Saturday, August 30, 2008

Andy is playing baseball at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, MO -- that's southeast of Rolla, almost to Arkansas. So far he is enjoying it, even the 5 hour practices, and he tells us he is hitting better than he ever has before. Because of that, he's choosing to focus on his hitting and fielding rather than to work on pitching... but we've encouraged him to be sure the coach knows that he has, and can, pitch pretty well. I've posted his fall schedule below in case anyone is nearby and wants to catch a game! In the spring, they'll travel to Florida for a few games during spring break, so hopefully some of the southern relatives can see him play (and maybe we'll even be able to make it into a vacation!)

Andy's Fall Baseball Schedule

Sept 6 11 am (DH ) William Baptist College; Walnut Ridge, AR
Sept 13 10 am Lake Land College; Austin Peay U, Clarksville, TN
Sept 13 12:30 Wabash Valley College; Austin Peay U, Clarksville, TN
Sept 19 2 pm (DH) Evangel University; Springfield, MO
Sept 20 9:30 Drury University; Meador Park, Springfield, MO
Sept 20 12:30 Coffeyville CC; Barnhouse, Sprinfield, MO
Sept 27 1 pm Southwest IL CC; Marion, Illinois
Sept 27 3 pm John A. Logan; Marion, Illinois
Oct 4 4 pm (DH) Drury University; Meador Park, Springfield, MO
Oct 5 12 pm(DH)Drury University; Meador Park, Springfield, MO
Oct 11 10 am Maple Woods; Crowder College, Neosho, MO
Oct 11 1 pm Longview; Crowder College, Neosho, MO

Friday, August 29, 2008


Elizabeth preparing to go potty. I don't think you can officially call her potty-trained, but we're pretty close!
Elizabeth with her dolls--she always has a smile for the camera

Isaac Learns to Ride a Bike

Isaac learned how to ride a bike this year -- finally! A few days later, he was riding that little starter bike all over Camp Windemere at our family reunion, and Grandma and Grandpa Hall noticed that he really needed a bigger bike, so they helped get him one for his birthday. Off he goes!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Dan, Andy, Becky and I returned to California for Trinity Lutheran School's final award banquet and graduation. It would have been Becky's graduating class. It was sad to see the end of TLS after 35 years, but wonderful to see so many people who positively influenced our lives while we lived in California.

Andy and Becky with Kindergarten teacher, Joyce Rich . . .
. . . with First Grade teacher, Cassandra Wright . . .
. . . with Supervisors Zofia Wallmark and Bernadette Guerrero.
Dan and Dawn with friends Colleen and Darin Bogich ...
Dawn with Elizabeth Brewer
Final morning at the Hobbys, with our Starbucks!

Summer in Missouri

"Floating" is one of Missouri's summer pasttimes. This time, Elizabeth, Dan and I managed to stay afloat the entire trip (on our first trip last summer, we tipped over!). On this trip, we took along the Staurland family from Norway, who visited for a week.