Thursday, August 25, 2011

OKC Vacation, Last Part

This is the last part of my post about our vacation in OKC 3 years ago. Before we went to OKC, I searched in the internet for a good hotel where we can stay and I read the reviews too. The hotel I chose was close to all the tourist attractions and it was clean and both hubby and I were satisfied with the services. The rate is not that expensive too. Hubby and I enjoyed our stay there. I didn't even take my laptop with me so I wasn't able to blog for 3 days. My hubby said I don't need to blog when we are on vacation so I left my laptop at home. The hotel where we stayed had a free high speed internet service but I'm glad I didn't have to blog and all we did when we were back at the hotel after a long day was to rest, watch tv and eat. Oh, what a life! I was free from all the house chores for three days and I love it. Who wouldn't want to just relax, go sight-seeing and just eat and sleep afterwards? I just wish my hubby and I will go on vacation again so we'll have a good time. Oklahoma City is a beautiful place to visit with all their tourist attractions worth visiting. Let me post some pics taken at the hotel where we stayed.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Oklahoma's National Cowboy Museum

Memories goes on...The last place we visited on our vacation in Oklahoma City was the National Cowboy Museum. The building sat on top of a hill. I'm not really very fond of going to a museum because I don't feel any excitement there but this one is different. Of all the museums I've been to, I think this one is unique and the best. This museum exhibits an internationally renowned collection of Western art and artifacts. There were lots of tourists and visitors while we were there. The National Cowboy Museum is a great place to visit. It is a family-centered museum with hands-on activities for children and grown-ups alike. There are so many things to see and to learn about this amazing part of America's national heritage. The Cowboy Museum is well designed and constructed on an 18-acre land.

My hubby enjoyed looking at the cowboy stuffs and guns and the statue of his favorite actor John Wayne which was made of copper. We both enjoyed touring the Prosperity Junction which brings back to life the circa 1800 Western cattle town at dusk where full size structures, including a bank, restaurant, stable, carriage, jail and church bring the experience to life. I used to see those places in the old western movies and while we were walking in that junction, it's like I experienced how it is to live in the past.

They have also the Children's Cowboy Corral and the kids who were there really had a good time. The place caters for the adults and the kids.

Being a gardening fanatic, I enjoyed the outdoor gardens with the nice landscape and fountains. The place was awesome. I could sit outside and relax by the water features and listen to the birds while being surrounded by such glorious colorful flowering plants. It was a gardeners dream!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Beautiful Myriad Botanical Garden and Crystal Bridge

Here's a continuation of our vacation that I posted in my previous posts. The next place we visited in Oklahoma City 3 years ago was the botanical garden. I just love to visit gardens and nice parks. Myriad Botanical Garden in OKC is a nice place to go if you're a nature lover and you love to see beautiful landscapes and gorgeous plants and flowers. Inside the botanical garden lies the Crystal Bridge. But you have to pay the entrance fee which is $6 each to go inside. I asked the cashier what's inside and she said a variety of more than 2,000 flora and fauna. So my hubby bought the tickets and we went inside.

Oh my, it was so beautiful inside the Crystal Bridge! Different varieties of tropical plants were there with all those beautiful and colorful flowers. The landscape was so beautiful tooI I could stay there for long and just stare at the beauty of the surroundings. We climbed the top and walked across the bridge and went to to the other side. Though I was scared of heights, it didn't stop me and I just walked slowly while looking down at the view from the top. My hubby was busy taking video while walking and I was also busy clicking my digicam. Then when we were done feasting our eyes with the view, we went out and explore Myriad Botanical garden. The surroundings were beautiful! Lawns and trees were green and neatly trimmed. Flowers and fountains were so captivating. What a view! I just love this place. Here are some photos taken there.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Visiting The National Memorial Museum in OKC

Our visit to the National Memorial Museum in Oklahoma City 3 years ago is so memorable. That place used to be the site where the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building stood but the terrorists bombed it on April 19, 1995 and 168 people lost their lives due to that bombing. The sad thing is, the terrorists who did the bombing were Americans and not from other Arab countries like who did the bombing in NY. I learned that the master mind used to be a US army. Good thing they caught him and he was sentenced to death. The rest of the accomplice were put to jail. After walking a little bit in the memorial park, my hubby and I went inside the museum and bought a ticket. Entrance fee was $10 each. I'm not really very fond of going to a museum but this one was so educational. The Memorial and Museum are dedicated to educating visitors about the impact of violence, informing about events surrounding the bombing, and inspiring hope and healing through lessons learned by those affected.

