February 1, 2015

Still having some luck with the snow this winter as an anticipated storm today petered out. We had roughly a inch one day this week, and that was it.

Yesterday, Linker ran a half in cold temperatures down to 15° when he started, with wind chills even lower. He and the boys had archery and then just stuck around the house most of the rest of the day. Linker managed to get the taxes done in the afternoon.

Today after church, Seth's went to visit his friend JJ. Ian was still getting through his makeup work from school as a case of strep throat kept him out of school until Friday.

January 25, 2015

Had a better then expected weekend as an expected snowy Friday night and Saturday ended up being nothing more than a decent rain. We are supposed to get a few inches of snow tonight too, although the boys are disappointed as they already have school off tomorrow.

Yesterday Linker went for a rather wet and cool run and then took the boys to archery. Ian had a sleepover birthday party at his friend Steven's house. He got dropped off while the rest of the gang went down to the Baltimore Arena to watch the Baltimore Blast. The Blast went down early to the Rochester Lancers, but came back to beat them 15-7. So far, they are undefeated this weason at 13-0.

Today was more laid back after church. Seth went over and spent some time at his friend JJ's house. Seth is scheduled to go to his puppet practice a little later this afternoon. Ian also has his small group meeting this afternoon.

January 18, 2015

Busy weekend. Ian had a winter retreat with his youth group, so he left Friday afternoon to go down to Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, Virginia and then to serve at a church in Gathersburg on Sunday.

Seth and Linker went to archery yesterday and then went down to near Dulles Airport in Virginia to the Steven F. Udar-Hazy Center which is an extension of the Air and Space museum in Washington D.C. They had a good time looking around at all the airplanes. They especially loved seeing the space shuttle discovery and the SR-71 Blackbird. They spent several hours there before heading home.

Linker, Deb and Seth went to church and had a special treat as Alathea was there to lead the musical part of the service. Linker was happy to catch up with Mandee and Christi after the service. That made it a better day as it rained most of the day, with some freezing rain causing problems in the area. Seth went over to play with his friend JJ in the afternoon and Ian is supposed to be back this afternoon around 3:00.

January 11, 2015

Had a fun weekend that seemed way too short. After a seven-mile run all bundled up in 12 degree weather, Linker took the boys to archery practice that was a bit crowded with three lines for the time. Linker got a longer stabilizer for Ian's new bow, so Seth now has the shorter one for his bow. Both shot well, with Ian having one end with three in the center and Seth got his balloon on the final end.

After lunch, Linker and the boys went down to Falls Road Running Store where Linker picked up a new pair of shoes and got a new skull cap and a water bottle with his Christmas gift card. Deb tried to root the Ravens on, but they lost to the Patriots to end their season in a close game. Ian spent the night with his friend Chad after they went bowling with Nick and some other friends to the local midnight bowling session.

Today after church, Seth's friend JJ came over to play for awhile. Linker tried to wash some of the salt off of the Jeeps in the afternoon. Seth and Deb went to puppet show practice in the late afternoon.

January 5, 2015

Time to play catch up on all the news. On Tuesday the 23rd, the whole gang went up to Detroit for Christmas. We had a good trip, with just a little rain and fog to start. The weather was mild the entire time, with just a little rain on Christmas Eve and no snow. Linker was able to get a run in every day we were there. The boys enjoyed a mega marathon of "Mythbusters" on the TV when we had down time.

On Christmas Eve, Deb and Linker went to Los Galanes for lunch, and then picked up some tamales for the week. Later that afternoon, Linker and Ian went to see the final installment of the Hobbit series at the local movie theater.

Christmas day was nice and somewhat warm. The boys got several new video games which they enjoyed. Katelyn and Kyle were able ot come over and have lunch and visit in the afternoon.

The rest of the time was spent with trips to the ice skating rink and the roller rink. Deb and Linker had a nice Saturday as they went to Cabela's in the morning, and then caught "Interstellar" at the Henry Ford IMAX theater that night. Linker and the boys went on separate trips up to the pharmacy since the weather was much milder than usual. The trip back last Tuesday was very smooth and everyone enjoyed good weather, although the cold air finally did make an appearance.

New Year's Eve and New Year's Day was pretty much spent around the house after a long drive on Tuesday. Linker was able to get two seven mile runs in on each day. Yesterday was Linker's birthday which he enjoyed getting off work. He had a nice 12 mile run in the morning, and then went to archery practice with the boys. Seth is now able to use the 15# bow that Ian used, so he enjoyed his "new" bow with the extra power. Then the whole gang went out to El Salto for a birthday lunch. Linker enjoyed reading a book on Druid Hill Park he got for his birthday in the afternoon. Most of the rest of the day was spent indoors as it was rather cold and rainy.

Today after church, Linker bought a refurbished PS3 as the old playstation finally gave out. He spent the first part of the afternoon setting it up and getting it running.