Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Elder Broderick

Natalie's brother Sean entered the MTC a few weeks ago and has now officially entered the mission field by arriving in Arizona. He was called to serve his mission in the Tucson, Arizona mission which covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. We are so excited for him and know he will be an incredable missionary. Elder Broderick, we love you!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Welcome Home Emily

Well, Emily made it. She is now at home, in fact, she came home on Monday at 9am. We are so excited for her to join Ben and they sure seem happy together. I am going to post a bunch of pictures. Enjoy.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

You Know....The Other One

We know, the twins are here and we have been neglecting Hyrum. We took some other pics and thought we would share. By the way, Hyrum is loving Ben. At first, we were a little scared when we were holding him in the hospital and Hyrum just was so upset everytime Ben was in our arms. But at home, he would come up to Ben and rub his head real gentle and say "soft, soft". He is a great kid and we love him. The pictures are of him playing and also his new position in the van. Sad, huh.

Welcome Home Ben

Today is a special day. Ben has graduated from the NICU and is home with us now. Emily is expected to join him tommorrow morning or afternoon. We are so excited and just love to hold this kid without all of the chords protruding from every part of his body. Just so you know, he eats like Hyrum did when he was that young. For those of you who didn't see that, this means he eats like a horse. Another thing he enjoys is seeing Mom and Dad hit by a long yellow stream. This kid has good aim, BEWARE!!! Anyways, enjoy the pics and we will update you on Emily when she gets home.

Happy Birthday Hyrum

The 10th of November was Hyrum's birthday, and what a day. Mom was sick with a 104 fever, the babies were getting close to coming home, and poor little Hyrum had both croup and strep. Dad was healthy but had four to tend for.

But, despite all of this, he had a blast. This was the first time he could really dive into that wrapping paper, which he did. He got some cars, tractors, an magna-doodle, and some animals. Typical boy. But his favorite were the candles on his cake. I stood just behind him to help him blow them out, but just after the song and just before I could blow, he easily and with one fell swoop took care of them all. What a set of lungs. It was funny to hear him sing in similar words and phrases the Happy Birthday song. Then came a little whisper, "again" and we commenced to light and blow the candles out a few more times. Then, one of our favorite things to do with him is his "H-Y-R-U-M" cheer. Some one starts, "give me an H" and he says H, etc. He says most of the letters but seems to get distracted by the whole crowd cheering for him. So spoiled. We love you Hyrum and wish you another happy year.

Friday, November 17, 2006

A Little Humor

This sounds like something Hyrum would do if he could talk this well.

A boss wondered why one of his most valued employees had not phoned in
sick one day. Having an urgent problem with one of the main computers, he
dialed the employee's home phone number and was greeted with a child's whisper.
"Is your daddy home?" he asked. "Yes," whispered the small voice.
"May I talk with him?" The child whispered, "No."
Surprised and wanting to talk with an adult, the boss asked, "Is your
Mommy there?"
"May I talk with her?"
Again the small voice whispered, "No."
Hoping there was somebody with whom he could leave a message, the boss
asked, "Is anybody else there?"
"Yes," whispered the child, "a policeman".
Wondering what a cop would be doing at his employee's home, the boss
asked,"May I speak with the policeman?"
"No, he's busy", whispered the child.
"Busy doing what?"
"Talking to Daddy and Mommy and the Fireman," came the whispered answer.
Growing more worried as he heard what sounded like a helicopter through
the ear piece on the phone, the boss asked, "What is that noise?"
"A helicopter" answered the whispering voice.
"What is going on there?" demanded the boss, now truly apprehensive.
Again, whispering, the child answered, "The search team just landed the
Alarmed, concerned and a little frustrated the boss asked, "What are
they searching for?"
Still whispering, the young voice replied with a muffled giggle:


Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

More on Ben and Emily

We thought everyone would like a little more info on the kids. Ben and Emily are still in the NICU but have been progressing very well. We have been worried about Emily since she has been having difficulty eating, but over the last few days, she has really changed her mind, I guess. She no longer has any left over food in her stomach like previously and loves to eat. The doctors thought she might have reflux problems and ran a test yesterday (we will get the results back today). Ben is eating like a horse. Yesterday he fed for over 30 min. Natalie says she feels like a cow when he eats.

