January 2011

January = winter =  Cold.  Dark.  Long.  Wet. 

We only ventured outdoors once or twice, particularly whenever Dad parks Canebrake Forestry's trailer o' fun in our driveway.  The trailer - slam packed to every side with 4-wheelers, cans of gasoline/combustible liquids, and all types of manly equipment - lures the Bedsole boys without fail.  All they're allowed to do is climb around the edges, and that's what we did this particular not-so-horribly-cold, lit afternoon.

Thomas, super proud of his boots
which he wears 8 days a week.


silly John David

4wheeler love
It's a boy thing.
(Mamas apparently just don't understand.)

John David, the policeman, and Thomas, the racecar driver,
with Miss Jean on Pajama Day
They looked forward to this day for weeks!

Yes, we're wearing Tshirts in January.
The last Saturday of the month was a.ma.zing.
Oh, the sunshine, the warmth!
We spent the day (9 am - past 6 pm) at the pasture,
unloading hay, feeding cows, riding 4wheelers, playing in the dirt,
and eating M&Ms (which they still call N-a-M's :).
Best. January. Day. Ever. 
Praise, praise, praise the Lord, who is good ALL the time,
and especially good to us in West Alabama on this day.

Thomas, future cowboy

John David, the ham

sweet T
We also celebrated Brittany's 20th birthday at P.F. Chang's this month  Attempts to copy and paste a photo from Facebook have left me with blood pressure raised.  Obviously, the best I could do was the postage stamp you see below.  Happy Birthday, B!  We love our Brittany.
I still can't believe Brittany's not as small as the boys are :(

Christmas 2010

Tacky Christmas attire
Christmas Eve service
Papa John, Thomas the cow, Granny, Cici

John David the donkey, Steven, Brittany, Thomas the cow

No, it's not Halloween, but
superhero costumes were at the top of our lists.

won.der.ful. homemade cinnamon rolls,
thanks to our friends, the Lindsays


Ironman and John David

The ultimate putdown when talking smack with Dad
continues to be the "You wear Roll Tide panties!"
remark.  The boys love to say it so he'll chase them.
This year, Cici and Papa crafted Dad
official Roll Tide panties.
Obviously, he refused put them on, but the boys had fun.


2010 in pictures, July - December

Demopolis city landing

watching fireworks

Mary and Chase got married this summer!
the rehearsal dinner

Aunt Kathy, Brittany, Emily, Ashleigh, Uncle Billy, Mark, Thomas

John David had fever :( the entire wedding weekend

We are so excited for one of my best friends, Ginger, who's now the mother of twin boys :)
Here we are at her baby shower the day of Mary's wedding.
(Ginger is actually carrying twins; I just look like I still am.)
Everything we outgrow needs to be "sent to Miss Ginger" now :)
Thomas and John David in handsome wedding attire
made by a relative in Bessemer.
Beautiful clothing!  Take a look at  http://www.makinganuttermemory.com/
(We're wearing the 'Enoch' pattern in memory of our great grandfather Enoch,
who wasn't here for this special day.) 
(I did not take a camera to the wedding - )

playing with our cousin Kate Mitchell

Kate Mitchell, Thomas, John David

nose wars with Uncle Billy

with Granny at the Birmingham Zoo

primates and pachyderms or cement trucks and bulldozers?
no contest:  the construction site

John David

making brownies

4th birthday, with Anderson and Abby

the worm cake

shy Thomas and his Sea Doo cake

4th birthday pool party
(notice the weather conditions outside) 

John David and his only birthday request:
real worms in a jar with dirt

There was much running around the empty room.
(see above weather conditions)

age 4

a typical fall day at the pasture

'helping' Granny
No one works harder than our Granny.

family football
Team Northcutt

John David, Thomas
Thomas is a devoted tiger.  He actually laid face down on the sofa nearly the entire first half of the Iron Bowl. 
John David has not yet declared his allegiance to either team.  He just likes to cheer.

last year's Christmas gift
They love wearing this ensemble, particularly the pants.
They asked to wear the pants to daycare every day.
Thomas only wishes there was a "teef strap" with the helmet.

We took a trip to Sewanee in September.
Our Uncle Billy was inducted into
the University of the South's Athletic Hall of Fame.
Aunt Kathy and Uncle Billy

their girls/our cousins,
Elizabeth, Mary Kathryn, Anne
We were super excited to find out that Elizabeth is expecting :)

Thomas, Papa
Thomas could not wait to be "on top of a mountain".

Sewanee = beauty

walking on campus - just beautiful

Spiderman and Iron Man
Fear this.

Thomas and John David,
the less scary superheroes
trick-or-treating at Nannie's

Thanksgiving at the beach
We had a wonderful nontraditional holiday at the beach -
perfect weather! 

examining all the dead, washed up jelly fish with Granny
I love this picture.

Souvenir City


John David
He did this on his own.

In 2010, Mark and his friend and partner, Brandon, had a kennel built at the pasture
for their dog training business, Blackbelt Retrievers.
(This was much to his wife Kelley's and my delight as well - no more dogs in our backyard!)

the students

Christmas on the River 2010