Soooooo, where were we?? Oh, part 3 of the trip to see the sailor. Part 1 is here. And part 2 is here.
On Sunday morning after our breakfast with Angelia and Jason, we were going to visit the home of My Boys!!! The Cowboys new stadium was right down the street from where we stayed in Arlington and this place is so big you can see a glimps of it from everywhere!!
Lauren had brought us tickets to go on the self guided tour and I was beyond excited!! I've loved the Dallas Cowboys since I was 9 years old. I've loved them through the great Superbowl seasons and the shitty 1-15 seasons. I take all the crap that being a Cowboys fan brings with it. I love them. No Matter What. And I was going to see the newest, best stadium ever built. How lucky was I???
We arrived a few minutes early before the 11am opening of the tours so we walked around the pro shop and I drooled on Every Thing. I felt like a kid in a candy shop!!! I did end up getting a practice t-shirt and a hat. At 11am they let us in. I could honestly go on and on and on about this stadium and how flippen awesome it is! But I wont bore you. I will say it truly is Jerry's World and no expense was spared.
I will say that when I finally got up the stairs and walked across the concourse and saw the field with that Giant Star I damn near cried. I've waited a long time to be in my boys home and I felt like I was home.
I'll let the pics do the rest of the talking. And there's a pretty awesome video that I think you'll get a "kick" out of. =)
Me and Tom. Greatest.Coach.EVER.
That HD Television is 50 yards wide. 0_o
I'm On.The.Flippen.Field. OMG!
My two favorite things. My sailor and my star. =)
Just chillen on the field.
YES!!! I was in the LOCKER ROOM!!
The Miller Lite Club. This is where the Boys enter the field. How cool is that!!
And this is special. Very special. How many people can say they've done this....
Scorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre!!! Yeah, my baby rocks!!
I didnt want to leave. =(
I'm not sure Ginormous is a big enough word to describe this place.
We only planned to spend an hour in the stadium but ended up being there 3 hours! There was so much to see and tons of guides with lotsa information. I was in my glory. lol
So we left the stadium and headed back to the OKC. We had to get back and check into our hotel because we had dinner plans. We stayed in Bricktown which is an area in downtown Oklahoma City. We had a great dinner at Crabby Jacks and then watched some fireworks from our room.
I cant get decent fireworks pics for my life. Definately need to work on this skill!
We were too tired to do much else and it was a nice relaxing evening. Totally needed! We stayed at the Marriott and they have the best beds ever that just invite you to snuggle up and sleep. And sleep we did! We were in bed and passed out by 10:30pm and slept till 10:30am the next morning. Sorely needed!!
After sleeping in till 10:30am we got up and prepared for our last day together. It was hard to believe 3 days had just flown by. Lauren wanted to take me to the Oklahoma Federal Building Memorial so we headed that way.
Let me just say that this is the most sad and beautiful place I've been to in a long time. The events that occured there 15 years ago and perpetrated by one of our own citizens just made me angry when I saw the site. Seeing the memorial fills you with sadness and the beauty of it is just inspiring. The hope it inspires made me believe that there are way more good people in this country than bad. If only they could do something like this at the WTC site.
Nine rows of chairs representing each floor of the building.
Each chair in the row represents a victim and the floor they were on.
The smaller chairs are the children.
The Tree of Hope. This tree survived the bombing.
I'm so glad they saved this.
Still here 15 years later.
I walked around the memorial with tears in my eyes. This made them fall.
After we left the memorial we went back to one of Laurens buddies house and relaxed. We laughed some more, talked a ton and ate some good Mexican food.
That night I stayed at her barracks with her. The two of us in her twin bed. lol It was just like old times when she was little and wanted to snuggle mommy. =)
5:15am came really quick. She drove me to the airport and we said our goodbyes. No tears though just lots of hugs and kisses. It was a good, satisfying trip that we spent every moment together having nothing but fun. It was just like old times when I had her all to myself. She'll always be my baby, but she is not a baby or a teenager anymore. She is a woman with a life and job and friends of her own. It was awesome to take a peek inside.
Thanks for reading ya'll. ;) Muahs.