As soon as I saw this post on Make Mine a Mojito, I knew That Husband and I had to make a date night out of visiting the ICE! exhibit at the Gaylord Texan.

It was my first time at the Gaylord, and the place is HUGE! I think my entire hometown could fit inside (not just the people, the buildings and everything). All of the decorations were Texas sized, which meant they were ridiculously grand.


After following the snowflakes and the signs help up by Miss Skanky Ice Princess we made it to the exhibit where we were handed some very attractive parkas. Wearing the parka with hood up is absolutely necessary because the exhibit is freezing inside (actually it’s below freezing).

We learned from the video that they flew in 40 artists from China to sculpt the exhibit.

I’m all about the intereactive stuff, so I was happy that they created a special place for people to touch the ice.

I saw this part of the exhibit and thought that this was a wonderful representation of That Husband and I….

but then I saw these two kid and realized that the one on his bum actually looks more like me. I’m not the best ice skater.

I was attempting to take a self-portrait of the two of us in front of the bunnies when this lady walked up and forcefully quickly grabbed my camera (the camera I consider to be my little baby) from my hands and insisted she would take the picture. I was really confused until she took the photo and laughed and said that the flash had helped illuminate our faces, showing her that we weren’t cousins like she had previously thought. I understood, since I thought I lost That Husband a few times while we were inside, everyone looks like Pillsbury Doughpeople when wearing those huge parkas.

I laughed at this not-so-subtle product endorsement.

This icy cupcake looked delicious.

I do not see how living in an igloo could ever be warm. This house was freezing inside. And also see-through. Are igloos see-through?

TH came up with this pose all by himself. I was so happy to be there all I could think to do was beam excitedly whenever the camera was pointed in my direction.

We asked Santat take us to Poland in his magical sleigh. I think the trip will be shorter that way.

The reindeer ice slide looked so fun with all of the kiddies and parents zooming down.

Unfortunately I sucked at the ice slide. Here I am laughing hysterically because I finally made it to the bottom 10 minutes later.

I can’t even imagine how long it took them to craft this forest of ice branches.

And what is the fire extinguisher for?

I was fascinated by the ice candles on either side of this angel.

I always picture Joseph to be someone fit and hard working. This Joseph was a little bit on the jolly portly side. Mary must be a really good cook!

I was so sad to get to the end, it felt like it went by so fast! If it wasn’t so cold I think I would have made TH loop through one more time.

After exploring ICE! we decided to wander around the hotel a little bit, in part because I wanted to find the giant gingerbread house. Along the way we came across this tree. TH was absolutely fascinated by it and made me take a picture. We definitely like to take pictures of different things.

We found the house, but apparently someone had been eating snacks off of it!

I’m a little nervous about baking little miniatured gingerbread men for Christmas (my baking endeavors have not been very successful so far). I can’t imagine baking a lifesize house version!

We saw this family attempting to take photos of their 5 children standing in front of the front door and the littlest one kept saying “I want to go inside the house!” Does anyone understand the strange theme they chose for the decor?

As we were walking out of the lobby I saw this awesome chair and had to take a picture for my Grandma A. You need one like this with your brand on it Grandma!

Wouldn’t you love to have such a fantastic coffee table in your house?

Thanks for such a great date night my love! We make a great team.

After a failed attempt to visit TCBY we decided to come home and test out the fun new toy I bought for 40% off at Linens n’ Things. What could it be?

An ice cream maker, with soft serve ice cream dispenser! In  the lovely shade of bubble gum pink.

It even has little containers to hold and self-dispense toppings.

We decided to make fat free raspberry frozen yogurt.

It was an absolutely delicious way to end a wonderful evening. I can’t wait to use my Italian cookbook recipes and make some gelato now!