Monday, February 4, 2013

Super Bowl Commercials 2013

Have you heard yet that last night’s Super Bowl was the biggest event in TV history?  Wow!  No wonder companies spend so much on 30 second blocks of airtime during the big game!

So which commercials hit the mark?

There were the funny ones.  I loved the Taco Bell one with the people from the retirement home out partying.  The Tide Joe Montana stain commercial was a good one too.  And the Kia one with the little kid asking about where babies come from is something I could so totally see happening in our family!

Then there is the one that everyone is always waiting for – the Budweiser Clydesdales.  And this year did not disappoint.

But there were two commercials that really stood out to me this year.

The first was the Jeep commercial supporting our troops.  I’m sure I don’t have to tell you why this one was near and dear to me.

We’ve had our share of missed weddings, funerals, birthdays - even an emergency appendectomy and a birth.

Daddy meeting Charlotte for the first time.  He was able to come home from Afghanistan on emergency leave because of Charlotte’s complicated birth.

But then we have the homecomings, and that makes all those other things not quite so hard to swallow.

Guam Homecoming
Our very first homecoming – USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705) – May 2006 – Guam

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Our most recent homecoming – USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) – December 2011 – Norfolk, VA

Thank you, Jeep, for your continued support of our troops.

The second Super Bowl commercial that struck a chord with me was the Dodge Ram commercial.

“So, God Made a Farmer.”

I grew up in a farming family and spent my high school summers working at the local grain elevator.

Rice Field Jenny
Helping irrigate corn

Mom, Jenny, & Bradley (and Grandpa John hidden behind the horse)

Grain Sorghum Harvest – Bradley

On the horse again

Me and my cousin Randall climbing into the combine for grain sorghum harvest.  I apparently had a thing for pink shortalls!

I earned a degree in Agricultural Business from Texas A&M University.

Graduation Day – December 2005

While I am no longer involved in the day to day activities of agriculture (other than eating food and wearing clothes, of course!), it still runs deep in my veins.

And I hope to instill the same work ethic and values that my parents instilled in me, in my kids.  (And take them back home to play/help on the farm as much as I can!)

 Mommy & Trenton Combine
Second crop rice harvest – October 2009 – Mommy (pregnant with Charlotte) & Trenton

Trenton Rice Field
Rice harvest – July 2010

Mommy & Charlotte Rice
Rice harvest – July 2010 – Mommy & Charlotte

Daddy & Trenton Rice Field
Rice harvest – July 2010 – Daddy & Trenton

Corn Field
Corn – May 2011 – Pops, Trenton & Charlotte

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Watering rice – May 2011 – Mommy & Charlotte

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Watering rice – May 2011

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Grain Sorghum Harvest – July 2012 – Uncle Bradley, Mimi, & Charlotte (who had a lot of fun once the tractor got going!)

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Grain Sorghum Harvest – July 2012

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Grain Sorghum Harvest – July 2012 – Pops & Trenton

Thank you, Dodge, for teaching some of us something new and reminding the rest of us of something we already knew.  God made a farmer.  And we should not take the farmer for granted.  Instead, maybe we could all stand to take a closer look at the farmer and learn something from him and the way he leads his life.

(Please feel free to enter her/she into the last sentence as there are many women who work hard on farms too.)


My Traveling Troop said...

Due to the time difference between the U.S. and Singapore, I didn't watch the Super Bowl or the commercials. So, it's definitely a treat to read your post and catch up on what I missed! I also love how you shared your experience as a military & farming family!


Rachel said...

I didn't watch the superbowl, but it's great to hear that there were a few inspiring/touching commercials. I've heard way too much about how there were a few commercials that weren't so family-appropriate, so it's good to hear that there were some wholesome ones, too!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

So not the point of this post, but you have secret curly hair?? It's pretty (my thought are scattered when reading hoofs prior to coffee ha). See you in a few hours!

Jenny said...

I remember when we lived in Guam and it was Super Bowl Monday. And the local station didn't carry the national commercials (at least not most of them). We got local commercials. It was an experience, but a Super Bowl breakfast party was kind of fun!

Jenny said...

It wasn't just the commercials. The halftime show was pretty inappropriate too. I'm glad that both of my kids were in another room and not watching.

Jenny said...

Ha! I have secret frizzy kinda wavy hair. I have to straighten every morning or get a body wave (what you saw in the pictures). There's no in between for me.

Jenn said...

Thanks for commenting over at [a traveling Wife].

Seriously, I do not think people consider where their food comes from before they indulge in a huge meal. I did not come from a farming family. In fact, I came from a family that did not bat an eye at throwing away a whole plate of food. But once I moved out to northern California, I really understood how huge farming is to our lives. Now I am in Indiana, still surrounded by farms, and I wouldn't want it any other way.

Jenny said...

We are in California now (Monterey), and I love seeing all of the farms out here. It's so different from where I grew up, and I really hope to get the chance to take a farm tour soon. I don't think many people realize how much we actually get from farms right here in the US as far as food and fiber go.