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Oklahoma City MemorialAs usual, I am behind on posting, but what’s new? I didn’t really make a resolution to post things right as they happen…because hey, I try to make realistic resolutions.

BUT!!! We spent our holiday in Oklahoma City this year with family. I had never been! I was super excited, and even though we landed and the city was half covered in ice, it all melted and we had beautiful weather the rest of the time. Here are the trip highlights:

Route 66

Route 66

Not far from Oklahoma City, you can hop onto famous Route 66 and check out a few cool places. We stopped at the Arcadia Round Barn, America’s only truly round barn, and what used to be the most photographed landmark on Route 66.

The Round Barn

Round BarnArcadia Round Barn

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On the 2nd floor of the Round Barn…Looking out onto Route 66…

Arcadia Round Barn

Also not to be missed – a stop at Pop’s, a gas station with over 700 different flavors of soda-pop! Although I don’t think you want to be caught calling it “soda” when you are visiting…

Pops, Route 66

There is a gigantic pop bottle outside the station, and tons of beautiful sugary drinks on display inside…

Some of the drinks at Pops

Pops

These are the flavors we made away with…I promise we didn’t chug them all at once.

Pops

These are the flavors we decided were worth skipping out on…

Pops Pops

Overall, I’d have to say we got our kicks on Route 66…

Round Barn and Pops

I just HAD to say it!!!

Oklahoma City Memorial

Oklahoma City Memorial

Oklahoma City Memorial

This was a truly moving memorial to the victims and families of the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing. I was completely blown away by the design concepts, it was very different from any memorial I have ever been to. I had to hold back tears several times in the museum, which walks you through the events of April 19th, 1995 as if you were there.

Oklahoma City Memorial

Another chilling part of the memorial is that “9:01” represents the time before the bomb went off…the water represents the moment the bomb went off…and “9:03” on the other monument is the aftermath.

Oklahoma City Memorial

Oklahoma City Memorial

The chairs represent each victim, and roughly where they were found after the bombing. The smaller chairs represent the children. I’m getting choked up just thinking about it…

Oklahoma City Memorial

If you can only do one thing in Oklahoma City, this is it. I highly recommend it.

Oklahoma City Memorial

The Food

Of course you can’t go to Oklahoma without eating some quality meat! And that, we definitely did. We had great takeout BBQ brisket and turkey from Rudy’s and incredible steak tips The Meat House. Then Jordan and I stumbled upon 2 random places that were also amazing…

Blu's BBQ

Just up the street from the Memorial is Blu’s BBQ. Great friendly service, and awesome BBQ. Jordan got the loaded baked potato with brisket. I was in the mood for a buffalo chicken sandwich.

Tucker's Onion Burgers

While out doing some last minute shopping on Christmas Eve, Jordan and I stumbled upon Tucker’s Onion Burgers and said…Why not?!? We had already consumed copious amounts of meat on this trip!

Tucker's Onion Burgers

Another decision we do not regret…totally my kind of burger, and I got the smallest one available! Plus, I really need that salt shaker.

The Cutest Nephews

The Park

The best part of our trip was definitely spending time with our family and the cutest 2 nephews an auntie and uncle could ever ask for! Plus, we now have a classic story of a Blue Birthday (Christmas) Cake…

Blue Birthday Cake

I have never had much success in making cakes, nor have I ever been a cake aficionado. Despite my love of sweets, I am always able to pass up a piece of cake. But luckily Santa was around to make this cake, because it actually ended up tasting pretty good! And Bowman thankfully approved (phew).

Blue Birthday Cake

We finally got to meet baby Lincoln too! He couldn’t come to our wedding because he was sick, but thankfully he was all smiles and crawls while we were visiting!

baby Lincoln

Baby Lincoln

Hoops for Christmas

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Sites

Pop’s
660 Oklahoma 66
Arcadia, OK 73007
(405) 233-2020

The Arcadia Round Barn
107 Oklahoma 66
Arcadia, OK 73007

Oklahoma City Memorialย and Museum
620 N Harvey Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Food

The Meat House
2249 W Danforth Rd
Edmond, OK 73003
(405) 509-2900

Rudy’s
3437 W Memorial Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
(405) 254-4712

Tucker’s Onion Burgers
5740 N. Classen Blvd., Suite 3
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
(405) 286-3331

Blu’s BBQ
612 N Robinson Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
(405) 602-2587