Sam's Special Day

Little Sam was blessed in Church this past Sunday. We were lucky to have so many family members attend because they were in town for the holidays. It was a beautiful day and we were so happy to spend it with so many people we love.

Merry Christmas 2010


We didn't get to sending out Christmas cards this year, so here's our digital apology. Here's hoping that all of you had loved ones near and were able to spend and enjoy the time together, and that each of you enjoyed your Christmas day as much as the four of us did. Merry Christmas to all!

Love the Broadbents

6 weeks

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My little tyke is 6 weeks old today! My how time flies. He has chunked up quite a bit in such a short time and is starting to develop the same spitting-up habits his older brother had. He is also honoring us with a few half smiles that just melt my heart. I am so in love with this little boy!

Girl Party

On Saturday we had a girl party. And to make sure no boys would be tempted to bother us, we went to see the Nutcracker. It was Elsie Lou's first time to see a ballet and she was in was my amazing mother who used to dance in the Nutcracker. It was a delightful afternoon and we hope to do it again soon.

Christmas Lights

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My whole family was able to go together to see the lights at Temple Square this year. We survived the cold and didn't even lose anyone. I love these cute faces!

Once there was a snowman...

Phil and Wade built their first snowman ever yesterday (first for both of them). Wade named him Frosty. Unfortunately, the dog saw that they used a carrot for his nose and demolished Frosty as soon as Phil and Wade turned their backs. Sorry Frosty, hopefully you can come back to play next year!

Here Comes Santa Claus

When did it become so expensive to have your picture taken with Santa? At least it turned out cute! Wade actually knows who Santa is this year and was so excited to see him. Sam wasn't quite as convinced, but played along anyway.

Ready for Church

Aren't they so handsome!? I sure love these boys.

Monday Night Cookies

Since the Patriots were blowing out the Jets, we decided to make some gingerbread cookies. Wade preferred to eat the m&ms.

Merry Christmas everyone!



Week 3

Mr. Sam has been with us for 3 weeks now, and I can't believe how much he has changed in such a short time. He's already up to 9 pounds but is still a sweet baby. Maybe I'll be lucky and have another good natured little boy (knock on wood).
I have to say that child #2 is MUCH easier than #1. I don't feel like I'm going to break him this time around! DSC02567 copy
(He is definitely starting to look like his big brother)

Daddy's Helper

It snowed today...quite a bit. Wade really wanted to go outside and help his daddy shovel the driveway and we were happy to oblige. He's such a cute little helper, insisting he didn't need any help!


I am thankful for each of these faces. They make me so happy!

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Week 1


To celebrate Sam being with us for a week, Wade decided to get an eye and ear much fun. Luckily, he is taking it like a champ and doesn't even mind that I make him wash his hands every 10 minutes. He absolutely loves his little brother, usually asking to see him first thing in the morning.
Sam has been an angel, making it pretty easy for me to take care to two kids...for now anyway.



Here is the short version of the story for those who care:

Nov. 9 9 am: 38 week check-up; at a 2 1/2; doctor stripped membranes
Nov. 10 2:30 am: I wake up to contractions 8 minutes apart
Nov. 10 4 am: Contractions are 5 minutes apart and I wake Phil up to get ready
Nov. 10 6 am: I call my mom to come stay with Wade so we can head to the hospital
Nov. 10 8:30 am: At a 4 and finally admitted to the hospital; contractions still aren't too bad at this point
Nov. 10 9 am: My doctor breaks my water and contractions immediately get MUCH worse
Nov. 10 somewhere between 9 and 10 am (I am delerious with pain and cannot be held accountable for the time): Get epidural and the doc tries to figure out how much I need; I think I am going to die, literally; 3 doses later he finally gets it right (5 minutes before I start pushing)
Nov. 10 10:39 am: Sam has arrived and is perfectly healthy and I am so relieved!
Nov. 11 around 6 am: that 3 doses of anesthesia finally wear off and I can feel my toes again!

