Thursday, July 29, 2010

Madyson Moment: GUESS WHAT!??!?!?!

Do you have a four year old? If so, PLEASE tell me you hear this alot at your house?!

Since Madyson has turned four, everything is "Guess what!?!"

Conversation this afternoon:

Me: "How was your day at school"

Madyson: "guess what!?!"

Me: "what"

Madyson: My friend (name of child) got put in time out today and guess what!?!

Me "what"

Madyson: I got to eat a chocolate chip granola bar today and guess what?!?

Me: "what"

Madyson: "I am going to 4k in a few weeks and guess what?!!?

Me: **Before I could get "what" out**

Madyson: I don't want to sleep in my tinkerbell jammies tonight I want to sleep in my spiderman shirt because guess what?!?!

Me: "what"

Madyson: My friend (CHILDS NAME) like spiderman and guess what!!
.........I think you are starting to get the picture. Am I the only one getting to enjoy this phase? or is anyone else?!!?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Girls Trip

The past weekend I had the pleasure of having a girls accident.

See, Todd's parents were unable to go with us to Disney, so they planned a trip for all of us to go to the beach. Well it just so happens that Todd got stuck working so if I was going to go, I had to take the girls and go alone.

Until, my wonderful mother-in-law suggested I bring my sister and my nieces. So off the 6 of us trucked to Fort Walton, Florida for a weekend of fun! We hung out on the beach, ate yummy seafood, and shopped!

Here are a few pictures~
Ellie (6), Aubrie (2), Madyson (4), Emma (11)

me and my girls

oh how I hate my knees

Aubrie loves the beach

Beautiful, huh??

shaking it! She is such a ham

....***The reason madyson is missing from alot of pictures is that she stayed with my MIL alot in the room and at the pool***.....

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

no im not dead.

Thank you to my concerned reader that emailed us ( to ask if I was dead. No, I am not dead but you got me thinking...what if I was? So i have written a blog post for Todd to post in case that ever is the situation. Always be prepared right???

Anywho. I (along with my boss..Joseph, and the other 2 ladies in our office) got the bright idea we were going to have Summer Camp this week, 8-5, for 80 1st-6th graders. I guess since VBS didn't kill us, we thought we could do this! hahahahahhahaha So good! We are in day 3 and nobody has gotten lost, or hurt (besides us old people). Although, yesterday was almost the end of my time. I had a little girl ask me if I was a cheerleader, I told her no I was a mommy. She asked if I was a cheerleader before I was a mommy. I told her yes, I was along...longgggg time ago. She asked if I could tumble. I told her I use too.
Somehow I ended up being peer pressured to do a back handspring (which I haven't done in a VERY long time) needless to say. I made it over, I didn't break my neck, but i thought I was going to have to go to the doctor and get my double c-section scar re sewn together. I was in severe pain. But I pulled it off, she never knew, and my guts didn't fall out. BUT NEVER AGAIN will I do that. I must remember that I am 26 and not 16.

So here are a few pictures from day 1 of camp. I will post more once Melissa puts them up, I am stealing from her facebook!

We slimmed kids. This poor dude got a question wrong. It was great.
This is Joseph and Jennifer (and me in the background)
after slime, we decided to do a food fight. We used the left over slime, added some pork-n-beans, sauerkraut, cherries, corn and pees. It was great!

Friday, July 16, 2010


So yesterday on a whim I reposted my "Show Us Your Life Single Guys" to display my friend Brian.

Well, less than 24 hours later. I have had over 3000 hits and 28 comments! I am floored by the response (Actually I knew he would be a hit, but I had no idea there were that many FABULOUS women out there!!)

I promise everyone that

1) Brian (his mom & his sister) have access to this blog to read all your comments.
2) If you have sent me your email, your friends email, or your daughters email I have passed them along.
3) He is completly flattered but totally overwhelmed! When I told him about this I told him I was displaying him on SUYL as my favorite single friend....we had no idea that it would esclade into the dating game!

Like I said, You are all fabulous women and if something does come out of any of this  I will be exstatic!!

I pray for each of you that you all find that great guy you are looking for! Brian is certainly an amazing "catch" for any woman!

And as a married woman I can verify that even though a man cannot "fulfill" your life, he can fill it with so much love. I hope that everyone of you get your prince charming SOON!

Thank you again for taking an interest in our Brian. He is such a special guy!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Redoing the Room

I will continue with our Disney post next week, but right now I need some major opinions.

We are turning our once formal dining room/then living room/then play room/ then man room into a "discovery room"

I have cleaned and organized all the kids toys so they fit in their bedroom. But I want to have a space where they learn. With Madyson going to 4k this year she is going to be learning writing, spelling and such and aubrie has to master all the basic 2 year old knowledge of colors, shapes, alphabet etc.

