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The Kid's Christmas Party couldn't have been better!!!

Well folks, we have been basking in the warm glow of really, really happy kids, for the last six hours, and we are higher than kites!!!

 

We had over 140 kids and about 75 moms and a smattering of dads, and we, and Papa Noel and the other elves, pulled the whole thing off without a hitch!!!  Who says that planning for three months does not pay off???

 We spent the morning with Agripina's son, Alfredo, who will also be Papa Noel. He helped us to put up decorations, move the Christmas tree downstairs, put up Papa Noel's Workshop, string lights, hook up the stereo, and a whole bunch more. 

Note:  a reader asked just where was this place that we threw the party, and the answer is that our place is two stories, with this open air, tiled area on the first floor, which it shares with the old formal dining room and the now unused kitchen...it also is built to withstand those once in a lifetime tsunami waves...(yes, I am looking over my shoulder and keeping my fingers crossed...)

 

We were also joined by Agripina, Sonia, Cecelia and Elizabeth who took the plastic off of 200 hot-dogs, sliced the buns almost in half, and blew up 100 balloons.

 

 

Alfonso arrived, after spending four hours guarding the bank, to help bring down all of our chairs, tables and a ton of presents.

We had Agripina and Sonia give out computer generated, "Papa Noel" tickets to 110 kids, and they returned with names of the kids, boy or girl, and age, all neatly printed on two double columned sheets.

So...finally 2:00 pm rolls around, we are mostly dressed up, and we always get that sinking feeling that nobody will show up--well this time the trickle turned into a flood quickly, as Moms came from all over our area, bringing excited kids, all dressed up in their best clothes, all cleaned up and spiffy...

Here are some pictures to give you an idea...It was really tough to select these from over 300 that we took.  In fact, we budgeted $100 for Kodak printing, and we liked them so much that we are going to double the amount of prints that we will be giving out to these families...

 

 

 Here is Rox and Alfonso just before the party began...

 

 

 

Coquita helped out by modeling the sunglasses that each girl would get...

 

We waited about 30 minutes, until most of the people seemed to be settled down, and then a huge burst of applause welcomed Papa Noel's sudden appearance, as he walked around the crowd making sure to shake the hand of each boy and girl.  The look on each face, somewhere between awe and adoration, was a sight to see!

Just before the gifts were handed out, about 30 of the young folks danced and sang to several of the Christmas carols playing on Alfredo's boom-box.

 

 

 

Each child clutched a ticket, which was collected by Cecelia, and it was a good thing, too, as after we had given out about 70 presents, it seemed that the line kept getting longer!  Rox had cataloged all the gifts, and we had 30 more than the tickets printed--right on the button!!!

 

 

 Cecilia, on the right made all three of these costumes...

 

We took a shot of every child getting a gift from Papa Noel--here are a few...

 

 

 

 

 

 Of course, all of you regular readers know Hector, our favorite waiter from the Casa Blanca...

 

 

This photo might give you an idea of how big the crowd was--that shot is only in one direction!

 

Rox wanted me to add the following photos to give you an idea of how things went...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More happy people...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 We noticed a huge smile on this young boy's face, later when he unwrapped his macho truck toy...

 

 When we went to sack up the garbage into bigger bags, there was not one iota of wrapping paper thrown away--in this group, your mother's Christmas cry of "save the wrapping" takes on new meaning...

 

 Santa and the elves...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This young lady was especially welcome, and she and her husband delivered 200, made to order, hot-dog buns, exactly on schedule...notice Hector in background...

 

 

 

We gave each boy "spider-man" sun glasses...some never removed them again... 

And...the girls loved their butterfly models...

 

 

 

 

 Rox took a huge number of candid photos and many more of the folks posing with Papa Noel...as you can see, these young ladies loved their sunglasses...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Rox made that potato salad by slicing and dicing over 60 pounds of potatoes, and all the other goodies that go with it...we made it stretch to 200 plates...Alfonso told us later, that not one scrap of food was tossed in the containers...every bite found a happy mouth!  In fact, as Rox was going to help out a young boy by throwing away his empty plastic plate, glass and fork, he made it clear, that he was taking the whole shebang home with him.

This type of "monster" truck in the foreground made a lot of the boys walk on air...In fact, we were told that this was the first "wrapped" gift that many of these kids had ever received...

 

 

 

 

 As you can see...lots of grandmas also had fun...

 

As the party wound down, each mother, and most of the kids, came up to us and gave us kisses and hugs and thanked us profusely for providing such a great time and fun party... 

 

We have to say again...that without the super generous support from you wonderful folks out there, we never could have pulled this off...so...thanks mucho!!!

 

 

Posted on Wed, December 23, 2009 at 08:12PM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments3 Comments

Reader Comments (3)

What a wonderful thing to do!!!! I wish we lived close enough to help you out this year. It looks like so much fun. I'm going to give our good friends, Rich and Nancy, some cash to help you out with this year's event. That is if they'll be seeing you soon enough that you can have the money in hand in time for the party.

Good luck with this year's event!!!!d

August 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Adams

Hi Barbara...thanks for writing, and, for sure, thanks for contributing. This year, even more kids will get to have a fun afternoon with Papa Noel. We can't do them all, but we surely can spread some good cheer to more than last year.
Thanks again,

Bob & Roxanne

August 7, 2010 | Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne

This past weekend, I had the honor of helping plan my nieces 4th Birthday party. She picked Toy Story 3 for her party theme which comes as no surprise since she asked for the Buzz Light year bike!

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