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8/9/2007-2007 White House Egg Decorating Contest. The 2007 White House Egg Decorating Contest was held on August 9 at the Iowa State Fair. This year, there were 24 beautiful eggs entered in the contest. First place went to Kristina Veach of Wapello. (Iowa Egg Council) I won $500 cash, all expense paid trip to the White House at Easter 2008 where I will meet with Laura Bush at a luncheon. My egg will be on display for 1 year at the White House and then will be on display at the Smithsonian Institute. Better Homes and Gardens Magazine will be publishing a layout on myself and my eggs within the next year! Thanks to my husband for telling me about the contest!! It took 14 hours to create the egg, using a dentist drill, acrylic paints, miniature items, and luck. When I finished the egg - - the first thing I did was DROP IT ON THE FLOOR! It didn't break, so it must have been KARMA! I am a total Farm Girl/Tom Boy since I was little - -but have a diverse background. Served in the Army as an Interrogator. I speak Russian, was a banker, made extra $ as a caterer and decorating wedding/birthday cakes with a friend. Raised in the Montana Wheatfields, I just moved to the Iowa Cornfields in 2004. I have been married since 2004 to the most wonderful man that I met on eHarmony.com and adopted 2 beautiful children after I was their foster mom for 3 years. I work with my husband raising corn & soybeans, and love running tractors, the combine, and the physical work. We started building onto our house in May 2006 and I've been working right alongside the carpenter and my husband. This year, we put in a beautiful koi pond and large planter. I am a stay home mom now & DO NOT miss the business world at all. My kids and I are much happier as we have quality time with each other. I love ALL cookbooks & cook with a passion!!! Gardening is one of my loves! There is nothing better than watching vegetable grow, knowing I will be using them for the next year after they are canned, dried or frozen. My husband bought a greenhouse for me, and I love getting a jump on the season. My husband has developed a love for gardening now as well. Hunting Mushrooms, Picking Wild Berries, Watching Birds, Crossword Puzzles, Canasta, Trivia, Camping - - Love it, Love it. When I was growing up, I would stay up until dawn playing canasta with my parents and Gigi & now do it with my husband. Got my husband hooked on Crosswords also, and everyone always asks me....."How do you know that??" when I mention some obscure trivia. Noone will play trivia games with me, cuz they don't like to lose. Hee Hee Event Participation!