Provo Halloween Half Marathon 2010

13.1 miles later…we were so happy!

I forgot just how fun running races are…when the adrenaline kicks in it’s a blast! we all did it without stopping! me and korbin’s goal was to do it under 2 hours and we did it!!! It was so awesome and was so glad he did it with me! The race went by so fast…before we knew it we were on mile 10 and just had 3 more to go! There were so many people there (over 2500) and many were dressed up in some ridiculous costumes, especially to run 13 miles in. For example, a man in front of me was running in jeans, a button up shirt, and a cowboy hat. I saw numerous “runaway brides”, a boy scout, and a shirtless superman (it was freezing at the beginning!!!)! I’m so glad we did it again this year! If you’re ever in the Provo area around Halloween you should join me! Last year, we could not walk after the race because it is very steep decline in the beginning and we did not train like that. But this year I am sore, but I can still move! Thank goodness!


why do you talk like a cowgirl?


on our first morning in the school (yes it is still dark outside!!!)

this has been my first week in the elementary school. oh. my. goodness. i have no doubts that i want to be a teacher {and i have no doubts that it is an exhausting job!} I have loved every second of being in a classroom all day.

I am in a first grade classroom at an elementary school in the Jordan school district with Becca. It has been a blast so far. We leave every morning at 7:00 and get to the schools about 7:50. It is definitely a long drive…especially in the SNOW that we had yesterday morning! I was in denial that it was snowing and still am in denial that winter is fastly approaching! I love fall and wish it would last just a few weeks longer! But it is a fun drive because we are with 2 other girls, Shelley and Amber who are also in our school but in second grade!

On the first day i was there, i fell in love with this little gorgeous chinese girl who has the longest, prettiest hair. she is so smart. i helped her in centers and talked to her for a little while and when it was time to go to recess, she took my hand, wouldn’t let go, and held it for at least 5 minutes all the way out to recess. she is so darn cute. all of them are.

I always thought i would favor (is that bad?) girls in my classroom, but we have some of the cutest boys. i think growing up with a lot of boys in my house has left a special place in my heart for them. they are so sweet and considerate. (considerdat, right tracccyy??) On the playground a little girl lost her glove and a boy from my class came up to the teacher with his arm around the girl, rubbing her arm, trying to help her not be upset. so cute.

Remember that show kids say the darndest things? well they really do. yesterday i was reading to the students out of a chapter book and when i got done, this little girl came up to me and said “why do you talk like a cowgirl?” it was hilarious. i had to explain to her that i was from the great state of alabama, not utah!

now that i am in the school, i am no longer Abby. I am Miss Bess. Can I just tell you that this is very hard adjustment!!! Miss (Mrs.) Bess is my mom! Not me! Haha it is funny because I have to call Rebecca, Miss Johnson in the classroom and I slip up way too much and just say Becca…maybe I should just call her Miss Johnson around our apartment? :) Supposedly Becca was trying to get my attention on the first day we were there and she kept calling “Miss Bess! Miss Bess!” and I did not respond! It’s going to take a while to get used to!

i love being in the schools so much. I am so busy because i go to school in Jordan (almost to Salt Lake) everyday and then come back for class at BYU at night. It makes for one long day, but let me tell you you do not have to rock this girl to sleep at night! I’m loving it!

this picture is in the school…i’ve always been a big fan of norman rockwell.

i wish so bad i could take pictures of my class and let you take a look at them…but that is most definitely not allowed anymore. Use your imagination and think of a lot of cute, innocent 1st graders and you’ve got my class.

nothing says fall like pumpkin bread!


i love the way pumpkin bread taste and i especially love how it makes my apartment smell!

