Thursday, July 12, 2007

July 12, 2007

I woke up at 7:46 this morning. That was really cool because I didn’t know I was going to sleep that late. We’re going heely-ing at the mall today. My Grandma and Grandpa Schmidt are coming to see my softball practice tonight. That’s all I want to say today. I might add more, but not right now. Okay, bye for now!

[Editor's note: these are pictures from Abby's game a week ago.]


otowi said...

What does it mean to go heely-ing at the mall? I know what heelys are, so does it mean you go to the mall specifically to "skate" on your heelys through the mall? Do they have a setup for that or are you doing it through the regular store crowds?

otowi said...

Sorry - I forgot to comment about where I'm from - Security, Colorado (south of Colorado Springs). I'm a math teacher at Coronado High School.

Jennifer Wagner said...

Hello and welcome to blogging --

I hope you enjoy it as much as we all do.

Jennifer Wagner

ps -- we think you have a GREAT dad!!!

Cathy Nelson said...

GREAT follow through on that pictures swing! I am so impressed you have chosen a blog to share with the world! May I share it with others?? If you'd like to know a little about me and my family, you can click on my name and then my profile. I blog in other places, but am leaving that one for my brothers and sisters and I to use. I am from South Carolina, just south of Charlotte, in a small suburban city named Rock Hill.

Georgia said...

Hi Abby

I like your blog. My name is Georgia and I am 8 years old. I live in New Zealand. I have a podcast at
but I haven't put anything new on it for awhile.
I don't play softball but I am really interested in horses.

Anne Adrian said...

Congratulations on your blog. I have been following your dad's blog for a while and refer to some his work quite often in my blog and in conversations. Both your dad's blog and your blog are very cool.

My 11 year-old has been playing ball for years and is now a very good softball player.

I live in Auburn, AL; I work for Auburn University. Some of our most famous graduates are Bo Jackson who played football and baseball, Charles Barkley who played basketball, and Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia.

Keep trying new technology, keep playing ball, but most importantly, keep having fun!

Pam Shoemaker said...

Nice blog! Getting up in the morning at 7:45 is late for you? What time do you usually get up?

Pam Shoemaker

Cheryl Lykowski said...

You have a great start to blogging! It looks like you had a great time during your game. I look forward to reading more of what you write.

Pilly said...

I am from Gadsden, Alabama and I love your blog. I can't wait until school starts so you can tell us all about what you are doing in your classroom.

diane said...

Hi, Abby!
I'm a Teacher/Librarian for grades k-12 in a little rural town in upstate New York (almost in Vermont). The kids in our school love soccer, baseball & softball, and all kinds of motorized vehicles (lots of farmland for trails). Some of my students probably "go heely-ing at the mall" also, but if they wear their heelys to school, the principal takes their wheels until after school!
I hope you keep on blogging, so that we can all see the world through younger eyes.

A former Little League team mate of my son is playing on TV for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays tonight. How cool is that!

Abby F. said...

Otowi - Yes, we went to the mall to ride on my heelys. We're doing it through the regular store crowds. We went to the mall at 9 o'clock when there were less crowds.

Cathy - Yes, you may share it with others. Your friends and all that kind of stuff.

Georgia - I liked your podcast. I liked the part about clouds.

Pam - I usually get up at 5:15 or something during school time, and usually around 6:00 in the summer.

Pilly - Where is exactly Alabama?

Carolyn Foote said...


I'm from Austin, Texas, and I like Colorado too.

I enjoyed the pictures of your game--it looks like fun!

Congratulations on starting your own blog! You've got a great "helper" too!

Clay Burell said...

Hi Abby! I'm an American blogger in Korea (oh, and a teacher too), and hope I'm the first Asian dot on your ClustrMap! (You've got more dots than I had on Day 3!)

Like Cathy says, you can click on my name to see my blog too :)

So what's your batting average?

You're so lucky. I didn't have the internet when I was a kid!

Chris Lehmann said...

Hello from Philadelphia!

I'm a principal of a high school here in Philly. I just wanted to welcome you to blogging.

What position to you play in softball?

katie said...

Hi Abby,

I live in Leesburg, VA about 40 miles west of Washington, DC. I am a Technology Resource Teacher at Hamilton Elementary School and I love your blog. Our students (K-5) will be doing several blog projects this year. I hope we can use yours as an example - very impressive. Will you be in third grade next year? Keep blogging and enjoy the rest of your summer.

Jenny said...

Welcome to the blogosphere! I look forward to reading more from you.
I'm in northern Virginia, right outside of Washington, D.C.

ceyo said...

Congratulations on your new blog and thanks for the link on heelys. Kids have them around here in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but I've not know what they were called. I just might have to try a pair. I used to inline skate and enjoyed that. Heelys look fun. But I haven't seen any adults around here heelying. Wow! I'm an English teacher and that's a funny word "heelying"!

At any rate, good luck with blogging!

Candace Hackett Shively said...

Hi Abby. Welcome to a very wide world!

I am a teacher/technology person/editor/blogger, etc. from Pennsylvania, USA. I actually work for a company in Virginia, thanks to the web!

I read your dad's posts on my RSS feeds. Maybe he will set up some of those for you to read favorite blogs and other frequently- changing things on the web. I'll bet he'd set up an RSS feed from Google News on your favorite topics, such as heelying or softball!

