The happenings of the Billy and Sheri Wardle family
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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.
At the Ward fall Festival party we had four of our seven children and five of ten grandchildren. That makes for a good night, which included holding the baby. Dinner was pulled pork. Miranda and I manned the trunk or treat booth, which was a door in the church. Tony spent a lot of time at the carnival and said he did a good job with the skill games. We handed out lots of candy, and when it died out I went to a booth and made a couple crafts.
I think about an hour old. Asher was born at 4:44 a.m. He was born in Modesto at the Sutter Hospital. Jeremy had dropped the boys off and gone to the hospital, but they came back about 10 as they were released. The then went back about 2 a.m. The boys spent the day with us.
These are pictures I took while holding Asher at about 17 hours old.
He is now home. I got to hold him again at the Fall Social Friday.
Broadway review was excellent this year. It seems to keep getting better. I know, soon the talent will be way beyond me, but they let me sing all the same. I had most fun in the ensemble pieces. I sang in "Aint got Dames," from South Pacific; "Father We've Something to Tell You" from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; "Something About this Night" and "The World is Upside Down" from Finding Neverland; "One Day More" and People's Song" and "People's Song reprise" from Les MIserables.
As you can see from the program there was an incredible amount of talent.
A big thank you to all those who assisted. It was a very good night. My son Jeremy helped with set, as did my daughter--Miranda. Rob Kroff did the sound, and Greg Anderson lights. There were many more who helped in whatever small way.
I am ripping this off from Good Clean Fun. I am publishing it in case anyone decides to visit. We live in the area known as Central Valley, and described as the third most boring place in America. Don't be fooled however. Here in Manteca we have Almond Blossoms, pumpkin fields, water melon fields and many other interesting things. We also have Big League Dreams and Bass Pro Shop. From the GCF Archives
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WELCOME TO CALIFORNIA - FINANCING IS AVAILABLE
An introduction to the new resident to California.
GEOGRAPHY AND PEOPLE
Distance: Before you can understand the geography of California you must understand how we measure distance. There are no miles in California, only hours. Ask anyone in this state how far a place is from where you are and they will give you the distance in hours, not miles. To help new residents and Californians traveling to the east coast, the Los Angeles Times periodically publishes tables for converting hours to miles.
The state can be broken down into six distinct geographical areas:
Southern California - Southern California is the area bounded on the south by Mexico, on the east by the Mojave Desert, on the west by the Pacific Ocean, and extends to just north of Santa Barbara. The area includes Los Angeles and San Diego. There is a common misconception that people actually live in the houses in Southern California. This is not true. Southern California is actually the world's only moving condominium.
Central California - Central California is the sparsely populated refugee center for Southern California that starts just north of Santa Barbara and extends to just south of San Francisco. The area is bounded on the west by the Pacific Ocean and the east by the Coast Range.
Northern California - Everything north of San Francisco. This is an area populated by trees and people disguised as trees.
Central Valley - The largest valley in the United States. Bounded on the north by Northern California, on the west by the Coast Range, on the east by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and on the south by the capital city of Oklahoma (Bakersfield). Probably the richest farming area in the world, the Central Valley is the third most boring place in the country. Iowa and Kansas had the first two places already taken.
Mojave Desert - This area lies east of Southern California and south of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It extends into Nevada, Arizona, and Mexico. It is hot, dry, and inhospitable, but it is one of the great wonders of California. I must correct one common myth. The Mojave was not created by Charleton Heston for El Cid. It was created by Monte Hall for Let's Make a Deal.
Sierra Nevada - Humungous mountains along our eastern border.
LANGUAGE AND NAMES
California was originally settled by the Spanish. Spanish and Indian names are common in all of California.
Port Hueneme - Pronounced "wy nee mee" locally, it is pronounced "hew en a ma" by easterners. The eastern pronunciation actually is very close, since the word means "high colonic" in Spanish.
Point Mugu - Originally a home for near-sited explorers.
Camarillo - Pronounced "cam a ree yo". Currently the location of a hospital for the criminally insane, the name means "say what?" in Spanish.
Los Angeles - Literally "the angels". The name is derived from a local baseball team.
San Diego - This is actually a mispronunciation of the Spanish words for a self-centered beach worshiper.
Ojai - Pronounced "o hi" This is the first place the Spanish encountered local Indians.
Pismo Beach - Originally a convenience stop for the Spanish explorers.
Arroyo Grande - "Large creek" in Spanish. Named shortly after Pismo Beach.
Oceano - The "ocean" in Spanish. Named shortly after Arroyo Grande (there were a lot of explorers).
Grover Beach - Settled by a guy named Grover who settled here knowing all about Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande, and Oceano.
San Francisco - Named for the patron saint of strange people.
California has four distinct seasons: Summer - hot, earthquakes Fall - wild fires, earthquakes Winter - rains, earthquakes Spring - mud slides, earthquakes
California has almost every style of food, but Mexican food must be explained. Mexican food has three types - real Mexican food only for the purists, Mexican-American food for most of us, and Taco Bell for the tourists. Real Mexican salsa has been produced in large quantities recently since it has been found that it can be used as both a food and a paint remover.
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We had the family together for Columbus Day and went to the Dell Osso Farms maze and other activities. We had fun, Tony, Miranda and Jeremy all went off the rope jump, but it was too dark to get pictures. Tony and Jeremy ran inside the pumpkin balls, we all took the train. We had Subway picnic lunch, and went through the maze. We also did the scarecrow tractor ride which was fun. You got to pick your favorite.
The pricing was different this year, with one price for everything.
Always a favorite, climbing tires.
Sheri took Camberly on the small roller coaster. Skylar wanted to go, but in the end declined. Camberly did go, but screamed and cried until the ride was done.
We are the Wardles. I am Billy. We are the parents of 8, one in Heaven
(stillborn,) 6 birth and 1 adopted. Four are away from home, two
daughters married and two sons in the Logan area going to school. Tony,
our adopted son is 11 years younger than our youngest birth child, so
he is greatly spoiled. I have worked for the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe, Utah State Social Services, part of the time working with the Ute Tribe, Uintah Basin Counseling and Santa Clara County Mental Health for the last 21 years. Active Mormon and I follow the prophet.