April 23, 2017

Feeling like it skipped to summer this week as we had some temperatures well into the 80s this week. We did have some needed rain this week as well.

The boys both passed their next level Tae Kwon Do belt tests this week and had their ceremony Friday night. Seth is now a super red belt, and is officially in black belt training. He will start going three times a week instead of two very soon. Ian is not far behind, having passed his exam for his super brown belt.

Yesterday it rained pretty much the whole day, but Linker managed to get in a seven mile run without getting too damp after the first mile. He also got some impatiens for the front porch and some dirt to help level out the front gutter extension. After that, the rain started coming down and really didn't let up for the rest of the day. Linker and Deb went out to lunch at Chili's and that was pretty much the activity for the rest of the day. Deb worked in the afternoon on her latest book project.

Everyone made it to church this morning. Linker will take Ian early as he has A/V duty this morning. Linker is getting on a flight to Phoenix this afternoon to spend the first part of this week at HFMA LTC.

April 16, 2017

Had a good Easter weekend, but almost summertime hot today, with temperatures in the mid 80s. The boys had the entire week and tomorrow off, so they and Deb had a few outings including bowling and going to Arundel Mills Mall.

Linker started off the weekend with his usual seven mile run. Then he and Ian went over to the Fish and Game site to plant trees. They had a good time planting about four trees, two witchhazel ones and one oak alond the 80-yard practice target.

In the afternoon, Linker and Deb watched “Patriots Day” about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. After that, Linker cleaned up Deb's Jeep. In the evening, Deb and Linker watched the season premiere of “Doctor Who” which was better than they both thought it would be.

Today, the whole gang went to church, after which they all went down to Washington D.C. It was pretty much a repeat of last Easter, with lunch being had at Tortilla Coast. Then it was a trip over to the National Zoo, where they got to see the pandas having an afternoon snack inside their house. They also looked for Ollie the bobcat, but she was not visible in her area.

April 9, 2017

Kind of a busy weekend here at the Mills household. The boys had their last week of school before Spring Break and will enjoy this next week off.

Linker started off the weekend by going downtown for the Sole of the City 10K. He finished in a respectable 54:31 and enjoyed the run around the harbor and through part of Fells Point. He got to catch up with his fiends Jim Chios and Rob Lange. Ian went with his friend Conner up to Hershey Park where they spent most of their time on the roller coasters. He ended up spending the night at Conner's house. In the afternoon, Deb, Ian and Linker watched “Passengers”, which they enjoyed.

Today, Linker, Deb and Seth went to church, and then picked up Ian. Then the whole gang went down to Cantler's, where Deb had a nice steak and Linker had some crabs. When they got back, Linker changed the oil in the lawnmower and fired it up for the new year. They then had a ice cream cake for Deb's birthday before she had to go to puppet practice in the late afternoon. Ian has a big youth group party at church this afternoon.

April 2, 2017

Somewhat nice weekend after a Friday where all it did was rain all day. Linker started off his morning yesterday with a seven mile run. Then he and Ian went to the last indoor archery class of the year. Always a bit sad to say goodbye to the usual gang until fall, but it is always a good sign that Spring is really here. Linker and Deb went out to lunch at the Great American Steakhouse. The afternoon was pretty much spend around the house.

Today, the whole gang went to church. Deb went downtown to the Royal Farms Arena to volunteer at a concert. Linker washed the Camaro and then took it for a quick drive afterwards. Ian is scheduled to go to his youth group this afternoon.

March 26, 2017

Back to more normal weather this week. Some cooler mornings, but still somewhat nice and we do believe we are done with snow this winter, even though we only had the one real round last week.

Yesterday was pretty laid back. Linker took his usual seven mile run in the morning and then finished up planting seed in the side yard that he had started Friday night. He and Ian then went to the next to last archery program of the Spring. After lunch, Linker and the boys watched “Guardians of the Galaxy” since the new one is coming out in a few months. Linker did wake up early for a bit to watch the season opening F1 race in Australia.

Everybody made it to church this morning. Ian had A/V duty this morning. Linker vacuumed out his Jeep and then washed it in the afternoon. Ian has his youth group later this afternoon and Deb has puppet practice.