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.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Life in Manteca 49: Pioneer Day Celebration

Pony Ride with Caleb

Fish Pond

This is shooting water at a target which breaks a balloon--a favorite

Apple Bob

cow roping

dunk tank

Balloon Toss
The stake put on a very nice Pioneer Day Celebration.  Every ward provided a booth.  Our ward provided the horse riding.  The bishop has a couple horses, as does a former bishop who is now in another stake. 

Bishop and his wife came over for dinner Sunday.  Sheri was disappointed in her chili.  We had birthday party for Ty over Skype.  Charity and Anthony also here.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Doctor Who: ****^Season One

Doctor Who: ****^Season One
About every year or so I go thought the Doctor Who series on Netflix.  I have started with season one this week.  There are six seasons available on Netflix; however they lack some of the Christmas specials and episodes outside of the regular season.
Season One introduces us first to Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) and then to Doctor Who (Christopher Eccleston.)  In the first episode they take on a plastic monster, determined to make plastic come alive and take over the world.  After giving the monster a chance to leave people alone and the monster goes ahead with his plans and activates plastic monsters everywhere, the anti plastic is delivered and the monster destroyed.  Rose’s boyfriend is drawn into the plat, and her mother is a victim of the plastic men.
The Season continues through several other romps:  We see the explosion of our sun and the end of Earth.  The family who takes over British government determined to create nuclear holocaust so they can sale the remaining slag heap that was Earth.  We meet Charles Dickens, as he gets inspiration for his ghost stories. 
My favorite is a two part episode on the bombing of London during WWII.  A rocket has landed on earth, with medical nanobots escaping.  They do not know of human DNA and repair a child incorrectly, which causes a disease of their making others in the image of the repaired child, with a gas mask as part of his anatomy.  The child, as well as the other people infected, if they touch you will give you the same result.  They go around looking for “my mummy.”  It isn’t until he finds his mummy that the nanobots realize their mistake, and are able to correct it. 
This run goes through two future Earth worlds, where things have gotten out of where they actually should have been, because of third-party manipulation.  We are introduced to “Bad Wolf” and the evil the Doctor must confront.
I enjoyed this romp, and come back to it on a somewhat regular basis.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Family Vacation: Nuclear Family

The major reason for going to Logan this summer was to see Elliott, our grandson.  This included seeing  our sons Mark and Jeremy, and their girlfriends, and in Lizzy's case her two children, Sevi and Oli.  Oli turned three while we were there. 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Family Vactation: Logan July 3, Concert Fireworks show

The Logan fireworks show: Freedom Fire Independence Day Celebration featured "Kansas."  But they did not come on stage until after the American Festival Chorus, and over 500 dancers and not quite as many Boy Scouts with flags.  But when they did come on stage they put on quite a show.  This is my link to Wayward Son.  Bad video, but it picked up the music well.

The fireworks went on for about half and hour.  I caught the finale, and a few other high highlights.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Vacation 2012: Family Reunion

Saturday we had family reunion.  Charlie barbequed the burgers.  Everybody brought something.  Tony found a duck nest and played with Ollie and Sevi and played vnolleyball and badmitton.  We conversed, caught up on cousins, and had fun.  All of us siblings were there, Dianna and I from CA, Sara from ID and Charlie, Weldon and Connie from UT.  Former neighbor from Hyrum,

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Life in Manteca 48: Exchange Student, Pioneer Day

Mario has been staying with us wince we came home from vacation.  This is a letter he wrote to us:

Dear Wardle family,
I’m happy to contact you to inform you that withI’ll be staying with you here in Manteca from the 8th on until I’m back in Spain. Let’s just look ahead to the time that awaits us! This will be a great experience for us all!
I’m both happy and nervous about setting off to the States; it’s my first time there, as well as my first contact with American families. That’s quite a lot to take! You know, I’m more of an outsider than an insider – my true passions are surfing, as well as DJing. I hope I can make up to your emotional expectations if I tell you all my friends think I’m a nice guy. What I do know there’s a lot I’m hoping to learn here, aside from the language, is all that I can do to fit in the American daylife as good as a true American!
We’ll meet soon, then. I’m really looking forward to it!
Yours faithfully,
Mario Màrquez

This weekend is a big to do at the stake center.

They are combining the activity with collecting items for the children's shelter.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Famiily Vacation: Trip to Salt Lake Friday 7/6/12

Isabel, Maria Ines and I

With Tony and Alejandra, niece.  She was three when I was in Argentina

Jose, husband of Maria Ines, and Mia, granddaughter
Our Salt Lake trip included three high lights for us.  Miranda got to spend time with Carolyn Dye at Temple Square.  Sorry no pictures.  I spent time with friends from Argentina, and was astounded by the growth and felt the same old love.  We ate epanadas of ham and cheese, and Maria Ines gave me three alfajores, which I enjoyed over the next week--they were delicious.  Jose told stories of the old Pacheco Branch.  He and his family were baptized just as I was moving out.  Alejandra waited to be baptized, but now works for Beehive Clothing.  Mia wanted my alfajores, but I was stingy and didn't share.

Isaac's sword

Mary Ashton's beeds and Anne Sorenson's sock and shawl

beat topping tool
We visited the DUP Museum of Pioneer History in Salt Lake.  I now have my own pictures of family artifacts, as well as a few others. 

In between we went to Liberty Park for a picnic.  We ate leftovers from Thursday's picnic, sandwiches and drinks and chips and apples.  Tony checked out the playground.  They have a new water area.  We also visited the "Charly" ferries wheel. 

There was some business to attend to.  We went to distribution center and Seagull Books.  Miranda went to Deseret Book.