Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Holiday Limbo Week

I was at work today looking at our "Holiday" card we sent out and started thinking about Christmas and New Years. This week, post-Christmas and pre-New Years reminds me of a holiday limbo: everyone goes back to work and gets in the swing of things, but only for a few days before the New Years holiday; Christmas music is still being played on the radio (and I know we're still listening to it); shopping malls and stores are still every bit as crowded with shoppers; then there's the issue of Christmas lights and decorations... some people leave them up and some go ahead and take them down.

Even with all that being said, I really enjoy this week. For me work is really slow, and I usually only work one or two days, which means I have lots of free time on my hands. Not only that but I also think this week is an exciting time to reflect on the current year and look forward to what the year to come holds. Being the "Type A" personality that I am, this week is a great time for me to check things off of my "To-Do" list so I can start a new list in 2011! This year that includes cleaning out a closet or two, returning things that have been sitting in the back of my car, taking down Christmas decorations (only because if I didn't now they would be up until July), hopefully finishing our wedding thank you notes, and a few other random things.

I'm sure another post will follow shortly with thoughts from 2010 and resolutions for 2011! Happy Holiday Limbo week!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas with the Kotschi's

This year might be my favorite Christmas yet. I feel like Nate and I have been celebrating for the last three weeks. Last week we took  my sister, April, to the Gaylord Texan to see "ICE". If you haven't ever been, we highly recommend it... two million pounds of ice with a Charlie Brown theme... it was awesome!


One of my favorite things about "ICE" was the life-size nativity they had at the end. They played the Christmas story on audio and ended the showcase with a spotlight on baby Jesus. It was amazing that they shared the true meaning of Christmas and used that venue as a ministry opportunity! 

My brother, Wade, also came into town and the next night April made the four of us a wonderful Christmas dinner and afterwards we exchanged Christmas gifts! Over the weekend, I went to Houston to have another little family Christmas with my parents, and last night Nate's parents came over to see our Christmas decorations and we got to have dinner and hang out with them. I love celebrating Christmas all through December. It reminds me that the most important part of the holiday is sharing it with friends and family!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Goodbye to the Liggitts

I know that Brittany and William aren't moving tomorrow, but Friday was their going away party and I wanted to take this chance to honor their friendship. William and Brittany Liggitt have been some of my best friends for the last seven years. Brittany was my big sis in Chi O, roommate for a year at Baylor, private school work lunch buddies, and for the last three years, we have lived within 15 minutes of each other. Brittany and William are the kind of people that everyone regards as best friends. They are loyal, godly, kind, compassionate, and fun friends. Whether it's hanging out chatting, eating Mexican food, or playing games, they're always a joy to be around. I know so many other friends have been blessed by them individually and as a couple, and I'm so thankful to have had them in Dallas for the last three years!

Because I know Brittany and William and I know their heart to serve the Lord, there's no doubt in my mind that this is God's will for them, and He has some amazing plans for them in North Carolina! As sad as it is to see them go, I'm so excited for their opportunity to try something new.

Brittany and William, thank you for blessing Nate and I and being such faithful friends! We're thinking about you guys and praying for you during this move... we can't wait to come see you in North Carolina!

Friday, December 3, 2010

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

I really do believe Christmas is the best time of the year. I love everything about this season... christmas songs being played everywhere, festive decorations, looking at Christmas lights, drinking hot chocolate, holiday cookies and treats, secret santa and white elephant gift exchanges, all the fun parties and Christmas activities, and being with family and friends. This is also the time of the year when I feel so lucky to work at a school. Kids have such tangible excitement and energy, and there's so many Christmas concerts, plays, and parties to celebrate with them. The beautiful tree, poinsettas, and homeade ornaments around the school are almost enough in themselves to make me want to come to the office every day.

Last night, while Nate was on the roof working hard to put up our Christmas lights and I was inside listening to Christmas music and setting up our nativity, I realized how much we have to give and share with those around us. Not simply gifts and time, we have joy and hope that doesn't end when the tree comes down. The gifts that we give to those we love are uncomparable to the gift God gave us when He sent His son to the earth. As corny as it seems, I would be remiss if I didn't say it... "He's the reason for the season."

Happy Holidays everyone!  

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

What a Fun Time of Year!


