Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sundays In My City

I am a native Californian. However, I have lived in Oklahoma for the last sixteen years. I love being an Okie as much as I love being a Californian. The thing is, there are some BIG differences between my two states. I'm talking BIG!

When we lived in California, Sundays in our city looked like this.

Morro Rock in Morro Bay, California

Some Sundays, we would head south to visit this place.

Disneyland, Anaheim, California

When we wanted a slower pace, we headed an hour north to this place. It's where we spent our honeymoon and later would camp with our kids and make some of the best memories ever. It is truly spectacular!

Big Sur Coastline on Highway 1, California

Now that we are Okies, our Sundays look more like this.

Well, they look like the above when we aren't spending our Sundays working on the farm or dealing with this.

Freckles, the EVIL rooster

Then there are those really special Sundays. I mean with a capital S. On those Sundays, we go here.

That's right. Bass Pro Shop. The number one choice for an Okie Sunday outing. As a matter of fact, I took my twelve year old and two of my grandgirls there  just recently. We went to do this.

It was a blast!

We learned about bird watching and pet safety and camping.

Then we got to make leather keychains for Father's Day.

We even watched the scuba lady clean the fish tank.

Wasn't that nice of her husband to sit and watch her clean ... and clean .... and clean ... I'm just saying!

There were lots of other great things to do and we did them but the best part, according to some people, was making S'Mores at the end of the day.

I thought the best part was that it was all FREE!!

Maybe next Sunday we can hang out at the feed store!

Unknown Mami


Monkey Man said...

Bass Pro Shop has some great marketing. Looks fun.

Rae said...

So so funny, but I understand. It is much the same here. I wouldn't trade the life - after 58 years I wouldn't know anything else. A grand store opening gets us all excited. It is the talk of the town and people plan to attend like it is a special holiday occasion. At least it gives us something new to talk about for a few weeks. And, Like you said - it is FREE.

ModernMom said...

Oh this looks like a great way to spemd a sunday! Thanks for shairng it with us!

Unknown Mami said...

Aren't you glad you've had both experiences?

Can't beat free!!!

Blasé said...

"Free" is always a good thing.

What are you going to send me?

Sonya said...

My sundays look totally different now too:) it's good to get different perspectives I think.

Free is lovely! lol

Brian Miller said...

see now that is really cool...what a great experience to share together...i do like that big sur pic though...smiles.

Joy said...

Funny how life changes, huh? Love the wally-world pic. Made me smile. Family summer camp seems like a great idea!

Ms. Anthropy said...

Oh, great, now I want a S'More, thanks for putting that evil thought in my head. Love the photos!

Delirious said...

Well, and the other nice thing is that you can always come back to California for a vacation. :)

Multiple personalities.. said...

Very cool! It sure looks like being an Okie is just as fun as being a Californian. We have a couple of Bass Pro Shops here in Maryland, and my hubby loves it there. Thanks for sharing with me for SIMC! :-D

Erin said...

Free is one of my favorite 4 letter "F" words! =)

And I'd say that the smores at the end of the day would be my favorite part too!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Great comparisons :-)

It looks like you and your kids had a fabulous FREE outing together and that makes it a perfect day in my book.

Thanks for sharing the fun.

TechnoBabe said...

We came here (Nebraska) from southern CA two years ago and we definitely know there are big differences between CA and NE. But the funny thing is we love it here and would not want to ever leave. I like your photos showing the great fun you have in your area.

qandlequeen said...

*sigh* it is a different world - west coast living and that of the midwest. I sorely miss mountains on the horizon. But in the end, this is home and like Dorothy said, "there's no place like home"

Two Shades of Pink said...

They may be different but both seem wonderful to me.

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

Free is great. Check out my "scrap happy chick" blog to see my nearly free stuff I got today.

Ron loves Bass Pro Shops, but not nearly as much as my son, Shaun, does. We've been known to walk around (when the kids were younger) and take pictures of them with the "sights" there. Great (free) fun!

I do love Disney though and would visit often if I lived in the area. I know it's all commercialism but I just love the place.

Mommy Lisa said...

I just sold Bass Pro Shops all their new labor law posters. I love them!

Silver Strands said...

I don't care what my husband says. The best thing about our Bass Pro Shop is the adjoining restaurant!

Oklahoma Granny said...

Ah, Bass Pro and Cabella's. They can be and are fun places for all ages. I'm going to have to let my son know about the summer camp. Maybe he can look into it for his kiddos next year.

Kelly said...

I repeat "WHEN ARE YOU COMING HOME?", as in back to California? As much as your stubborn bones want to deny, deep down you are and will always be a CA girl. Admittedly you are your mothers daughter & will probably bring the rooster, chickens, pigs, et al, but that's OK! We now allow farm animals in CA! We're waiting........
PS. As for the other kids, build it and they will come.

Raymonde said...

What a lovely post. I know a little bit of California, so I will get to know Oklahoma with you as well.

Thanks for the follow. Looking forward to getting to know you.

Have a blessed week. xxx

BLOGitse said...

Never lived in US but I can tell you that my life is TOTALLY different from yours! :)
Happy SIMC greetings from Casablanca, Morocco!


Deborah said...

Those two little girls are adorable. I want to steal them until I get grandchildren!

Funny how life can change yes?

Okie Book Woman said...

My first 18 years of life were equally split between small town Oklahoma life and southern California suburbia in the late fifties and early sixties. At 18, I left California for college at OU, married an Okie, and now once again call Oklahoma "home." I feel fortunate to have experienced both places.

Anonymous said...

I have so many smart comments that I can hardly stand it! I am just going to say~I wish you were here :)

Oh yeah, we were at Avila yesterday and it was a PERFECT day... just sayin'....




What a fun way to spend time with kids!!! Big Sur Coastline looks INCREDIBLE!!!

Glen said...

anything free is good.

(except chlamydia)

nice pics :-)

Kate said...

Love the pictures and both look like really great experiences at the time. Thanks for sharing :)

Kate xx

Marla said...

Mami ~ I am SO glad!

Blase ~ Want some boxing goodies?

Teresa ~ I'll check it out!

Lisa ~ You amaze me!

Kelly ~ When I win the lottery. I think I might have to play to win, however.

Marie ~ Don't hold back! Ler er rip!! Me too, girlfriend. :-(