Tuesday, December 7, 2010

ICE! at the Gaylord Texan

So we were pretty busy this weekend. Saturday we had Russell's work brunch in the morning and got home around 1. So on Sunday, we wanted it to be a peaceful, relaxing day together. So we had a pretty lazy morning, looking at ads, reading books, cooking breakfast and watching shows. Wait! That doesn't sound relaxing at all! But it felt relaxing. So I guess that counts.

We'd been planning on going to the ICE! exhibit at the Gaylord again and decided Sunday would be the perfect day.

Unfortunately, it was a little crowded. A lot of the people staying at the hotel were in town for the Big 12 Championship Game at Jerry World. And there was some kind of cheerleading convention going on while we were there too.

Boy was it cold outside! So we bundled up in advance of the cold exhibit we were about to see.

Sophia was so much more aware of all of the stuff to look at, especially the trains.

Waiting to get in......
Once we got in, we had to watch an 8 minute movie about how they carve all the sculptures. After it was over, it snowed on us.
Then it was time to pick out a parka.

Russell was kind enough to hold my purse so I could take pictures.
This year's theme was the Peanuts comic strip.

However, not everything was made of ice like in years past. For example, the tree above wasn't ice.
But Sophia didn't care.

Linus's blanket was a real blanket and not ice.
Every once in a while, Sophia would start dancing to the music they played.

And Sophia said she wanted to go down the slide. It was a long line and we were afraid we'd wait in this huge line only to have her change her mind at the last minute.
But she did it. She had to go all by herself. Russell was at the top waiting with her while I sprinted down to the bottom to catch it on my camera.

And she loved it and of course wanted to go again. We said they only let you ride it once because we didn't want to wait in line again. Yep, we're terrible parents.
The lights on Snoopy's doghouse, not ice.

Don't get  me wrong. It was still an amazing exhibit. We just liked last year's theme better. 

So after that, we went to eat lunch and headed home for a nap.
After nap time, Russell ran the train for the first time to see what's working and what's not working. It ran pretty well and Sophia loved it!

Sophia has started requesting that for her nap time, she sleep in pj's.

Later that night, we started working on her Christmas tree that she has to decorate for school. We're going with a Grinch theme and so we glued down a layer of fuzzy green that looks very Grinch-like.

We'll finish the rest Monday night. Wow! What a busy day!


Kristy @ Next to Heaven said...

ICE! Looks like a blast- sad we never made it! Mike would flip over the train- how fun is that! and I of course love the tree. Sophia is so much fun to watch in pics- I can feel her excitment!

Allison said...

Cute purse... for you and Russell! The video sounds cool... too long? Love the pictures of Sophia all bundled up - sorry Peanuts wasn't as good... it's hard to beat Grinch! Speaking of... can't wait to see the tree all finished!

Anonymous said...

That slide! Wow! She did it all by herself! It looks like you all had a fun time, and I cannot wait to see her finished tree. Don't leave us hanging!