Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A new wrinkle for my brain.

For some reason growing up, when ever we learned something new, we would say that our brain got a new wrinkle. SOmething to do with the fact that new knowledged created a connection/wrinkle in the brain. Regardless, I learned something new today. Violet kept asking me specifically what A.M. and P.M. stand for. I knew a general answer, but that didn't satisfy her. In case you too are curious "AM" stands for the Latin phrase Ante Meridiem —which means “before noon”—and “PM” stands for Post Meridiem : “after noon. That is the Latin lesson for the day.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Backin up, backin up!!!

** There is a bit of bad language in the video. **

First, watch this:

Ok, so you've seen the interview. Now for the song:

And for the finale - the band, complete with ukulele .

Seriously. I could laugh at this all day long. Thank you anonymous lady, for brining me such entertainment!

Some videos are cut off on here - go to You tube to see the right side of the screen.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A little known fact

(Isaac Wardle)

I have always loved hearing stories about family members who have come before me. Maybe this stems from my religion, and the fact that I am named after my Great Grand mother, Melissa Ann Shaw. This summer (about a week before Vaughn's birth) we were able to attend a very large family reunion in South Jordan. It was amazing to see so many people that I am related to, and who all are here as a result of one man. It was the Isaac Wardle Reunion.

Although there wasn't too much shared that I didn't already know, it was thrilling to see others getting excited about people and facts that I love. I did learn a bit more about Isaac's life in England prior to coming to the United States, and also about his family he left behind in the UK. It was great to see pictures and imagine them living in the house, and seeing the church they attended. And then also about his life here in Utah. How much he settled and helped the community in South Jordan, and then later in Idaho. The trials they endured, and the faith they had....amazing. I am ve
ry proud to be a member of this family. Thank you for your example and legacy.

If you are wondering, yes Ashton (my son) is named after the Mary Ann Ashton family. Mary Ann married Isaac.

Some of the members of the family have set up a blog with stories and picture
s of the Wardle family. It is here if you are interested. I am thankful for those whoa re able to dedicate the time to Family History work right now. I hope that someday I will be able to enjoy doing that as well.
*If you
would like to read more about the Mormon Handcart Pioneers there are many first hand accounts and different sites with good info.

(top: Mary Ann Ashton bottom Melissa Wardle)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

HeLLo 2011!!!

I am so excited to begin a new year!! I know that 2011 will be the best one yet!! We had an extraordinary, fun time last night at the Torsak's for New Years!! Best tradition ever!! Just Dance 2 is so much fun, in case you were wondering! Here is a fun picture of Violet, Handen and Darin playing Jenga at 1:30am (yes, all of my kids were still up, except Vaughn). I'm so thankful for these wonderful friends who are so important in my life. We have been through so much. I probably wouldn't have survived my grieving Elaine's death with out them being by my side. Love you guys! Thank you for loving me, faults and all!