July 27, 2014
We continued to have a cooler summer this week, with only a bit of rain late Wednesday.
This was a pretty laid back week as we prepared to go up to Michigan next weekend. Linker went for a 13.5 mile run on Saturday morning, which had a lot lower humidity than normal. He then checked out the cars and made sure they were OK to go to Michigan.
Today after church, Linker had to play snake wrangler for our neighbor Pat as a black snake had found its way under the heat pump. He safely relocated it back to the woods. Ian went to play with his friend Chad and Linker and Seth played some games of Star Wars: Battlefront on the old Xbox. Deb went by the Milligan's church to help get ready for the vacation bible school this week, as she is in charge of the snacks.
July 20, 2014
Had a pretty good week despite some rough weather with a tornado warning on Monday. After the front went through, we had much cooler than normal weather, with highs only in the low 80s.
Linker had Friday off, so with the boys in camp, he and Deb went up to the new Cabela's in Delaware. They had a good time looking around the store even though it was smaller than the one in Michigan. They then came home and had lunch at El Salto. Linker changed the oil in Deb's jeep later in the afternoon. Ian ended up spending the night at his friend Chad's house.
Yesterday we had fun catching up with our former neighbor Michelle at her new place and having a dip in her pool. Ian had a birthday party to go to while Linker and Seth played a game of Battleship.
Today started off with church and then Ian went with Chad swimming. Seth and Linker washed both the Jeeps and then Linker took Seth to the baseball card store.
July 13, 2014
Had a good weekend. The weather feels like summer now, but we avoided the rain except for some showers early this morning.
Yesterday Linker and the boys went up to Maple Grove Raceway for the Super Chevy Show. They enjoyed watching the drag racing and seeing Jill Canuso from Hanna Motorsports race her jet dragster. Jill won her round after the other jet dragster fouled. They also enjoyed meeting Brett Wagner, who used to host the show “Pass Time” that Ian and Linker particularly enjoyed. There was also the usual visit to the Windmill Restaurant for a late lunch.
Today was more laid back. After church, Linker changed the oil in his Jeep. Deb took Ian to visit his friend Chad and they went to the local pool. Deb was looking after the Milligan's house, so her and Seth went for a quick dip in their pool. Linker started sorting through his 1982 Topps baseball card collection that his parents had found and sent.
July 6, 2014
Had a good Fourth of July weekend. Temperatures were much better than in prior years, as Tropical Storm Arthur made its way far off the coast as a strong cold front went through the middle of last week. Wednesday and Thursday had some bad thunderstorms, but by mid-day Friday, there was sunshine and cooler weather.
Ian had a pool party with his baseball team this year at the Perry Hall Swim Club last Tuesday. Luckily, the rains held off and the kids enjoyed a real feed along with lots of swimming and diving.
The Fourth of July itself fell on Friday, and ended up being really laid back. Ian went with his friend Chad swimming and eventually to a sleepover there. Linker enjoyed the day off and his only real activity after a quick 5K in the morning was mowing the yards.
Yesterday was the big day of the weekend. The whole gang went down to see the Washington Nationals for a 4:05 game. Although being a lopsided win of 13-0 over the Chicago Cubs, everyone had fun. Seth gave his first shot at keeping a scorecard and did a good job.
Today was going to church and then having a relaxing afternoon of watching baseball. Linker and Ian took a walk to 7-11 and JJ came over to play video games with Seth in the afternoon.
June 29, 2014
Linker had the week off as we spend a lot of the first part of the week on the road.
Monday was the annual trip to Dutch Wonderland. The boys are getting a little too old for some of the rides, but still had a great time in the water park, on the swings, and many trips on the Kingdom Coaster. After a full day there we had dinner at the local Friendly's.
It was up and at 'em the next morning as we headed down to the Virginia mountains. We made the usual stops on the way down, going to Rockbridge Vineyard, Wade's Mill, and Cyrus McCormick Farm, where they got a better tour this year without the threat of rain.
The better part of Wednesday was spent at Natural Bridge of Virginia. They enjoyed a walk along Cedar Creek to see the bridge and enjoyed the caverns as well. The new owners are doing a lot of renovations, which included razing the old motel and closing the Wax Museum in September. They also took a quick trip inside the Lee Chapel and Museum. The only real disappointment of the trip was seeing that the Redwood Family Restaurant had closed.
Thunderstorms on Wednesday afternoon made for a beautiful drive back up the Blue Ridge Parkway on Thursday, with stops at Raven's Roost and Humpback Rocks.
The rest of the weekend was pretty laid back. Ian spent a lot of time with his friend Chad. They (along with Seth) went to Annie's Playground on Friday and the pool on Saturday. Today was church and then Ian went over to Chad's house while Linker and Seth went over to Cowenton Park and then played a game on Monopoly while watching drag racing.