Weekend Recap: Date Night, Shopping, and Fun!

Friday after work, I started with my usual routine of swimming, hot tub, sauna, and getting ready at the gym.

I got ready for date night.  I wore this (first time wearing shorts to go out, rather than run around):
We tried a new (to me…Tyler has gone several times) place called George’s. Mark this one off the 30 Before 30 list!
 
It was pretty good.  I was told to get the greek chicken, but I couldn’t pass up a gyro.  I would have preferred the meat to have been grilled.  If I go back, I will ask for it that way. I got a yummy greek salad to go with it.
Tyler got a burger and a MOUND of yummy fries.  This is one order of fries.
 We had a little bit of extra time, so we stopped by Delicias Mochachinaos- a Mexican ice cream shop.  REALLY good homemade ice cream bars!
I got a strawberries and cream bar.  Totally worth every calorie.

Tyler drove his Nissan 350Z.  He traded it for a bike at his shop…it is a “dream car” he has always wanted.  He was a happy camper zipping around town!
After dinner, Tyler wanted to run into Hobby Lobby. What?!?  He just needed to get a couple dowel rods, so it wasn’t a fun trip, just in and out.  Then we saw The Bourne Legacy.  It was SO GOOD.  It was over before we knew it.
Saturday, I got up and did my 30 Day Shred.  Level two.  I have come to realize this: Jillian Michaels works for the devil.  They plank and do high knees in hell. Then I went for a run at the park.  It was just too nice outside.  I was happy (but not pretty because I didn’t have on makeup!)
 
I got ready and headed to NWA to meet some friends.  We did some damage at the mall and then had lunch at Louie’s.  LOTS of fun catching up with these ladies.
After coming back, I had all this pent up energy from somewhere.  I went for another run/walk at the park. Then, I went to the track with Tyler.  He got a new controller and thought he would drive better (he did) so he wanted me to come watch.  It was such a nice night.  I stayed for his first race..then came home and crashed.
Sunday morning, I did laundry and made pancake muffins for breakfast.  I thought they were yummy, but Tyler said he would have preferred pancakes.
I wore my new dress from Francesca’s to church!
We came home and had lunch at home.  I had these Hawaiian sweet rolls to use up, so I created a new recipe (recipe coming this week!) for cheeseburger sloppy joe sliders.  TOTALLY yummy.
We napped, I did some Zumba toning, and then ran over to Oklahoma to buy a 4 wheeler for Ty’s business last night.  A GREAT weekend.  Busy enough, but also some down time.  LOVED it.
How was your weekend?

Date Ideas for Fort Smith

Update: I updated this post in September 2019 after living here for 8 years. I think I have a few more ideas now. 🙂
We like to go on “date nights”  Here are some ideas for future date ideas in Fort Smith that I have.  Have you done any of these (in Fort Smith or in your own area)?  Let me know!  If you don’t live in the Fort, you could translate these into your area.

 

– Attend the Fort Smith Symphony.  This would be a fancy, black tie date.  But I think it would be neat to go to the Christmas show or something else like that.
-Check out the Fort Smith Little Theater. I’ve been a part of a production here, but I’ve seen WAY more than I’ve been in, and the productions are always SO great.
– UAFS Sporting Events.  It is fun to yell and get spirited.  I think a sporting event, like a basketball game, would be a fun date night.
-Bowling.  We LOVE Bowling World.  It is really nice.  We don’t really love to go during the Saturday night black light bowling because its busy and loud.  But this is fun for a quiet afternoon.  We usually play one game “normal” and then do crazy things, like bowl a game with our other hand, or bowl with our eyes closed.  So fun.
-Antiquing.  There are tons of antique shops around the area.  This is a free date (unless you buy something!).  But we like to go in and browse and make up stories about the items.  We also try to find items that we know about, but we think the other person won’t know about.  Tyler always does the “Guess what this is” game with me on old tools.  I know nothing about them!
-Shows at the Performing Arts Centers.  The Van Buren PAC and Alma PAC often put on shows.  Some are local theater, some are shows that come in from out of town.  Either way, a night at the theater is fun!
-Horseshoes.  We often go play horseshoes at the Hackett park (we live near there).  But I’m sure there are other local parks in the Fort Smith area that have horseshoes (Ben Geren for sure does).  It is a free date and its competitive, which Tyler likes.
-Try a new restaurant.  There are so many little local spots around town that we like to try new ones every once in a while.  It is out of our comfort zone to walk into an unknown place, but its fun!  We also love to do a “progressive dinner” where we eat a different course at each place. One spot for apps and drinks, one spot for entrees, and then dessert somewhere new. Some unique ones to try: Green Papaya, R & R Curry, Uncork’d, Rolandos, Brick Town, StoneHouse, Delicias Michoacanas or Vargas Fruteria for dessert.
-Check out a park!  Carol Ann Cross is great for fishing (you do need a fishing license! get one at Walmart), The Park at West End has the carousel and ferris wheel, and the River Front park has a great waterfront trail to walk.
-See the murals! Fort Smith is home to The Unexpected, which paints murals each year. They have a map online or all the art. Go for an art walk and see the murals.
-Go to the drive in movie in Poteau! It’s just a 30 minute (or so) drive from the Fort.
-Go for a little road trip!  We like to be random.  We have taken off before and known the direction we were going, but not really what we were doing.  Take off towards Arkansas Wine Country and stop at a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant.  Drive into Oklahoma and get gas station BBQ.  Those random stops are pretty fun!
-Places to check if they have live music (check Facebook- most of them post events there): Majestic, Uncork’d, Harry’s Downtown, TempleLive, La Huerta downtown, Bricktown Brewery, Taliano’s Bar, AJ’s Oyster House, R Landry’s.  Core Public House and the Marriot downtown also have regular trivia nights.
-Hit up the casinos! Whether it’s Choctaw in Pocola or Cherokee in Roland- they are close. They have music events and restaurants. And also gambling. 🙂
-Check ThingstoDoinFortSmith’s calendar for stuff happening.
-Brunch and the Farmer’s Market!  This is the perfect Saturday morning date! Brunch at Jeff’s Club House, River City Bistro or Uncork’d and then shop the Farmer’s Market downtown.
-Visit a museum. The RAM (Regional Art Museum) is free and often does unique nights with classes and speakers. There are several out at Chaffee, and the Fort Smith Museum of History has lots of neat local information (and a soda fountain!)
-One of the most fun dates we did was drive to Bentonville and go to Crystal Bridges Museum.  Admission is free, and there is so much to see you could spend all day!  Go on a nice day because there are tons of trails and stuff around the building.  And you can see world-famous artwork FOR FREE!
-Work through the Atlas Obscura list of local weirdness. We’ve been to several of these and they don’t disappoint.
-Tour the wineries in Altus.  Wine tours and tastings are free (for the most part…I think Chateau Aux Arc charged like $5 or something).  Fun to taste the local wines and then take a bottle home for a celebration!
Any other date night ideas for us?  We are looking for some fun things to do together!

