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, June 18, 2008

VA and DC part 2

We just got the pictures of the rest of our trip to VA and DC downloaded to the computer, so, I'm gonna finish posting the rest of those pics. Thanks for viewing!!!!! In case you wondered more about our trip, go to Grandmamma's blog http://www.clearlyseenfamily.blogspot.com/ and go back a few posts:):):)

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
Joshua 24:15

Callie, Grandmama, and Gma Harris went
to the Iwo Jima Monument.

Grandpa Harris fought at Iwo Jima. The saying above sums up the kind of soldier and person I think Grandpa H. was. He was a soldier for Christ, and his Country!

Back on the Metro!!!
There's that "Disgruntled Metro Rider" again! Four generations at Union StationMama in front of Godiva Chocolate - Yum!

Our next stop was the Museum of Natural History!

Deeda wanted her picture taken in front of the "hornfish" She meant swordfish.
Of course, I enjoyed the insect exhibits! Oooh, you think you're tough, don't ya! CJ had his picture taken with the Buffalo for Andrew and Joey!
Willie's looking at the preserved, stuffed grizzly bear.
"Aaawww, I could beat that bear up!!!"

WOW, Pretty!Abby and her birds!Wierd, huh??? I think it's an unpolished Zircon--My birthstone!!!
Look closely at CJ's face, and you'll notice that he's had his fill of pictures:):)More architecture--The National Archives

A note from Molly:Grandmama Harris had some research she wanted to do at the National Archives. She wanted to have the year of death changed for her brother, Lloyd Whitley, who was shot down during WW II. She found out that only the records prior to WW I were at the National Archives and was directed to somewhere in MD for more recent military records. I thought it was admirable that she wanted to do that for her deceased brother.Another note from Molly: At about this point in the day we had done ALOT of walking! Grandmother Harris and Mama were getting a little giddy. Mama commented : "Now this is the way to see Washington DC when your feet are so tired they are going to detach from your legs!" And the distinguished Grandmother Harris chimed in: "Ah, but it's so much more adventurous this way!" We were all laughing very hard at this point!

"Where are we???" Looking at the map

Look - Daddy's comin'!!Daddy came up so that he could drive us home so Mama didn't have to!
Our next stop was the National Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, VA

A note from Molly: The visit to the Marine Corp. Museum seemed a little difficult for Grandmother Harris. It was as if she stepped back in time more than 60 years . To me it seemed the look on her face was as if she was reliving that time all over in her mind. It was a special, good visit for her and all of us to see how all Marines were honored in this great museum. We are eternally GRATEFUL for the tremendous sacrifice made on our behalf by all Marines, but one especially dear to our hearts - my Grandfather, Iwo Jima survivor, Kye Harris.

4 Generations of Grateful AmericansOn the way we stopped at the Rappahannak River!!! A river with a lot of history behind it. The Union soldiers crossed it during the Battle at Fredericksburg during The War Between The States

Ahh, Bare feet!Havin' Fun!:):):)

Mama relaxingPart of God's wonderful Creation!!!A beautiful home in Fredricksburg:):):)Little Friends!!!

On our way home, we stopped at the Fredricksburg Battlefield.At the Fredricksburg BattlefieldCallie Susie!!!:):):)Mmmm! Time for Dinner--Steak!!!!!

Wills and CJ got plenty of use out of the free "horse" ride! Wills is obviously excited!WAAAHH!!! Time to say goodbye to RG!!!! See ya in July!

At the hotel, Wills decided to hitch a ride!Yum!!! BBQ! We're ALMOST home!!!

Sweet Tea!!!

Posted By Mary Noelle


Anonymous said...

Thank y'all for posting Part 2 on your trip. I love your captions Mary! :) We hope it won't be too terribly long before we see y'all again! :( How come you have to live so far away?! :( :)

P.S.Wills is growing so fast! He's hardly a baby anymore!!

We miss y'all!
Please come again soon!
~Mallory for the Whiddon Family

Dischers said...

Oh what a GREAT post! I laughed and I got tears!(Molly, your reflections are so very precious) Thank you so much for taking the time to finish out such a great trip! You are so funny, Mary!

Aunt Beth