My Little Brother

I spent the morning with my Grandma at her office today. I didn't know why I was there (and not with my Mom) until we stopped at the hospital after lunch. Turns out my Mom finally found a little brother for me. She calls him Sam.
He was 7 lbs, 8 ounces and is doing very well, as is Mom.

A Lovely Day

I wanted to get out and do something fun with Wade today while the weather was still nice, and also to give him some much needed attention before baby brother comes. So we spent the afternoon at the park and it was lovely.
Wade would run through the leaves saying, "this is fun daddy!"
I love watching Wade with his daddy. They are such good buds. Wade wasn't too fond of the swings though and begged his daddy to take him home so they could watch football together. How could we refuse such a request?


We had a few set backs on Halloween night (Saturday for us), but we still managed to get out and have some fun. Wade ran around saying "Yee-Haw" fully getting into his character. He was also quite enthused by all the pumpkins and the lights inside.

Wade requested we make a Mickey Mouse pumpkin this year and we were happy to oblige.

Hope everyone had a spooktacular Halloween!

Sneak Peak

Wade got to wear his costume to school today...and he actually kept it on. More pics to come in a few days...


No, it's not our baby. Still 5-6 weeks to go on that one.
I wanted to officially introduce Jackson, our dog. We've pretty much made him a permanent part of our family, and Wade just loves him. We like him too...most of the time. He's a German Short-haired Pointer and he's still a puppy so he likes to dig and chew, which we don't like. But we are working with him. Mostly he's a good dog and Wade loves having a buddy to play with.



Phil is out of town for a few days, and I haven't yet had time to go to the grocery store, so today I treated Wade and myself to lunch at Wendy's. This is Wade's first experience with a frosty...I can't tell if he likes it or not. He even ventured to dip his french fries in it, which I by the way did NOT teach him. Gotta love it!



Let's take a journey back in time 3 years....


This was me. Totally happy to be pregnant and loving every little change that happened. I always new exactly how many weeks along I was, and I read several baby books in preparation for the big day. I didn't even care that people stared at my watermelon belly.

Now, fastforward to present day....


Enough said. And I still have 2 more months to go...

Joy School

Wade is in a joy school this year with some friends in our neighborhood. We are so excited for him to have some more interaction with kids his age and hope it will help him learn to talk better. As you can tell, he was pretty excited to go and pretty upset to come home (hence the pouty face in the second picture). We are looking forward to a fun year!

Wade's Weekend

My Mom and Dad took me down to Lake Powell with my Grandma and Grandpa. I'm always super excited to get onto my Grandpa's big boat.
The water this weekend has been amazing. Not too cold.
In fact, I love jumping off the boat to my Dad. He always gets me excited by saying, "1....", but I mess with him by saying "3, 2", instead of "2, 3".
My Dad let me drive the seadoo, but I think that's just because it was on a bunch of sand and couldn't go anywhere.
This is my Dad wakeboarding. Maybe he'll teach me to do that when he gets a little older.


As I'm starting to actually think about getting ready for baby #2, I can't help but wonder what he will look like. Wade looks SO much like his daddy, I wonder if #2 will follow in his brother's footsteps.

What do you think?

5 years and counting...

Five years ago today, Phil and I were married. It was the best decision I have ever made in my life, and I am so lucky to be with my best friend forever. Here's to many more happy years to come!



We have done other things this summer other than spend time in the garden. More often than not though, I forget to take the camera. Wade has turned into a little fish this year, and we find ourselves loving pool time.



For my Father-in-Law

There is an unwritten rule in the Broadbent family...that is, to be a TRUE Broadbent you must love this fruit:

Do you know what they are? Yup, boysenberries. For those of you who are saying "what in the world is a boysenberry?" it is a mix between a blackberry and a raspberry. Phil grew up eating them and has been so excited to watch them grow in our backyard.
My Father-in-Law has also been consistent in asking how the berries are growing, so I'm sure the pictures will make him a bit jealous (they live in Houston and can't grow them there).
Now, what to make with them...pie, cobbler, jam, ice cream? Hmmm, so many options.