Thursday, August 28, 2008


I'm finally getting around to honoring Natalie's tag.

5 Things on my list to do today:
1. Cook dinner (I’m trying to create a new recipe tonight).
2. Clean up dinner.
3. Go for a walk.
4. Finish this blog post.
5. Finish reading New Moon.

5 Snacks I enjoy:
1. Home grown tomatoes with salt, pepper and cottage cheese.
2. Iced tea / hot tea, depending on the weather.
3. Chocolate with peanut butter.
4. Laughing Cow Cheese with crackers.
5. Hot chocolate when Jesse makes it for me in his special way with an extra serving of love.

5 Things I would do if I was a sudden Billionaire:
1. Give a portion to the Lord whether it is through supporting my home church, missions or some other God-honoring organization.
2. Quit my job and stay home with Marshall.
3. Save some money for Marshall to go to school.
4. Buy a cabin in the mountains and a vacation home on the beach.
5. Buy Jesse an older model Dodge Charger.

5 Bad Habits:
1. Biting my fingernails.
2. Spending too much time reading blogs when I have work to do.
3. Doing my makeup in the car.
4. Sleeping with my contacts in.
5. Not keeping in touch with my friends.

5 Places I have lived:
1. Magna, UT
2. West Valley City, UT
3. Taylorsville, UT (with my brother)
4. Taylorsville, UT (my house now)
5. That’s it!

5 jobs I have had:
1. Executive Secretary, Utah League of Cities and Towns.
2. Accountant, Infobytes.
3. Audit Support, Taylorsville City.
4. Administrative Assistant, Midvale City.
5. Mom to Marshall.

5 things most people don't know about me:
1. I have had a total of 18 stitches on my face.
2. I had to have an emergency C-section because Marshall’s heart rate kept dropping when I was in labor.
3. I’m very particular about the way I do things; it’s on the edge of being obsessive / compulsive.
4. I have hazel eyes; everyone assumes that Marshall gets his blue eyes from his blonde mother but he doesn't. I don't know where they came from.
5. I never had any wisdom teeth.

I tag Stacey & Erin (Welcome both of you to the blogging world). Have fun. :)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Guitar Lessons

For any of you that might be interested, my husband is teaching guitar lessons. For the past few months he has been giving lessons to our niece and has enjoyed it so he wants to do it more. He's been playing for 17 years and can teach all kinds of stuff; how to play your favorite songs, chords, how to play along with a band using lead sheets, different types of strumming/fingerpicking, etc. They would be private lessons with one on one training.

So, if you or your children would like to learn the guitar, Jesse is your man. If your interested, call me (if you have my number) or send me a comment and I'll get in touch. I'm not putting my number on here for obvious reasons. Rock on, Dudes!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Cuddling with the Football

Marshall has always loved to play with any kind of ball: football, basketball, soccer ball, baseball, etc. And he knows the difference between all of them. I just knew that one day he would want to sleep with his football. Well, do I know my son or what? This is how he went to sleep the other night. He liked the flash of the camera so he kept saying "again" and wanted more pictures taken. What a silly, little stinker!

On a little side not, Jesse told me a funny story about Marshall the other day. He was changing his diaper and must have been holding on to his leg a little too tight because Marshall said, "Daddy, leg broken it!"

Monday, August 11, 2008

Sandoval Family Reunion

Earlier this month we went to the Sandoval family reunion. It still feels a little strange to me that I'm a part of this family. I have known many members of the Sandoval family from the time I was just a little girl. They are a huge family and we have gone to the same church for years. Oddly enough, I have early memories of Jesse's family members but none of Jesse when he was younger. My grandparents and parents all knew his grandparents and parents long before Jesse and I were ever together. My dad played softball with Jesse's dad and many of his uncles back in the days when our church had a softball league. Who would have ever thought that one day I would be related to all these people. It's just interesting to me the way God works.

The largest branch of this family tree comes from Jesse's grandma, Juanita (Jenny) Sandoval. Take a quick glance at this picture of her. She's on the left.
I know what it looks like and, no she's not doing that. I still thought the picture was funny though. Even if she was flipping off the camera I'd have to say she has every right to. This woman had 21 children. No, I didn't transpose that number. Twenty-one children! Could you imagine? I'm going crazy with just one rambunctious little boy. Amazingly enough, she outlived Jesse's grandpa, Max, who went home to be with the Lord a few years back. Jenny now lives in Seattle with her oldest daughter, Ernestine, who is in the picture with her. I come from a very small family so this huge family is kind of foreign to me. I have two cousins. Who knows how many Jesse has. It seems like anywhere we go he says, "I think that guy/girl is my cousin."

Jesse's mom, Anita, organized a bunch of fun games for the kids to play at the reunion. Marshall was kind of little for a few of them but here are some of the kids getting ready to do a treasure hunt. There were pennies hidden in the saw dust for the kids to find. Once they found one they brought it to Anita to receive a prize. Marshall got a whistle and some bubbles, which he managed to break the next day. Bye, bye bubbles!

Jesse played catch with his older brother, Jon, who's standing in the picture with him and Marshall. I think it's funny when Jesse brings his football with him to stuff like this. Sometimes I think I married a teenager.

Marshall hadn't gotten his nap that day so I pushed him in the stroller until he fell asleep. He plays very hard all day long and needs his naps. We all pay if he doesn't get his rest. I got him to sleep for about an hour which seemed to be good enough to make him happy again. This is him just waking up from his nap. He was still a little out of it at the time.

Jesse is so excited because his Uncle Andy let him take his electronic piano home from the reunion. They used it for some music during a service up there and Andy told him to take it because he doesn't ever play it. Jesse taught himself how to play the piano on a little keyboard we have. This piano sounds much better. I'd have to say we definately came out ahead after this family reunion.