September 30, 2008

[ thankful for friends ]

for some reason, i've been struggling this week - with work, with life, with family, etc.

i just want to shout out to my friends, how lucky i am to have them in my life:

kate: who brightens my day and inspires me to improve myself
(we need another picture session - this isn't a great one!)

jessica (& emersyn): who always make me laugh

jen & jody: for their constant friendship

and this guy...i miss him...i mean, i just saw him saturday, but i miss him

September 25, 2008

[ TACO BUS!!! ]

Melissa and I can't get enough of "La Herradura" - aka: The Connell Taco Bus.

We heart mucho tacos de asada. Tonight makes twice this week!!

They are yummy and oh-so-cheap - $1.25 each. I usually am full with 3 of them.

This is my first taco bus experience and it has been awesome - we'd eat them every day of the week if we could!

Just had to show the love to the taco bus! :)

September 20, 2008

[ cheer & football games ]

since i keep forgetting to take pictures at the football games and, well, jessica just has a way with words - i'm going to direct you on over to her blog to read about the fab football game last night...

thanks for letting me poach your blog, jess!

[ Rock the Vote ]

Melissa and I got these "Rock the Vote" t-shirts to wear in support of Commissioner Koch's campaign for re-election. Last Saturday was a busy campaigning day for the Commish with appearing in the Fall Festival Parade and then hanging out at the CBJLS Stock Sale.
The next five weeks are going to be full of campaigning and more campaigning. I think we're all ready for November 4th to arrive!!

September 14, 2008

[ September 11, 2001 ]

I know this is a few days late, but life has been busy with school, cheer, and the Fall Festival this weekend! I've been thinking a lot about what I wanted to write about September 11th - just finally getting a chance to do it!

I, like so many Americans, remember exactly where I was and most of the other details of that day. Of course, like others, it was day filled with the unknown and with much trepidation. However, that day, for me and my family, just compounded those same feelings we'd already been experiencing.
Just 13 days prior to September 11th, my Dad was in a terrible accident which left him in the ICU with burns on 60% of his body, our livelihood completely lost, and our family spread across the state of Washington. I remember already feeling helpless and hopeless on September 11th, jut to be woken up with the words "America is under attack."
Thankfully, my Dad recovered and is back to nearly normal - but he and America will never be the same. I reflected so much on September 11th this year - we had an assembly at school to recognize the members of the Connell Police Department, Connell Volunteer Firefighters, and Connell EMTs and I just realized that these students were just children 7 years ago. It is so important for us to "never forget" and to keep remembering the pride we felt to be Americans in the days following September 11th.

September 7, 2008

[ What's new??? ]

Just another Sunday afternoon watching The Food Network cake challenge. Church this morning was back to the 10:45am time schedule - a true sign summer is over. :( We had a Youth Group Leaders meeting after church to plan for our kick-off day. I'm really excited for Kate & Nick to be getting involved!!

This week felt like it was getting back to normal at work. The rush of changing schedules is over. All the students have (or I sure hope they do) the classes they're supposed to have to fulfill graduation and/or WASL requirements. Did our high school counselors do this much work?

This weekend:
  • the cheerleaders debut football game. The girls did great, but the football team lost to Othello, 29-14. According to the chatty kid sitting in front of us, it was the first time in four years we've lost to Othello. Bummer. The Eagles will have a chance to redeem themselves next week against Cashmere.

  • Cody and Jani Montizaan's beautiful wedding at Stone Ridge Event Center in Pasco. Jani is Melissa's friend from elementary/jr high/high school. We had a fun evening of friends, drinks, and dancing. Grandma freaked on the dance floor and I got to spend some time with my dear friend, Lindsay.

  • I don't have pictures, but Mom and I did enjoy a nice lunch at Fiesta! with Jamie and Leah yesterday. We guilted Leah into updating her blog - which she has since done...twice! :)

In other news this week, I'm even more impressed with Sarah Palin after the Republican National Convention and her acceptance speech. Did anyone catch her daughter Piper licking her entire hand to smooth down infant Trig's hair? If that was not the cutest thing! I totally want to be friends with Sarah. I think she rocks. I wish the damn media would lay off her and let her & McCain just campaign. Who cares that her husband got a DUI 15 years ago? Who cares that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant? Every family goes through trials and challenges, but I think it's more how they persevere through it that tells the truth of the family's characteristics. I'm gleaning all the information I can on Gov. Palin...I bought the People and US Weekly magazines with her on the cover. Skip the US Weekly, in my opinion. They spin a negative view of her. At this very minute, I'm downloading some of the speeches from the RNC that I missed. Melissa says I'm obsessed. What's wrong with that?

In the Koch household, we're also busy campaigning for Commissioner Koch! We've been putting up signs, writing donation letters, designing a flyer, buying candy for the Fall Festival parade, and talking politics practically everywhere we go. Who knew?! :) Dad has a Commissioners Forum tomorrow in Pasco that he's preparing for. Unfortunately, it's during the day, so we can't go to support him. If anyone subscribes to Charter Cable in the Tri-City area, you should be able to catch it - they're broadcasting it.

This upcoming week is another full one. Beta starts on Tuesday. Kate & I are sharing the responsibilities of being the Beta secretary - I'll do the fall and she'll do the spring. I spent a while today trying to get a handle on what I need to be paying attention to during our meeting and finding out what exactly my responsibilities are. The Columbia Basin Junior Livestock Show is this week also - the cheerleaders are supposed to be selling snow cones, but our time is running out to prepare and we haven't rented the machine, bought supplies, or figured everything out yet. Lovely...

I'm also looking forward to the first volleyball game on Thursday against Othello. No School for students on Friday - Teacher's Inservice. Fall Festival festivities this weekend - Friday night football game, Karaoke @ Hazy's, Parade on Saturday morning, Street Dance Friday night, Bonfire at Johnson's - and hopefully selling snow cones during my free time. HA!

Another full week.

(P.S. In case you're wondering...I started re-watching Grey's Anatomy beginning with Season 1 and I'm waiting for Season One of "The Office" from Netflix. Thanks for your suggestions!)