Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Myra and Stephen's Wedding Weekend

My little sister, Aunt My, is getting married!! 
As Lilly said during the wedding week which just made my heart smile, "Mama, God has finally answered my prayers, Aunt LaLa is getting a baby and Aunt My is getting a husband!" All is right in the world in her eyes and she is so pumped to know that God has answered her prayers. The sweet innocence and faith of little ones increases my faith all of the time. 

We celebrated Friday night before the big day at The Hollywood. The two oldest nieces, Mary Claire and Lilly ate this wedding and ALL of the festivities up. 

Sara Whit, Myra and Laura celebrating after a long week of prepping and planning for the wedding. 
Celebrating with my sweet boy and Lilly celebrating with her Uncle Tom. 
All of the kiddos.....Walt is the only boy in this mix until baby boy Thompson arrives. 
All of the precious kiddos LOVE the bride. Sweet and fun Aunt My. 
Lilly with the happy couple. :) 
All of the sisters....Laura, Sara Whit, Myra and Margaret Anne. 
The big day is here and we are all super excited to get this show on the road! Aunt My put on her wedding dress which caused Lilly to hug her. 
The bride with her veil. Lilly was the perfect one to make sure her dress and veil were just right. 
Walt just wanted to play with his leggos....he was very good until this mama wanted a family picture and then he decided to act like the punk that he can be. Oh well, you can't win them all. 
My beautiful sister, the bride. She had my mom's wedding dress redone. I think that it turned out perfect! 

The Father of the Bride and Myra
Waiting....Hey Walt! 
The entrance....she is so happy! 
The vows...Walt kept saying "why is that man talkin' so long?" 
The parents and the bride in the formal living room. 
Walt and Lilly....Walt with his lego airplane he built. 
The beautiful cake that my dear friend made. 
My sweet boy, when he wants to be, smiling with his mama! 
It was a great night for the four of us. 
The beautiful proud mothers of the groom and bride, Anne and Lilibeth. 
Aunt My and Uncle Stephen gave the girls beautiful jewelry boxes with their names on them. Walt opened up his gift and said, "It's a boy jewelry box, but I don't have any jewelry!" We all laughed, but it's 7pm at this point and he is beyond done with the day. We all loved his "boy jewelry box" because we all grew up with Tom having one just like it. Walt was not impressed with our enthusiasm UNTIL Uncle Tom brought his out to show Walt. He had some MSU and Bulldog lapel pins in his box and gave one to Walter. Needless to say, Walt LOVES his "boy jewelry box" now and finds something else to put in it, all the time. 
Happy New Year from Aunt LaLa and Walt man! 
Happy New Year from the Atwood Family. What a wonderful 2016 it was. Here is hoping that 2017 brings just as much love and laughter. 
With all of our Love, 
Sara Whitten, Brian, Lilly and Walt 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Gingerbread Houses, Cousins, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2016

It's the most WONDERFUL time of the year, and Walt said it would not be complete without a Gingerbread House making party. Walt has been saying for weeks that he wanted to invite some friends have to decorate gingerbread houses. His sissy got to make one at school and he didn't, so he wanted a party. 

Lilly got to have a few of her friends over, too. Rae and Anna Lauren were great decorators. 