I don't want this room to be boring. I want it to be BRIGHT and be BOLD and be CHEERFUL!

It has doors and they close so it doesn't have to "match" the rest of the house and we aren't going anywhere for a while so Im not worried about resell.

What color do you think I should paint it? Send links to colors, color names....know where I can find a big wall map?? I need ideas help me out!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Broadus': Do Disney: Part 1

We are back!!!

Did you miss us? I hope you all stayed entertained with the posts from last week.

But now....TO DISNEY!

We left a day earlier than we planned (which was fine with me!)
We stayed off grounds but right outside the disney property for the night. When we arrived we went straight to Downtown Disney to shop and eat at Planet Hollywood. My parents had heard about this place from friends and wanted to try it. We were in an out with in 1 hour, great food and good start to our vacation!

After that we went shopping at the World of Disney store and watched the fireworks that were going on at the parks!

We got back to the hotel around 11pm. We had to get some sleep to get ready for our first "real day in Disney"

We woke up at 7am and got dressed. We headed 6 minutes down the road to our Disney Resort, The All-star music resort. This is a value resort but was very nice. We had a family suite and had plenty of room!

We got our tickets, ate some breakfast and headed to Epcot. When we got to Epcot, Stitch was there to great us!

We checked to make sure Madyson was big enough to ride all the "big girl rides"

which she was! Although, after Test Track she didn't ride another one!


We had dinner with the Princesses

we visited the countries, ate tons of food, GOT SOAKED right before the fireworks but had a great day!
We got to bed around 11pm because Cinderella had invited us to the Castle the next morning for birthday breakfast!

Saturday, July 10, 2010


July 10th!!!

Happy birthday

My Niece Emma: Today you are 11!!! GAH! I can remember the day you were born and how excited I was to have a niece! I have loved spending countless hours with you over the past 11 years and I am so proud of the person you are!!

My Nephew Toby: Today you are 3! You are a precious little boy and a great cousin to Madyson & Aubrie! I am so proud of you and can't wait to see you with your baby sister Bailey!!!

My Brian! You are 26 today too! We are SOOOOO OLD. I love you! And thanks for being my "single guy" yesterday!

My friend Mandy!: Happy Birthday Mandy Rae! Hope you have a very special day!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Show Us Your Life: SINGLE GUYS!!!

Edited to Update
*THIS POST WAS WRITTEN IN 2010 and remains THE most popular post on our site. Brian is now in a relationship and is very happy.*
Friendship is like a prism through which the many variations of beauty are revealed in our lives.

This week on Kelly's Korner "Show Us Your Life" we are suppose to display our "Single Guys". Now I am sure that most women are going to do their sons, nephews, cousins, brothers...but I have chosen to present you with my idea of the perfect guy (next to Todd of course), my life long friend, Brian.

This is Brian.

Brian and I have been friends almost our entire lives. He lived down the street from me, we were in class together, we had the same group of friends, we both played soccer (well he excelled I was just there) and we have always just been close. I consider him one of my greatest and most "bestest" friends ever.

Brian graduated high school the same year I did (2002) with so many honors, it would need its own post.
He played soccer and baseball and was in numerous organizations.

After high school he went to college at the University of Southern Mississippi.
(our plan was to go together and be roommates, our parents were cool with this because we are just like brother/sister but I was too busy chasing boys to fulfill our plan, so he went alone)

There he majored in Business Administration.
He was also a member of the SAE fraternity ...not just a member, president.

After his years of being a Golden Eagle, he came back to Jackson to attend
Mississippi College School of Law.
Funny thing is, I worked there at the time! So he became one of my student workers! I got to keep a good eye on him this way!

He graduated from Law School and now has a big boy job! He lives in a prime area and spends his time doing numerous things such as raising money for Magnolia Speech School (local school for deaf children), serving ice cream and hanging out with the kids of Boys & Girls Club, hanging out with his friends, playing/watching sports, spending time with family, and traveling.

Speaking of family. His is GREAT! You know how you always want a good set of In-Laws? Well, Mrs. Charlotte and Mr. Randy are amazing parents. They are fun, they are grounded, and most importantly they are supportive. Also in this package is big sister Lauren, her husband and precious baby girl (who by the way, Brian ADORES)

 Swooning yet? Todd says he appreciates my childhood best friend because he is probably the only other male in my entire life that has put up with so much from me but still wants to be my friend. =)

I wanted to make sure Brian knew I was posting him on SUYL so I asked him a few questions for all you single ladies.....
Things he looks for in a girl
Sense of humor, family oriented, enjoys working out and athletics, and ambitious

Three words he uses to describe himself:
1) Driven
2) Social

He feels that his biggest accomplishment so far in life is all the great relationships he has formed with people. B is a great friend and this is shown by how everyone loves him.

