14 Times Joanna Gaines Proved She's the Coolest Mom
When She Totally Condoned Jumping on the Bed
Joanna Gaines may the be straight-laced one compared to her husband, Chip. But the Fixer Upper star, 40, who just welcomed her fifth child, a boy named Crew, is constantly proving she's the coolest mom around.
Take, for example, the time she took a break from setting up the Magnolia showroom at the High Point furniture fair in North Carolina to have a jump on the bed. "I'm not sure if this is an old cheerleader move from high school or a ninja kick to the face," she wrote of the impressive mid-air maneuver.
When She Had a Light Night Dance Break
How do you get that last burst of energy out of an exuberant middle schooler? With an impromptu dance performance, of course. Joanna and daughter, Emmie Kay, 8, had an adorable mother-daughter moment when they recreated Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling‘s dance moves from the Oscar-winning film La La Land.
When She Let Bedtime Slide
Rather than disrupt this brotherly bonding time between Drake, 13, and Duke, 9, Joanna gave the boys a break on bed time. "Ok fine...ten more minutes," she wrote alongside this sweet snap of the siblings.
When She Respected the Fort Rules
Building is in their blood! Not only did the Gaines kids manage to transform their bunk beds into a pretty impressive fort. Mom Joanna abided by the rules of their hideout. "Trying to figure out the secret password to get in here," she wrote alongside this picture, adding "#niceworkkids #iwantmyblanketback."
When She Proved She's a DIY Star
Joanna has said she loves to set aside time to get creative with her girls, Emmie Kay and Ella, 11, even if it's just an at-home activity. Here her little "dream weaver" puts her bunk bed stairs to good use with a yarn windingsession.
When She Engineered a Playtime Masterpiece
Don't let it be said that Joanna only knows about the domestic arts. When Emmie Kay had a big idea about becoming a robot, Joanna whipped up a DIY paper getup for her youngest.
When She Asked What Would Santa Do
"Snuck the girls out of bed so they could help me with the big tree... Trying to be quiet as mice so we don't wake any of the boys!," Jo wrote of this sweet, after-hours Christmas moment.
When She Got Real About Family Dinner
During the bustle of the holidays, sometimes fine cuisine takes a back seat to some quality family time, and that's okay with Jo. "Frozen pizza for the win," she writes on this snap of a lonely last slice, adding, "#notreally #butkindof"
When She Learned to Fly for Her Guys
A rainy day admittedly includes "ice cream and sweats" for Jo, but her ever-industrious boys kept her busy doing flight tests. "Paper planes (everywhere) and designing forts and secret hideouts," she captioned this photo of her handywork.
When She Let the Kids Add to the Decor
"I always love seeing the kids' unique design touches around the house," she says of this dinosaur showdown she spotted in her children's bathroom.
When She Was a Woman of Her Word
Her girls take after their "#plantlady" mom, but this greenhouse comes with some rules. "I told her she would get a new plant every month if she keeps up with all her little cuties. We are running out of space," Joanna says.
When She Rolled Out This Never Ending Activity
What better way to inspire endless creativity than a literally endless drawing surface. Joanna unfurled this roll of paper for a simple afternoon activity.
When She Made It Work with Nine Kids
No, the Gaineses aren't hiding away any extra little ones. Chip and Jo welcomed her sister, brother-in-law and their children into their home for a month. Though Joanna admits it was a "full house," she said having nine kids around "has been a dream. We're going to miss the cousins and all the fun games, giggles and charts," she says.
When She Discovered the Best "Toy" Ever
And how exactly do you keep nine kids entertained on a budget? A pack of plastic cups, of course. "These cups have been the favorite toy of choice. From the one year old who knocks them down every time someone builds them up to the eleven year old who tries to stack the cups as high as the ceiling," she says. "If you're looking for cheap family fun, Go buy a pack of plastic cups!?"