These are Walt's guests...Taylor McCain, Fisher, Hastings, Will Howell, Will Prince and Steven Wait. He hand picked there guests and they range in age from 12 to 4, and boys and girls. This boy is something else. 
Christmas Eve with this crew was too much fun. I love these people in this photo like they are all mine. The Norris' and Prince's have been God sends to us and I love our Christmas tradtion that we have started. 
I love these 6 extra special kiddos! 
My besties....thank you Lord for these ladies. 
Cookie making time.....
sweet Lilly ALWAYS being sweet to her brother.....
Cousin time in Walt's world is the best time.....Owen, Clayton and Andrew are three of the big boy cousins that Walt man loves to play with.
Walt and sweet Andrew. He will tell anyone that Andrew is his favorite. :) 
We LOVED having our Advent/Jesse Tree this Christmas season. Because we go to a church that loves our children so much we were able to get this tree. So many people worked together to allow every child in our church to get a tree. It was a special time each night of the Christmas season as we hung the ornament and read the devotional each night. It set things in perspective for all of us, to remind us what the season is all about. 
I don't think that I have ever seen these too so excited about the same thing at the same time. This Christmas was so much fun. They were at just the perfect ages to enjoy and experience the true magic of Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. 
Weeellll.....they got their 4 wheeler!!! The LOVE it!!!! 
Christmas Day at Aunt LaLa's and Uncle Tom's house. Walt is hanging out in his new Dak Prescott jersey that Santa left him. He and LaLa are having fun opening presents. 
Lilly and Lea!!! She finally got her....she has been waiting patiently. Mamie and Boo pulled through. 
Walt's FAVORITE thing to do is open presents. He doesn't even have to like or want what's in them, he just likes to open them. 
BUUTT he likes them even more when there is an 18 foot snake inside that he has been begging Mamie and Boo for since September. 
What a funny fuuny surprise from Aunt LaLa....Stephen and Brian got these shirts from Aunt LaLa. Poor Stephen has no idea what he is getting himself into and then Brian should have had this shirt 9 years ago. When they opened the presents Brian let everyone know he has it the worst in the family....it's the truth, but he LOVES it! Hail State! 

What a fun and BLESSED Christmas Eve and Christmas Day the Atwood's had. So many things have happened in our family this year which is going to make the year 2017 so much fun and so different. We are adding 2 new members of the family....Stephen, Myra's husband to be and then sweet Baby Thompson.....how exciting. So many answered prayers. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Polar Express, Christmas Parties, Caroling, Plays, Santa and a Parade

Christmas Season is here and we have started it off with a ride on The Polar Express. 
FUMC packed a train and headed to the North Pole. 

Caroline, Lilly and Walt with their Golden Tickets.
Walt LOVED his Golden Ticket. He didn't want to let go of it. 
We missed Daddy, but I had a great time with my sweet kiddos. 
Lilly with her Hot Chocolate. She LOVES some Hot Chocolate.
We arrived!!! The North Pole is beautiful. 
Caroline and Lilly with Santa. 
We were so excited to see Santa Claus!! 
We made our annual visit to Parker Tractor to sit on Santa's lap and tell him our all of our wishes. 


Lilly loves our Christmas yard art. 
Piper, Lilly and Hayden were the cutest penguins in the church Christmas program! 
Lilly, the penguin telling Mamie and Boo thank you for coming to the program! 
Walt had a great time at his Polar Express day at school. Santa came to visit his class. 
Christmas party day in 4k...Fisher and Walt had a great time.
Claire and Walt love each other so much! 
Walt LOVED the Christmas gift exchange. His favorite thing to do is open presents. 
Walt with his buddy, Eli! 
We took a family hunting trip....needless to say we didn't kill anything and the family hasn't been back together, but we had a great time! 
2nd graders have Christmas parties, too. Lilly had a great time. 
Loving her buddy Eliza! 
These three girls are super sweet.....McKenzie, Lilly and Eliza! 
Lilly had the opportunity to participate in the Northwest Band Christmas Program with Santa and Mrs. Claus! 
Lilly and Jack Price at the 2nd grade Christmas party. 
Walt loves going to his Sissy's parties because he gets to hang out with his big friends. Maddux is one of his favorites and is always so nice to him! 
McCormick and Walt at the Senatobia Chirstmas Parade! 
Jack and Walt...they love each other so much. We are so thankful for Jack and how sweet he is to Walt. 

Caroline, Anna Lauren and Lilly at the Senatobia Christmas Parade! These girls have too good of a time wherever they go. 
What is Christmas without a little Christmas caroling on a hay ride? We had so much fun visiting members of our church who were sick or older. The kids had such a great time....and we were so happy that Anderson got to our house just in time to go with us! 
We have had an eventful and wonderful start to this Christmas season! 
To GOD be the GLORY!