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Making travel work - Waco, TX

Updated: Aug 28, 2023

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This past week my husband had to be in Waco for his job for a few days before then heading out of the country for a couple more days just to turn around and have to be off for his monthly weekend with the Army. With all this back to back travel scheduled, we decided to make Waco a mini "family trip"!

While he gets to travel quite regularly between his work and the military, being a remote bookkeeper isn't known for the travel opportunities, so my business-related travel tends to be minimal. However, being remote and self-employed gives me the freedom to work almost literally from anywhere! So, I packed up the baby and my bag and we headed off to meet him the morning after he was arriving.

While Waco is only about a two and a half hour drive for us, it isn't somewhere we typically think to go visit and I can't actually recall having been since I was kid. First, I will say that the hotel we stayed at was GREAT! The room offered a ton of space for the pack and play we brought, had two desk areas, a kitchen, and still plenty of room for Evi to play and run around and no one felt like we were tripping over one another. (In short, if you do decide to go, consider Element Waco.) Here are a few pics of the room (excuse the mess but... we have a toddler. lol

We were getting ready to go to the pool here and Evi was checking out the cabinets, of course. She had WAAYYY more fun later with the toilet paper though.. It's always her mission to get into the bathroom, this one.

Sadly, I forgot my phone when we went to the pool so I didn't get any pictures but they have a very nice pool and hot tub and seating outside with yard games as well. There is a great bar area/restaurant at the hotel as well. My biggest recommend this trip is the pool float you see in the pics. Such a great thing to pack whenever there's going to be the chance to swim with the little one. She loves it and it make the pool time so enjoyable for all of us.

As I mentioned, the work space was great too! Here's my temporary office. And then my husband had the bar table to work at which was a great setup for us.

I will be honest, in the heat of summer and it feeling around 110 degrees outside, I was pretty happy just staying in the room and going to the pool in the evening. We did end up venturing out to do a little shopping though the second day and we ate Magnolia Table which conveniently is just across from the hotel. It was a fun experience and I'm glad we went but I will admit that I'm not sure I would endure the wait with a hangry toddler again in this heat.

The next day we did decide to go to the Magnolia Market at the Silos after grabbing lunch nearby. First, I want to make sure I mention where we ate because this place was such a great concept and I hope it extends to more areas. The place is called Union Hall and I would explain it as like being at a food truck court with all the awesome choices they offer there but it's inside (definite must here in Texas in the summer!). On their website they describe it as a food hall dining experience which doesn't sounds to me as amazing as what it was. You can check out their website here. We ended up getting po'boys and they were fantastic. It was hard to make a choice though when there were at least a dozen places it seemed like and they all looked pretty awesome.

From the restaurant we decided to take the little walk (probably two or three blocks) over to Magnolia Market. I was super excited to check it out since I used to watch Fixer Upper regularly (you know, before Songs for Littles overtook our house). I had no idea that it was so massive! It was really like a whole little village with numerous little shops and even a church in the center. Super cute!

All in all, Waco was definitely an experience for us, even if it was short lived. We just enjoying getting to have that flexibility and breaking out of the same old routine now and then. My biggest take away from this trip - go in the cooler months!

Until next time!!

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