And finally I asked him the most important question:
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" his response...
 "Married with a family of my own and doing something I love for a job."

Brian is that kind of guy that you meet and are instantly taken away by. He is good-looking (don't tell him I told you), He has a to-die for personality, and He has such a great heart.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Turning Back Time: The Joy of Facebook

My friends have been ever so sweet to post pictures on facebook of us growing up. (you know the ones you assumed they had left at their parents house when they graduated and their parents had thrown away!)

So I thought I would share some wonderful photos from my Friends Facebook Pages!

This is from sometime in the early 90s. that is me on the floor in the white shirt with my eyes clothes.
Meredith is to my left. She just graduated Law School
Kimberly is beside her. She just got married
Jennifer Jordan is in the colorful sweater: she died in jr. high from cancer
Ashley is the one holding up a book, it was her party
Lisa is in the blue striped shirt: she was the first of our friends to get married
and kara is in the windsuit-she is married now.

This is in Jr. high at the winter dance
On the front row is (courtney, Lisa (from above), Fallan, and Brad
on the back row is Meredith (from above), Michael, Me (awful hair!) Matthew Joyce, Mallory(she is expecting her 2nd baby soon!) Tim, Ashlea Morgan(she just got married) Phillip, Ashley Lott (from above) and Shawn.

This is from another Jr. High Dance (before Tanning beds) Mallory (from above) Maghen and Me being silly

This is from 8th grade from our girls Christmas Party
Bottom row-Tonya, Christen, Me
Top Row-Melissa, Leslie, Ashley (from previous) and Jennifer (my best friend and who Madyson is named after)

This is from 9th grade trip to Disney World! (funny, I am here now!)
front row: Kristen, Meg, Me
Back row: Lisa, Brittany

Same trip: Lisa, Ashlea (from above) Me

High School, Senior Luau!! I am the one on the floor in the blue pants. I am leaning on Brian (you will learn more about him tomorrow!)

I hope you enjoyed some of the embarrassing photos of me from back in the day, brought to you by my pack rat friends on facebook :)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Sunday Girls Design: Feature

Whenever I find something I love, I feel like I need to shout from the roof tops
so EVERYONE can love them.

Today, I'm featuring Sunday Girls Designs.

I stumbled upon this Etsy store in my quest to find the perfect baby shower invitation.

The girls took my thoughts and turned it into:

I loved it so much, I decided to go back to them for Madyson's Birthday Party Invitations.
I couldn't find what I wanted, the child was having a "pizza princess" party but didn't want the Disney princesses (since her Disney princess party was going to be in Disney) So I emailed Sarah & Megan and told them I needed a princess pizza party invitation.
The next day they sent me two drafts

Since Madyson has Brown hair we went with that one, but even though it was still wasn't Madyson.
I sent them a description of her and they whipped out this amazing creation

Aren't the glasses and the star burst to die for? The best thing is to have this custom creations was $15.00 a design. They sent me the jpeg and I printed them out on my home computer! I contacted them on the 9th and had the final product by the 12th. I call that some FAST service!!! They customize everything from colors, to fonts...possibilities are endless!

Go and visit my friends over at Sunday Girls Designs!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Happy 4th Birthday Madyson!

Happy 4th Birthday Madyson!

Now today you turn 4!

So what are you up too?

You weight about 35lbs and are 40 inches tall!!!!!

You are now into a size 4 (not 4t =( ) and your hair is finally starting to grow!

You wear glasses to fix your weak muscle but you love them because they are pink

You talk all the time and we have alot of "Madyson Moments"

You consider yourself a grown up and really have a hard time understanding that you are not

You talk about college and for the past 2 years you have wanted to be a baby doctor.

You took dance for the first time this past year and you loved it! You have said
"my calling is to perform on stage". I'm not sure if it is your calling but you really enjoy it!

Today We are celebrating your birthday in the most magical place on earth, Disney World!

I am so thankful to have you as my birthday buddy and I look forward to seeing what all God has in store for you!

Happy Birthday Moo!

