April 8, 2018

Slower weekend this time around. Linker had a really fast 5K to start off the weekend. There was a threat of snow on Saturday that never materialized, although temperatures were around freezing this morning.

Ian had his last Saturday morning black belt training class yesterday. Looking forward to his black belt test coming up this next Saturday. Seth is continuing to do well and enjoys his leadership class. Seth has his level test this coming Wednesday. Seth had an overnight retreat with his youth group overnight at the church and went around the community doing “dares”.

This morning the whole gang went to church and picked up Seth. The whole gang then went down to Cantler's to celebrate Deb's birthday one day early. Deb had her filet minion, Linker had crabs, and the boys had hot dogs and mac and cheese. Ian has his youth group meeting later this afternoon.

April 1, 2018

Easter weekend here in Baltimore. Linker got to go to opening day for the first time on Thursday. The Orioles beat the Twins 3-2 off a first pitch home run in the bottom of the 11th by Adam Jones. The boys had off Friday which ended up being a rather rainy day.

Saturday was a much better weather day with sunshine and temperatures in the 50s. Linker started off the day with a seven mile run, and then took Seth to leadership team. Ian joined him later for his black belt training class. Ian now has all his stripes so he is ready for his black belt test in two weeks.

Then Linker and the boys went to see “Ready Player One” over at the Senator which turned out to be OK. Then Linker took a nice 17-mile ride on his bike to round out the day.

The whole gang made it to Easter services at church this morning. The rest of the day was spent down in D.C. Lunch was had down at Tortilla Coast. Then the cherry blossoms were blooming, so a long walk was taken across the tidal basin. We started around the Jefferson Memorial, then around through the FDR and MLK memorials, and then ending at the Lincoln Memorial. Then a walk across the Arlington Bridge to the Metro station and back home.

March 24, 2018

Winter now refuses to go away as we had the biggest snow of the winter on Wednesday. We had several inches of snow during the day, which thankfully did not take long to get off the roads because of the longer days. The boys got off early from school on Tuesday, and had both Wednesday and Thursday off.

Linker started off the day yesterday with a quick run. The boys had leadership team and black belt classes in the morning. After that, Linker took the Jeeps to the car wash to get off all the salt from the snow mid-week. While Ian went to a friend's house in the afternoon, Linker took a quick bike ride and then he and Seth went to go see “Black Panther” over at the Senator.

Today everyone made it over to church with Ian having A/V duty for just the first service. Linker watched the first F1 race of the season from Australia which Sebastian Vettel won. The boys have their youth groups tonight and Deb has puppet practice.

March 18, 2018

Fairly decent weather for the last weekend of winter, but it started off cold, with temperatures around 25 on Saturday morning. Linker got in a quick 5K to start the weekend before dropping off Seth to leadership team practice. Then Ian had his black belt training class. Before lunch, Linker changed the oil in his Jeep. After lunch, Ian's friend Chad came over to spend the afternoon. Eventually, Ian went over to Chad's house to spend the night. Linker, Deb, and Seth watched “The Force Awakens” to end the evening.

Today was pretty much spent around the house, as Seth was still nursing the after effects of a sore throat he had yesterday. It ended up being a nice afternoon, with sunny skies and temperatures well into the low 50s. Linker was able to go out for about an hour-and-a-half bike ride. Seth and Ian have their youth group this evening. We're expecting one more possible snowstorm to come around Tuesday of this week.

March 11, 2018

Fairly pleasant, if still a little cold weekend. Certainly an improvement over last weekend.

Linker started off the weekend with a quick 5K, as he had done his long run on Friday. Ian had his last seminar of his black belt training Saturday morning, so he and Seth went together. After that, Ian and Linker went over to the Charm City Run in Timonium to pick up their bibs and shirts for today's Shamrock 5K. Not too much activity in the afternoon.

This morning the whole gang went to church. Ian and Linker did the Shamrock 5K this afternoon under sunny skies and temperatures in the high 40s. They finished around 34:50 with Ian running the entire race. Deb went to puppet practice this afternoon and the boys have their youth groups later tonight.