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Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Magical Wonderland Made of Ice

Late Tuesday afternoon our family climbed in the car to celebrate Mr. Décor’s birthday. There had been a tremendous amount of local hype about the ice sculptures at the Gaylord Texan Resort. They bring in several artists from China to create this frosty frolicking festival. I had purchased advanced tickets for this family outing as they often sell out. They were for a specific time. This always seems to be a stressor for us as someone tends to be ready at 4:25 instead of the 4:00 leave time. (No, it’s not me. :) To further compound matters the driver did not listen when asked to get on the toll roads and we then missed our turn. But finally we arrived at our destination with mere minutes to spare. The entire family was stressed out to the max. Could anything save this happy holiday outing?

If anyone could it would be Frosty the Snowman.

He was in the Lone Star Atrium Frosty joined by the village children …

….happy shoppers…

….members of the Salvation Army band…

…his good friend Karen…

…as well as the Traffic Cop who hollered “STOP!”

All the while in pursuit by the evil villain magician Professor Hinkle.

You might almost forget that this entire scene is crafted from 2 million blocks of carved ice, some of which is hand colored. But as they keep the display at just 9 degrees we were quickly chilled to the bone and we slid through the exhibit as fast as Frosty.

Stopping only to marvel at the interactive ice luge.

Why yes, of course I took a turn! Finishing my lightening fast run you can see me modeling the lovely parka that is loaned out to each guest.

Turning the corner we witnessed a glorious site, the greatest story ever told!

From there we went and did a bit of snow tubing.

 

Having worked up an appetite we moseyed on over to the Riverwalk Atrium, had a delicious dinner at the Cantina, and watched the overhead light show. Then after dinner we walked along the water towards the Hill Country Atrium.

During our walk we saw a charming model train village seriously sweet gingerbread houses…

…as well as the biggest pair of Santa’s boots I have ever seen! (We truly all are elves. :)

Of course I had to get a picture with the birthday boy.

This was quickly followed by a stampede to see Santa.

Wore out we slowly walked back to the car marveling at the lovely grounds lit for the season.

It was truly magical.

Laura

11 comments :

the cape on the corner said...

that IS magical! i'd love to see those ice sculptures!
b

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Wow! What a beautiful place to visit for the holidays! And I'm glad hubby had a nice birthday! Stress....it's hard to avoid it! Hugs!

Dawna Motz said...

What a fun place,,,takes one right back to their childhood for sure! Glad you had fun celebrating!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh wow, the ice sculptures are all stunning. What a fun evening and sound like Mr. Decor had a fabulous Birthday.

Linda said...

I've never seen anything like those ice sculptures (in color!). Really neat and looks like a great family outing. I had to smile when I read about the start of your adventure - it's always like that at our house with any beginning to a journey - someone is running behind, we're all grouching at one another before we even get in the car and as we pull away from the house. It seems to happen every time, but then things work out fine. : )

Rita C. said...

How cool (I know, that's a pathetic word choice, but it IS!). You're such thoughtful person to plan such good times for your family. I hope everyone chilled (there I go again), and had a great time.
Rita

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a nice family time, Laura! It is great that you were able to put unpacking and decorating aside and really have an enjoyable time during the holiday season all together. The ice sculptures look amazing and I love to see trains and village displays.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

That sounds like a wonderful birthday celebration! The sculptures are amazing! Glad you had FUN!

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

A memorable birthday . At my age, there is nothing better than family, fun and lots of laughter as a birthday present. The location you chose to celebrate Mr Decor's special day is extremely impressive. I can't draw stick figures with a pencil so it is extremely difficult to imagine someone carving such amazing sculptures out of ice. Warm wishes.

Diane Higdon said...

We went this last weekend....and it is so nice to read about someone else experience there. Looks like you guys had a great time. We sure did!!! Thanks so much for sharing. :)
Happy Birthday to Mr. Decor as well!

Vel Criste said...

Love Opryland and I'm looking forward to visiting the one in Nashville this coming Christmas!