When planning our vacation we searched for things to do in the area we were visiting. We happily stumbled upon the tidbit that the Orange County Fair was going to be happening. We LOVE the fair! Animals, Food, Heat! Woot!
Come to find out they had categories Wallene could enter for fun!
She looked through the extensive lists and picked photography and collage. She was allowed 10 pictures and 1 collage so she entered 11 pieces.
Her father and I thought it would be a great experience for her and an extra fun reason to visit the fair. We had our trepidations - What if the other pictures are amazing? What if our crappy little cameras aren't worthy of the competition? What if she doesn't even get an honorable mention? Would we have to console her? What to do to cheer her up? [You know you guys do this when your kids compete. Admit it. heehee]
I swear Pooldad and I talked late into the night about the pros and cons of her entering, but decided since we thought she had talent [parental bias much?] that she should take a chance.
We dropped off her work on Wednesday only to return [
We walked into the tent and there were tables and tables of photo exhibits plus additional lattice where choice pictures were hung up. There were so, so many pictures.
Um....Turns out I don't think we should've been worried.
When we walked towards the first table what we saw was this:
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It is Wallene's music stand with her music on it.
Our girlie had a ribbon and a sense of accomplishment. YAY! We were jumping around like idiots - so happy she had a ribbon.
Then Daddy found the collage and we were blown away:
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It was 115 degrees outside that day!
Momma was melting. Can you tell?
|This is our neighbors house. It is actually not black and white. I love the lamp lit up next door.|
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|Our very happy little girl. YAY!|
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Pooldad can't believe his "damn dog" won. giggle
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|Mom's most favorite.|
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This is Wallene's grandparent's back yard.
Her grandfather built those little walkways.
And finally? [Please remember - It IS Wallene my friends:]
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This is Pooldad's favorite because only Wallene would do a self portrait of herself by using her tennies.
It made the funnel cakes taste all the more sweet Tadpoles. Let me tell ya'. :)