Last week at this time I was on a plane heading back from a recruiting trip in Jamaica. I thought I would recap the highlights of my trip:

1. High tea at the British influenced hotel, Terra Nova, in Kingston.
2. Two successful fairs and interviews in Kingston and Montego Bay.
3. Speaking about Hockaday and all-girls education on Jamaican radio and TV.
4. Getting up at 5:00 a.m. or before three times within a week!
5. A very successful girls' boarding school reception with Dana Hall and Buffalo Seminary (we literally ran out of food and information - which is a nice problem to have).
6. Getting a little laying out/ beach time at a fabulous resort.
7. Having a crab the size of my face creep into the resort room!


A day after returning to Dallas, Nate and I drove to Houston for a McCombs' family Thanksgiving with my mom's whole side of the family. Aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins came to our house to play games, eat, and watch football (Gig' Em Ags)! My mom is great about always taking a moment during the day to stop and aknowledge what we're thankful for. This year, we have so much to praise the Lord for... a new marriage, a great place to live, healthy family, wonderful friends, and jobs! We also took time to talk about the trials and hardships that God has used to mold and shape us and how we are thankful for those. That was such a special time of hearing about God's faithfulness and gaining encouragement from family who has walked our road before us.

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance." - James 1:2-3

 We stayed in Houston through Sunday and hung out with my family. I love getting time to just lay around in our pj's and watch TV, play games, and chat. Wade and Lindsay took us out to their favorite places in the Heights area on Saturday night and we had a blast hanging out with them! I always love getting to spend time with my mom and dad and can't wait for April to come visit us in a few weeks!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Edgar the Turkey

Tonight is the annual "Morgiving" to celebrate Morgan's birthday. It's going to be at our house, so naturally we decided to cook the turkey (didn't cross our minds when we volunteered that neither Nate nor I knew the first thing about buying, dressing, and cooking a turkey). Last night we went to get a turkey (again, never been turkey shopping before), and we bought what we thought was a fresh, non-frozen turkey. Lo and behold, when we got home and started taking out the giblets and neck (thank goodness there is directions on the packaging) we realized it was frozen in the middle! PANIC... well, not really... at that point Nate started flapping Edgar's wings and moving his legs like he was alive. After working last night and this morning to defrost him, I went home during lunch to find Edgar completely de-thawed and ready to be dressed! My turkey recipe is the culmination of my mom and all of the women in my office. I will say, phase one (Edgar being prepped and dressed) is complete and he even looks like a real turkey. Now, Nate is at home putting Edgar in the oven to cook, and hopefully phase two will be ready in time for our company tonight. The final verdict on Edgar will come later, after his date with destiny ...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I Am My Mother's Daughter

My mom is one of my best friends and we are similar in so many ways. We think alike, talk alike, and get excited about the same things. I've also recently realized that not only did I inherit some of mom's personality traits but I also inherited one of her passions - hospitality. Growing up, our home was always filled with people. My mom and dad's dream when they built our house was for our home to be a place of peace where people could relax and feel at home. Mom modeled to me someone who loved and was gifted at hostessing. Not because the house was meticulously clean or because the food, decorations, and details were all perfect selections from "Martha Stewart Living" (not that mom didn't decorate beautifully and have wonderful food). She was a great hostess because her motto, which was taught to her by her mother, my Honey, was - "there's always room for more beans in the pot." Whether a party or just a Tuesday night dinner, Mom and Honey made others feel welcomed and at home. Hosting wasn't about perfection, it was about loving on people and just enjoying the company of others. 

Now that I'm grown up, I've realized that share this same passion for hospitality. Although there are things about my personality that are different from mom's, the desire to share my home with others is the same... I love cooking (even if it's just for Nate and I) and getting my home ready for visitors. I love when my friends feel comfortable enough to just camp out on our couch on a Saturday and hang out with Nate and I. I love that my family has a place to stay when they come to Dallas. I love breaking bread with our friends at our table and the conversations that follow while sitting on the couches, shoes kicked off, drinking a glass of wine. I love being able to celebrate friends birthdays and special occasions while doing somethings special for them. I love being able to make others feel welcomed and wanted...

Thank you mom, for being such a special example to me of hostessing and ministry. That is what I want... for the Kotschi house to truly be a place of "Konnecting" with God, friends, family, and even strangers!

"For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."

