Friday, December 31, 2010

Ice, Ice, Baby

The family and I visited the National Harbor today...for the first time for all of us except Eric. We attended the Gaylord Hotel's presentation of ICE! It's pretty phenomenal...a group of artisans from Siberia spend a month of 12-hour days creating ice sculptures from 2 million tons of ice. This year's theme was "How the Grinch Stole Christmas".

Everything was made from ice, and colored with food coloring. Unbelievable.

 Yes, even the letters! Not the boys, though--they're warm-blooded! The Gaylord provided the parkas for us to wear, as it was a cool 9 degrees in here. Brrr!

 You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch...

 The Whos down in Whoville are playing with their toys.

 The Grinch is making poor Max into a reindeer.

 JJ thinks he's still a little kid. This was terribly cute, but he said it was terribly uncomfortable. :)

 The Grinch is making his move.

 There were slides of ice set up for us to come down...thus the parkas. We would have gotten stuck without them. Here's JJ coming down...whee!

 I only caught Nicky's green hat on his ride.

 Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.

 The Grinch's heart grew three sizes that day!

 Everybody loves Max!

 And of course, who could forget Cindy-Lou Who, who was no more than two!

 At the end of the tour, there was a beautifully simple Nativity display, also made completely of ice. Love the angel.

 The manger scene was surrounded by the animals and Wise Men, but I loved the simple manger scene on its own.

 Merry Christmas from the Grinch and us!

 On the way out, this tree caught our's made completely from Marshmallow Peeps. Wow!

 The beautiful if slightly dirty Potomac River, with a lovely view of the Beltway and Wilson Bridge from the riverfront of the Gaylord.

The National Harbor's Christmas tree was very huge and imposing, yet beautiful.

It was a lovely way to spend New Year's Eve.

Happy New Year!

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