2015 in Review by Chip Gaines
2015 was a big year for us. Seasons 2 & 3 of the show aired, Joanna designed her new furniture line, we opened the Magnolia Silos, we announced our Bakery and the Magnolia House and I managed not to break any bones.
In celebration of the end of a great year, I thought I’d write one of these “blogs” of my own to see what the big deal is. And to review this year’s funniest and most memorable moments. You know, what I really wanted to do was film a “vlog” or whatever you call those things – but they kept telling me I’m too long winded and not good looking enough. So here we are.
I’d compare this year to running a marathon you didn’t train for, because If you would’ve asked me in 2014 if I thought this whole thing would blow up like it did, I might have told you you were crazy. We hit the ground running in January with the airing of season 2, and while it finished up in the spring, we started filming season 3. Before we knew it, December was here and Season 3 aired. There weren’t many breaks in between.
This year I ran through a wall and almost separated my shoulder, dunked a basketball goal that then fell on me, jumped into the river, drank river water out of my boot, and quite a few other embarrassingly awesome things. What do all these have in common? They were all plots to impress Jo. She seems to be a common thread in a lot of the crazy things I do. Most of the caveman-era men shared this quality with me – the need to impress their women. Modern men have taken on more intellectual endeavors, but me – I’d do just about anything to make my wife laugh.
Now, don’t think I forgot. I also ate a roach, but that one was more of a bet than anything. And when it comes to double dog dares, I’m 400 and 0.
I got to do some pretty cool things this year – three of which were like climbing-Mount-Everest-huge for me. You’ll get to see two of them coming in the Season 3. And the last one was getting to rappel off of the Silos down to the #Silobration. That one was another plot to impress Jo. It totally worked.
Now the #Silobration was another huge exciting moment for us. Watching our “first kid” so-to-speak, our Little Shop on Bosque, be retired was a more than a little sad, but watching our Silos location open was our dream come true. Gives me goosebumps just thinking about how cool that night was. Thank you so much to all of you who traveled out to join into the #Silobration.
This year I was FINALLY able to surprise Jo with our anniversary party. This. Was. Hard. Mostly because, although my double-dog-dare record is about 400 and 0, I’m about 0 for 400 in surprising Jo. Somehow she always seems to sniff it out, and it only made it more difficult that our little rat-spy kiddos were all asking me, “Dad, how is mom not going to find out?!” So I was just waiting for it to hit the fan, and Jo to figure me out. On top of the four rat-spies running around, Joanna is exactly who I would hire to plan a party like this, so the fact I was in charge was just about hysterical. Somehow I managed, and somehow she loved it.
2015 was a whirlwind of excitement and emotions. It felt similar to what I imagine a flash flood pouring down on a house that’s burning to the ground, and a tornado spinning through town all simultaneously feels like. But in the best way. I think as far as 2016 goes, I’m optimistic to hope that it’s just as awesome as 2015 has been – except bigger. I’d feel plateaued by the thought of conquering the very same giants this coming year – that’s not what I’m interested in. Jo and I aren’t slowing down to pat ourselves on a job well done in 2015. Instead, we’re just going to get better and have a little fun along the way.