What's In This Blog

I created this blog for my journal. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In this blog I keep many of the things I come across as a member of the church. I also share my experiences on the ACE Train and getting to work, my experiences in Manteca where we have lived for three years, and other things I think are noticeable.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Calaveras Big Trees: Wildlife; We Saw a Bear!

A few picture of the wildlife we saw at Calaveras.  The biggest thing is; We saw a bear!!!!!!!!!!! 
bear






squirrel

deer



Sunday, July 27, 2014

Angels Camp: Utica Park

We stopped just long enough for a potty break, but this park was interesting.  There were tiles someone had made to decorate the potty.  I looked the dancing circle.  Tony liked the scorpian but wasn't sure he liked the finger nails. 

This face was also very nice.
The park had a plaque by a sequoia tree, and talked of the scoutmaster and troop that had planted it.  It also had a memorial garden to those who died in a mining accident. The South shaft of the Utica
Mine  collapsed killing14 men.  An article I read said they were crushed under the collapsed roof.  However the plaque claims three more in the collapse made it out through the South shaft.  The park was build over the old mine, the mine being filled in.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Calaveras Big Trees

 These are a few camping and activity pictures at Calaveras Big Trees


Junior Rangers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ea7pf2DGeh4
at the river
Stanislaus River



Camp
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=latMTS8yHwA
Tony playing on the fallen tree behind our campsite

Tony's Seventh Birthday

Sheri and I were out of town, but Miranda made a movie with her i-phone of Tony's birthday.  We did do a cake and happy birthday with Tony via Skype.  He had a birthday party the week after with a few friends and he going bowling.
http://billywardlefamily.blogspot.com/2014/02/tonys-after-birthday-party-with-friends.html

Life in Manteca 103: Church Picnics: Stake Pioneer Day and Ward Picnic

Manteca Stake Pioneer Day Barbeque was held early this year, July 12.  I dressed the part, except I wore Levi's as my pioneer pants wouldn't fit.  I took some toys for kids to play with.  I have a mouth harp, but it is hard to play.  Barbeque included hamburgers and hotdogs.  Sheri took oatmeal scotchies which were a big hit. 


Pioneer pictures in the relief society room. 



There was a community dance; instead of square dancing it was D.J.ed by Brother Hammerstrom and Brother Barker.  The kids had the most fun with the dancing.  Tony had a great time.  I danced the first dance with him, but he took off and danced with the kids his age after that.  I also danced one with Sheri; but mostly we just had fun.  Mark talked for a couple minutes at the end, and we had "Come, Come Ye Saints" on the violin.
Ward picnic the week after in the picnic area at the stake center.  Tony loves this place.  He spent his whole time digging in the dirt at the other end of the property. I don't think he ever stopped for something to eat.  I took the toys again, the were still in the trunk of the car.  A few people were interested in looking at them.  I tried to teach Lizzy Bingham how to undo the horseshoes with the ring on them, but failed terribly. 


This is the closest picture I got of Tony.  He was at the outer limit of the picnic area digging in the dirt for treasure the whole time.

Sheri and I and Miranda all took long turns holding the Stotts baby.  We all love babies. 


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Visit to the Beach While Mark Was Visiting

Jeremy and Tony
We made a day at the beach while Mark was here with family.  We all gathered there.  Mark and Lizzy had taken the family to see Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.  They wanted to see some big trees while they were here.  We played in the sand, ran in the waves, held babies and did all those fun things you do at the beach--even some boogie board riding as the movie shows. 
Sheri

Tony and Sebi


Elliott

Skylar and I

Mark and Elliott

Tony and Sebi

Olie

Camberly Rose

Sebi
Skylar

Tony