August 23, 2015

Had a laid back weekend for the last weekend of the boys' summer vacation. Hard to believe that Ian starts 7th grade tomorrow and Seth starts 4th grade.

Did have a good time last Wednesday going to the Aberdeen Ironbirds game. Seth and some of his fellow students from Joppaview sang the anthem. Unfortunately mother nature did not cooperate too well. Everybody got to see the final 2.5 innings of a makeup game versus the Staten Island Yankees which the Ironbirds won 2-1. But the game where Seth helped perform the anthem only lasted 1.1 innings before being called by heavy rain. The whole gang did make a memory though by watching the Orioles game on the scoreboard before calling it a night.

Linker went for a nice half run yesterday, with temps in the low 60s with low humidity. In addition to running errands, Linker took the boys to get haircuts in the morning before cutting the grass.

Today after church, Ian went over to his friend Chad's house for part of the afternoon. Linker and Seth went up to Perry Hall Park, and then Seth's friend JJ came over to play for a part of the afternoon.

August 16, 2015

Deb and the boys came back yesterday from their additional week up in Michigan. They had a good time doing everything from going to Cabela's to bowling during the week. The boys also attended Vacation Bible School at Deb's mom's church. They had good weather coming home.

Linker went down to Druid Hill Park for a nice half marathon run in the morning and then did some rounding at the hospital before the rest of the family got home. The rest of Saturday was spent unpacking and getting settled back home.

Today after church, Linker changed the oil in Deb's Jeep as it was due after all the driving in the last month. The rest of the afternoon was spent inside as the temperatures went into the 90s as it did yesterday. Seth's friend JJ came over to play for a good part of the afternoon.

August 9, 2015

Another couple of busy weeks. The last week of July the boys spent in their summer camp while Linker was at work. Friday night the 31st of July everyone went down to the Orioles to watch them play the Tigers at Camden Yards. The Tigers jumped out to an early lead, but the Orioles came back to win 8-7 with fireworks as an added bonus after the end of the game. Linker's work had the tickets for sale, so it was nice to have his work mates along as well.

The next day, everyone slept in a bit and then headed to Detroit. We had good weather for the trip up there and for the most part, no rain the whole first week. Linker finally got in a full half distance at the park next to Deb's mom's house on Sunday.

Monday saw Deb and Linker go to Cablea's in the morning, and then Las Galanes in Detroit for lunch and La Gloria Bakery to pick up tamales. Tuesday everyone went over to Greenfield Village where the boys especially enjoyed the large playground. They also got to play their annual game of “Graces” on the main lawn.

Wednesday Deb and Linker went on the Ford Rouge Plant Tour. They had two neat theater shows at the start, but their favorite part was the Dearborn Truck Plant tour where you could see the new Ford F-150 being built.

The rest of the week was a little laid back, but Linker and the boys managed to catch two movies: “Ant-Man” and “Fantastic Four”. Ant-Man was fun, but Fantastic Four got mixed reviews.

Linker headed back yesterday, while Deb and the boys are staying another week in Michigan. Linker went down to watch the Nationals play the Colorado Rockies today, primarily to see Max Scherzer pitch. Tough game with a no decision for Scherzer as the Nats fell to the Rockies 6-4.

July 26, 2015

Busy couple of weeks. Two weeks ago, Deb and Linker's friend Sondra and her family came to visit. Deb and the boys spent a lot of time with them the first week, visiting with them down in Washington D.C. and spending time at a lodge in Gettysburg.

On the 18th, everyone packed up and headed down to Virginia Beach to stay in a beach house along with Sondra's family. They had a good time on the beach and enjoyed a few good dinners out at Dockside Restaurant.

Some of the other highlights included watching the dolphins doing their own fishing on several of the mornings. Ian had one come very close to him on his boogie board on the Monday morning. Ian also made a new friend in Fred the golden retriever who would come out with his owner Valerie in the mornings. Fred loved to go out in the waves and catch the ball that Ian would throw.

Linker had a couple of good runs on the boardwalk and a nice long run along the service road for Atlantic Avenue and Shore Drive. The whole gang did go to the boardwalk on a Wednesday afternoon for the boys to see it and pick up souvenirs and some ice cream.

We did have one odd experience during the trip. Linker and the boys were having a good time splashing in the waves Wednesday night when they noticed smoke coming from a house about half a block south from where they were staying on 73rd street. Apparently the 17 year old at the house had left “smoking materials” too close to his bed and caused a two-alarm house fire. It caused significant damage to the house, but luckily only to that house and everyone got out OK. The ladies who were eating out down in the town had to park down at 69th street for the night has Atlantic Avenue was completely blocked with fire trucks.

The whole gang did go on Fort Story on Friday for a visit to Old Cape Henry Lighthouse which they enjoyed climbing the spiral staircase to the top for a great view of the ocean and the newer lighthouse.

Yesterday, Seth and Linker enjoyed a last walk on the beach as the sun came up. Then everybody took the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel up the Delmarva peninsula. Linker and Deb were surprised to see a Stuckey's near the Maryland border. So everyone got out and had to do a bit of shopping and fill up the Jeep before we made it home mid-afternoon.

Today after Linker had a quick 5K run and then everyone went to church, Linker washed both the Jeeps. It was hot in the afternoon, so Seth and Linker watched a little baseball on the TV while playing Aggravation.