In Between 2 States in Texarkana

After a stop in Sulphur Springs for lunch we stopped in Texarkana for a night. Texarkana is in both Texas and Arkansas and I even picked a hotel on the state line.


When we arrived in Texarkana we stopped at both the Texas welcome center and the Arkansas welcome center for some pictures.

JT was busy eating his lollipop.

JT was busy eating his lollipop.



After the welcome centers we went to the United States Post Office and Courthouse which stands right on the state line. The boys took turns standing in opposite states and both states at the same time.





After that we attempted to find the largest Magnolia tree in Arkansas. We had a Texarkana map and the tree was marked on there but we drove around the cross streets and didn’t see it. We probably would’ve had better luck parking somewhere but I wasn’t sure exactly where it was so we drove by the streets to if we could tell where it was but we couldn’t so we gave up and went to eat dinner.

We ate at Bryce’s Cafeteria. It was okay. If anyone is familiar with Luby’s Cafeteria which is mainly a Texas thing, this is very similar. The setup is the same and the food served is very similar but with more of a cajun twist to it.








Later on the boys wanted something else to eat so we walked next door to Naaman’s BBQ and they got some brisket. There was something else they wanted, possibly ribs or sausage, but they were out so they just had the brisket. I believe both the brisket and barbecue sauce were pretty good.

I found it interesting that they were actually making the food in the truck.

I found it interesting that they were actually making the food in the truck.



After their snack that was pretty much the end of our day. We didn’t have much time in Texarkana but the boys enjoyed being able to be in two states at once. It was also kind of fun because as you drive down State Line Avenue on one side you’re in Texas but when you drive back the other way you’re in Arkansas.

The next morning we left Texarkana and headed out to Crater of Diamonds State Park.


Starting out on a Multi-State Road Trip- 1st Stop- Sulphur Springs

My mom’s 60th birthday was this May and to celebrate my mom, the boys, and I went on a multi-state road trip.


We started at about 6:30 in the morning and made it to Sulphur Springs, Tx just in time for lunch.


We found ourselves in the Celebration District of Sulphur Springs. We took a look around the square and JT picked Arturo’s Wood Fired Pizza Gallery to eat at. He loves pizza.


We really enjoyed the open air atmosphere of Arturo’s. We chose a table against the wall near the entrance and we were able to watch people walking by. They even put a table outside at one point for people to eat at. We were also easily able to see the pizzas being made in the brick wood ovens.





The boys ordered Italian Creme Sodas to drink and we ordered the Crack’l Bread as an appetizer. The boys only wanted pepperoni on the pizza so we ordered half pepperoni and half pepperoni, onion, green pepper, and mushrooms.



We all enjoyed the food. My mom is not a big fan of pizza but she really liked this one. She also loved the Crack’l Bread and still talks about it.

Once we left Arturo’s, we stopped at Sweet N Salty for some popcorn and candy.

We didn’t stay in Sulphur Springs long but we really liked the Celebration District. It’s a cute town and there are plenty of restaurants and shops to check out.

Make sure to check out our next stop- Texarkana.


Have you tried the Lone Star Stack?

Last month McDonald’s launched the Lone Star Stack in Texas and Connor and I got to attend a VIP Tasting Party.

We usually only ever go to McDonald’s for breakfast so I had not had a McDonald’s burger in forever and Connor said that he’s never had one ever. I feel like he must’ve had one in a happy meal at one point but I guess he only ever orders nuggets.

When we arrived at McDonald’s we were sent upstairs to where the party was and Connor picked a table by the window to sit at. The tables looked really nice. They were set with Texas flag bandannas, blue flowers in red vases with a star tied around the vase, and the tasting menu.



Trays of nuggets and salads were being passed around for the appetizer course. The first round of nuggets we received were with sweet and sour and Connor did not like the sweet and sour at all. We looked around to find him nuggets wit BBQ or ranch but couldn’t find any. Eventually though someone came around to our table with some.

The salads we received were ranch salads but there were supposed to be southwest salads as well. We never saw them though.



While we were waiting for the main course we decided to go get our picture taken at the photo booth that was set up with the Lone Star Stack props.


As soon as we finished with our picture the main course started to arrive. The fries arrived first and they were hot, fresh, and delicious. I think Connor finished all of his before his burger arrived.


At last the Lone Star Stack arrived. The Lone Star Stack is 2 quarter pound beef patties, exactly 5 pickles, applewood-smoked bacon, 1 slice of white cheddar, 1 slice of american cheese, caramelized onions, and sweet onion BBQ sauce in between 2 slices of Texas toast.


