If it wasn't for the heroics of a two-year-old Texas baby, the outcome of this story would be much worse.

Here's What Happened

Two weeks ago in Alvord, Texas Nathan and Kayla Dahl's 2-year-old son, Brandon, saved their lives.

WFAA reports that around 4:30 am January 15th, their 2-year-old baby, Brandon Dahl woke his mom by saying “momma hot, momma hot”.

Brandon‘s mom woke up, and according to Nathan, had mere moments to grab their kids and get out safely.

"We had seconds, it’s nothing short of a miracle”, he told WFAA.

What A Coincidence!

Nathan Dahl, who along with his wife has four other children, is a volunteer firefighter for the Alvord Fire Department, which is an hour northwest of Fort Worth.

Dahl practices drills with his kids on what to do in case there is a fire.

He said they had a plan!

2-year-old Hero

Reportedly, the couple was recovering from COVID-19 and couldn’t smell smoke in their house because of them losing their sense of smell due to contracting the virus. To make things worse, the smoke alarms didn’t go off until the fire fully engulfed the house.

How Did The Fire Start?

The fire likely started from the gas heater located in the living room where Brandon slept, WFAA reports.

Very Close Call

Kayla, baby Brandon‘s mom, says that he was sleeping in the living room where the fire is believed to have started because she wanted to be "able to easily check on him throughout the night".

He woke her up by coughing and saying it was hot.

She also says this is normal because he usually wakes her up when he’s too hot or uncomfortable, but this time seemed much different.

Everyone Escaped Safely

Nathan Dahl told WFAA that already having a plan in place made it easy for him to get their entire family out of the house within a minute. He also notes that if Brandon would’ve woken them up any later, or moved any slower, things would have been worse.

Outside of some hairs on Brandon‘s head singed, all of the other kids were fine and no one sustained any burns or smoke inhalation

This kid deserves ice cream for life!

Remember A Similar Story Here in Central Texas?

Earlier this month, 10-year-old Marley Salas of Chilton woke up to her house ablaze. She acted quickly, grabbing her 8-year-old brother and covering his face to protect him from smoke. Then she guided him outside to safety.

Marley's dad was roused from sleep by the smell of smoke and was able to get out safely as well. Their home was a total loss, but they're grateful to be alive, and Marley's quick thinking saved her brother's life.

Have Working Smoke Detectors And Make A Plan

These stories could have ended in tragedy, but one family had a plan and one little girl was quick on her feet.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), you likely have about 2 minutes to escape your home after smoke detectors alert you to a fire. Those 2 minutes can pass by quickly, especially if you factor in being sluggish getting up if the alarms go off in the middle of the night.

You should absolutely have working smoke detectors in your house, but you should also have an escape plan in place and educate your kids on what to do if there's a fire.

The NFPA has an entire page full of resources to help you plan your family's escape in case of a fire, and activities that can help you relay the plan to your kids in a fun what that they'll remember.

Bet You Didn't Know: 10 Bizarre Texas Laws Still on the Books

Many states still have strange laws on the books that aren’t enforced or taken seriously anymore, and Texas is no exception.

Most of these laws are just funny now, but at one time, there was a valid (or at least somewhat valid) reason for them to exist.

Texas has plenty of strange rules and regulations that you could technically be prosecuted for if you violate them, since they've never been amended. Some of these are only for specific cities and not state-wide, but all of them are pretty odd!

Let's take a look at 10 of the weirdest ones in the Lone Star State.


Pictures From The Great Winter Texas Snowstorm of 2021

Where were you when Winter Storm Uri hit Texas the week of February 14th and 15th 2021?

The country was already dealing with the COVID crisis and then came another one.

According to weather.com, the storm produced damaging ice from the Northwest.
Texas Cities like Abilene and San Angelo had record snowfall. Beating records that were made back in the late 1800s.

In Austin a record 6.4 inches of snow was recorded at Austin - Bergstrom Airport, their heaviest snow in 72 years, since Jan. 30, 1949.

San Antonio had almost 3 inches of snow bringing them their heaviest snowfall since 1985, those nice people art Seaworld also saw 6 inches of snowfall.

Locally here in the Killeen- Temple area, streets, schools, and businesses were shut down and there were massive power outages. Not to mention a certain electric company going out of business due to the rates of customers skyrocketing!

It was a disaster!

But here we are a year later, we now have stories we can tell our grandkids about how the effects of Winer Storm Uri of 2021 had us all in a frenzy.

Here are some pictures that showcase the good and bad of the great Texas Snowstorm of 2021.


7 Memorable Temple, Texas Moments from 2021

This is the cool time of the year where we can go back and check out the last 12 months' events, and my oh my was it quite an eventful year.

Last week I showcased 6 memorable Killeen moments from 2021, let's check out 7 memorable moments from Temple, Texas in 2021.

Temple, Texas is the 49th most populous city in the great state of Texas that clocked in over 82,000 residents according to the U.S. 2020 Census that's more than 10,000 more people that have moved to the area since 2010.

Temple's population has grown which has brought more businesses to the area, and it also has beautiful houses, check these out!

Temple is also a perfect place to go if you don't want to travel so far but still getaway check out these VERY NICE Temple Airbnb's.

Looking back, Temple has had just as many memorable moments in 2021 as Killeen.

From the poor lady who was hit in the face with the soup by the rude worker (that story gained national headlines by the way) to us not even knowing there was a Temple Food Truck park downtown (I just found out about two weeks ago) to the catalytic converter thief and who could forget the Temple woman who was featured on Outrageous Pumpkins?   

These are 7 memorable moments that happened in Temple Texas in 2021.


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With the new year around the corner it's only right you spice things up in your relationship. Check out some fun adventurous things to do during date night in Waco below:

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