Friday, February 7, 2014

5 on Friday!

I get to share 5 random fun things!  Here we go!
It snowed in north Texas yesterday!!  Actual snow...not the normal ice that we get when precipitation falls from the sky.  You're probably making fun of it if you're from the north, but it was kind of fun.  Too bad it wasn't Christmas, because it totally fit the holiday feel.  I did watch some of the neighborhood kids throw snowballs at each other...well, the small amount they could gather off of the ground.
photo by Sydney Pham

Speaking of snow...last weekend, my husband and I went to Oklahoma to see his grandfather....the sweetest man on earth.  Here we are dancing at my wedding:
It's always a hoot going to visit Grandpa Bill.  He loves going to country dances at the senior centers around the area.  Normally we go to one on Saturday night, but this weekend we went to two!  One was an hour away on Friday night and one in town on Saturday night.  I was exhausted!  There are 86-year-olds not taking a single break when I have to sit down every chance I get...haha.  It's definitely motivation to stay active and healthy so I can do stuff like that when I'm that age.
So we heard there might be snow on our drive home that Sunday, but didn't expect it to be nearly as bad as it was.  Our 5 hour drive home turned into 7 hours in the car with 2 anxious doggies.  It was definitely icy.  We saw probably 30 wrecks, overturned cars and semis.  It was pretty scary. 
See that long extension of the ice/snow storm, yeah, that was our entire drive from Grove to Dallas!  It somehow knew exactly where we'd be driving!

It went from this:
To this:
To this:
Thankfully, we made it home safely!
My husband and I love hot chocolate!  We always use the little store-bought packets, but they aren't wonderful and you never know exactly what they're sweetened with.  I found this amazing recipe for Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa through Jen's blog at Whimsy At Heart that originally came from The Nourishing Gourmet.

Since we are both lactose-intolerant, we don't drink normal milk so I made Kevin's with Lactaid and mine with unsweetened almond milk.  I also didn't have those sugar replacements so I used Stevia because I had some in my pantry.
We pretty much finished our guest rooms and we're ready to have some guests stay with us!  Here is the big room where we've decorated mostly with items I've purchased while traveling and some bird-themed decor.  Once I've finished all of the walls, I'll post a photo from every angle.
And here is the other guest room:
And don't judge!  I don't have candles in the candle holders yet!  Thank you to the Guilbeau's for donating the bed decor.  I love it!  The framed 'B' and green clock were also gifts from our sweet friends, Wally/Monica and Tracy.  And bless my husband's heart...I initially wanted this room to be painted an olive green so we spent a whole day painting it.  Then, months later, I decided I wanted it to be grey so we re-painted it. 
So my husband and I love watching shows like Treehouse Masters, Shark Tank and American Restoration, but we've started a new evening activity.  I especially like it because I get to interact with Kevin more and it challenges my brain.  We sit on the floor together and play Rummikub.  He ALWAYS beats me, but for the record, I beat him for the first time last night. ;-)


  1. Chris and I and Adrianne love to play Rummikube too! Glad you won one. Keep up the good work!

    1. Thanks Barbara! Sometime when we're all together again, we should play it!

  2. Hi, Kelli! I have so much to say about your post! First, I love that your Grandpa is still so active! Second, your wedding dress is gorgeous. Third, that drive home looked scary...glad y'all made it home safely! And, last, I'm so thrilled that y'all are also loving the Nourishing Gourmet's hot cocoa's now a staple in our house! I hope you have a great weekend!

    1. Thank you Jen! I'm actually thinking about writing some posts about our wedding. It was recently so I'd love to have it all documented. And thanks again for the recipe! I only made half of it which went quickly so I need to make more. You have a great weekend too!

  3. Girl, I can't believe y'all had to drive in that storm!! We were supposed to go to Oklahoma that weekend too, but it got canceled and then we were thankful once the weather got so bad!!! I love Oklahoma :) :) :)

    1. I'm so glad y'all didn't go! It was such an answer to prayer that we didn't slide off the road like the tons of other cars we saw. I love Oklahoma too! :) I really hadn't spent much time there until being with Kevin...we go visit his grandpa as often as we can. OK has really impressed me! I've also been rock climbing and kayaking in some cool parts of OK!