This past weekend was so much fun. We had Taylor's mom, two sisters and 3 nephews in town from Thursday to Sunday and we seriously had the best couple of days. We thought that it would just be Taylor's mom, Ga, coming down for the weekend, but she totally surprised us by bringing along his two sisters and our nephews, one of which was only 9 weeks old!
And then because one surprise wasn't enough, they surprised us again by telling us that we were headed up to Waco on Friday for Spring at the Silos and staying the night in one of the houses featured on Fixer Upper. How fun is that?
So on Friday we packed up our bags and headed on up to Waco, Texas!
Magnolia was busy, which we expected - their big spring event, Spring at the Silos, was happening and those sorts of events there are always busy, but they are so fun.
First thing we did when we got there was stroll through the vendor fair - the vendors this year were top notch - they had so many good little shops! I was particularly excited to look at Roolee & Gigi Pip, two of my favorites.
After strolling for a little bit we went onto the grounds and we split up - half of us stood in line for cupcakes and the other half stood in line for the sweet tea. Here's a word of advice for anyone going to Magnolia, get the sweet tea. Don't think twice about it, just do it. It's so yummy and you get to keep the super cute mason jar that it comes in - PLUS it's $2 refills. So I'll say it again, get the sweet tea.
We had our sweet tea and cupcakes in hand and Ga was in line at the the little Carmel Apple place . . . can you say sugar rush?
Meanwhile my nephew Parker was living his best life
I couldn't have a cupcake this time around, because I had to go gluten free (more on that later), but thankfully I've had my fair share of Magnolia cupcakes pre-gluten free life. From past experiences, I can say that they're as good as people say they are. If you're at Magnolia, get a cupcake. Simple as that.
Before Parker Tay could finish his cupcake, Ga was back with the most delicious looking caramel apple that I've ever seen. And guess who got the first bite?
Literally this kid was living his best life at Magnolia. And our other little man, Bentley, was busy taking a well earned nap.
After we had our several treats, we hung around at a table, listened to the live music and just relaxed for a little while.
Tay & his mama!
While we were hanging out, I pulled out my camera and snapped some pics of everybody. Love this crew so, so much.
Brittany & little baby Carson. The sweetest!
Parker Tay trying on Uncle Tay's sunglasses!
All the kisses for baby Carson!
Uncle Tay & Bentley looking as cute as ever!
After we finished all of our treats, we went back out to the vendor fair and did some more shopping.
And then more shopping!
Hi Brookie & Bentley!
After we finished our shopping, it was time for us to head over to our airbnb. But before we left, we snapped a quick pic in front of this cute mural!
When we got to the airbnb, we were in awe. It was so cute! Parker ran around the house yelling "this house is so amazing!!!" and I don't think I could have said it any better. Well said, Parker. Well said.
So cute, right? I wanted to move in & stay forever.
So after some well deserved pizza, wine and r&r, we called it a night. We all snuggled up on the couches and turned on some Fixer Upper. We love us some Chip & Jo!
On Saturday morning we woke up early with the intention of getting out the door and over to Magnolia when they opened, but that plan came and went pretty quickly. Oh well - I don't think any of us were bummed about having to hang in our airbnb for a couple more hours than planned.
While we were all getting ready, I took some pictures of the girls with their kiddos and they turned out soooo cute. I mean look at them.
I know I'm biased, but HOW CUTE ARE THEY?
Love all of them so much.
Bentley was busy playin outside while we were getting everything packed & ready to go. Also, his boots kill me. He wears them all the time. This kids loves his boots. He puts them on first thing in the morning and takes them off before he goes to bed.
While Bentley was playing outside, Carson was inside snuggling & napping with Uncle Tay! Be still my heart.
When we finally made it out the door we headed straight for Common Grounds, a local Waco coffee shop, and we got some much needed coffee.
With our coffee in hand, we were ready to take on the day - Magnolia, here we come!
We got to the Silos and went straight for the food. None of us had eaten breakfast, so we were all hungry. Brooke & I each got an Acai Bowl, and to be honest, it wasn't our favorite. I thought it was fine, but definitely not as good as other Acai Bowl's that I've had.
We found a spot on the lawn just as Dawson Hollow was coming on stage, so we sat there, listened to them play and ate our food. I'd never heard of Dawson Hollow before, but now I officially consider myself a fan. They were really good and they put on a great show - do yourself a favor and go get some of their music.
After we relaxed on the lawn for a bit we went and hit the vendor fair again. We hadn't bought much yet so this was our day to get all of our goodies!
I've been eying a hat from GIGI PIP for a while now so after visiting their tent 3+ times, my sweet mom-in-law bought it for me as an early birthday gift. Thanks Ga!
The other little thing I bought for myself was this super cute hair scarf. I actually bought two of them and I got them from Just Peachy, a little Etsy shop based out of Waco. I got the pink one you see here and I also got a floral print one. They're my new favorite hair accessory - so easy and so cute. I haven't attempted yet, but rumor has it that you can also tie it around your neck and it's real cute.
The last thing we bought was a personalized Xylo Bat - Neither Taylor or I had ever heard of this company before, but they make & sell custom wooden baseball bats. They have bats designed for professional use, but they also have bats you can buy as decoration - we picked one to use as decoration. You can engrave it with anything you'd like, but they had one on display that we both really liked so we asked if we could order one just like that and luckily they had a few already ready to sell, The engraving on our bat is one of my favorite verses, "Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will be established." - Proverbs 16:3
We can't wait to hang it up and display it somewhere in our home!
