As I've mentioned a few times before, one of my year travel goals was to visit Waco, Texas. Well, we got on it, and this past weekend my Valentine wisked me away to the land of the Gaines's and beautifully remodeled homes.
If you are taking the same route as us (Shattuck-Waco) you will be going through a lot of empty grassland, the Granite Mountains that I had no idea existed but were interesting nonetheless, and a little bit of Fort Worth traffic. We took a lunch break in Altus at The Plaza mexican restaurant where I delighted in a stuffed avacado (pictured above). It is also the location of the infamous green/tan exterior paint color facebook debacle. Seven short hours later we arrived in Waco.
Chip and Joanna's Bed and Breakfast has not opened yet, and since I'm not much of a B&B-er anyways we stayed at the Comfot Inn & Suites.
I still think a shrimp quesadilla sounds nasty anywhere, but I would especially question one from a gas station and anyone who bought one.
The next day we started off with a doughnut from Shipley's and headed to Magnolia Market!
Much to my disapointment, but not surprise, Chip and Joanna were not there handing out sign up sheets for their next fixxer upper project. I did overhear an employee talking to a man saying, and I quote, "now when people ask me if Chip and Joanna are ever here I can tell them that Chip's dad is!" I pondered on asking him for clarificaiton and a picture, but decided against it and will just go with the story that it was indeed Chip's dad.
The store is precious and looks completely like Joanna's taste in decor. I will mention that it was a little smaller than I was expecting. Okay maybe a lot smaller. I was expecting more of a warehouse feel with a mix of antiques, decor, and furniture designed by Joanna (I could swear she had talked about designing some for it on an episode?), but it was more just the decor(in the store anyways). Maybe more is to come later on as they grow. I do know they are putting in a bakery on the lot as well, but it is not yet open. The store was completely packed which Josh and I thought surprising for a mid-friday morning, but I suppose I am not the only Fixxer Upper fan out there willing to drive seven hours just to visit their store.
In fact, I know I'm not, so says the guest book at the front of their store. I wanted to look and see where some visitors had come from, but there was quite a line. I also loved how everyone was excitedly snapping selfies in front of the Magnolia signs. It's fun to fan-girl out with strangers especially when it is over a couple who are so deserving. I mean are they not the most likeable people ever? I was trying to take a jumping picture (below) and afterwards several other ladies tried the excited jump themselves. I hope their pictures turned out better than mine!
As the rest of you fans may already know, the lot contains the store, a soon to be bakery, the silos, an open green area in the middle (where people actually do kick and toss various sporting goods), several food trucks, many picnic tables and a pretty little garden. Some construction men were at work on the silos themselves so I wonder what that will be!
I walked away with a Magnolia Market mug, t-shirt, and a heart full of satisfaction that I have visited the hallow ground of the Silos. I wouldn't change a thing!
The rest of the day we took it easy in our hotel room and did some more shopping. Josh was sweet enought to put up with me at World Market and Ross, so I didn't really venture out much into Waco's other well known junk/ antique stores, but maybe that will need to be a girls trip.
We had such a fun little three day getaway with just the two of us. It always makes me wish we worked together after we have spent so much time with each other. Most couples might be ready for a break, and that can definitely be true at times, but for the majority, I always have so much fun with my Josh it leaves me wanting more! (I'm probably the one he gets tired of, but I'm okay with that).
In His hug,
P. S.-If you're ever in Waco, another yummy place to eat that I didn't get a picture of was an authentic italian restaurant called Baris. Check it out and you won't be disapointed!