I’ve spent many 4th of July vacations visiting family down in Texas. My mom has 6 siblings, 3 of which live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Now that I have a family of my own, it’s so much fun to carry on that tradition with my own little people and to give them a little taste of what my childhood was like.
Caravanning On Down
This year we caravanned in a 15 passenger van with my parents, my dad’s brother (they go way back with my mom’s side of the family), my niece and nephew, and my family. It makes for an interesting and entertaining ride! The kiddos maybe watched 1 movie the entire 11 hour trip down there. No screen time what-so-ever. They entertain each other I tell ya! It’s awesome.
A Relaxing Week
We arrived on Saturday afternoon and from then on most of our time was spent at my Aunt and Uncle’s house laying poolside. They are such generous hosts who house ALL of us. They feed us and basically open up their entire home for us to do whatever we want! 🙂 It’s honestly bliss. On Sunday, we had a sweet church service over at my other uncle’s house, sat poolside there too with more family, and enjoyed lunch. Other than our trip down to Waco for brunch (of which I’ll get to) and Chris and I going kid-less to the Astros vs. Rangers MLB game, it was a relaxing week where we were basically sat poolside at my Aunt and Uncle’s.
Our little family are big fans of Chip and Jo. Chris and I went to Magnolia last summer, but we figured it was time to take the girls down there this year. Tuesday night – also known as Fixer Upper night – was family time at our house! I would always cook a nice dinner, complete with dessert, and we’d watch the latest episode. We especially loved the Magnolia Table episode and thought it’d be fun to check it out for ourselves!
Waco,TX and the Silos
Fortunately, my family lives roughly 45 minutes from Waco. We had a late night the night before so we decided not to get up too early and save us from some grumpy kids. We left around 9am and got there at around 10am. We went straight to the restaurant and put our name in. We had to wait 3 1/2 hours, so we figured we’d kill some time at the Silos. The temp was over 100 degrees that day and, not surprisingly, the kids were hungry. Not a good mixture! 🙂 As a side note, we did have a minor miscommunication between us and the host. I will spare you the details, except to say they made it right in the end so I’ll leave it at that! We all went different ways at the Silos, my mom and Ayla went to the garden area, Chris got smoothies for him and the kiddos, and the rest of us went into the store. There were A LOT of people there and like I said, it was really hot. We had hardly anytime at the Silos before it was time to head back. I wanted a cupcake, but unfortunately that didn’t happen this year! 🙁 Major regret.
Brunch at Magnolia Table
After we arrived back at Magnolia Table, we were able to get seated fairly quickly. It was quite the relief to finally be there and about to EAT! I couldn’t quit looking around at all the beauty and details in the place. Seriously, all the heart eyes. It was perfect. We decided on some Lemon Lavender Donut Holes for all of us to snack on until we got our food. I got a cup of Texas Pecan Drip Coffee and of course a huge glass of water. All so delish! We ordered the kiddos all the same thing, the Kids Breakfast which was eggs, bacon or sausage, and pancakes. I got the Avocado Toast with an egg over easy and a side of biscuits and strawberry butter. I’m drooling just sitting here reliving it! It was as good as it sounds! From the ambiance, to the service, to the quality of the food, to even the price – it was amazing.