1 (15 ounce can pumpkin)

1 cup vegetable oil

2/3 cup water

3 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

3 cups sugar

2 teaspoons soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

optional-2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 loaf pans (look at the bottom for a trick!) In your mixer bowl, beat the pumpkin, oil, water, and eggs. Mix the rest of the ingredients and add to the wet ingredients and mix until combined. Add the chocolate chips and mix. Pour into pans and bake about 1 hour. (or until wooden stick comes out clean)

**cinnamon sugar trick, instead of just greasing my pans, i first grease then with spray then coat them with cinnamon sugar…it makes the crust extra good! I do this for banana bread too! I add the left over cinnamon sugar on top of the unbaked loaves!

this recipe actually made 2 loaf pans, and 4 giant muffins for me!

and i’m not exactly sure how long it takes them to cook, my oven is not the best here in provo, utah :)

i put chocolate chips into the batter this time and i’m not gonna lie, i like it better just plain…i guess you could call me a purist, right dad? i get it honest :)

yes i should have been studying for my literacy midterm this afternoon, but making pumpkin bread sounded like so much more fun….and it most definitely was :)


my favorite honey

spaghetti has always been my favorite food ever since i can remember…and i am quite famous for getting it on my shirt, dress, pants, you name it every single time i eat it. growing up, kyle never liked spaghetti-so whenever he was gone for dinner we could have spaghetti. i can hear my mom right now “don’t you think you should change your shirt before we eat?” its just that good. Since I have been in college it has become some what of a tradition for Mom to have spaghetti hot and ready for me when I get home to Alabama. She never fails, no matter what time I get home, she always has it ready for me. I don’t think she knows just how much I look forward to finally having some of my momma’s cooking-because nothing is just like it, no matter how hard anyone tries.

Well I tried my hardest today to get close to my mom’s spaghetti, and I have to admit I think I got pretty darn close! I made meatballs for the first time today-and I have to say I was looking forward to coming home and making spaghetti the whole time I was in my educational psychology class this morning. I did a lot of daydreaming about this spaghetti.

Spaghetti Sauce:

1 onion, chopped,.

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup olive oil

1 (28 oz) can whole peeled tomatoes

1 (28 oz) can diced peeled tomatoes

1 (14.5 os) can diced peeled tomatoes

1 (14.5 oz) can tomato sauce

1 (6 oz) can tomato paste

italian seasoning (mine’s from costco)

dash of salt

dash of sugar

1-2 cups of water (if too thick add this)

Heat the oil in the pan. Add the onions and cook until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for about a minute or two more. Add 2 28 oz cans, the smaller diced tomatoes and the paste to the onions and garlic. Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of the italian seasoning, sugar, and salt on top and stir in. Simmer for about an hour.  After an hour, add the paste and the water (if needed). Sprinkle some more italian seasoning. This is also where you add the meatballs (recipe below).


1 pound ground beef

1 cup fresh bread crumbs

1 egg

1/4 cup parmesan cheese


italian seasoning

Mix all of the ingredients together well and form into balls. Place onto a greased pan lined with tin foil. Bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Place your cooked meatballs in the sauce when you add the paste!

* The recipe said to add the meatballs in raw to the sauce and let cook for about 30 minutes. I don’t like how it makes the sauce greasy so I precooked them in the oven instead!

a pirates life for me

me and korbin went to a pirate party last night…and we got into it, especially korbin in his long jacket and hook!

halloween has never been my favorite holiday, but last night i decided dressing up is really fun…it brought me back to my childhood and dressing carter up as a pretty little girl. :)

{i’ve got lots of catching up to do…including the sundance moonlift ride and the alpine loop! stay tuned}

this is just the beginning

some people study for big chemistry tests, have long math homework, and some people stress about presentations…i spend my time writing lesson plans and love it. What could be more fun {or messy} than teaching a bunch of 1st graders how to wash their hands??? i can’t wait.

Name: Abby Bess            Date: October 7, 2010     Lesson Length: 30 minutes        Grade: 1

Group Size: Whole Class

Lesson Type: Introduction

Subject: Health            Topic: Washing Your Hands

RATIONALE: Germs are everywhere and are easily spread. Children need to learn the importance of personal hygiene so that they can help prevent the spread of germs and keep their bodies healthy.  This lesson will focus on the importance of washing your hands.

STANDARDS: 1st Grade-Standard 1, Objective 1, Indicator a

Practice appropriate personal hygiene (e.g. bathe, wash hands, clean clothes)


Hand soap, sink, glitter, hand lotion, paper towels, white board, dry erase markers, and white paper for each student


Learning Goal: Students will demonstrate the proper way to wash their hands, explain why we wash our hands, and will understand when the appropriate times to wash their hands are.

Objective: Each student will wash their hands with warm water and soap for at least twenty seconds while the teacher is watching and observing them to see if they  are doing it appropriately and will be able to draw pictures of the steps of hand                 washing and explain why and when we need to wash our hands.