I’ve never had BBQ sauce on my burger so I wasn’t sure of how I would like that but I actually really liked it. I thought the Lone Star Stack had a really good flavor. The sweet onion BBQ sauce went really nicely with everything else and the burger was very well seasoned. I did take out the bacon though but that’s just because I don’t like bacon on my burger. I did try a bite with the bacon just to get the full flavor of the burger and it was fine but I prefer it without the bacon. Overall though, Connor and I both liked the burger.

While we were enjoying our Lone Star Stacks Ronald McDonald came by and took a picture with Connor.


Once we finished our burgers we hung around awhile for some dessert. The first items that came by were chocolate shakes and chocolate chip cookies. Connor didn’t want either of those but I took both. Next was the strawberry banana smoothie and last was what Connor had been waiting for- the Oreo McFlurry.




After dessert it was time to go. Connor and I had fun at the party and surprisingly I really liked the Lone Star Stack. If you’re in Texas and haven’t tried it yet make sure to do so soon because it’s only here for a limited time and then let us know what you think of it.


Where Connor and JT Go in a Kia Sedona

Drive Shop gave us the opportunity to try out a 2016 Kia Sedona SXL for a week.


The Kia Sedona SXL is a really cool minivan. I’ve never driven a minivan before but it was really nice and I really liked. I’m not used to driving something so big but I adjusted to it quickly and the parking assist really helped out. I thought it was cool and helpful because there was an aerial view of the Sedona.

Another thing I liked about the Sedona was the steering wheel. I just really liked the feel of it.


The boys really enjoyed the car too. Connor called it a vacation car. It was really roomy and they were super comfortable in it. Their seats reclined and there was even a foot rest.



They also of course loved that it had a screen to watch movies as well as a sunroof to look out.



Another thing worth mentioning is that they really liked that the windows had screens they could pull up to block the sun.

Since this car is such a great car for traveling I really wanted to take a drive to Austin the Saturday that we had it, spend the night there and then the next day go to a pumpkin patch that is in Bastrop. It rained a lot however so we weren’t able to do that. Here’s what we were able to do.

One of the first things we did was go get some ice cream.

We went to eat at the Magic Time Machine. This was on the rainiest day and the boys really liked looking at the rain on the sunroof.




We went to play at Chuck E. Cheese.


We also took a drive to Boerne and Fredericksburg.

We looked at some of the sculptures from the Art al Fresco exhibit in Boerne.




In Fredericksburg went to a couple of shops and had some lunch.





We weren’t able to go to one of the bigger pumpkin patches but we still needed pumpkins so we picked some up at one of the church pumpkin patches.


We really enjoyed driving around in the Sedona. The only thing that I didn’t like about it was the headrest on the driver’s seat; it wasn’t comfortable for me. I also wanted to mention that you can see the speed limit on the gps. I thought that was cool because sometimes I’m driving somewhere unfamiliar and I wonder what the speed limit is when I haven’t seen a sign.


The Sedona also has a third row. We didn’t use it but we did check it out. Here’s the boys’ picture in the 3rd row.


Thank you to Drive Shop for the opportunity to try out the Sedona. It was really fun being able to drive around in it.



You can also check out our video.


The Kitchen at Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard

About two weeks ago we went to Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard. It is in Elmendorf which is just south of San Antonio.

On Saturdays they have a free tour which I would have liked to do but we did not go on a Saturday.



As you walk into the building you see the gift shop in front of you and the dining area off to the left. The dining area is small with only a few tables. There actually wasn’t an available table but they brought another one out for us.


We started off with a starter of bread and a couple of olive dips/toppings.

Starting from the top we have: Olive Oil, Olives, Olive Butter, Olive Pesto, Olive Leaf Jelly, and Olive Tapenade

Starting from the top we have:
Olive Oil, Olives, Olive Butter, Olive Pesto, Olive Jelly, and Olive Tapenade

Connor’s favorite was the olive leaf jelly and JT liked both the olive leaf jelly and the olive oil and possibly the olive butter. I also liked the olive leaf jelly. It had just a slight sweetness to it and it was really surprisingly quite good. I really didn’t like the olive tapenade but the olive pesto was not bad at all. I liked that one. The olive oil was fine; it tasted the way olive oil should and the olive butter basically tasted like olive oil as well.

For our meal the boys had the Margherita Pizza and Connor also had a cup of tomato basil soup. I had the Olive Pesto Chicken Sandwich.




The pizza looked good and the boys liked. They also really liked the soup. JT ended up eating some as well. The Olive Pesto Chicken Sandwich was delicious. I did not expect it to be as good as it was. I don’t order chicken sandwiches very often and when I have they’ve been fine but this was the best chicken sandwich I have ever had. The sandwich was flavorful and the chicken was moist and tender. I really loved it and highly recommend it. I would definitely order that sandwich again.

If you’re in San Antonio and feel like taking a short drive you should go try The Kitchen at Sandy Oaks out and let me know what you think.