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Monday, December 8, 2014


My husband and I just returned from an overnight stay at the Gaylord in Grapevine, TX, which included tickets to the "ICE" show featuring "Frosty the Snowman."

I have done two posts on "H" and it dawned on me last night that I have the perfect subject for "I" in "ICE."  As we southerns are prone to do, we want to be sure there is plenty of ice for our tea and other important drinks!  We artfully arrange dump the cubes in our glass and pour the drink.  Although one could say "ice" is not a play thing for the home, it is important:  (1) when the storm takes down the electricity and food is going to spoil; (2) when the party is about to begin and you forgot to get extra ice; (3) when you need an ice pak for an injury, etc.  Dallasites also fear ice - the kind that falls from the sky, usually overnight, prompting school cancellations and work delays.  Dallas will shut down when there's an ice storm.

If one can have a "fond" memory of ice, I remember going with my Daddy to the local ice house to purchase a block of ice.  Yes, a block of ice - one GIANT ice cube.  We would stand at the dock and listen for it to slide down the shoot to the end.  Then the workman would pick it up with big tongs and set it in the ice chest.  I imagine we were purchasing a block for his fishing trip or, MAYBE, for hand cranked ice cream.

But on the the Gaylord and ICE...  I didn't take photos within the show once I put on my gloves.  The temperature inside the show was 9 degrees to keep the ice from melting. Toward the end I slipped off one glove to be able to tap my phone for a few photos.  Enjoy.  We thought the Gaylord was beautiful and definitely festive.  There were a lot of families there using the opportunity for a beautiful backdrop for a Christmas card.
Standing in line.

Almost ready to "suit up" 
 Note these are colored blocks of ice

Toy soldier made of colored ice; note the size the blocks at the base (clear)

Visitor wearing the furnished coats

Huge nativity scene made of clear ice

Gaylord Atrium

Atrium - plenty of places to pose for a photo

Santa requires LARGE boots when he visits Texas

View from our 5th floor room.  To the left is an oil derrick lined in lights.  Below us
was the place to have your photo taken with Santa.  
At the Hickory Restaurant where we had dinner--tree made of wood sleds

Tree in background handing from ceiling.

View of atrium from elevator this morning
Perfect setting for getting into the Christmas spirit.  So glad we went!


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