In light of the hospital, over 50 babies have entered the NICU over the past few weeks and the center is swamped. Because of this and the fact that our babies are some of the most stable, they have been moved twice, once to the intermediate nursury, and when that room was full, downstairs to the pediatric unit. We kind of feel pushed around but understand the need they have.

We want to thank everyone for the prayers you have offered for them and us. We truly have felt them answered in the condition of Ben and Emily. We love you and can't wait until you get to see and hold them.

Happy Halloween

Our ward held a halloween party on Saturday and we were able to show off Hyrum's costume.

We found this lion costume and since he already knew how to "roar", it was perfect. During the party, each family was asked to go to the front to introduce themselves and tell what their costume was. When we got up, I said what Hyrum was and then asked him what a lion says. He, very bashfully and in a little timid voice, squeeked "roar". Everyone had a good laugh.

We wanted to wish everyone a Happy Halloween and hope you get lots of good candy.

Monday, October 23, 2006


It is now Monday and everything is calming down a little bit. The babies have been progressing so fast that they have moved them out of the main ICU unit and into an intermediate nursery. They are eating alot and are now trying to feed from Mom. It is a slow process but they will get it eventually. Natalie gets to feed them twice a day and hold them and snuggle with them. She is so excited everytime she comes out of the nursery.
I am now back to school and have a ton of homework and things to catch up on. It will be a wild ride. But, we are receiving alot of help and we are very thankful. Keep checking this site and we will continue to post new pictures every few days. Thank you all for your words and love.

Brandon, Natalie, Hyrum, Emily and Ben
(I will probably just start signing these "The Tibbitts")

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Natalie, In All Her Glory

Natalie may not appreciate this one but everyone loves it. Foot long incision, blood everywhere, yet still a big smile and proud mother. This is Emily next to her. Posted by Picasa

Sleeping Beauty

"Don't Bother Me, I'm Busy" Posted by Picasa

"I need kisses, Woe is me" Posted by Picasa

Here's The Princess

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Emily and Daddy

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Ben and Mommy

It turns out that every picture we took of us and Emily had Emily's face covered. We will get some more next time we go and share it with you Posted by Picasa

Ben and Daddy

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

They Have Arrived

Well, our babies have arrived. Natalie started contracting on Tuesday and she ended up in the hospital trying to stop them. They didnt, and after 1 1/2 days, the doctor decided it would be better for them to come and avoid Natalie suffering in pain so much for a few more weeks. Emily was born first at 7:28 and Ben was born at 7:30. They were both exactly 4 lbs 13 oz. Emily was 17 1/2 inches long and Ben was 16 inches long. They are both in the NICU but are doing really good considering. They are both off ventilators and are really progressing after just a day. We are so excited to have them and cant wait until we can hold them.


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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Friday, August 25, 2006


Natalie and I found this. No real purpose for posting except for humor.
Sometimes when I change Hyrums' diapers I feel this way.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006


With the twins coming, we are creatively thinking of ways to multi-task. If you can come up with other ideas, let us know. This was our first idea. Posted by Picasa

One Down, One To Go

The girl's crib is up and ready. Natalie's mother found the bedding and it looks great. We have the boy's bedding but the crib that someone kindly gave to us is broken. We will have to find one somewhere else.

By the way, the babies are doing great. Our last doctor’s appointment turned out really well and the babies seem to have all their parts. Natalie has been worried because she usually only feels one baby at a time and can’t tell if she feels them both. But, last night the babies were going nuts. She said they were kicking in all directions and I think it really made her feel good. We have another doctor’s appointment on the 18th so we will let you know then any new info. Posted by Picasa

One Down, One To Go

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