Fun Things to Do in Fort Smith

I am a newbie in the Fort Smith area.  This means that (unlike my husband and his family) there are so many things to explore in the area!  I have done some fun things, but there are still plenty on my list of Fun Things to Do in Fort Smith.  I know I have some local folks that read this blog, so feel free to weigh in the comments about your favorite fun things to do in Fort Smith – with kids, with your family, alone…whatever!

Here are some things that seem like fun in the area!  Stars by the ones I haven’t done yet, but that I know a little about!
1. Ben Geren Park.  I love a good park.  Ben Geren has lots of playground equipment, a walking trail, and other fun stuff.  I have gone to walk, jog, eat a picnic and play.  I love this giant park.
2. Historical sites.  I’m a nerd for historical stuff.  There is so much history around town.  I happen to love walking around the old court house and gallows (where infamous judge Issac Parker hung many criminals).  My tip is to go on a day when the gallows will be hanging.  It is sort of bone-chilling to read the stories and see the rope swinging in the wind.
3. Creekmore Park.  Again, a great park.  Running/walking trail, fun equipment, tennis courts, picnic areas, and a TRAIN!  Would be super fun to go with kids to ride the train.  I like to go here to eat my lunch outside.
4. The farmer’s market.  The farmer’s market is really fun for me.  I LOVE to meet local people and folks are so friendly at the farmer’s market.  You can shop for local produce, flowers, crafts, and more.  I go on Saturday mornings and it is so fun.  You can also take small dogs on a leash and Mikey likes the farmer’s market!
5. Fort Smith Museum of History. I haven’t been through the whole museum, but I like to go to the old-fashioned soda fountain in the lobby.  You can explore the old soda fountain for free and enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream soda.  Yum.  Someday I will explore the museum too.

6. The dog park*. There is a 40 acre (I think?) dog park across town.  Now, Mikey isn’t super friendly with other dogs, but I would like to take him and see how he does there.  I think it would be fun  there on a busy weekend day.
7. Sporting events at UAFS.* UAFS has lots of sports teams and big arena.  I think a game would be a fun thing to do.  Let’s go Lions!
8. The Park at West End.*  Downtown, there is an old ferris wheel and a dining car.  You can eat in the diner and then ride the ferris wheel for $1.  I am dying to go at sunset one night this summer. 🙂  Hint, hint husband!
9. The Nature Center.* Never been, but I heard its fun and beautiful.  Would love to hear about this attraction if you have been.
10. the Visitor Center in Miss Laura’s.* Miss Laura’s used to be an old brothel.  I did a paper on Arkansas prostitution in grad school.  I know they do a historical re-enactment (to a point, its not a working brothel or anything ha!) but you can see artifacts and chat with the ladies all dolled up like they would have been in the day.  I think one Sunday I’m going to beg Tyler to go visit. 🙂  Its open every day, I think.

Have you ever done these fun things?  Any other ideas for fun stuff in the area?  I am tired of feeling like a visitor in my own town…I wanna get out and explore!  Give me ideas!