We needed it desperately. No schedule. No hosting. No plans.
Friday afternoon we skipped town and headed for Grapevine, Texas, where we would stay at the infamous Gaylord Texan until Sunday.
|We started the evening eating dinner at the sports bar inside the hotel. (There are 6 different restaurants inside the hotel.)|
|Luke was thrilled to have some grilled cheese. (His meal of choice the entire weekend.)|
|Checking out the numerous choo choo trains.|
|This is the inside of the Gaylord. You literally never have to leave the hotel. The windows you see are the |
balconies to the rooms that overlook the center of the hotel.
|Checking out the Koi.|
|Saturday morning from our balcony. (This is all inside. The balconies overlook the center of the hotel |
which is also inside, even though it's massive.)
|Addison wanted to pose on every single rock we passed (and they were everywhere!).|
|Still inside! This is the coolest hotel.|
|Loving the water.|
|The big tree.|
|All of Santa's reindeer make an appearance in the hotel somewhere, and they are all |
dressed up and were themed according to their names.
|A real life-size gingerbread house. So cool!|
|Saturday morning we got to eat breakfast with the characters from Shrek and Puss and Boots.|
|The town crier came to seat us. He made us pledge to eat slugs and eyeballs until our breath was stinking.|
|Puss and Boots|
|Addison loved Fiona. She said she was beautiful!|
|Strawberries covered in green slime (aka white chocolate)|
|She earned her Orge ears.|
|This dreamworks guy greeted us as we waited in line for our parkas. Yes, parkas. They keep the ice tent |
between 12 and 17 degrees to keep the ice from melting.
|Addy was a little tired of waiting.|
|There it is. Shrek made out of ice.|
|Our new friend, donkey.|
|Fiona and her babies.|
|The ice slide. They had two slides made of ice that you could slide down.|
|Addison loved it.|
|Luke hated it.|
|There she is. The dragon is all Luke wanted to see.|
|They were pretending to be scared of her.|
|At this point, we were cold and ready to get out of the ice tent.|
|And then we walked into the manger scene all made out of ice.|
|It was gorgeous. The picture does it no justice at all.|
After a little rest time in the room, Addison and I headed down to Gingy's to do a little gingerbread house decorating.
|This is serious business.|
|And she got to meet Gingy.|
|I love this picture.|
|More rocks! She really wanted to pose there.|
|And another rock.|
|You can barely see it, but we caught a sneak peek of a bride and groom |
having their pictures taken. It was awesome!
|There she is posing again.|
|The bride and groom again. : )|
|She happily posed while I tried to figure out whether to use that darn flash or not.|
|She was entertaining passerby's with her posing.|
|A tree made of poinsettias. See above without flash and below with. Maybe I should take a photography class.|
|Eating dinner at the Riverwalk Cantina. Yum.|
|Those multicolored lights again that I love so much.|
|Dinner right by the water. Nothing like it.|
After dinner we headed to the indoor pool and ended our stay with a splash. What a fun weekend away. The Gaylord Texan may very well become a Christmas family tradition for the Dalkes. Neither of the kiddos wanted to leave, and secretly, neither did I. Maybe next year we'll escape for a little longer.
.....day 129 of a year of writing.....