The decorations alone are breathtakingly beautiful. The biggest issue was the crowd! By 6:00PM last Friday the place was a mass of people. And, lots and lots of them were NOT staying at the Gaylord but were "locals" coming to get in on the festivities. We decided that the Gaylord should have some kind of control over how many outsiders can come in but as we know, the almighty $$$ is ruling their decisions. And, the more folks that come through that place the more $$$ they make. But, it just doesn't seem quite fair to me that those who pay to stay there have to fight such massive crowds. The other times we have been to the Gaylord this has not been the case. The adults were the only ones bothered by the crowds, Hanna Beth and Clancy were too enthralled to be concerned. ~big grin~
After snow tubing we took off to go through the ICE exhibit. This years theme was Frosty the Snowman and it is about a 30 walk thru in 9 degree ~yes, 9 degrees~ of ice sculptures. There are thousands of pounds of ice that have been sculpted depicting scenes from Frosty. The Gaylord flies artist from China to sculpt the ice. All that sounds quite impressive until I tell you how long we had to wait in line to see this exhibit........1 hour and 45 minutes!!!!! Do you know how long that is and it wasn't the two kiddos that got weary and worn, it was the 6 adults. Truthfully, by the time we got in to take the tour we didn't want to do anything but get through it and go sit our "hiney's" down for a spell. You can see that we were all bundled up for the tour and I stayed plenty warm except for my hands and they nearly froze. I had on gloves and kept them in my pockets but they were still COLD! Again, we felt like the Gaylord should give some sort of pass to those that stayed there so they would not have to wait in line as long as those that were not staying there. ~just sayin'~
It was a special time for our family and Clancy and Hanna Beth were definitely "the icing on the cake" for all of us. They were captivated from the time we got there until the time we left. Clancy told his Momma that "it had been the best day of his life." I imagine it will remain in their memory for a lifetime and that made it all worth it.
Just before this photo was taken Hubby and I were out walking through the atrium of the hotel with the kiddos. They saw the reindeer and immediately climbed upon him. A young lady walking by looked at us and said, "now they are the cutest kids I've ever seen, y'all get over there with them and let me take your picture." She was so nice and we took her up on her offer and it ended up being one of our best pictures.
Indeed, family times are the best of times and we are so thankful for times such as this.