Wandering through WACO

  • Our Texas Adventure

You may think “Does this girl ever WORK?!”. Yes. Yes I do. I work quite a bit actually… probably too much. However, we have been blessed with some adventurous best friends who share a love for travel AND our same schedule!! Neither of us have kids and so we’re taking advantage of this very free season of our life. Like millions of other people on the planet, we love the show “Fixer Upper” on HGTV! Whoever made the final call to choose Chip and Jojo and create this series was a genius! Ever since they announced Magnolia Market was expanding at the Silos, I wanted to go visit!!!

We joked about making a trip down there just to go shopping and then we found the tickets. ROUND TRIP TICKETS FOR $81!!! To DALLAS! Amazing! Spirit Airlines was not amazing but hey, you can put up with anything for 3 hours when you’re getting such a cheap trip to Texas!!! We booked flights and we planned our trip to take place over Valentine’s Day strategically. Why? Well, unlike most couples, we love sharing our Valentine’s Day with our friends, Buddy and Jill!!

So lets start there! We landed and immediately found the most AMAZING BBQ lunch stop! The “Three Meat” plate was probably the highlight of Buddy’s whole trip… until we met Chip Gaines of course!!! That’s coming later! So we had an amazing lunch at SLOW BONE and thennnnnn…. the boys told us that they had a surprise for us! We already knew that we had dinner reservations at the Fearings that night but what we didn’t know is that Buddy and Michael had booked us couples massages at the hotel!! YAYY!!!! #husbandsoftheyear

Now you may have seen our past posts about our trips with the Powers and yes, we do share a room with them most trips to save money… and because it’s fun! However, that was NOT the case on Valentine’s Day!!! haha We had amazing rooms and our Valentine’s dinner was one of the best meals of my life! We got dressed up and headed to the Restaurant! We sat down at our table and a very nice man came and greeted us. As he talked to us, I noticed that his name was “Dean Fearing”… ya know, like the same name that was on the dinner plates. It was his restaurant!!!! Needless to say, we had a perfect start to this three day trip!

The next day we packed up and headed to WACO!!! JoJo here I come!!!! The Silos are amazing. What a genius idea! …. Shopping for all of the women who are JoJo obsessed and an astro-turf field for the husbands and kids to play on…. surrounded by food trucks of all kinds!! There’s a garden and a future Bakery and Seed Shop in progress along with a future area for a permanent stage… I think. I wasn’t in the planning meeting or anything but I did have fun asking the people who worked there all sorts of questions!! One lady said that she moved to the area JUST to work at Magnolia Market! Isn’t that crazy?! It actually made me feel a bit more normal about my Fixer Upper fan girl moments. Turns out, I’m not the only one excited about all that the Gaines have done in WACO. There were HUNDREDS of people there on a Monday!! Before we left VA I thought “Oh, We’ll probably see Chip or Joanna or Clint… SOMEBODY!”. Nope! It’s crazy-town down there!! So. Many. People. It’s so impressive!

So after Jill and I spent our whole trip’s budget at the store, we got coffee at Common Grounds and then headed to lunch at Manny’s on the River! Then we used our remaining daylight to stop by Harp Design Co.’s shop, visit Magnolia Home and take a little joy ride in farm country! This is embarrassing but after a long day experiencing Waco… we settled for endless soup and salad at Olive Garden for dinner. ha!

The NEXT day we drove out to Hillsborough because Buddy and Jill have some close friends who live on a farm right outside of town! Buddy and Grady used to farm together back in the good ol’ days…. like 3 years ago! We absolutely loved touring the farm and spending time with them and their sweet little boys! We actually made a trip back into WACO that evening to pick up a few little things we wanted to get from Magnolia Market (it’s addictive) and after playing ball with the boys we headed to dinner…. which turned out to be the BEST. DECISION. OF. THE. WHOLE. TRIP. Why? Well let me explain…..

