Back in November we went and saw ICE! at the Gaylord Texan. This year it was featuring How the Grinch Stole Christmas so our girls were super excited! After not ordering tickets head of time and waiting for over 2 hours the day after Thanksgiving with a 4 month old, barely 2 year old and 3 older kids we entered the exhibit at around 9 pm.
We learned quite a few lessons that night.
First, always pre-order tickets if the option is available.
Second, don't go anywhere in public the day after Thankgiving. If you think everyone will be out shopping, they wont be. They're thinking the same thing you are and are probably going the same place you are.
Third, before driving almost 2 hours to your destination with overly excited children call ahead and make sure there is no other event going on. In this case it was Texas Tech Alumni weekend at the Gaylord. We were some of the few people not decked out in Red Raiders attire.
Fourth, there is no convincing overly excited children the wait for something is too long. They'll never agree when they've been counting on something for days.
And lastly, even if you have to wait over 2 hours for your 'spot' in line to start moving and almost 3 hours to actually get into your event it will all be worth it in the end when the kids can't stop talking about it for days. Even if you have to deal with a screaming 4 month old who needs to be asleep in his bed but instead is being bundled and strolled through an ice exhibit that is 9 degrees cold. (No, really, it wasn't that bad)
All of that to say...we had a wonderful, memorable time!
So, in honor of what would be the 106th birthday of Dr. Seuss here are our pictures from ICE! How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The older boy with us is our nephew, Ethan. While everyone else, besides my parents, left, he stayed and hung out with us! Keep in mind everything is made of solid ice carvings!
All of us getting our parkas on.
All of us, including my nephew.
The ice slide!
A nativity scene made out of ice. Pretty amazing...