Chip and Joanna Gaines, well-known for their HGTV stardom, have transcended the Two Under Two Club and are now navigating the parenting journey with a unique demographic. The couple, parents to Drake, Ella, Duke, Emmie, and the youngest, 5-year-old Crew, find themselves in the delightful yet challenging position of raising kids spanning ages 5 to 18.
In a recent interview with Today, Joanna expressed the joyous phase she’s experiencing with her teenagers, emphasizing the evolving connection that is transforming them into friends. The eldest, already in college, highlights the substantial 13-year age gap within the siblings, marking a significant shift from parenthood to a more peer-like relationship.
The couple is savoring the swift transition from parenting babies to interacting with young adults who share a camaraderie more akin to friendship than parent-child dynamics. Joanna acknowledged the rapid growth of children and the need to appreciate every moment, especially with their youngest, Crew, acting as a source of wisdom and a reminder to cherish life’s fleeting moments.
Despite the Gaines kids growing up in the limelight, making appearances on Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna strive to provide them with a semblance of normalcy. The couple acknowledges the contrast between their “normal” mornings and the occasional awe-inspiring moments when the public recognizes them, particularly in places like Target, where Joanna’s Magnolia Home collection adorns the shelves.
While the couple has significantly contributed to Waco’s transformation into an entertainment and lifestyle hub, they are contemplating expanding their horizons beyond the Texas town. Chip and Joanna have successfully built a retail empire, launched a TV network, started a magazine, and recently opened a hotel. However, they are now considering new ventures beyond Waco, recognizing the need for fresh challenges and opportunities on the horizon.
Chip and Joanna Gaines Explore New Horizons Beyond Waco: A Glimpse into Their Expanding Ventures
Joanna reflects on the extensive renovation journey of the Shriners lodge, a colossal project that encompasses 50,000 square feet. The ambitious undertaking, initiated in 2019 when their youngest child was just a year old, has been a laborious process, coinciding with the transition of sending their oldest off to college in August. Joanna humorously remarks that the project, like many of their ventures, has aged them a bit.
In a testament to their commitment to sharing their transformative projects with the world, the Gaineses are set to bring Fixer Upper: The Hotel to television screens. This six-episode series is scheduled to premiere on November 8, offering viewers an inside look at the remarkable journey of converting the Shriners lodge into a hotel. The series will be featured on Magnolia Network, Discovery+, and notably, on the streaming platform Max, a significant aspect for Warner Bros. Discovery.
The Gaineses, who played a pivotal role in the launch of Max back in May, continue to contribute to the platform’s success. Their association with Max is not only crucial to the media conglomerate Warner Bros. Discovery but also serves as a cornerstone for their own expansive media enterprise. Recently, they unveiled an exclusive development slate for Max, focusing on the creation of family-friendly programming, further solidifying their footprint in the streaming landscape.