We headed to a Thai place to grab some dinner and just as we were wrapping up, Buddy glanced to his left and thought he saw someone walk by the window that looked like Chip Gaines. We literally ALL said “Yea ok Buddy. Good one”. And then Buddy said “No I think it’s him!”. So he got up and went to the register and before we knew it, we heard Buddy talking to CHIP up near the register!!! WHAT ARE THE CHANCES?! We had been saying the whole trip “Ya know guys, MAYBE there’s still a chance to meet them! Maybe”. Well, this was our LAST night in WACO. We had given up on that dream because really, it would be like a needle in a haystack!! We all got to meet Chip, take a picture and he was so gracious. Poor guy…. he was just trying to grab some takeout and head to a viewing party for the show and we were being fan girls!! I don’t regret it though. I told myself that if I ever met them that I would tell them just how amazing it was that they were using their gifts and platform for the Kingdom… and I did just that! I probably sounded like a squeaky 12 yr old girl when I said it but… I said it!!!!

It’s been a while since I’ve felt so inspired by someone or something. I’m just in awe of what God is doing through Chip and JoJo. Our excitement and obsession isn’t because we’re just fan girls… it’s because we’re SO EXCITED about what’s happening with the show and Magnolia. It’s so amazing on so many levels. Business….Design….Ministry… Community Building….Economic Growth….I could go on! I’m SO glad I got to experience this and if you want an even BETTER recap, you HAVE to watch Jilly’s video!! She literally makes these videos on the flight home! It’s the BEST!!! This is one of my FAVORITES!!!!

Texas Trip | February 2016 from Jill Powers on Vimeo.

Ps. We flew on Spirit airlines from BWI for $81 for those who want to go! This whole trip (minus the massages) only cost about $600 per couple!


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xoxo, Katelyn
13 Comments Personal, Travels
  1. jen reply

    How fun!! I JUST watched the first 2 episodes of Fixer Upper and thought the WHOLE time, these two HAVE to be believers! I even told my daughter I’d bet money they are!! I loved how they were with each other and you could see Jesus in their eyes! Yay! I was right!

  2. Chandra reply

    Eeeek! Daniel & I only live a couple of hours away and have been trying to plan a getaway there for the day! Thanks for sharing! PS – what lenses do you take with you/use on your travel trips? I always go with the intentions to shoot but usually forget to take photos 99% of the time :p

  3. Jill Powers reply

    AHHH!! I love this recap!! I can’t wait to go back and visit!!

  4. Eveline reply

    OMG OMG OMG!!! I just loved all the pictures and the video is amazing!!! Gives a much better feel that what really is. Thanks for sharing Katelyn, now I don’t feel so bad when my husband says that I’m starting to be obsessed by the show. And the price for the tickets is ridiculous!!! I’m definitely making in my plans to go soon!

  5. Alison Mish reply

    Love it guys!!! Looks like a blast!

  6. Kristina W. reply

    What a fun trip! Looks like you guys had a blast! My husband is going to be in Waco later this year and he’ll have to try some of the spots you found.

  7. Sydni reply

    I love your Texas photos! I think this needs to be a thing – the Texan sun needs you! I have no idea what the Magnolia market is, but I’m glad you got to meet the star!! So fun!

  8. Tori Watson reply

    i can’t even handle this post!!!! (those two little boys in the video….SO CUTE!)

  9. rhonda reply

    so much fun. and the music to the video was the best. LOVE me some JohnnySwim.

  10. Julie Wilmes reply

    It’s so funny because I’ve lived in Fort Worth for years now and I spent so much time in Waco when I was in college (a bunch of my friends went to Baylor so I was there 8-10 times a year) so seeing other’s excitement for Waco is something else! That little town has really changed over the last few years (in many great ways). I’m glad you had an amazing time down here, Texas is an incredible place for sure! :)

  11. Macy reply

    Oh my goodness, so much amazingness in this post (and video!) I am trying SO hard to make the trip from Austin next month while I am there for work. Praying I can!

  12. Leslie reply

    Omg!! I love everything about this post. How awesome y’all ran into Chip! So happy you get to build your forever home and hopefully you were inspired at magnolia market! Xoxo

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