First semester at the U of A – Completed

So, I survived my first semester at the U of A, yet not with out plenty of tears, laughs, frustration, and lots and lots of craziness. Many days I felt completely overwhelmed and never would’ve gotten through it without my amazing boyfriend, Jacob. He encouraged me and held my hand though most of it, literally, as well as figuratively. I love that guy so much.

Overall, I had a great time and am really looking forward to next semester, now that I have adjusted to university life!

I had one physics class, one “science teaching” class, and three chemistry classes. In the science teaching class I learned about the nature of science, how to teach science for understanding, and also the role of assessment in student learning. I spent 8 hours in a high school class and 8 hours in a middle school class, observing, helping the teacher, introducing lab activities, and also talking with the students. I really enjoyed getting this practical training/learning right at the beginning.

This class is designed to help students find out if they still want to teach science. Before I took this class I wanted to teach science. After taking this class, I know I REALLY want to teach science. I enjoy talking with other teachers, learning from them, and discussing the teaching methods I’m learning. I especially like talking to my mom, a teacher of 20+ years, my own K-12 teacher, as well as my inspiration for being a teacher. Thanks, Mom!

I love living so close to the university, being able to walk or bike to class is a great feeling. Walking around on campus and watching the hundreds and hundreds of people swarming the streets and buildings makes me thankful I am able to be a part of something so huge and so amazing.

IMG_1389I have chickens in my backyard 🙂

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This is my beginner jump rope class at the YMCA right before their first performance:


Whenever I am with my little sisters, Molly and Hope, they usually ask if my boyfriend Jake is coming too. If not, then they ask me to take a picture of them to send to him. Jake enjoys getting pictures of the “little ladies” as he calls them. This was one of those times:


Jacob and I at a friends wedding:


Speaking of weddings….

My cousin Kami got married in September. Lydia and I were brides maids, and Molly and Hope were flower girls:



And, Bob and Lydia are engaged!


The following picture was taken on Christmas Day (2015). It will soon be outdated as we will be gaining a brother-in-law shortly 🙂


Merry Christmas! I hope you all have a wonderful New Year. May God bless you in your adventures.

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13 Responses to First semester at the U of A – Completed

  1. Rae Humphreys says:

    Always enjoy reading your updates! I think of you often and am so happy for you! Xoxo

  2. LindaRoome says:

    thank you for sharing this with us. I love the newsy way you write!
    and I love you bunches! your Gma

  3. Donna Fulton says:

    So glad to hear your news, Abbey, and catch up with your full and energetic life. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you. Cayce and Connor are in Telluride skiing right now, but always remembering their favorite Abbey…

  4. Gabe says:

    I loved seeing the update! We sure miss you and your wonderful family.

  5. Susie says:

    So proud of you Abbey! I love you and all you do for others AND for yourself!!

  6. Carol Newhouse says:

    Yay, Abbey! We need good science teachers. I don’t know whether you knew that I was a science teacher, too. Spanish was my second teaching subject. I loved every minute in the science classroom.
    A good website to visit when you or the kids have questions is You can request to be on their email list. That will get you one email a day with an interesting and informative and scientifically correct article. The following link was today’s message:


    La Maestra

    • Abbey says:

      Thank you, la maestra! I did not know you were a science teacher. How fun! Thanks for the link, I’ll check it out.

  7. Carol Newhouse says:

    Oh, and be sure to give Lydia my Best Wishes!

  8. Ann says:

    Congratulations on completing your first semester! Also, I like to see your photos. Thanks for including them. Love, a

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