- Matthew 18:20

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Mellow Monday

The weather has been so nice the last few days, and I wanted to take advantage of that before it gets warm again this week. Last night, we had a wonderful dinner on our back patio and really enjoyed simply talking and enjoying the peaceful quietness. It was nice to turn off the TV, not worry about work or our "to do" list and do something different!

We're really trying to be wise about our budget and money, and I'm cooking a lot more these days (which I really love). I made macaroni casserole with smoked sausage, rosemary brussel sprouts, and salad. I can't say the brussel sprouts were a big hit to Nate, but he did eat two of them!

The macaroni casserole ended up being AWESOME, so I thought I would pass along the recipe, we'll call it "Smoked Mac-n-Cheese":

2 boxes velveeta shells-n-cheese
liquid smoke
smoked sausage (cooked and sliced)
Italian bread crumbs
2 Tbs butter (melted)
shredded cheddar cheese

1. Make velveeta according to directions
2. Add salt and pepper (to taste), a few drops liquid smoke (be careful, it's strong!), and sliced sausage and mix well.
3. Spread into casserole dish. Add a handful of cheese over the top. Sprinkle bread crumbs and pour melted butter to top it off.
4. Bake on 350 for about 20 minutes or until top is golden brown. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

For My Husband...

Let me just take a moment to really honor my husband and thank him for his hard work this week. He's been so quick to help me with things around the house. One big project that's been on the "honey-do" list is mounting our living room TV. Nate knew I really wanted this done so he went to Sam's on Wednesday and bought a mount. To his frustration, after spending several hours putting it together he discovered when they say, "fits most TV's," they didn't mean his LG. Nate finally found and ordered one online and spent Friday night and all day today (Sunday) mounting the TV then drilling holes in the walls and running wires so the cables wouldn't show. After tons of work, it's done and it looks AMAZING!

On the same note, I had a "Scentsy" party for my friend Morgan today (Sunday). We were running really late after church and it was looking like I wasn't going to have enough time to clean up around the house and make snacks. Without being asked or commenting that he had, Nate cleaned up our bedroom, did the dishes in the kitchen, and planted pansies in our flower pots for me! I was so very thankful for my personal "Mr. Fix-It" husband and his servants heart, hard work, and help this week. He totally blessed my socks off and loved me so well. Thanks Nate, I love you!

Friday, November 5, 2010

You Tube Funnies

I don't know who invented YouTube, but thank you! The funny, serious, motivational, and every other kind of video entertainment are so useful for wasting time. A few weeks ago Nate and I discovered, "Marcel The Shell With Shoes On" and it's awesome! My coworker (who I share an office with), Katie, and I were watching it again today when I found another video, "Charlie the Cheez-It". If you haven't seen these, here you go:

Marcel the Shell

Charlie the Cheez-It

Here's a tribute to some of my favorite YouTube videos:

1. Charlie Bit My Finger
2. Double Rainbow
3. Bed Intruder Song (Antwon Dodson)
4. Scarlett Takes a Tumble
5. Bon Qui Qui (p.s. Kate and I do an amazing rendition of this)
6. Nail Salon - Anjelah Johnson
7. David Goes to the Dentist

What are some of your favorite YouTubes?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The "Church Hunt"

As most of you who know, Nate and I are in the process of "church shopping". Before we started dating, we attended different churches and once we were engaged we both felt the Lord calling us to look into other churches together... just one of the many and wonderful things that comes with joining lives together. Luckily, we live in the Bible belt, and Dallas has some wonderful churches to choose from. We're really enjoying this time and learning a lot because it challenges us to really listen to God and also helps us realize what things are important to us in a church home. There have been many great conversations in that after-church car ride home.

In the meantime, we have decided to do a Bible study together, and are looking for a good, several week study. It definitely doesn't have to be about marriage, and we're super open about a topic. That being said does anyone have any suggestions of studies they've done and really loved or of churches in Dallas?...

Monday, November 1, 2010

Chicken Divan Recipe

"Chicken Divan" is an easy casserole recipe that my mom use to make us. I combined her recipe with some of a Paula Dean recipe and viola!...