Our family all bought some stuff too - Brooke & Brittany both bought a stuffed animal for each of the boys, Brooke bought a cute crewneck sweater and Brittany bought a Magnolia hat. So many goodies!
After we finished shopping (for real this time), we walked over to a little outdoor market that was across from the Silos and wandered around there for a few minutes. And then it was lunch time and we went to Vitek's BBQ, because it's Ga's favorite and the girls had to get BBQ at least once while in Texas.
And then with full hearts, bellies and shopping bags we hopped in the car and went on our way back to Austin.
Magnolia, you were a treat.
Okay y'all - so every once in a while I'll dig up our old phones and literally charge them just enough so that I can scroll through my old photos on there. It's like a little blast to the past and I.Love.It. Does anyone else do this? I don't know what it is, but something about looking back at old memories is so soothing to me. So that's what I did earlier this week and I found so many old photos that I love and felt like sharing today!
I'll totally admit that this post is probably more for me than it is you, so I'm sorry . . . but I seriously love these memories so much and I'm not sure about you, but I always think it's fun seeing a little glimpse into a persons past.
Soooo if you want to see some old Emilee & Taylor, stick around - we're gonna have fun!
Gonna go ahead and kick it off with this oldie, but goodie. Here we are on our last day in Florida, right before we went and sold off our first & favorite car. We loved this car - I was sad to see her go. We named her Baby Blue and honestly I'm not sure why, because she definitely isn't baby blue but it just felt right.
We miss you, baby blue.
The dress that almost was! This pretty thing was the runner up in my line up of wedding dress options. I really did love this one.
There were a lot of things that I didn't love about Florida when we lived there, but one thing that I did love was the amphitheater in Tampa. Concerts here were magical.
Ha! I don't know why Taylor takes me anywhere - this is usually how it ends up.
This was at a Golf Tournament up near Taylor's work in Snoqualmie, Washington. It was my first time to a golf tournament and I was clearly having tons of fun. Yay golf!
This was taken when Taylor & I were just dating. I'm with his mom at a farmers market in Anchorage, Alaska - we were up there for one of Taylor's buddies weddings. I'd only met his mom like 4 days prior to this trip and I immediately LOVED HER! Also, we got engaged a couple of days after this!
This picture always makes me laugh. In Florida, Taylor worked as an Athletic Trainer for the USF Softball Team, so we'd spend a lot of time at the field - I'd either be there watching the softball games or we'd be there together catching some of the baseball games.
Fun fact - I don't like mascots. I cringe just thinking about them.
These are the two kiddos that I nannied while living in Florida - how cute are they!?!?!
Their family literally became our family when we lived down there. They invited us over for birthday parties, holidays, family events, etc. Most holidays we were able to go back home, but Easter we stayed in Florida and spent it with their family.
If you couldn't guess by the red, white & blue outfit and Tay's USA shirt, this was taken on the Fourth of July - our first in Washington. We'd moved just a couple of days before the fourth.
Speaking of the Fourth of July - this was us just one year before on the beach in Fort Meyers Beach, FL!
Okay, I have no idea why, but I love this picture. It cracks me up every.single.time. - therefore I had to post it. This is at my parents house in Colorado. So.much.snow.
And soooo opposite from the last picture, but this is also one of my favs. This was on one of our very last days in Florida. We went out to this small beach that was more of a local spot rather than a big touristy place like Clearwater Beach and it was so fun. The water was SO warm - I think we'd stayed in the water for an hour or more and then got out to realize that we were majorly sunburnt . . . it was so bad. My forehead and Taylor's back were straight up red. I honestly wore a hat for like the next week to cover up the burn and then the peeling that occurred afterward.
Even with the sunburn, this was probably my FAVORITE day in Florida.
I didn't even know that this picture existed until I looked at the pictures on Taylor's old phone, but now it's one of my favorites. We'd just gotten back to our hotel after our wedding and we were starving, so here I was casually sitting in my wedding dress ordering room service.
In Florida I worked only twice a week - each day was 10 hours, but still, all together I only worked 20 hours/week. I was also going to school full time (online), but during the time that I wasn't studying or working, you could probably find me doing something like this - just hanging around!
We were actually out playing frisbee golf here - something we did quite a bit in Fl.
If you ask me what my favorite thing about Seattle is, the answer will always be The Ferry. My love for the ferry runs deep. I also love Seattle. It's one of my very favorite cities - my dad was born near Seattle, we visited when I was younger, my sister lived there for a couple of years, I married Taylor who was born & raised there and we lived there for a year. I guess you could say that my Seattle ties run deep too. It's a city that holds a special place in my heart and this picture always reminds me of our time there.
This photo was taken a couple of days after our wedding - we met my family in Seattle and got on the ferry to go to Bainbridge Island.
This is another picture that I've totally forgotten about, but I remember the day so vividly. For the first 6 or so months of our relationship we dated long distance. I was living in Minnesota and Taylor was in Florida - we were pretty good about visiting each other as much as possible, but every visit felt too short.
This picture was taken while we wasted some time at the beach before heading to the airport and then when we got to airport, for whatever reason, we found out that my flight had been changed to the next day! It seriously felt like the.best.day.ever.
and finally . . . the oldest of them all.
I really have no words. #haircutgoals
This was fun! I love looking at old photos - they always bring back so many fun memories!
One more thing before I go - I'm taking a break from social media during Lent so I'll see you back here after Easter! Until then, I'll leave one of my favorite verses with you.
Catch you all in a few weeks!
I'm Emilee. 26. Homebody. Believer in a simple + intentional life. Daughter of the King. Living in Austin with my hubs.
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