Sunday, December 28, 2008

2 Days

Continuing the countdown. 2 days and counting. Needless to say, things are getting a little more hectic around the Atkinson. Lots on the "to do" list for tomorrow. Times is ticking away.

On another note, today we were finally able to have Christmas with my step-sister and family. It was an enjoyable afternoon. Dad was not able to be there, but we all had a good time. Thanks Zonya for getting us all together. It was nice have Rod, Bonnie and girls there also.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

3 days

Well, just 3 more days. Today was a pretty busy day. First, all the peeps ran this morning. We had an additional person run with us this morning. Go, Michelle. Michelle has been running with us for a couple of months now. Afterwards, the Peeps went to Cracker Barrel to eat for our Christmas get together. After that, Granny, Matt and myself headed to Anderson. I can't really say what we were doing up there, because it is a surprise. We came home and ate, then went shopping for gifts for the groomsmen. I'm sure the next couple of days will be just as busy. Tomorrow, we will finally get to do Christmas with Zonya's family and my dad. People were sick on Christmas Eve, so we had to postpone until this Sunday. In the meantime, we will also be helping where we can with the wedding and decorating for the reception. Boy, it is hard to believe. These past 23 years have really flown by. Can't believe my baby boy is all grown up and getting married. Cherish every moment with your kids, they grow up way to fast.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Day

Christmas has come and gone. It has been a good Christmas, but a sad one at the same time. Our family is changing and next year will definitely be different with Matt and April both being married and our family expanding. It seems to get harder and harder to get the family together each year. I love Christmas and the family time together. I don't have a lot of family to get together with and knowing that things will be different next year, this one was a little sad at the same time. I have to admit that I have shed a tear or two. Now that Christmas is over, it is time to get down to business with the wedding and the rehearsal dinner. I've got to work tomorrow, but am off until next year after that. I know the days will be very busy and I am sure they will fly by.

One last word. Matt and April, I love you both so very much and I am really proud of you both.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

10 Days and Counting

Ten days and counting to the big wedding. I am excited about getting a wonderful young lady as a daughter-in-law and adding to our family. Right now I am working on the rehearsal dinner. Can't give any details as it is a secret. But, I think I have everything under control and covered. I can't decide what to wear to the rehearsal dinner. Any suggestions? I am also hoping that my dress for the wedding will be appropriate and that the color will be o.k.

Now on to something else, as I don't want to say too much because of some secrets. I am just about finished with my Christmas shopping. I sat down after church today and got stuff wrapped and got an idea of what is left to do. Just a couple of more things and I'm good to go there. It is hard to believe it will be here in a few days. I look forward to spending time with family and friends over the holidays. I love being able to entertain and have family and friends around.

Last but not least. I just want to say what a wonderful job Matt, Curt, Eric and all the others involved with the Camping for Cans did this weekend. Looking forward to what next year can bring. A thumbs up to all those that stayed all night.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

2 weeks and counting

In a way it is hard to believe, but we have managed to get one child out of college. What an accomplishment. Today was a bitter sweet day. Excited that he has accomplished finishing college and getting his degree. But sad at the same time, because I don't have a little boy anymore. He has grown up into a man and will be leaving the nest in 2 weeks to start his own life with his new bride. Just a very emotional time as I am happy, but sad at the same time. I thank God for 2 healthy wonderful kids. Matt, I am very proud of you. I am proud of the man you have become. I am proud that you have stayed connect to your relationship with God and that you have decided to answer his calling in your life. Your Mama and Daddy love you. As I look back, there are things I wish I had done differently. I don't think you can spend too much time with your kids because before you know it they are grown and gone.

Well, there is no rest for the weary. Still full speed ahead with Christmas and wedding plans. After graduation, we took Matt out to eat. Then we came home and my mom and I took Grandma to try and find shoes for the wedding, plus do a little shopping. After all the group left, Mark and I had to go to Lowe's, then to try and print some wedding invitations for April's wedding. I am now trying to work on the wording for invitations for the rehearsal dinner for Kristy and Matt. My house is a mess and will probably be that way until March. Oh, Well!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Tomorrow Matt will graduate from college. A graduate of Anderson University. My how time flies. Two weeks from tomorrow, he will be getting married. So, we are in countdown mode. Between getting ready for his wedding and working on April's, I feel like my brain is spinning. Sometimes I feel like it is just spinning and going nowhere. I'm just taking it one day at a time. So, tomorrow, we will give as much of an update as possible and keep everyone up to date on what is going on. For tonight we are going over out to-do list. See you tomorrow.