Well after feeling so overwhelmed yesterday, I went to bed a couple of hours early. Somehow, when I'm tired and I can't seem to even reason with myself. :)
And as Catherine and Jenna noted, it's true, I usually do this to myself. I'm a bit of a perfectionist and I want everything in order, planned out, and extra nice. I want every project that we've put off for months completed before the holidays (which is completely unrealistic but I still try :)). I want every guest to feel like they are the most important - and they are while they are here.
Mostly though, I need alot of the organization for my own sanity and enjoyment. And I truly do want to enjoy celebrating with all of our family and friends and part of getting to that is reducing stress through the aforementioned cleaning etc. I guess there is a balance and I really need to strike it. :)
This morning, I woke up renewed and refreshed and ready for a new day. Amazing what going to bed early will do. I decided to tackle my pantry this morning and it's about half done. I entertained the boys in their chairs at breakfast as long as I could while I worked and I'll try to finish up the project while they are napping. If I take it one day at a time, I know I'll get there and whatever I don't get done...well, just don't open the closed doors. :)
The lists are being made (because I truly have to have them) and my sanity is beginning to return. Thanks for the perspective, girls! I'm going to enjoy the holidays - I'm determined to. I have much to be thankful for and much to celebrate!