Sunday, December 19, 2010

ICE, ICE, Snoopy...

Yesterday, I met up with my friend Abby and her husband Brian, their kids Brooks & Emery, and Abby's sister, Emily.  We met up at Cracker Barrel for lunch and then headed over to the Gaylord Texan for their ICE exhibit.  They do it every year with a different theme, but none of us had ever been before.  This year it was a Charlie Brown Christmas and we were totally jazzed about it. 

In case you are unfamiliar with ICE, here's some info about it:  They pitch a big tent and keep it at 9 degrees.  It takes 3 months to make all of the 2 million pounds of ice that they have artisans come in from China and sculpt.

Get ready for pictures!  I've got more photos in this post than a Pioneer Woman recipe post!  Here we go...

Some people were, in our opinion, inappropriately dressed for this event. We believed that appropriate dress was Eskimo attire, so we bundled up.  Here's the crew getting ready (it was comical to watch)...
Emery all bundled up with Snoopy...
Brooks with his Santa hat...
Here we go...
Abby & me, waiting in line to get in...
We had it on good authority that if we were sweating while in line, we would be fine once inside.
We were, and we were!
E&E in line...
They had pretty decorations to look at while in line (but I'll spare you those photos, except for this one of the Texan Nutcrackers)...
Before you go into the tent, they give you parkas to wear over whatever you are already wearing.
This is the point where Emery exclaimed, "A 3rd one?!?!".
Heading Inside...
Most of these are self explanatory, so I won't comment too much more...
They told us when we were entering, "Don't touch the ice".  You know it was from that point on that all I could think of was touching the ice!
You can see, we all touched the ice!
They had ice slides that you could go down.

Since they didn't do a sculpture of one of my favorite scenes of A Charlie Brown Christmas (where snoopy kisses Lucy), I think this one of Snoopy singing was my favorite...
This was the end of the Peanuts crew.  We exited through this jagged looking ice cave...
We exited right into this beautiful ice Nativity....
E&E with the final ice sculpture...
Here's Emery getting out of the parka as fast as she could...
You would think that at this point the fun was over, but not if you were a 3 (& 35) year old boy with dueling escalators!
Then we went to the Atrium to look at the fabulous decorations

The trees...
The garland...
the trains...
the cowboy santa....
the alamo with icicles...
a sleigh...
and a bench with a reindeer...
Back in the car, E & B pose with the snoopy dogs I gave them, and the shirts that I procured for them for this event in my role as their personal shopper.  So cute!!!
I think a good time was had by all!  They all kept up the fun with a Polar Express type train ride in downtown Grapevine, but I skipped out on that and headed home for some Lola-time.

5 comments:

Scrappy Girl said...

Thank you for sharing this. It looks like such a fun time. That nativity was amazing!

Ann said...

That looks so amazing!! I'm so jealous that I wasn't there to join the fun with some of my favorite people!!

Holly said...

I love the ICE at the Gaylord, this is the first year that we haven't gone right away. I hope to make it there in the next few days. Beautiful pictures!

Amanda said...

We wanted to do ICE so badly, but we just couldn't make ourselves pay for it! Ha! Man, I wish we had gone during the daytime. It was PACKED when we went. Your pics show things I didn't even see because it was so busy!

Emilymud said...

I am so happy you suggested to go! It was super fun. Thanks for the great pics too!

 

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