First Birthday                                        Second Birthday                                    Third Birthday

Monday, July 5, 2010

Guest Blogger: Jill Kyser

Since we are away at Disney, I wanted to showcase a few of my favorite blogs from some people. Today, I am going to be sharing with you the Kyser Family Blog. (Jill (the mom) Jeremy (her husband) and their 3 kids recently announced that they will being moving to Malawi to be missionaries at the African Bible College. I have had the blessing of getting to know this family over the past year, and I can't wait to see what God has in store for them. Today, I am going to share with you a post that Jill put up on June 16th! Enjoy! and Please join me in praying for this family.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Waterbottle!
Isaiah 65:24
This is a story written by a doctor who worked in Africa . One night I had worked hard to help a mother in the labor ward; but in spite of all we could do, she died, leaving us with a tiny, premature baby and a crying two-year-old daughter. We would have difficulty keeping the baby alive; as we had no incubator (we had no electricity to run an incubator). We also had no special feeding facilities.
Although we lived on the equator, nights were often chilly with treacherous drafts. One student midwife went for the box we had for such babies and the cotton wool that the baby would be wrapped in. Another went to stoke up the fire and fill a hot water bottle. She came back shortly in distress to tell me that in filling the bottle, it had burst (rubber perishes easily in tropical climates).
'And it is our last hot water bottle!' she exclaimed. As in the West, it is no good crying over spilled milk, so in Central Africa

it might be considered no good crying over burst water bottles. They do not grow on trees, and there are no drugstores down forest pathways.
'All right,' I said, 'put the baby as near the fire as you safely can, and sleep between the baby and the door to keep it free from drafts Your job is to keep the baby warm.'
The following noon, as I did most days, I went to have prayers with any of the orphanage children who chose to gather with me. I gave the youngsters various suggestions of things to pray about and told them about the tiny baby. I explained our problem about keeping the baby warm enough, mentioning the hot water bottle, and that the baby could so easily die if it got chills. I also told them of the two-year-old sister, crying because her mother had died.
During prayer time, one ten -year-old girl, Ruth, prayed with the usual blunt conciseness of our African children. 'Please, God' she prayed, 'Send us a hot water bottle today It'll be no good tomorrow, God, as the baby will be dead, so please send it this afternoon.'
While I gasped inwardly at the audacity of the prayer, she added, 'And while You are about it, would You please send a dolly for the little girl so she'll know You really love her?'
As often with children's prayers, I was put on the spot. Could I honestly say 'Amen?' I just did not believe that God could do this.
Oh, yes, I know that He can do everything; the Bible says so. But there are limits, aren't there? The only way God could answer this particular prayer would be by sending me a parcel from the homeland. I had been in Africa for almost four years at that time, and I had never, ever, received a parcel from home.
Anyway, if anyone did send me a parcel, who would put in a hot water bottle? I lived on the equator!
Halfway through the afternoon, while I was teaching in the nurses' training school, a message was sent that there was a car at my front door. By the time I reached home, the car had gone, but there on the verandah was a large 22-pound parcel. I felt tears pricking my eyes. I could not open the parcel alone, so I sent for the orphanage children.. Together we pulled off the string, carefully undoing each knot. We folded the paper, taking care not to tear it unduly Excitement was mounting. Some thirty or forty pairs of eyes were focused on the large cardboard box. From the top, I lifted out brightly-colored, knitted jerseys. Eyes sparkled as I gave them out. Then there were the knitted bandages for the leprosy patients, and the children looked a little bored.. Then came a box of mixed raisins and sultanas - that would make a batch of buns for the weekend.
Then, as I put my hand in again, I felt the.....could it really be?
I grasped it and pulled it out. Yes, a brand new, rubber hot water bottle. I cried.
I had not asked God to send it; I had not truly believed that He could.
Ruth was in the front row of the children. She rushed forward, crying out, 'If God has sent the bottle, He must have sent the dolly, too!'
Rummaging down to the bottom of the box, she pulled out the small, beautifully-dressed dolly. Her eyes shone! She had never doubted!
Looking up at me, she asked, 'Can I go over with you and give this dolly to that little girl, so she'll know that Jesus really loves her?'
'Of course,' I replied!
That parcel had been on the way for five whole months, packed up by my former Sunday school class, whose leader had heard and obeyed God's prompting to send a hot water bottle, even to the equator.
And one of the girls had put in a dolly for an African child - five months before, in answer to the believing prayer of a ten-year-old to bring it 'that afternoon.'

'Before they call, I will answer.' (Isaiah 65:24)

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Fourth of July!

I am so excited if you are reading this right now, bc I am on the way to DISNEY WORLD!

BUT Since I am going to be living in the magical world for a week, I wanted to make sure you all stayed up to date on our family and our life! SO i have written a blog for each day of the week! that way you get your dose of us while we are absorbing the Disney life!

Then when I get back I will have a whole lot to tell you!!!!!

Happy Fourth of July!!!!

Madyson July 4th, 2008