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!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

~Blessings Bloom at Home~

Mmmmmm......There's nothing better than a glass of fresh squeezed Lemonade:):)
Actually, Willie disagrees. He is of the opinion that there's nothing better than SWEET "ownges" ("oranges", for any people that haven't quite mastered the art of translating babytalk:)
~Our state bird, the Mockingbird~
.....Un upside-down tree????............
Deeda is in HEAVEN with all of our 11 Black Lab puppies!
They are so cute!
You call THAT a carrot????
"Well, it tastes enough like one to me!" 

That is what I call UGLY:)
"It's 7:43.............Here is comes!!!!! THERE IT GOES!!!!
There goes the Space Shuttle!
The two little dots under the shuttle are the booster rockets falling down to Earth. Neat, huh??
Well, they made it, I guess--As far as we can see:)
Question: What do you do when you have LOTS of old oranges that dropped to the ground, and LOTS of old oranges on the tree that need to be picked to make room for fresh ones??????
Answer: You have the very first Orange Rolling Olympics, of course!!!
First Contestant--Abby Stricklen. There she goes!!!!!!!
The "rolling alley"
"Mine's gonna go right there in the middle--Right past yours!"
Fresh Blossoms:)
Nice, cool sand:)
"Here she goes!"
We have a winner! Ladies and Gentlemen, before your very eyes is the very first WORLD RECORD for the very first Orange Rolling Olypics!!!!! (Loud cheering and applaud.......)
Well, Thats's all, Folks!
May thre Lord bless you and keep you, and make His face to shine upon you, and give you peace!
 Posted By Mary Noelle

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Performance at Pioneer Park

The Country Cousins

The "Little Cousins" come and join us singing
"You're the Only Star in My Blue Heaven," by Abby
"O Susannah!" by Margaret Anne
And several others
These three LOVE the mic :)
Some very little cousins decided to try out this performing stuff--
and, boy did they love it!!! (and so did the audience, I might add :)
"And now, here's everyone's favorite......"

I'm Pete on the Banjo......

"Here's Kitty on the Guitar........Amanda on the Bass......"

"Callie on the Dobro........"
"Mary, previously on the fiddle, and currently on the......"
"..........TURTLE????? "
Yep-- The newest addition to the Country Cousins
(and would you believe it??? Another relative of Mr. Pickles!)http://thestricklenfamily.blogspot.com/2008/04/pickles.html
We've given him an official name, Edward G.Turtle.
(No, seriously, he's a rhythm-maker for train tracks......clicketty-clack-clicketty clack.....The Orange Blossom Special is comin' down the tracks......OK, sorry, y'all. Enough said:):):)

"........Here's Grace on the Mandolin...."
........and featuring Sarah on the Fiddle!!!"

~Posted by Mary Noelle~