Monday, September 13, 2010

Boomer Sooner, BBQ, Braum's Creamery, and a visit with "The Boy" and his girl!

Mark and I traveled to Oklahoma to visit Tyler and Sonya this weekend.
It was wonderful to see the adorable apartment, where they live,
the hospital, where Sonya works,
and visit the dental school that Tyler is attending.
We are happy to report that they are doing better than just "OK!" in Oklahoma City
and loving it there!

Tyler and Sonya, in front of the dental school.

Tyler was obedient and posed for pictures, which pleased his mother.
It's nice to know that he is still as good natured as ever about taking pictures.

A proud dad with his son in front of the OU dental school,
which Tyler is now attending
and where Dad spent many long hours during his residency. Cute.

Sonya was also very sweet and obedient, and posed for a picture
in front of the OU Children's hospital where she works.
It's a beautiful hospital, located on the same campus,
just a few buildings away from the dental school.
Perfect.

We lunched at Braum's Creamery and it was delicious!
The decor is stuck in the 80's but you can't beat the ice cream!
Just as good as I remember! Yum!

For dinner, we wanted to eat some good ol' Oklahoma BBQ, so I googled "best BBQ in OKC, and up came Leo's BBQ.
It got rave reviews, even the food network claimed it was "the best in Oklahoma city."
So we headed over to the downtown location, and this is what we saw
when we turned the corner and pulled up to the address listed.
Sonya and I weren't too sure about it, but once we got used to the abandoned building look,
and Mark assured us that the best BBQ places are located in the back of gas stations,
AND we ran into some of Tyler's classmates that were eating dinner there,
who assured us that it was tasty, we were ready to order!
They were right, the BBQ was delicious, especially the baked beans,
but we just couldn't get over how dingy the decor was
and it was so smokey that it made our eyes water.
Ha! Ha! It was the perfect Oklahoma BBQ adventure!

Dad, Tyler and Sonya eager to eat at Leo's.

Here is Dad ordering at the counter.
I had to post these next few pictures so you can get the full effect.

Sonya and Mom posing in the dining hall.

After a yummy dinner and strawberry-banana cake dessert,
Mark is pleased with Leo's and gives it a "thumbs up!"

Dad and I agree that we would definitely go back again!

After dinner, we went to Bricktown and strolled around the riverwalk
and took pictures in front of the buffalo statue.

It was a wonderful way to end the day.

Game Day.
OU vs. Florida State.
We went a couple of hours early, just so we could see all the tailgating festivities
and get into the OU spirit of things.
There is nothing like Sooner football and we wanted to enjoy the whole experience!

One of my favorite modes of transportation to the game was the Sooner Bus.

The view, as we were standing on the corner of Asp & Boyd Street,
just before we entered the OU campus.
All you could see was masses of people wearing the color red...
and more red...
and more people wearing red!
Tyler and Sonya, with the OU water tower in the background.

There was lots of red tents with tables and chairs, grills, lots of food, coolers full of drinks,
TVs, and a few satellite dishes set up. There was a party going on and it looked like fun!
Then we can across some kids playing this game...

and then we stumbled upon a bean bag toss
and for a minute we thought we were at a Holt family reunion:)!

We had great seats on the 15 yard line, only 10 rows up thanks to Dad!
It was awesome!

The OU football team leaving the locker room and entering the field.

Dad and Tyler taking a "twinner" picture before the game.
I have to admit, Tyler is looking more and more like Dad.

A group shot with Sonya and Mom also wearing "twinner" shirts.

The cutest Sooner couple!

The masses of OU fans, waiting patiently to enter the stadium.

The lines wind around the whole snack bar area and out the gate.
While people patiently stand in line, they begin to yell, "Boomer! Sooner!"
so loud that you can't even talk to the person next to you.

We stood the entire game, along with 86,000 other crazy OU fans.
I think that one of the reasons why they stand the whole time, (besides the fact that they so spirited),
is that they pack the people in so tight and the benches are so close together
that you literally can't fit if you sit down.
I stood sideways, squished between Mark and another large guy almost the entire game.
Awkward but kind of awesome at the same time.
Again, just part of the Sooner experience!
I wouldn't suggest you ever attend an OU game,
if you were the least bit claustrophobic.

One of the few times that we did get to sit down.
Since it was a blowout, OU 47-Florida State 10,
a few people left during the 4th quarter,
so there was room to finally sit during the timeout.

Tyler and Sonya are enjoying the break from standing too.

Sonya and Mom, sporting our OU jewelry.
The first time that we went to an OU game, I was amazed at all the people wearing OU gear.
I remember that there was a little old lady wearing OU tennis shoes and socks,
a red OU shirt and even had OU earrings on!
Well, the night before the game, we were in Walgreen's buying a few toiletries (and diet pepsis)
when we came upon an aisle filled with every kind OU gear you can imagine.
My eyes were quickly drawn to some darling OU earrings and a necklace,
which I quickly grabbed and threw in my cart along with all my other items to be purchased.
Dad agreed that they were adorable and perfect to wear to the game.
As we walked back to the car, we had to giggle, as we admired my OU purchase
and thought of me and Sonya wearing them to the game,
and remembered how we once laughed at fanatic OU fans that wore that stuff!
Funny how your perspective changes as time goes by!
I guess I have become that little old lady that I once laughed at!

After the game, we met up with our dear friends, Mike and Ann Kierl
and celebrated the Sooner victory and Mike's birthday at Nonna's in Bricktown.
Dinner was delicious and dessert was even better!

We had a wonderful weekend with these two cute Sooner fans
and can't wait to go back to visit again!
Tyler & Sonya, thanks for the fun times!

1 comment :

Meet Kimber said...

How fun!! Love all the red! Wow! It's bright and everywhere! Can't wait to make it out to visit!!