Informal: Teacher will walk around the room making sure students are staying on task and are understanding the importance of washing their hands.

Formal: Wash hands in front of teacher appropriately.


Direct Instruction

  1. ANTICIPATORY SET: Put a small amount of lotion into each of the children’s hands and have them rub their hands together.  Then over the trashcan, sprinkle a small amount of glitter onto their hands and then have them rub it onto their hands as well.  Next, hand out a paper towel to a few of the students. Tell them to try to get the glitter off with just the paper towel. Then, pick a few other students to try to get the glitter off with plain, cold water.  Lastly, pick a few more students to go to the sink and rinse their hands with warm, soapy water.  Bring the students back to their desks and talk about which method worked the best. Then ask them what they think the glitter represents.  Why is it so important to wash your hands?
  2. TELLING: State and post objective
  3. INSTRUCTION: Have the students sit in a semicircle on the floor in front of the teacher.  Describe to them the rules of washing their hands and when they should do it.  These rules are use warm running water, use soap, rub hands together for at least twenty seconds, scrub underneath fingernails, rinse and then dry your hands.  Tell them that they always need to wash their hands after using the bathroom, before eating or touching food, and after playing with animals or pets.  Teach them a song that they can sing while they wash their hands to make sure that they wash their hands long enough. Practice singing the song so each student can memorize it and use it. (Write this song on the board)
    1. (Sing to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Wash, wash, wash your hands,

Play our handy game

Rub and scrub, scrub and rub,

Germs go down the drain

(Sing it through twice to make it about 20 seconds)

4. MODELING: Ask the students to follow you to the sink. Show the students how to make the water warm and then wash             your hands appropriately.  Have the children sing with you the “Wash, Wash, Wash your Hands” song two times while you             wash your hands and model for them the correct way.  Talk about each step as you wash your hands in front of the                               students.

5. GUIDED PRACTICE: Have the students turn to their neighbor and tell them the steps of washing their hands and why             we wash our hands.  Walk around the room to make sure each student understands the appropriate steps of hand washing               and why we do it

6.CHECK FOR UNDERSTANDING: Hand each student a piece of paper and have them draw out the steps of hand                       washing and when the appropriate times are to wash their hands. After they have finished their drawing, have them show it           to you and check to see if they have completely understood the lesson.

7. INDEPENDENT PRACTICE: Have each students come up by their tables and wash their hands appropriately. (The                other students will still be working on drawing the steps of hand washing). Observe that they do all the steps presented in                class.

8. CLOSURE: After everyone has gotten the chance to wash their hands, talk about how they can help remind people how              to wash their hands and the importance of it since it helps prevent the spread of germs and promotes good personal hygiene.


Expectations of Behavior: Students will use appropriate voice levels for each activity,will keep their hands to themselves, and use the sink only for washing their hands (no splashing, spraying, etc.).  Students will also raise their hands during any class               discussion

Fast Finisher: Students may make signs with their own markers for the classroom to remind people to wash their hands or read a book quietly.

“In the future, we shall measure our lives by our own growth and our ability to help others grow” {Robert Theobald}

you need a picture in every post right? and this one just made me laugh today.

i’m lucky

because i got to go to this event at byu last thursday night

i read nienie dialogues every day and am practically obsessed with how stephanie nielson lives her life and is able to cope with everything she has been through. when becca showed me the flyer for the event last thursday i knew i had to go! i am so glad that i went. she told her story, how she lives her life, and how she has moved on. it will soon be broadcasted on her website and i would definitely recommend anyone to watch, women especially.

i posted this mormon message video that was about her a few months ago, but this is how she started off her talk. i can’t wait to watch her talk again.

korbin was a trooper and went with me…it was put on by women’s services. I should have known there would not have been many boys there {because everyone there was probably a blog stalker of hers just like me :)}. it was really funny because he got there and said, “it looks like i’m a little outnumbered” :) but he was not the only boy there, that’s for sure. her story was so great and i think everybody could benefit from hearing it.

taste of home

i have the best mom in the world.

thanksgiving can’t come soon enough

i can’t wait for fall weather, alabama, hearing mitchell’s belly laugh, baking with mom, watching the boys hunt, playing with my pups, cold nights at the farm, and family time.

{don’t miss the post below}