Life Lately

Winter is always a bit slower for us, not as many fun things to do, but here are some of what has been keeping us busy:
NCSU vs Duke:WIN

Snuggle time

Trey built a brewing cart

Hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa (while daddy does the taxes)

LOTS of frisbee time

Warm Fires :)

SOJA Concert - followed by another snow day - yay for being able to sleep in

Great seats at a Hurricanes game

The Nata's annual Mardi Gras party had an international theme this year - we were going to go with Togas but they are harder to make than one would think. So instead we borrowed clothes from Katherine from Thailand (the skirt and pants)
By the end of the night...

Staying warm

Loving daddy, as always

We went to the first round of the ACC tournament when State played Pittsburgh and had great seats
With a weird halftime show, "quick change"

We won!

Celebrating Trey's birthday
He got a new computer monitor for work
And we had a blast at Tasu with friends filling up on sushi and sake

Snow Day....or Week

In February we had quite a bit of snow days. There were 2 weeks where we only went to school on Monday. The first snow came when Allison was in town and staying at our house to fly back to NY the morning of the snow. Her flight was canceled rescheduled for the next day so she got to hang out even longer. We only ended up with one good day of lots of snow (about 6") and the rest were pretty icy or just enough to make it difficult for buses and cancel school but nothing to play in. The second round of snow/ice was enough to take out the power. Our power went out at about 3am on Wednesday night/Thursday morning and didn't come back on til 7pm Thursday night, so we ended up hanging out at Jennifer and Rick's after they got power back! It was getting cold in the house! 

Hanging out at Jennifer and Ricks

Snow pile built for Vegas to destroy

Cooking breakfast with no power

Getting dressed to go play!

We worked on a Bacon puzzle with Jennifer and Rick

We met at Las Palmas for dinner when Allison came to town as it was starting to snow... we were the only people there! 

Working from home during snow #1

One of the days that I didn't have school Lucky came over to play

After all the snow melted we went to visit Nana!

Sweet Potato Casserole

Every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas we have sweet potato casserole, Nana's recipe of course. It is delicious. The best part of the casserole is the marshmallows, and there are a few tricks to making sure that it turns out well!

What You Need:
Campfire brand marshmallows (using this brand is key!)
2 large cans (or 6 large boiled/baked, skinned, mashed) sweet potatoes 
1 stick melted butter
1/2 cup sugar
2t cinnamon
1/2 cup canned evaporated milk

What You Do:
Preheat the oven to 350
Mix the potatoes, butter, sugar, cinnamon, 1/4 cup milk. Add a little more milk to reach preferred consistency. 
Spoon into lightly greased baking dish. 
(Can be refrigerated up to 3 days or frozen for 1 month ahead of time, thaw at least 12 hours in fridge) Put the casserole in the oven for 30 minutes or so, until it starts to look done.
Top with marshmallows and put it back in the oven, on the bottom rack for 15-20 minutes more, until they are golden!

Christmas at the Beach

After our weekend in Atlanta, we headed back to Raleigh, grabbed the rest of our stuff and the dogs and headed to the beach to visit Trey's parents for the week. 

When we got there Monday night we exchanged Christmas presents, since we didn't see them on Christmas. We spent a large majority of the week lounging around. It was so nice. I was afraid we would be so busy/stressed over break with so many plans and vacations but it was awesome to just go to the beach and hang out. 

Tuesday we went shopping, part of Trey's Christmas present was to go shopping and get some new work clothes. After Christmas sales are the way to go!

Tuesday night we went to the Elks Lodge to play Bingo! It was a lot of fun, kind of stressful with so many cards and pretty entertaining. Some of those bingo players play multiple times a week and are pretty serious. Trey and I were so close to winning a couple of times but never did. BJ did win once, but so did 2 others at the same time so they had to split the pot. 

Trey got an awesome Dogfish Head ceramic growler for Christmas so on New Years Eve we stopped by The Promiseland Market to fill the growler and have a drink. 

We had a delicious New Years day dinner complete with black eyed peas and collards for good luck and money! 

Aside from a walk on the beach, some more shopping and visiting family we didn't do much else! It was a nice break to relax before coming back to the grind.