Are you ready for this?! Before you begin, you'd better grab a cup of coffee or at least a handful of M&M's, because you're going to need a little caffeine and/or sugar to get you through this one ;). And if you're not interested in reading at all, well, I understand. No worries! I promise not to take it personally ;). I'll be back, tomorrow, to share both a Market Street Stamps feature and a brand new, little something from Paper Sweeties. So, I hope you'll stop back by for another visit then. Without further adieu, it all begins with a little, Sunday afternoon visit to see and crazy story about my sweet friend, Laurie.
the wedding, and I wasn't going to miss a chance to catch up. We were doing just that, at her beautiful, country home, when she mentioned that she grew up in McPherson, Kansas. Well, I was born in McPherson and still have lots of family living there. So, I was thinking, what a coincidence, and told her. Then, she said that her dad went to college there, and I said, "So did my Dad. My cousin and his wife went there for a little, too." By now, her eyes are getting big, and I'm all naive thinking this is just such a coincidence. Immediately, she said, "What's your Dad's name?" to which I replied,
"Larry Green." She was covering her mouth by then, but said, "There
must be two Larry Greens..." to which I'm thinking, really, because
Larry isn't a super popular name by any means. LOL! "...because the
Larry Green I knew moved to Emporia a long time ago," she finished.
"Yep! We moved from McPherson to Emporia, when I was in the second
grade," I said. Then, she asked,"Like Luke? Because I knew a Luke and Rod Green (Rod is my Uncle.), when I was working at the lumber yard." And I said, "Luke is my cousin!"
Then, she told me her parents' names to which I responded, with eyes bugging out of my head and chills racing down my spine, "I know that name!" By then, she's pulling out her scrapbook albums and getting her mom, who starts telling us how we should know each other, on the speaker phone. During all that, she finds a picture of her parents, and I shout, "I know you!" to her mom, who is still on the phone and probably thinking I'm a lunatic. And all this was happening while our kiddos and hubbies were hanging out, giving us all the time in the world. Gotta love it!
To make a long story short, we exchanged our dads' phone numbers; and they, too, caught up with one another the very next day. I'm thinking that we're definitely supposed to know one another, since the Lord brought us back together, after all this time, through our love of papercrafting. So, Laurie, we'd better not mess with fate ;). Love you, girl! We were obviously there just a wee bit longer than we had planned. LOL! So, a snooze in the car got Adina through another day...
Oklahoma City Zoo on Monday morning.
The Wedge Pizzeria in Bricktown, where we also met up with BJ's sister, Hannah, and her hubby, Johan, who came up, from Dallas, Texas, to see us. They brought a sweet, birthday gift for my baby girl who's turning four-years-old on Thursday. Gosh, where does the time go?!
Water Taxi, where one of the most interesting things we learned was that Oklahoma City wasn't the first capitol of Oklahoma. It was originally located in Guthrie, but some people from Oklahoma City decided that their city should've been named the capitol. So, in the middle of the night, they stole away to Guthrie, snatched the state seal, sunk it in concrete, and ran a front page newspaper story about how Oklahoma City was officially the new capitol. Strangely enough, it stuck!
Sonic Headquarters (This one's for you, Kim!)...
Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark...
Rocktown, which is Oklahoma City's premiere rock climbing destination. They actually climb the outsides of those grain elevators.
Centennial Land Run Monument, which is one and a half times larger than life and depicts the opening of Indian Land in Oklahoma. At present, there are nineteen monuments; but when complete, there will be a total of 46 to represent Oklahoma being the 46th state to join the union. It will also be one of the largest freestanding bronze sculptures in the world.
Bricktown Candy Co. for frozen gelato...
Oklahoma City National Memorial. The time panels, on either side of the reflection pool, represent the minute before and minute after the bombing on April 19, 1995.
Survivor Tree, which is an American Elm Tree that survived the bomb's blast. According to the website, The Survivor Tree is a symbol of human resilience. Today, as a tribute
to renewal and rebirth, the inscription around the tree reads, “The
spirit of this city and this nation will not be defeated; our deeply
rooted faith sustains us.”
Applejack Pumpkin Patch in Augusta, Kansas.