Where The Orange Blossoms Grow....

Hello! Welcome to the Stricklen's blog. We hope to keep our family and friends up to date with what is going on with our family. You will find a variety of experiences posted here -- you may find pictures of the never ending project of building our house, Callie helping William with his first steps, Mary studying a rare insect species, or perhaps you may be terribly bored with Molly's numerous fruit trees, berries, vegetables and rare plant pictures! Who knows what we may find Chris and CJ doing -- probably something having to do with a tractor or machine of sorts. Abby and Margaret will keep us entertained with costumes from other lands or a fairy story. Whatever we post, we trust it will lift your spirits and bring honor and glory to our Lord!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Youth Fair 2008

Just a few pictures from the Polk County Youth Fair. The children always enjoy participating. Their interests have changed over the years, except they have always shown plants and been involved in Horticulture. They used to enjoy showing chickens and Callie showed her rabbit. They always like entering the baking contests. Callie usually sews something. This was Margaret's first year, it seems like just yesterday that it was little 8 year old Callie's first year! It was alot of fun! CJ and some of the Miller boys did the "Top Ranch Hand" competition for fun and each got a bag of candy as their award (to them there could be no better prize!). Sorry I have no pictures from that :(

Abby surprised us all and was the Champion in Jr. Horticulture Judging, which is something Callie and Mary have done well in.

Margaret told the story of "The Tater Family" in Storytelling and won 1st place! She was so excited. We all enjoyed Whip Popping -- that is the highlight of the week! We are proud of all of the children. They are creating memories that I am sure they will carry with them for many years. Molly

Abigail -- Champion of Horticulture Judging!

Margaret - Jr. Storytelling Champ!

Callie won "Considered for Tri Color" for her Coffee Cake

Which one are you? Emma - Tater? Dick- Tater??
Grace won Sr. Storytelling!! (Again!!)
Mary during Horticulture Judging

Did Deeda know it was a Daylily?
All Smiles!!

Just a few more years and we'll see CJ whip popping!?

Markie won 3rd in Junior Div. Whip Popping!! She was so surprised!

Sarah and Ariana enjoying the show

Rose and CJ enjoyed the working booths on Friday (CJ obviously has stuffed some sort of treat in his mouth!)

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