At the end of 2010 we took a jaunt to Georgia to spend the holidays with my family. Before we could go, though, we had to give Henry his birthday present: a brand new guitar!
Last year we took a thousand-mile-journey to Atlanta for Thanksgiving. (This year we stayed home.) The weather was colder than California, for sure, but the atmosphere was warmer with aunts, uncles and cousins galore. I have great memories growing up of 20+ person Thanksgiving meals – with both sets of families on the same day.
Whenever one is in the ATL around the holidays one must visit the Pink Pig. It’s a fact. Nay, a law. I submit Exhibit A, photographic proof that the Northcutt’s embarked on said obliged visit in November of 2009.
The first days of our trip to Seattle last year were memorable: Cora first started crawling just after we arrived. It was magic, after having watched her content to lie on her belly for many months.
As we gear up for Swim Team 2010 I thought we’d share more photos from Emma’s swim career last year. This set is from a meet at our “home” pool on Arroyo Vista, with announcer duties performed by the highly popular Mr. Henry, a teacher at Emma’s school.
Easter this year was a giant feast, attended by both my family as well as my brother’s. Bonus guests were my sister-in-law’s parents, making this one of the largest Easters on Northcutt record.
Once upon a time there were two boys who lived in the woods. Each day after school they would play in Nickajack Creek until nearly dark. They fished. They climbed trees. They watched trains go by. When exploring in the woods one day they happened to find the ruins of an old cotton mill. This became a new place to play.
Our last visit to Broad River Bison was an exciting one. The bison were grazing in a brand new pasture! On previous visits we’d seen them in nearly-bare pasture. With two pastures available rotation is possible, which gives the grass a chance to regrow. The gorgeous green hillside made for some dramatic photos. (Patchy cloud cover helped, too!)
There’s nothing I enjoy more than watching someone completely caught up in the moment. It could be a great musician performing, an athlete in the midst of concentration… or, in this case, Henry focused on wringing every ounce of enjoyment possible from a toy truck and a pile of sand. He played for all he was worth!
Marla and the kids were extra nice to me this year for my birthday. Not only did I receive a visit from my mother and my usual homemade coconut cake but I also received the smokin’ hot espresso machine and burr grinder I’ve always wanted.