The museum occupies three floors and we went to see all those exhibits in all those floors. A lot of visitors were there too and there were some journalists from Florida. I've seen the photos and videos of the bombing and also the photos of those people who lost their lives. It was so tragic and I even had chills while seeing those memorabilia of the said incident. This world is really full of chaos and bad people. I've seen the photo of the bomber and he was only 29 years old when he did that terror. What a waste of life and soul! He must be in hell paying now and will suffer torture there forever.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Visiting Bricktown Canal

Hubby and I have good memories when we went on vacation in Oklahoma City three years ago. We got to see the different tourist attractions in the city. The first thing we went to see in OKC was the Bricktown Canal. This is a copycat of the River Walk in San Antonio. Although there's not as much to see as in the River Walk because it was just constructed a few years ago, I enjoyed the scenery there and besides, it's not as crowded as the River Walk. Well, our visit to Bricktown Canal is not complete if we won't ride the Water Taxi so hubby purchased tickets for both of us. It was a bit pricey for a short ride, $7.50 each but we were on vacation so we might as well enjoy and splurge. The tour guide took us around Bricktown Canal and gave us some bird's eye view of the things and places we passed by. I kept clicking my digicam and also I took some videos. Take a look.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Our Old House

I miss our house in Wichita Falls. Hubby and I lived in that house for 4 years and there were many memories of ours in that house. When we bought that house, it needed a lot of TLC and so hubby and I worked hard to renovate and improve that house. Hubby had replaced the back porch and door and he put railings at the front porch because it has no railings when we bought it and he put a new fascia board in the front porch. He also replaced the glass windows and window jambs. Lastly, he repainted it because the old paint according to hubby looked like a puke. Then I called the insurance company and reported that the roof leaks and needed a replacement. Their insurance agent came and checked the roof, took photos and when it got approved, they came and put a new roof.

We sold that house in late 2008 because we have to move to the Philippines and to start a ministry for the Lord. My last day in that house made me teary-eyed. All the memories that we had there I will just cherish in my heart and in my mind. On the other hand, we were also glad because we finally sold it after almost two years in the market. I just learned from a friend that the house now was fully renovated by the new owner and it looked so pretty, a lot different from what it was. Now, I can't wait to see it when we go back there next year. Here are some photos taken in that house...

Friday, August 12, 2011

Lunch At Texas Roadhouse

My first time to dine at Texas Roadhouse was 3 years ago with hubby. It was just a few minutes drive from our house. Hubby and I have eaten in almost all the restaurants in our city but we haven't tried that place yet. Hubby thought their foods might be pricey but I said who cares as long as it taste good. Hubby promised me that we will go there before we moved out of the city.

So on our last Sunday in that city after our worship service, hubby took me to that restaurant as he promised. We even took pictures outside before we went in. It was so cold that morning of December.

When we were inside while waiting on the foods that we ordered, we took some photos again. Hubby don't like taking photos but this time he was cooperative, lol! I took his photo first then he took mine.

Then finally, our foods were served and we were so eager to take our first bite. But of course, hubby have to say the blessing first before we eat. So before we started ravishing the foods, I took photos first the foods in my plate. I ordered chicken barbecue with veggies and rice and green beans on the side. Yummy!

Here's what hubby ordered, his favorite chicken fried steak and mash potatoes and sweet beans on the side.

Our foods were so good. I gave a thumbs up to Texas Roadhouse. Hubby and I were so much satisfied.