spring Break.

March 29, 2015

Hard to believe it was Spring this weekend. Temperatures were barely in the 40s yesterday and today started out in the mid-20s.

Linker ran the last few miles of his Saturday morning run with snow flurries coming down. Deb and the boys had gone to a Toby Mac concert on Friday night, so most of the day was spent around the house.

Today was Palm Sunday, but Seth woke up with a stomach bug that kept us all from going to church. Seth was feeling better by the afternoon, but he is probably going to miss the first of his puppet shows that is this afternoon as well. Deb is still planning to go as she runs the sounds of the show. Ian will probably be the only one to make it to church today for his youth group this afternoon.

March 22, 2015

Had a fun weekend, with Spring finally arriving on Friday. The catch was that we had two inches of snow on Friday, with it not making much difference to the roads, but leaving a coating of snow everywhere else.

It kept about freezing Friday night, so Linker was able to run his normal route yesterday, with snow on either sides of the sidewalks and roads making it a prettier run. We all hope that was the last of the snow for the winter, though.

The temperatures got up to around 60° yesterday with sunny skies in the afternoon. The whole gang went down to Washington D.C. for the day to enjoy the warmer weather. Seth's Washington National's lanyard had broken so we went by the team store at the stadium to get a new one. They also had a lot of specials on playoff shirts and hats from last year, so we ended getting a few good deals as well.

Lunch was at Tortilla Coast and then it was down Capitol Hill for a visit to the National Museum of the American Indian. Linker had only been there once, and Deb and the boys had never been. Everyone enjoyed looking at the exhibits and the boys enjoyed the kids area with an interactive skateboard, raft, and a quiz show. There was a brief visit to a crowded Air and Space Museum so Seth could see the original Wright flyer that he had studied in class.

Today after church, Linker and the boys practiced baseball in at weather that was cooler than yesterday, but bearable. Seth played some outside with his friend JJ and some video games inside.

March 15, 2015

Weather was much better this week than last. The boys actually went to school on time all week, which was the first time since Christmas that had happened. The warmer temperatures melted most of the snow as well.

Yesterday was a rainy, but warmer day. Linker got in a very wet seven mile run in the morning. After that, he and Seth went out shopping for baseball cards and wandered around Target after turning in his change at the bank. He and Deb picked up the Camaro after getting some work done on it and then went out to lunch at El Salto. After that, most of the time was spent around the house as the rain never really stopped throughout the day.

Today only Deb and Ian made it to church, as Seth had his long delayed baseball tryouts. Ian had his in the early afternoon. Linker watched a lot of the NHRA Gaternationals in the afternoon. Seth spent some time over at JJ's house in the afternoon. Ian is planning to go to his youth group later tonight.