The Magnolia House is in McGregor, TX so we flew into Dallas, rented a car and headed the direction the navigation told us to. It took just under two hours but that was because it was Friday at 2:00pm and driving through Dallas was a bit congested. Once we got to the open road, we were on our way.
It is dang hot in Texas in June and the humidity made it even hotter so when we arrived at The Magnolia House and walked through the door, between the "Ohhhh mmyyy goshhhhh" of being there, the super cool air and the amazing smell of wood being intoxicating in the best possible way, I believe I said out loud, "I think this is what it is going to feel like when we get to Heaven!"
Dreamy is just not suffice.
Now granted, I am a huge fan of the show so I pretty much went silent after that and just took it all in but I am pretty sure that all of us at separate times but within the same 10 minute span said "OH! I remember that part when Chip held that up!" referring to the wooden corbel on the staircase. It is much bigger than how it looks in the photo. I wanted to take it home but thought that it would be obvious if it were gone, plus, that it stealing, duh.To the left of the photo above is a Magnolia House sign and within that same 10 minutes of being there, I took this selfie and posted it to Instagram.
We sat down for maybe 20 minutes and then with about one hour before The Silos closed (they close at 6:00) we jumped back into our sweet rental car and dashed toward downtown Waco and geeked out when we spotted the ALICO building. If you watch the show, you know what I am talking about...if you don't watch the show, WHY DON'T YOU? Anyway's we got there with about 40 minutes to spare and got this selfie on the way in:By the looks of the background in this photo, it didnt appear that there were too many people still there but we forgot about the tourbuses that were parked on the street and it was so hot outside that they were all inside.
Have you met me? I sorta shut down in places where there are too many people, becoming quickly overstimulated with lots to look at and being that we had traveled all day, starving and just dang hot, we did a quick lap (or two) around the store and headed back to our sweet rental car and went to go find food. We agreed not to return Saturday after the workshop because rumor has it that Saturdays are the most crazy and I told myself that on Monday it wouldnt be as crowded.
I bet people say that about Disneyland, too (I don't go there either)
We filled our bellys with traditional BBQ (we Californians do not know what real BBQ means) and got back to The Magnolia House right before the the dang tour bus we saw at The Silos got there.
We had already witnessed the constant stream of slow rolling cars with ladies hanging out the windows take photos and videos with their phones and people just "randomly" walking down the sidewalk as if to just "happen" to walk by, but a tour bus?? and let me tell you, it was a LOADED bus and everybody got out. I have to stop and say that there is a little black fence around the whole property so 99% of the people stay outside the fence, whew.
Now, my husband is a chatty social butterfly and apparently my brother in law is too because man, they were out there just chit chatting away with all the ladies..and their husbands..meanwhile I was almost peeing my skirt inside because I was a mix of giddy, overwhlemed, overstimulated and a tiny bit freaked out. I walked out on the porch for two seconds to get a photo of the chatty butterflies and then went back in and pulled the curtains.
Isn't that nutty??? Can you imagine being a Kardashian??? Anyways, all those sweet ladies and men were super nice and just excited to be there..so was I. Look at the lady in the backgrown waving at me!!! That is so funny! Anyways, I went back into the cool, clean, crisp, wood smelling, amazing home, put on my hoodie and jammie pants and pretty much smiled for the rest of the night..
we all did.
It was another one of those nights where I felt like I was a 9 or 10 years old on Christmas Eve and I couldnt wait to get to sleep so that I could wake up in the morning..I LOVE early morning quiet and coffee so the first thing I did after getting a cup of coffee was head right out the front door to get this shot:
and then walked down the sidewalk, out the little gate, turned around and got this shot stood there for a second in my jammie pants and hoodies, took it all in, realized it was already hot, and headed back in to sit and smile at the kitchen table. To be continued...