Saturday, January 28, 2012

What's in a name?

This blog is moving again!  There are lots of different reasons that I have not kept up on my blogging.  Over the past year, while I've sat down to blog several times, obviously not a lot has been published.  While Rocky was deployed I blogged all the time--in part, truthfully, because I had A LOT of time on my hands.  I posted about us and about a lot of silly things.  When he returned home and with the blog being called The Bradys and the web address being thebradybunch08 I felt the need to only post about things that had to do with the both of us.  And with him not contributing anything I felt that I was making our story one-sided.  Plus I felt like I shouldn't post my silly things like Disjointed about a random thought leading to another random thought to another and so on.  Or a post about my love of Flair or the cruel and unusual Marshmallow Test. =) 


So .... my blog is moving to shine-within.blogspot.com.  A place where I can and WILL post about our going-ons and also for my random quips, quotes, videos and photos that I feel like I want to share.  See you there!



 "Let your light shine. Shine within so you can shine on someone else."
Oprah Winfrey

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Not Without a Purpose, Not Without a Fight

Happy belated St. Patrick's Day!

Rocky and I went to the House of Blues in Ahaheim to see one of my favorite bands ever perform--the Street Dogs!  I haven't seen them perform in about 4 years so I was pretty excited to see them on St. Patrick's day.  It was a sad realization, though, that I am no longer a twenty-one year old college student used to staying up late and listening to loud, live music.  The Street Dogs didn't go on until 10:30!  By that time I was so tired and so sore from standing.  Once they started performing, though, it was well worth the wait!

One of the best parts of the night was when they performed their song "Final Transmission" and dedicated it to the memory of Marine Cpl. Jordan Stanton from Rancho Santa Margarita who had been killed in action in Afghanistan on March 4th and laid to rest that morning.


"Final Transmission"
He had just turned nineteen yesterday
Wanted to be a school teacher someday
Came from a small and modest town
Had never before traveled abroad

He signed on the promise of a college fund
Pop and Mom begged him to stay at home
The last time they saw him was at an airport
He hugged his distraught mother a final time

He went abroad to serve when he was only nineteen
Reality caught up with him, stole a heart full of dreams

He's never gonna get a chance to chase all those hopes
Lost them all amidst this war and smoke
Can you hear the sound of youth negated?
Watch on TV names are taken
Mother, Mother
My final transmission

Paris Island was plain hell on earth
Got gunny yelling at him, "better prove your worth"
Moved on to Baghdad about six months on
Caught an IED today, now he is gone

He went abroad to serve when he was only nineteen
Reality caught up with him, stole a heart full of dreams

He's never gonna get a chance to chase all those hopes
Lost them all amidst this war and smoke
Can you hear the sound of youth negated?
Watch on TV names are taken
Mother, Mother
My final transmission

Dad and Mom I am your only loving son
Hid a written final transmission under my helmet
Love you both in heart and mind
A better set of parents no boy could ever find
Weep for me and say thy prayers
Remember me through all your years
Only got to serve for six months on and
If you're reading this I have passed and gone

So I harbor my final request
A letter in memory please send
Off to the President and all his men
Begging him with others to bring the troops back home
He's never gonna get a chance to chase all those hopes
Lost them all amidst this war and smoke
Can you hear the sound of youth negated?

He went abroad to serve when he was only nineteen
Reality caught up with him, stole a heart full of dreams

He's never gonna get a chance to chase all those hopes
Lost them all amidst this war and smoke
Can you hear the sound of youth negated?
Watch on TV names are taken
Mother, Mother
My final transmission

Monday, February 28, 2011

Fly Away Home

Rocky and I watched this together for the first time last night!  I've been wanting to share this movie with him for the longest time because I still remember seeing it for the first time 15 years ago with my grandparents.  My grandparents didn't take us to see a whole lot of movies in theaters--I only remember seeing Squanto, Babe and Fly Away Home with them--so watching Fly Away Home definitely brought back some good memories.  It's such a good movie and I'm really glad that Rocky enjoyed the story.  

