Saturday, December 27, 2008


We had a great time as a family checking out the local HUGE hotel and Christmas display. You know the kind of hotel that has a boat ride inside and a GIANT Christmas tree. It has been so long since we just did things like this for fun. Not packing, not cleaning, not working in the yard...just having fun together as a family.

Then we splurged and got tickets for ICE. It is a beautiful ICE display that takes months to make. One part of it was dedicated to the true Christmas story with a Nativity and a narrator that tells the story of Christ's birth.

The main ICE display this year is the GRINCH. These large ICE sculptures are larger than we are. And here at the end, the GRINCH's heart grew 3 sizes that day.

The girls next to the ROAST BEAST...Notice that wall behind the display is all of ice too.
The highlight was the huge ICE slide. Chuck and the girls waited in the cold to go down (you sit on your coat to slide).

Tissy on the slide.
Tally on the slide (she was the brave one who went first).

Entering WHO-VILLE. Good thing they loan out the jackets to keep you warm.

One of our favorite parts...the ICE tunnel. What incredible work. This was a COOL treat for our family. I just love this picture.


Susan said...

It IS a great family picture. So glad you can have some fun family time...I am sure you all needed that after being apart and all the stress of packing, cleaning, moving, etc.
It reminds me a little of the Snow festival in Sapporo, Japan with huge (building size) ice sculptures and ice slides too. Fun. And very appropriate for Christmas - winter.

Amanda said...

Oh man! That is too cool! Very fun!

Permission to Mother said...

We saw the ICE last year. It was a great family activity.

DebiH. said...

That looks so fun! The hotel is amazing, one of our favorite Christmas traditions there.

cindy said...

Great family picture! What a neat thing to go to!

Sean and Lisa said...

So glad you guys are able to take a breath and relax together! It looks amazing! What a talent to do that with ice. Not me, I hate it when ice sticks to my fingers...YUCK!
And you are right...that last picture is wonderful! You are a beautiful family!!

Marilyn said...

Neat pics. The tunnel picture is now our wallpaper! So glad you can finally all relax and enjoy each other.

carrie said...

That looks like so much fun! I'm so glad you guys are able to just have a good time and be together!

Crystal said...

What fun!!! Your family lookd beautiful and very happy : ) I hope you are enjoying your 'new' home town~

Smith Schoolhouse said...

that looks really COOL!

Karen said...

This looks like a lot of fun and I know that you are so glad to be together!!

Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

How fun!