The Magnolia Experience

The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

We arrived back late Monday evening from our epic trip to Austin, Texas with the entire family for Ken’s cousin’s graduation. Overall it was a great trip, especially for my 17 month old whose bestie is his cousin. Waking up to a playmate in the same home is the best. I’ll post more photos of those rascals this weekend, for now I want to dedicate this post to share the highlights from our trip to Waco, Texas. I honestly wasn’t planning on going there, until Ken convinced me on Sunday afternoon. He kept saying, “But I know how much you’ll love going there and seeing everything. It’ll be worth it!” So on our last day there, we woke up early, packed up the boys and made the 90+ mile drive to Waco. It only took 1.5 hours, a typical one way commute home for me. And even though the drive was smooth and quick, the two boys were both so cranky. Thankfully, we arrived just before 10:45 a.m. and waited in line at Magnolia Table to put our names down. We got a text that stated there were 85 parties in front of me and my wait would be roughly 104 min. From there we made our way to the Silos to experience the other half of Chip & Joanna’s creation.

Can I just say, it was a DREAM? I know being there, it’s technically a “shopping experience” except it wasn’t. I didn’t buy anything, except indulge in all the beautiful vignettes and some delicious goodies from their bakery. I knew I could always come home and order things online, but being able to remember the store for everything that it was isn’t so easy to do. So I did what I do best. I documented all my favorite nooks and crannies for all those who are dying to make a visit out to the Silos themselves. Here’s a sneak peek for you and a walk down memory lane for me. I just fell in love with how open everything was, the way they made space for the kids to roam freely, and let’s talk about those magical huge swings that face each other. All in all, it was unforgettable! Especially when we had the honor of meeting Joanna’s mother when we went back to eat lunch. Even though, Ken and I got in a fight later that day. I am forever grateful he made the extra effort to gift me, “The Magnolia Experience.”

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