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.

June 19, 2016

Had a good Father's Day weekend. The boys had their belt ceremony on Friday after passing their belt tests on Wednesday and Thursday night. Seth is now a blue belt and Ian is a green belt.

Linker started the day off yesterday with a 12 mile run which was pretty good for June, it being lower humidity and in the 60s. He then had to go into work until about lunchtime to work on the OR inventory. Ian had spent the night at his friend Chad's house and Deb picked him up so Ian, Seth, and her could go to El Salto for lunch. Ian went again with Chad to the pool in the afternoon.

Sunday morning everyone made it over to church. Linker was happy to get a copy of the Hobbit: Extended Edition and the newest Eric Clapton album for Father's Day. Linker mowed the lawn and then he and Seth went over to Cowenton Park. Seth played on the playground for a bit and walked around the trail. It was close to 90 degrees out, so it was a somewhat brief trip. Ian washed Deb's car for some extra money to buy a video game he wanted, so he and Linker went over to Gamestop later in the afternoon to pick it up. the rest of the afternoon will probably be spent inside, as Linker does plan to watch drag racing from Bristol later this afternoon.

June 12, 2016

Really felt like summer this weekend. We had temperatures up to around 94 yesterday and in the low 90s today. Expected thunderstorms yesterday never luckily materialized.

Linker started out yesterday with a 12 mile run. It was in the low 60s to start, so it was not nearly as miserable as the prior Saturday. The rest of the morning was pretty laid back until the afternoon. Ian went over to his friend Chad's house in the afternoon and then went to his birthday party at a local pool.

Deb, Linker, and Seth went over to the Milligan's house late in the afternoon to celebrate Lesley Milligan graduating high school. After they got home, Seth wanted to watch “Jurassic Park III”, so everyone had dinner and watched that before Deb went to pick up Ian.

Everybody made it to church this morning. Linker went down to Falls Road Running Store to get a new pair of running shoes. Linker plans to watch the Candian Grand Prix this afternoon, while Ian is supposed to have his final youth group meeting for the summer this afternoon. His youth group is planning to have the delayed Color Fight from last Sunday.

June 5, 2016

Really fell like a hot humid summer weekend this time around. Linker did a half yesterday morning and came back drenched in sweat. Temperatures were in the 70s and 80s with really high dewpoints. We are supposed to get some thunderstorms this afternoon to help cool things down.

Linker and Ian went to the kid's fishing rodeo yesterday morning. Ian hoped to catch the big one that got away last year, but only managed one fish for the morning. Both he and Linker had a good time though. Linker mowed the yards in the afternoon, and then watched auto racing in the afternoon.

Everybody made it to church this morning. Seth and Linker played a combination of basketball and “Would you Rather” after lunch for about an hour and a half. Ian's Color Fight with his youth group got postponed until next weekend due to the expected thunderstorms. Linker plans to watch the second Detroit Indy car race of the weekend later this afternoon.

May 30, 2016

Had a pretty good Memorial Day weekend. Saturday started off a bit on the hot side. Linker did go out for an 11-mile run in pretty steamy weather for May. Linker, Ian, Seth and Seth's friend Kaden all went up to Maple Grove Raceway for the NHRA Divisional races. It was very hot, so they only stayed around three hours, but got to see some good drag racing. They also caught up with Rich McPhillips, Duane Shields, and Marie Ferriolo. Rich McPhillips ended up winning TAD that weekend. After the racetrack, they went to the Windmill Restaurant for some ice cream and a late lunch for Ian.

Sunday was the traditional stay at home and watch racing day. It started with the Grand Prix of Monaco, which Lewis Hamilton won after a pit stop where the Red Bull team of Daniel Riccardo forgot to bring out the tires. Then in the afternoon, Deb had a puppet show at a local senior center while Ian went to the pool and had a sleepover with his friend Chad. JJ came over to play with Seth for awhile while Linker watched the Indy 500. It proved to be a really good race, with American rookie Alexander Rossi winning as he ran out of fuel on the last lap and coasting to a victory. Then in the evening, Deb and Linker did watch most of the Coca-Cola 600, where Martin Truex Junior dominated the race and won setting a NASCAR record for laps led in a race.

Linker started off today with a quick 5K run. It was supposed to rain all day, but the rain came last night and seems to have gone away for the rest of the day. It was almost 70 degrees when he went out to run, so still hot. Linker and Seth played a quick game of Monopoly on the Xbox One that Seth won pretty handily. In the afternoon, Linker and Ian went to go see “X-Men: Apocalypse” at the Senator.