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.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Life in Manteca 119: Family Fun Night Northland Ward Saturday 4/25

Calling everyone form Tracy Manteca area; come prepared to have a good time.  I love the movie Meet the Mormons.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Easter Sunday 2015

In addition to conference weekend, we had Jeremy Kayla and the boys, and Anthony Charity and Camberly over for Easter dinner.  We had plan an Easter egg hunt, but then ran out of time.  However we did dye eggs, and went to the park.  Anthony took the eggs he had filled with candy, and some from the neighbors and did a hunt the day after Easter.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Life in Manteca 118: Manteca Fries

Utah Mikes Grill at Logan's Lanes.  It's the fry sauce.
California Carne Asada fries in Pasadena
Idaho Purple fries at Boise Fry Company
Washington Pike Street Fish Fry in Seattle.
I came across an article from Yahoo, about the best fries in each of the 50 States.  I have eaten at only one of these places, the Washington Pike Street Fish Fry in Seattle.  And we did have fish and chips, but I was more interested in the fish, while everyone else had chicken, than the fries.  I remember we had more than enough fries, but I never thought they were fantastic.  And the Idaho winner is from Boise, which city I have  visited but never the Boise Fry Company.  Maybe an Idaho date night.  I have been to Logan Lanes, but never tried the fries.  However, the Arctic Circle Restaurants in the area have pointed to the need for fry sauce, ketchup and Miracle Whip mixed.  We make this  regularly, especially when Sheri has chicken and fry nights.  I have also put the California winner, of course from Southern California.  Carne asada fries may be too much, but we do have great carne asada in California.
But as for the best fries in Manteca, I must conclude that Sheri's are the best by a long ways.  You have the choice of dipping in ranch, ketchup, fry sauce or barbecue sauce.  Her fries will stand up to any in the country I am sure.  She makes them fresh, hand cut, and she always cooks them until they are golden.  When I cook fries I have a tendency to undercook them as I lack patience.
I had been of the opinion Del Taco had the best fries, but our last trip there they were undercooked and mushy.  They have the curly fries, and this experience was disappointing.  However Tony likes them for the play place.
One added note, I think now I lean to Red Robin as the best restaurant fries in Manteca.  Especially if eaten with the onion ring sauce.  This sauce combines fry sauce with barbecue sauce (something Tony does at home on fry night) and they are great on the bottomless steak fries.

Caleb: Baptism and Meeting Pictures

This is Caleb at an unexpected baptism.  Caleb and his companion taught what they thought was a part member family, teaching the husband and he was baptized.  However, when they reviewed the records they discovered the wife actually had never been baptized (although she thought she had as a child) and so the husband was able to baptize his wife.  Caleb reports this family has made great strides.  They are from his previous area in Fairfield and he was able to go to the baptism.

Caleb is now serving in Burlington, Iowa which is in the Nauvoo Stake and Zone.  As such he has more access to the temple.
These pictures are some I have found on Facebook from Sister Jensen's group.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Grand Baby Portraits

This are portraits of the grandbabies Sheri has taken and sent to the missionaries.  The portraits tend to the children living close.
Camberly Rose

Skylar and Bronston
Gus Gus

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Life in Manteca 117: Manteca Almond Blossoms 2015

Pictures are three weeks old, but blossom time is one of my favorite.  The trees carpet the ground with so many blossoms it almost looks like snow.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

New Years Day 2015

New Years Day we took a trip to Monterrey.  This included Grandpa and Ty and Tali traveling with us in the old van.  Charity and Anthony were following us with Tony keeping Camberly company.  We arrived in Monterrey with no problem.  Jeremy and Kayla and Mark and Lizzie were in separate cars, but we all met at Dennis the Menace Park where the kids played and we had snacks.

Roller slide, Dennis the Menace Park
Mark and family
To the beach after the park.  This is where we sat for our lunch.  We had a good time.  I played bocci with the women.  Tony hit the beach with Anthony to dig for sand crabs.  The boys ran and we had fun.  Form here Jeremy and Kayla went to the aquarium, Mark and Lizzie went sound for further play on their vacation.

Gus Gus

Jeremy and family

Natalia and Ty
Charity and family
However the evening ended up longer than we had hoped, and with the destruction of a couple cars.  Along the route, I saw a stop sign late and stopped quickly, resulting in a rear ender with Anthony who was following.  His car was towed, but ours still ran.  His radiator was destroyed, while our back side.  Both cars were later totaled.