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!

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Christmas Season.... Part 1

OK, y'all, sorry this is SO late-I'm quite ashamed of myself:( Anyways, here they are. Pictures of our long, and very eventful Christmas season and New Year! As you will soon see, we have LOTS of relatives, and we celebrate Christmas with almost all of them in some way or another:) Thank you, Lord, for a safe, blessed 2008!
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

Some of us girls went to Great-Grandma Harris' house and she shared with us her famous fruitcake recipe that she has used every year at Christmas time. What a treat!
Sweet G'ma Harris:)
Fruitcake, y'all???
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Abby polished an old set of Gma Harris' silverware:)*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*


We visited a nearby church here in Alturas and watched their live nativity--It was very nice:) Sarah and Pete enjoy their cookies and hot chocolate:):):)Willie was so excited to see the "Hee-Haw"!!


For the first part of the day, our family went to daddy's Grandfather's house and had lunch.
Animated Conversation:)
Four Generations--Papa, Grandpa, Daddy, CJ and WilliePapa and Callie:)
~Deeda and I with Grandpa~

Willie finally got his own pair of boots-He was SO excited!!!
Abby got a new Pennywhistle from Grandma Sue:)
Awww....What a cute Christmas present!!!
Yay! A BB gun:):):)


Hmmm...that tea sure looks good...Daddy and Papa converse:) Papa and Gma Dot enjoy breakfast:)The little table
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~~Making Music~

~Posted by Mary Noelle~


Ashley said...

What nice pictures! The Christmas tree looked beautiful and I love the pic of Wills in his new boots!

Love ya'll,

The Miller Family said...

Only in Central Florida...a baby in cowboy boots and ONLY cowboy boots on Christmas morning! He is so cute!

Your living room looks so pretty and "Christmas-y". Perfect for the entertaining it looks like you were able to do!


Whiddon Family said...

Thanks for posting y'alls Christmas... we look foward to more posts! :-)
I didn't know Abby was playing the cello!!!

-Laney E.-

The Dischers said...

That was a really nice post, Mary. Wills is precious in his "boots only" outfit!

Everything does look lovely and Christmas-y (still ha ha) You girls' trio was so beautiful. That cello adds so much.

Aunt Beth