Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Bull Riding, BBQ and Boomer Sooner football!

We had a wonderful weekend in Oklahoma visiting with Tyler and Sonya!!
Although, we had a rocky start at the beginning of the trip 
with our early morning flight out of Sacramento getting cancelled, 
which resulted in being rebooked on a red-eye (eek! I hate red-eyes) that night to Atlanta, 
then Atlanta to OKC, arriving the next morning, which meant we lost a day in OKC and a good night sleep!
But once we arrived in Oklahoma, we had a jam packed weekend of fun with our favorite Oklahomans!
 After stopping at the OU dental school in OKC, 
where we picked up Tyler and visited with fellow Ortho residents and friends,
we made our way to our favorite spot, Iron Star Urban BBQ for lunch and it was yummy!
 That night our dear friends, Bill and Mary Ann Osborn, from Amarillo, Texas,
 came into town to join in on the weekend fun.  Mike and Ann Kierl live here in Oklahoma City, 
so we all went to dinner at Mama Roja's and enjoyed some yummy mexican food!
 After dinner, we stopped by the Orthopedic Surgery center, where Sonya works 
and we had to take a photo of the cute skeletal buffalo that is right in front of the building.
We are so proud of Sonya and happy and excited about her new job!
She has been working the night shift for two years!  She is amazing!
I seriously don't know how she did it!  
Once we made it to the fair grounds, we got in the long line for tickets to the Oklahoma State Fair!
Apparently, going to the fair is a very popular thing to do in Oklahoma on a Friday night!
 We watched the bull riding competition...
 which I would highly recommend doing at least once in your life.
 Bull riders are seriously nuts and so are the cowboy clowns that distract the bulls after the rider falls off.
 After the bull riding was over, the stage dropped down and it was time for the concert to begin with Jake Owen!
It's been a long time since Mark and I have gone to a concert
and I'm happy to say that even though we are getting old,
we proved that we aren't too old to enjoy some country music!
After the concert, we decided that we needed to get the full experience of the state fair 
and eat something deep fried and greasy.
 So we strolled by all the food vendors and refreshment stands...
and there were lots of options... so much yummy food... 
but we finally settled on some deep fried Oreos and a deep fried Snicker bar.
As you can see, Tyler and Sonya were pretty excited about our deep fried choice...
so excited that they even tried the deep fried cheese.  
Doesn't that look yummy!?
I've decided that almost anything tastes good once it's deep fried,
but next year I'm heading to this stand to try the deep fried cheesecake!
The next morning we went to breakfast at Cafe 501 in Edmond near Tyler and Sonya's apartment.
It was delicious!  And so were the cookies and brownies that we got to go!
Tyler and Sonya with Bryan and Sam Kariya in the backseat,
are sporting their OU flags on their car,
 and ready to drive down to Norman for the game!
Once we hit Norman, our first stop was at Billy Sims restaurant for some good old Oklahoma BBQ!
Sporting our matching OU jerseys enjoying our yummy lunch!
Tyler and Sonya are getting excited to take Bryan and Sam to their first OU football game.
It was also Bryan's first game that he has sat in the stands instead of playing on the field in years!
I love this photo of all of us OU fans, wearing our crimson and cream!
Walking to the stadium, all we can see is tailgate parties and lots of people getting ready for the game!
The kids at the entrance of the campus!
The roads closed off all around the campus on game day so that everyone can hang out and tailgate!
More OU fans that are tailgating.  Love the boys with the beanbag game!
We ran into Drs. Currier, Felton and some of the other OU residents hanging outside of the stadium.
It was fun to chat with them and catch up with everyone! 
And of course, we had to get a picture of these OU grads, Dad and Bill with their former instructors.
The kids are ready to cheer for their team...
and so are these older Sooner fans!
The OU football team coming back into their locker room after the pregame warmup.
And then the "Pride of Oklahoma" (the band) marches onto the field.
Everywhere that you look, you see a sea or should I say, a stadium of red and white!
Looking back to the big screen as they are announcing the starting line up.
And now it's time for the OU football team to run onto the field!
Mary Ann was excited when she spotted one of the OU mascots,
"Sooner" (or was it "Boomer")... not quite sure which it was, 
but she flagged him down grabbed a photo with him!
I'm sure that he, along with all the other little ones waiting in line for a photo
 with this oversized stuffed animal, 
wondered about these two old mature OU fans!
And actually, even I was a little embarrassed about taking the photo,
 but once I downloaded it and took a look at it, I feel in love with it,
because I mean, look how happy Mary Ann is about nabbing this oversized horse 
and getting this perfect Sooner fan photo op!
And only Mary Ann could talk me into joining in her in this photo!
She cracks me up and so does this photo! 
I had to include this photo of Tyler and Bryan in blue and white uniforms, together on the BYU football team.
I think this photo was taken over 4 years ago at the Blue and White scrimmage in the spring of 2008. 
That was THEN...
And this is NOW!  Fall of 2012... together again... sporting their red as OU dental students! Aren't they cute?!
And this is the boys with their darling wives, their biggest fans and cutest cheerleaders,
supporting these boys through dental school!  Sonya and Sam, you are the best!
We always have such a fun time with Mary Ann and Bill
and can't wait until the next time that we can get together!

The game didn't turn out the way we would like... you can kind of tell by the look on Mark's face:(!
But that's OK (no pun intended) because we had a great time with our favorite Oklahoma fans
 and can't wait to come back to watch the OU football again someday!
Boomer Sooner!

1 comment :

Brad and Karen said...

Brad wants to know if this means you are up for an Afton rodeo next summer!