4 chicken breasts (cooked and diced, cut, or shredded)
1 large bunch of fresh broccoli (cooked and cut)
1 cup mayo
1 cup sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
1.5 cup shredded cheese
1 cup parmesan cheese
1 cup bread crumbs
2 Tbs butter (melted)
lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste (I also like to use "Tony Saturies" seasoning)

1. Combine chicken and broccoli in casserole dish
2. Mix together mayo, sour cream, soup, cheese, lemon juice and seasoning to make sauce
3. Pour sauce over chicken and broccoli and mix well
4. In a separate bowl, mix together parmesan cheese, butter, and bread crumbs and sprinkle on top of the casserole
5. Bake casserole @ 350 for 30-40 min. Serve with rice.


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Our first Halloween weekend as married folk was a blast! Friday night we went to Morgan's apartment to watch Baylor beat UT (sic'em) and the Rangers beat the Giants. After that we went to a Halloween party at Nate's buddy, Rolo's.

Since this Halloween is Nate and my first official holiday to be married, I really wanted us to dress up as something together. After changing our minds about six times, then not wanting to get out and put the effort into finding a costume on Saturday, we decided that Nate would recycle an old costume (western cowboy with an inflatable ostrich that it looks like he's riding - way cooler and funnier than it sounds) and I would just go as a standard cowgirl (easy enough since I already had some "cowgirls-esque" clothes). However, while stopping at CVS on our way to the party, we saw "Snuggies" and immediately had the idea to go as snuggie buddies. So that ended up being our great, comfortable, and effortless costume (even though we think we look like "Friar Tuck")!

Halloween night, we were all geared up and excited about lots of cute trick-or-treaters, and I bought like five bags of the good candy. Of course, we only had about six kids come by (thanks to the Liggits because 3 of those kiddos were theirs)! So we now have tons of candy and we'll be taking trick-or-treaters all week long.

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Go Rangers!!!

My new blog background is in honor of the Dallas Rangers being in the WORLD SERIES! It's an exciting time in Dallas... And here's a little chant:


Yay for game #2 tonight!

Praying For My Husband

I love being married, and Nate really makes it easy to love and respect him. During our pre-marital counseling class, they talked a lot about praying for your husband instead of nagging him, and I'm trying to get a start on that early into our marriage! Here's what I've been praying for Nate this past month:

"For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe."

- Ephesians 1:15-19

Enjoy the end of the week!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Patio Furniture Made New!

Here's some random (possibly helpful) information... Nate and my friend, Cathy, gave us her white patio furniture last year. It's about 15 years old and other than wear and tear (paint chipping off, paint fading/ discoloration) they are in great shape. Instead of buying new patio furniture, we cleaned and painted these and it was so easy:

1. We cleaned it with a water and bleach mixture and a scrub brush, and we used a power washer nozzle that Nate's dad got us (thanks, Ray!) to wash it off.

2. After letting it dry, we used a Brillo pad to get off any excess paint flakes.

3. We used five cans of white furniture spray paint to paint all of it and cover it well. We did it over a drop cloth and let it dry for about 24 hours.

Viola! Brand, spanking new looking patio furniture all for about $15 and a few hours of time.


October in a Nutshell

Wow... Three work trips in five different cities for me, April coming to visit, the State Fair, Nate's 30th birthday party, and Waco for Baylor Homecoming has made for a crazy but super fun month of October! My work travel and recruiting has been going great and has taken me all over the country... The first week of October I was in Raleigh, North Carolina and was able to visit two special Hockaday alumnae, Emily and Sarah Lyn. I got to see the UNC campus and Emily helped me man my booth at the school fair! The second week of October, I went to visit Knoxville, Tennessee and Lexington, Kentucky. I drove the most beautiful three-hour drive through the Rocky Mountains and saw some real fall foliage (I tried to take pictures while I was driving but those didn't turn out so well - see below). Last week I was in Austin, and had a fun treat as I got to have dinner with my brother-in-law, Jason! Now, I'm home for a week and greatly enjoying the time to catch up with life.

In between travelling, my wonderful husband turned 30!!!!! We had a great birthday party where his family and lots of our friends came to honor him and celebrate with us. That same weekend my sister, April, came into town and stayed with us. She was our first official "house guest" and it was such a treat for us! We were able to take her to the State Fair for the first time. She loved it; especially the corn dogs, friend Frito pie, fried nutter butter, friend Twinkies, beef sammys, and onion straws. April also helped me so much getting ready for Nate's party and making the homemade red velvet cake (Thanks, sis!).

