Jenna Bush Hager and her twin sister, Barbara Pierce Bush, want to pass on a life lesson to their parents.
While in Waco, Texas to promote their new children’s book, “Love Comes First,” the sisters sat down with Magnolia Network founders Chip and Joanna Gaines, who have changed years with their oldest of five children, Drake, 18, off to college and their youngest, Crew, 5. , starting in kindergarten.
Jenna and Barbara say their parents, former President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush, gave them a place to grow when they left home.
“Show me clips of your college experience. I was like, ‘If you’re not like these girls, boy, don’t even come home,'” said Chip Gaines in an interview with his wife that aired on November 8 on TODAY.
“I think that children’s failures are important,” Jenna said. “We always say that we think the best thing our parents gave us was to make a mistake.”
“Fortunately, we were able to make mistakes,” said Barbara.
“Stay out of jail. OK?” Joanna Gaines laughed.
“We didn’t spend the night in jail. “We never spent a night in jail,” Jenna joked. “Did you go to jail?”
“Yeah, but I didn’t sleep,” Chip Gaines replied.
The Gaines couple has also been married for 20 years, and the union is growing because they continue to get along.
“All of us are just better. We are strong. “I think 20 years later we still really love each other,” Joanna Gaines said. “I still laugh about everything he does. I rolled my eyes a lot, because sometimes I’m like, ‘I can’t believe you said that out loud.'”
The couple recently finished renovating The Hotel 1928 in Waco, a project that will be featured in their new Magnolia Network series, “Fixer Upper: The Hotel.” With so much going on personally and professionally, they finally managed to take a moment to take it all in.
“It feels like we built and built and tried and tried and worked and worked and worked, even in a family sense,” Chip Gaines said.
“For the first time, in this whole process, I think Jo and I, we look back. It’s just like, man, a lot has happened. And you didn’t stop and smell the roses when it happened. “