April 19, 2015

Finally felt like Spring and early summer here this weekend. The flowering trees around here were in full bloom, so it was really pretty here this week. Highs yesterday got around 80° and were in the high 60°s here today.

Linker started out the weekend with a 12 mile run in shorts and a a t-shirt, which was the first time he was able to do that in a long time. Then he changed the oil in Deb's Jeep, which had him find a screw in one of the tires. The tire ended up being OK, but the rear brakes ended up needing work. He and the boys also got to practice baseball a little more in the morning.

Today after church, Linker took the boys to get haircuts. After lunch, he and Seth had some batting practice up at his school. He then got the lawnmower all ready for Spring and ended up cutting the grass for the first time this year. The rest of the afternoon consists of Deb and Seth going to puppet practice and Ian going to his small group at church.

April 12, 2015

Deb and the boys had a good week up in Michigan. They went roller skating, visited with their Aunt Carol, and went to Cabela's among other things. They are on their way back from Michigan as of this writing.

Here in Baltimore, the weather has started to warm a bit. We had a fairly strong thunderstorm late Thursday night when it was only in the 40s, so the change of seasons is definitely happening.

Yesterday, Linker went down to Druid Hill Park and ran 16.3 miles in 2:36. This was to make up for the metric marathon he was hoping to run in late April, but it was cancelled due to construction in the park in which it is run. Temperatures were in the low to mid 50s, so a long sleeve and shorts did the job just fine.

Later that night he went to the Orioles game, which means he has seen Orioles games for 20 seasons now. The Orioles beat the Blue Jays 7-1, with a great pitching performance by Ubaldo Jimenez and a grand slam by Jonathan Schoop. Jimenez went seven innings with just one hit, so it was nice to see him do well after a rough year last year.

After a late night, Linker did some work around the house including turning on the outside faucets and hooking up the hose in front of the house. The rest of the afternoon will most likely be spent helping Deb and the boys getting unpacked when they arrive.

April 5, 2015

Some slightly warmer temperatures this week, with the boys having off Good Friday for the first part of their Spring Break. Ian had his first workout with this baseball team (The Braves) this week, on Thursday.

Linker got in a much warmer run yesterday. Then it was off to watch a puppet performance where Deb was the sound engineer and Seth got to be José for the non-speaking parts. There was a pretty good crowd for the three 20-minute shows they put on that morning. In the afternoon, JJ came over to play with Seth and Linker and Ian watched “Interstellar”.

Today was Easter, so after church, everybody headed over to Outback Steakhouse for lunch. After that, their was lots of packing to do as Deb and the boys are planning to head up to Michigan in the morning to spend Spring Break.

March 29, 2015

Hard to believe it was Spring this weekend. Temperatures were barely in the 40s yesterday and today started out in the mid-20s.

Linker ran the last few miles of his Saturday morning run with snow flurries coming down. Deb and the boys had gone to a Toby Mac concert on Friday night, so most of the day was spent around the house.

Today was Palm Sunday, but Seth woke up with a stomach bug that kept us all from going to church. Seth was feeling better by the afternoon, but he is probably going to miss the first of his puppet shows that is this afternoon as well. Deb is still planning to go as she runs the sounds of the show. Ian will probably be the only one to make it to church today for his youth group this afternoon.

March 22, 2015

Had a fun weekend, with Spring finally arriving on Friday. The catch was that we had two inches of snow on Friday, with it not making much difference to the roads, but leaving a coating of snow everywhere else.

It kept about freezing Friday night, so Linker was able to run his normal route yesterday, with snow on either sides of the sidewalks and roads making it a prettier run. We all hope that was the last of the snow for the winter, though.

The temperatures got up to around 60° yesterday with sunny skies in the afternoon. The whole gang went down to Washington D.C. for the day to enjoy the warmer weather. Seth's Washington National's lanyard had broken so we went by the team store at the stadium to get a new one. They also had a lot of specials on playoff shirts and hats from last year, so we ended getting a few good deals as well.

Lunch was at Tortilla Coast and then it was down Capitol Hill for a visit to the National Museum of the American Indian. Linker had only been there once, and Deb and the boys had never been. Everyone enjoyed looking at the exhibits and the boys enjoyed the kids area with an interactive skateboard, raft, and a quiz show. There was a brief visit to a crowded Air and Space Museum so Seth could see the original Wright flyer that he had studied in class.

Today after church, Linker and the boys practiced baseball in at weather that was cooler than yesterday, but bearable. Seth played some outside with his friend JJ and some video games inside.