Thursday, December 11, 2008

The holidays have officially begun . . .

OK, 48 hours. It was two days of non-stop action this past weekend and I'm finally composed to write about it. CRAZY is the word that comes to mind . . . think two different overnight guests, a dance performance, two parties you are helping host, a mother/daughter tea party, Festival of Trees, oh, and maybe a gift for one of your kids that unexpectedly is READY to go and it's not even CHRISTMAS! Did I mention trying to keep the house in order and clean? By Saturday night after the final event, I seriously had to pinch myself to believe that we actually pulled it off, and everything went even better than planned. Really folks, after last weekend I consider the Christmas season about wrapped up, wouldn't you think?

The details in a nutshell: My mom comes to spend time with the kids and visit with some friends while she's here - thank goodness, because if she didn't come on Wednesday I wouldn't have had my house cleaned EARLY. She leaves Friday morning and Chris' dad comes Friday afternoon to spend a couple nights and be here for the Cantera Family party.

Guests aside, we are notified Thursday evening that Caroline's Christmas present came a little early and has weaned itself from it's mother and is in need of it's new home immediately. You mean I've got to be ready for a baby bunny and have some explanation for the kids of WHY it showed up three weeks early?? Think quick: get the cage ready, have Chris drive to Provo Friday after work and pick it up, and hurry and write a letter to put in the mail from Santa that looks legitimate so the little girls will really think an elf brought the bunny. OK, we can do that. First I just need to get my table I'm hosting ready for the big neighborhood party Friday evening, find something to wear, and pick up a ski rack.

Friday comes - oh, it's the tea party right after school, which is right after I make a Costco run for the party Saturday night, give Chris final instructions for the bunny pick-up, and help in Sophie's class room. OK - I'm running at lightning speed now . . . type the letter, sneak it into the mailbox, take Sophie to the tea-party, run home, change sheets and pick up disorderly house for the next guest, tell Sophie and friend to go get the mail, iron something to wear for the party tonight (oh this is good, a piece of CHOCOLATE is on the ironing board and melts right into my silk blouse - NO time for that - thank goodness it's on the back b/c I'm still wearing this shirt!), share in the excitement of the Santa letter, run out the door to get to the party early to help, pass Chris as he's coming in, make sure he's got the bunny, tell him to get over to the party on time! Phew, now I can enjoy myself . . . dinner, dancing, good friends and neighbors . . . . then up until after midnight helping clean up :-).

Saturday - girls giddy with excitement at the surprise Santa left overnight, putting the bunny in a box with a big ribbon for Caroline, tears of happiness from a girl who's had her heart set on this bunny for a year, pancake breakfast, costumes, hair and make-up for Sophie and Caroline, guys out the door for Ryan's hockey game, girls head down to fest. of trees for a performance and some tree viewing time, race back home to get ready for big Cantera family party at our house beginning at 4:30pm - oh, don't forget to stop at the grocery store for last minute items. BREATHE JULIE . . . put kids and husband to work, get tables set up, vacuum/dust, food in oven, candles lit, house ready . . . time for company!

After it's all said and done I absolutely love getting the family and cousins all together - lots of food, laughter, and fun with everyone. It's worth every minute of the work and stress. Which reminds me, I failed to mention the two Nutcracker rehearsals we had to get Caroline to during this same weekend. Really, what would life be like without non-stop action every once in a while?? It's no wonder we all crashed and fell asleep Sunday evening while watching the 1st Presidency Christmas message at 6pm :-).

Sophie and little friends at Anabelle's Tea Party

What fun . . . Sophie with Emily, Rebecca, Isabel, Anabelle, and Kate.

BEST FRIENDS

My table at the neighborhood Christmas Party (thanks to my friends who helped with the center piece - like I would know how to do that?!)

With my friend Beckie at the party . . . yes, it's a ballroom, and yes, it's inside someone's home.

Spectacular!

Caroline's early Christmas surprise . . .

Pure excitement!

Caroline finally got her baby bunny . . .

It's the cutest animal alive . . . you'll want one once you get a look at this little guy :-)

Sophie and Carlie before they perform as dolls at the Festival of Trees.

We love looking at all the trees together

Kids table at the Cantera Christmas party

Family Talent Show - Laura and Jon performing "The Polar Express" for the kids - delightful!

Kevin and family's improv/skit - absolutely hilarious . . .

We ARE the Red Sox Nation

White Elephant exchange - always lots of laughs . . .
Looks like Chris gets the sweater this year

After the party . . . we did it!

9 comments:

Kristin said...

I guess the 'keep it simple and meaningful' tip you shared last week is one you're still working on?! LOL. Like you could live life any other way Julie, full steam ahead, or DEAD! Sounds like fun, but I'm glad it was you, and not me. I stress if I have to leave the house twice in one day... I know, you'd die of boredom in my life...

Julie said...

Good point Kristin - LOL . . . everything seemed to descend on that one two-day period!

Kristen said...

Sounds like crazy fun! I can see that you do thrive on the adrenaline when you are running full speed ahead. The bunny is so cute! What did you guys name him/her?

gina said...

I'm with Kristen...N! How do you do it Julie?? It all looks so fun - beautiful -but exhausting! What kind of neighborhood party is that? Wow. Your table was beautiful. Can you wrap up some of your energy and send it my way for Christmas?! I'm asking Sandi to wrap up some of her "particular" energy to send also! ha ha.

gina said...

oops, I meant Kristin - Nakaya. But- Hi Kristen...as well. :)

Linda said...

You did have a crazy weekend, but it was worth it, the party was so much fun. Thanks again for hosting, you always do such a good job at it.

sandi said...

I am seriously exhausted just reading it! i am off to find a diet coke because you made me NEED one!

I want that bunny btw.......

14 kids, 2 dogs, and a bunny? Heck yes!

Kristi said...

wow! You've been Merry. Very. I love it!

Kathryn said...

OK Julie,
I am dying laughing because your life sounds just like mine! Ugh! Here is the even funnier thing. That ballroom you had your party in - did you see the gorgeous stone fireplace in it? My husband's company did that! We have an office in Salt Lake and he told me about this crazy house that has a huge stage and "ballroom" in it. From the looks of your pictures, it looks exactly like the pics he showed me. Isn't it like 3 stories high? What a small world!