December 11, 2011

Three Times Makes It A Tradition, Right?

For the past 2 years, Beau and I have trekked up to Dallas a couple weeks before Christmas to go see the ICE! exhibit at the Gaylord Texan. We stay the weekend with my Aunt Mary and Uncle John and is truly something we've come to look forward to!

This year, of course, was no different! And since this was our third time doing so, I've considered it a new tradition.

We spent Saturday afternoon muddering around downtown Fort Worth.What started out as a little shopping experience resulted in $1 mimosas and boot shines for the boys. Either way-I'd  still consider that a win.

Scuse the blurry iPhone pic.

Mexican food ensued our journey just in time to head to ICE!

What's not to love about getting a chance to visit The Gaylord?

All the decor and detail is so rustic, it literally SCREAMS "Texas"!
Love, love, LOVE IT.

Anywho-so ICE! is an event that the Gaylord puts on every year around Christmas time. They fly in 20-some-odd sculptors from China and millions of pounds of ice to create everything you're about to see. 
Upon buying your tickets, you are granted a beautiful, bright blue parka that resembles a sumo wrestler mixed with an eskimo. Let me tell ya...pure hotness. (If blue is not you color, you are royally screwed.) But nonetheless, looks aren't important when it's a frigid 3 degrees inside the exhibit, right? 

Not exaggerating-by the time it's all said and done, you can't move your face or your fingers because they are literally frozen. I have also known a camera or two to freeze up because of the temperature (or lack thereof.) You know us Texans, we're definitely warm weather fans.

This year's theme was "Shrek the Halls". 
(Previous themes have been Grinch & Peanuts.)

The colors, the detail, the engineering, EVERYTHING that goes into it all
is absolutely breathtaking.

Random Kung Fu Panda shot.

Who doesn't love Donkey?!


I need to know what kind of mascara she uses. Stat.

These lil bebes are my all time fave.
Anyone know where I can get one?! ;)

I already can't wait until next year's! 

Seriously-if you ever have the opportunity to go to ANY Gaylord...RUN! Especially if they have the ICE! exhibit during the holidays! We cannot say enough wonderful things about the entire experience!

Happy Monday, lover butts..
13 days 'til Santa comes! ;)


  1. Great pictures! This looks like such a fun tradition to start!


  2. How awesome! I would love to go to something like this :)

  3. Soo cute! Blue happens to be my color so I think I shall attend next year with ya'll....... ;)

    HELLOOOO GRINCH. #youknowwhatImean

  4. That's all ICE?!?!?! So cool! :)

  5. That's amazing!! So pretty!!! and you look good in blue!

  6. This is so cool! I definitely want to check it out!

    I am glad that you had a great time!

    XO Lourdes

  7. i have heard of this and i've always wanted to go!

    blue is definitely your color, girl.

  8. that is SO COOL!!!!! can i come next year pretty please

    i love the shrek one. and i love you and your puffy coat.


  9. How fun! That seems like something I'd LOVE to do.

    You look SO tiny {cuz you pretty much ARE} in that jacket!

    Thanks for sharing!

  10. My family had a tradition of spending every Thanksgiving at the Gaylord Grand Ole Opry hotel. OMG, so much fun! And one year, we visited the Ice exhibit that they had funny are those jackets?!? haha

  11. We have been saying we need to check out the Gaylord around the holidays, now I really want to go! Great pics!

  12. Holy crap-that's ICE??? I never would have guessed you could do something that awesome with it! How fun! I live in freezing cold Montana...we could have an outdoor exhibit and the stuff wouldn't melt!

  13. What!!!!! I cannot believe that is ice! Dang, I wanna go!

  14. I love ICE! I hope we get to go again this year when we're home for the holidays! my camera did freeze after about 5 minutes in there!

    I hope you enjoyed Ft. Worth!!

  15. thats amazing!! how the heck did they do it!?

  16. How cool! I'll be in Houston visiting family for the holidays and I might just have to convince my mom that we need to go see ICE!

  17. Ice is so awesome!! We went when we first moved to Dallas. I think the year we went the theme was Santa's?? It was the year before the Grinch theme. Awesome pictures!

  18. This is soo cool, I've never seen anything like it! If I didn't live in CA I would make it a tradition too!

  19. I had no idea they did this in different places. I went to see ICE in Nashville last week; it was Merry Madagascar themed. Neat!

  20. omg i love ICE! Last year was my first year and i loved it, specially because it was The Grinch theme!

  21. I live right here in FW & haven't ever been! I should make it a must next year! & WHERE in FW did you have $1 MIMOSAS!?!? I must know this, please!


  22. How fun! These are the kinds of things I LOVE doing! And I definitely think you can call it a tradition!

  23. How cool is that!? Love your little tradition1 :)

  24. oh my gosh! That looks like so much fun! Yes, three times definitely makes it a tradition :)

  25. Very, very, cool. I hope to get to that next year. I love the theme, who doesn't love Shrek? Great photos!

  26. That looks amazing! I wish we had something like that around Columbus! What a fun tradition :)

  27. Wow! This is really really cool!

  28. This is really cool!


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