Monday, January 23, 2012

the tree & the kiddos

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Year's Eve

This year, due to our work schedule, Dusty and I were without the kids on New Year's Eve.You would think we would get dressed up and hit the town, but we are pretty up in age and sleep is our number 1 priority....especially, since we had to work the next day. We ordered food from the Fish Place (fish tacos, Shrimp Alfredo pasta, and a fish poor boy) and we made a quick run to Kroger's for French Bread and Cheesecake. It was simply delicious and fun.
Here is my failed attempt to capture some amazing pictures of us-HA! My goal this year is to get more pictures of us (Dusty and I) on the blog. So, please forgive me if I post any "real" pictures of me--no make up, the extra 10 pounds of weight I have gained, and etc.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Christmas 2011

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
not a creature was stirring, not even a pug dog.

The stockings were hung by the stairs with care,
in hopes that Big Santa and Jimmy, the elf, would soon be there.
Homemade chocolate chip cookies and milk were placed with care, in hopes Big Santa would be thrilled.

In the middle of the night, Big Santa and Jimmy arrived.
I heard them on the roof the prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head and was turning around, I heard the front door budge open.
They spoke not a word, but went straight to work.
They filled the stockings and left presents galore,
for hopes the Youngblood kiddos would such adore.

They sprang to their sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
and away they all flew like down a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, as he flew out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"

At 7 am the kiddos awoke.
To find such sweet surprises and a little note.
They were tickled with joy and enjoyed in their Christmas delights.
Now to next Christmas they rejoice!

For it looks like Big Santa made a slight mistake,
what made him leave behind a Justin Beiber note pad?
Why can't Big Santa remember she really dislikes Mr. Beiber?

Christmas with Family

Christmas Day highlights from Grandma Karen & Papa Daryl's house...

Sunday, January 1, 2012

till next year Jimmy

Jimmy left our house after helping Santa deliver toys and goodies to our house on Christmas day. The kids were surprised to wake up and find that Jimmy had left them a letter, along with a few treats. Jimmy will be missed...especially by Caroline, who cried a few tears when she realized Jimmy wouldn't be around to talk to and play silly pranks.
It looks like Jimmy found my stack of Christmas cards. I guess he decided I would never send them out, so he decided to put one to good use.

Jimmy left 3 popcorn containers for the kids, Angry Bird fruit snacks, air head candy, and cry baby bubble gum.

cookies for Santa

The kids left the best chocolate chip cookies for Santa this year.
In my opinion, they rocked!
Truth be told, I forgot that I needed to have cookies and carrots ready for Santa and his reindeers. So, around 11 pm on Christmas Eve I baked a batch of fabulous chocolate chip cookies.

Here is the recipe I used (stolen from the wrapper of Crisco):
-3/4 stick of Crisco Baking Sticks All Vegetable Shortening or 3/4 cup Crisco All Vegetable Shortening
-1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
-2 tablespoons milk
-1 tablespoon vanilla extract
-1 large egg
-1 3/4 cups Pillsbury Best All Purpose Flour
-1 teaspoon salt
-3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 (6 oz.) package semi-sweet chocolate chips (1 cup)...I add A LOT!
-Optional--1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Heat oven to 375. Beat shortening and brown sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in milk, vanilla and egg. Stir in flour, salt, and baking soda. Blend in chocolate chips and nuts. Drop by rounded measuring tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes for chewy cookies or 11 to 13 minutes for crisp cookies. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet. NOTE-If nuts are omitted, add an additional 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Makes 3 dozen cookies.

The next day Jake ate about 8 of them. Just the inside of the cookies. He left the crusts of the cookies inside the cookie jar.

Christmas tradition

Decorating stockings has become a Christmas tradition at the Youngblood house. Dusty and I started this tradition way before we had kids. It is a sweet family tradition that I enjoy year after year and I hope my kids continue this fun tradition when they start their own family (but, if their wife or hubby wants to buy fancy stockings, that is okay by me-ha). It is quite the mess and clean up, but such happy times!