Last weekend I took Nate to his first (but not last) Baylor Homecoming! It was great to get to show him around the campus and let him see a big part of me and my time in college. We also got to see April preform in her first Pigskin, and she was adorable! Nate was such a trooper to sit through the whole thing, but it was well worth it to be a part of all that energy and excitement again and to watch April. And to top off the weekend... Baylor won, and is (for now) nationally ranked AND #1 in the Big 12 South!

Today my brother's in Dallas for a work training lunch and we get to take him to dinner tonight, yay! This  has been a great week, we were able to see my parents and sister and brother; Nate's parents; and I got to see his brother too! 

Well, that's all for now... Hope everyone enjoys the cool front coming through Dallas. Happy Halloween this weekend (can't wait for those little trick-or-treaters to come by our house)!

Me with E-Bowe and Sarah Lyn at "Top of the Hill" in Chapel Hill, NC!

Emily helping me with Hocakday's booth at the fair.

My poor attempt at taking a picture of the Rocky Mountains as I was driving
(you can barely see them behind the trees throught the fog)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Welcome Fall

I know this post is probably premature, and I'm sure next week it will be like 100 degrees again. But for now, I am LOVING this beautiful weather. This is the kind of day, when it's crisp and cool in the morning and sunny in the afternoon, and you can just feel the season changing, that makes me thank God I'm alive! I'm so excited and ready for this Fall... Football games, pumpkin spice lattes, and patio weather. I'm thinking it's time to schedule a pumpkin carving party... whose in??

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Yay... our wedding pictures are ready. Can I just say, our photographer, Lindsay Perry, was PHENOMENAL. Nate and I had such a fun time with her and her sister taking pictures. They totally made the wedding fun and relaxing, and we're so thankful for them.

Click here to go to our link. The password is mccombs. Enjoy friends and family!

Love lots!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

San Antonio

This year I'm going to be going on about 16 recruiting trips for Hockaday, and to spice things up a little I decided that I would do something unique in each city I visit and write about it on our blog. Yesterday I went to San Antonio, and I visited Lulu's Bakery and Cafe that was on Man vs. Food: http://www.travelchannel.com/TV_Shows/Man_V_Food/Episode_San_Antonio

I bought their famous 3-lb cinnamon roll, and its bigger than the plastic plate it's sitting on! I don't know if you can tell how big it truly is by the pictures, but it's sitting on a regular size coffee table. Not only is it huge but its also delicious. I snacked on it all yesterday.

After my work meeting last night, I had another sweet treat. I got to hang out with Faith, meet her boyfriend, Blake and see her adorable new house! She is so sweet, and it always blesses me to get to spend time with her. Can't wait to celebrate her and Genna's birthdays this weekend.

Happy Hump Day everyone!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Honeymoon Pics!

Nate and I spent a week at the El Dorado Royale on the Riviera Maya in Mexico for our Honeymoon, and it was FABULOUS! The resort had wonderful food and drinks (all the time), great room service, super nice people, and beautiful beaches. We met another honeymooning couple, Matt and Kelly, from Washington, and had a blast hanging out with them a few times during the week. We didn't spend too much time and energy on pictures (we had to save it all for laying on the beach, haha), but here are a few:

Swim up pool on our balcony, yes please!

Nate and Matt LOVED the duck

Every night the resort had entertainment for us. Our last night was "Reggae Night" and during the break we went on stage with three other couples to play a game... I won't explain the game,
but we won a bottle of Tequila!

Our winnings!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Shutterfly | View Shared Pictures

My wonderful friend and bridesmaid was the unofficial photographer of the weekend and took tons of great pictures! Click on the link below, thanks Britt :)

Shutterfly View Shared Pictures

My First Blog Post Ever!

Hello Friends! Well, this is the first blog post that I've ever written, and it's kind of exciting. I've been wanting to start a blog for a while, and I thought this would be the perfect time, mainly because I liked the name, "Kotschi Korner". This blog is dedicated simply to random thoughts, ideas, and life adventures. Nate and I had the most amazing wedding and honeymoon (pictures to follow soon), and now we're back in the Big D trying to settle back into reality. We were really excited to get back and live life in our new house with a married routine, but now that we're back and in the full swing of things, those beachfront cabanas in Mexico are sounding pretty sweet!

I have a feeling I'll be blogging quite a big in the Fall while I'm on the road traveling along. For now, here's to being newly married and getting settled...