Just remember to go outside and play so you don't stick to the chair reading them all.

I live near Gettysburg. Do you know what happened there?

Alice Barr said...

Hi Abby:

Welcome to blogging! Hope you enjoy it!

I live in Kennebunkport, Maine and work in a high school as an Instructional Technology Integrator.

Have Fun! Alice Barr

Anonymous said...

Hi Abby,

What a wonderful idea you had! I really loved reading your blog. It was fun because I learned something new...I had never heard of 'heelying', I didn't even know what Heelys were! Hope your summer is going well. I will 'blog' with you soon.

Mrs. Marci

Scott Elias said...

Welcome, Abby! I'm an assistant principal from up the road in Loveland.

Enjoy blogging! It's lots of fun!

Ric Murry said...

Hi Abby,

I'm Ric, and I'm a teacher/librarian at a middle school in Dalton, Georgia (just south of Chattanooga, TN).

I think your blog will be great. Be careful climbing ladders with Dad.

I hope you hae a great softball season. Let us know how it goes.

Have fun with your blog. I see you have already made many new friends.

Abby F. said...

Carolyn - Dear Carolyn, thank you for congratulating me.

Clay - What's a batting average?

Chris - I play all positions in softball. My favorite is catcher.

Katie - No, I won't be in third grade, I'll be in second grade. I'll start on August 6th.

Candace - No, I don't know what happened there. Can you please tell me what happened when you write back to me?

Alice - I love my blog because I think it's going to be cool. Thanks to you for the information.

Mrs. Marci - How is your summer vacation going? You can ask me to help you in your classroom after school sometimes since I'm going to be working with my Mom and other teachers. I'm going to have to do my homework first, so don't ask me until I get finished with my homework. Miss Hanni is going to be my teacher this year.

Ric - When I went camping and when the songs were done we had to say "Rick. Tick. Rickety-rick. Oompah. Oompah. Oy." And then they said louder and that means we had to repeat it louder. I thought of this because of your name.

Chris Mac said...

That's a wonderful start to blogging - you have such energy!
I live in Bristol, England, so I don't understand much of what goes on in America. Why do you need to wear a hard hat if it's a soft ball? I think I'll stick to cricket.

Andrea said...

Hi Abby!
I think I might be the first person from Europe to comment on your blog! I live in Malmö, Sweden, which is very close to Copenhagen, Denmark. People think it is very strange when they come to visit because they fly to one country, and then drive to another from the airport!

I've been reading your dad's blog and enjoy his ideas -- so I think you are probably pretty interesting too and look forward to reading your blog. And I don't work in education at all!

Have fun with your blog!

Bob said...

Abby... I'm from Gibsons British Columbia and I often read your dad's blog. That's how I found out about yours. My grandchildren are now 2 1/2 and I hope they will be as interested in communicating and sharing their ideas with others when they are 7 years old. Who knows what the technology for them will be like in 2012.

I'm hoping to work with some K-3 students this fall to encourage them to blog. If you don't mind, I will use your blog as an example of what can be done!

You have also reminded me that I am terribly behind in my own blog entries!

Cheers... Mr. C

Ray said...

We really enjoyed your baseball game. Thank you for inviting us.

G&G Schmidt

Anonymous said...

Hi Abby

I think it's cool that you have started a blog. Your dad better watch out--your blog might be better than his! You have gotten comments from lots of places. Keep it up. I live in West Virginia--but you already know that.

Love from your Aunt M.

Mark Ahlness said...

Hi Abby,
Welcome to the blogoshpere! I'm a third grade teacher from Seattle, Washington. I wonder if you'll get a chance to blog from school next year? If you'd like to read and comment with some third graders (I bet you're going to be a second grader, right?) next year, head to my kids' blogs at - some of them from last year are still blogging over the summer, like you.

Anyway, I think you're doing a super job at this, and responding to every comment (yikes, what a lot of work, right?). I'm sure your dad has told you things will slow down a bit. Don't feel like you have to respond to this one - I'm just real happy to see you starting out so well. Have a great summer!

Bach said...

Hi Abby-

I think a blog is very cool. Your dad writes a good one, so I'm sure you have lots of good ideas! (Maybe you can make a movie too!) My daughter (4 years old) helps me with lots of computer stuff!

West Caldwell, New Jersey

Abby F. said...

Chris – Because the softball is really hard. It’s softer than a baseball but harder than balls that you kick.

Mr. C – You can use my blog and my Dad’s blog to show them how they can write their blog.

Ray – I like your blog Grandpa. Does Grandma read your blog very often?

Aunt Martha – I hope my blog is better than my Dad’s blog! :-)

Mark – You have a great summer and thank you for telling me I can read third graders blogs.

Barry – I think I’m going to make two movies on my blog, maybe more.

Anonymous said...

Hi Abby,
I had fun reading through the comments on your blog and seeing how many different countries and states you heard from. After school starts, you may have more from other kids, which would be neat. You are lucky to have the internet and a blog. I didn't have such great things when I was growing up. Keep us informed about what you are doing.
Grandma F.

Abby F. said...

Grandma F. – Daddy didn’t have the Internet either when he was a kid. I really hope that some of my friends write to me.