I've found myself recently thinking about my favorite movies and find that many of my favorites come from childhood and I feel super nostalgic thinking about how old I was when I first watched them and how cheesy some may appear based on today's movie standards.  It makes me wonder what reaction my children will have to them and if they'll enjoy them as much as I did as a child or if they will grow up in an age that is completely dominated by high-tech graphics and special effects.  Rocky and I also watched the Oscars last night and realized that we saw very few of the contenders (Rocky was interested in seeing several of them, but I've found myself very disinterested in the majority of films that have come out recently).

What are some of your classic favorites?  Some of mine include Home Alone and Home Alone 2 (none of this Home Alone 3 nonsense!), Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Groundhogs Day, You've Got Mail, Charlotte's Web, Patch Adams, and Steel Magnolias.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Rocky's Girls


Rocky took these photos of us with his iPhone tonight (we both can't wait to get the iPhone 4 with flash that I'm sure will help to make picture quality mucho mucho better).

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Counting Down


We're starting to count down to when our friend Mike (along with several of Rocky's other former colleagues) comes home from Afghanistan!!!  It's still a few weeks off but we're excited nonetheless.  I found this awesome resource that I didn't know about when Rocky came home but plan on using for Mike--free welcome home banners from BuildASign!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Wake Up Call

Weekends are the best!  I love having the option of sleeping in if I'm able to.  I say "option" and "if" because most Saturdays and Sundays either Rocky or I end up waking up around the same time we normally would on a weekday, or because Mindy has other plans.  Mindy has this habit of between 4 and 6 AM jumping up on the bed to snuggle in with me.  This inevitably results in my face covered in doggy kisses before she calms down enough to go back to sleep.  I love the weekends, though, because, unless Mindy's rung the bell to go outside and I get up to let her out, Rocky will get up before me and feed the dogs.  Then, as soon as she's done eating, Mindy bolts (I've seen her and really need to get a stopwatch out to time her) up the stairs and hops up onto the bed to cover me in more doggy kisses.  I've told Rocky several times that I imagine Mindy thinking as she's doing this, "I ate my breakfast and you're still here!  I ate my breakfast and you're still here!  I ate my breakfast and you're still here!  I love Saturdays!"  It really is very sweet and I think that she genuinely is excited that I'm still there because I leave in the morning when Rocky, Mindy and Pepper are all sleeping.  And really, I should thank her, because getting these wake up calls help us to keep on track and helps to prevent us from sleeping our weekends away.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Saboteur! (Happy Superbowl Sunday)

Happy Superbowl Sunday! This year was the first time that I've ever watched a Superbowl in its entirety. I have to admit that I rooted for Green Bay and am pretty excited that they won. All my life and through college I had never had any team loyalty because I really wasn't that into football. The decision to be a Packers Fan was made because I'd heard of Vince Lombardi and they're team colors included green (my favorite color). Reading about the team's history and the loyalty of their fans gave me a sense of nostalgia.


However, my family is from Minnesota so I should be a Vikings fan. When Mike came to live with us and especially after he bought Mindy for us I had to reevaluate who I rooted for. So, our house is now divided between two Vikings fans (although I'll probably still root for a Green Bay victory in any game except for one that they play against the Vikings) and two Chargers fans.


We hosted a small get-together at our house today which turned out to be pretty fun. My co-worker, Mike, and Rocky's classmate, Eric, came over to watch the game. Mindy and Pepper had their very first pig ears in honor of Superbowl. We had lots of yummy foods--mashed potatoes, baked beans, steak, grilled veggies, BBQ pulled pork. And now we have lots of leftovers. I know that I made too much but I have a fear of running out of food so I'd rather there be too much than too little. I got to use three of my four crockpots tonight and I have to tell you about one of my new favorite discoveries--Reynolds slow-cooker liners. I had a $1 coupon and they sell them at Wal-Mart for $1.87 for four. They are just liners that you put in the crockpot that are able to withstand the high temperature of the cooker. You put the food in on top of the liner and cook like normal but clean up is made incredibly easy! Just pick up the liner and throw it away!