Friday, December 12, 2014

A Charlie Brown Christmas Decorations

A few weeks ago my husband told me this year his company was having a Christmas decorating contest. The contest is going select three winners. The prize is going to be three gift cards, with first prize being $300.
I suggested one theme, but he said why not a Charlie Brown theme instead, since we already had a Snoopy inflatable. I thought that was a good idea.


I volunteered to help since I love decorating, and hey why not try to win some money. Since my husband is a techy,  I thought he definitely needed my help. At first I thought of painting some sets myself, but with this crazy busy season, I decided to go an easier route. I started surfing online line for Peanuts decorations. Then it dawned on my why not look for a school store for bulletin board images. It turns out our local Schoolbox store had the theme I saw online. I already had cotton filling, and used it for the snow.  The pack of decorations also had beautiful shimmery snowflakes. My husband suspended them from the ceiling, unfortunately the picture doesn't really show this very well. I added more snowflakes, Snoopy and Woodstock on the windows.

What do you think?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Gaylord Palms Ice Spectacular!

For Thanksgiving my family and I traveled to my mom's for the holiday. We enjoyed the week of my moms delicious home cooking. What also was a treat was visiting with old and some new friends.
Before leaving for Orlando, my mom asked if my family would like to go to see an ice display at Gaylord Palms.  I had never heard of this before, so I looked it up on the web. I was amazed at the beautiful artistry. The day we went, we drove up to the hotel were the display is in a enclosed tent right next to the hotel.
The local t.v. station gave a preview on their morning show about the display the day before we went. The sculptures are designed by a group of artisans from China.

The sculptors start creating the gorgeous pieces in August, and the show opens up Thanksgiving weekend and goes throughout the holidays. All the ice combined, weighs two million pounds of hand carved ice. Yes, two million!

The theme for the show this year is the Nutcracker.
cute little panda
The temperature is only 9 degrees, so we had to come prepared with coats, gloves, hats, and scarves.  When we checked in we are given another parker to put over our coat. There are places during the tour where their are fans blowing. They told us those spots have temperatures of 7 degrees.
 Jordan is wearing the yellow hat.

Clara is given a Nutcracker from her godfather Drosselmeyer.

My fingers and toes were so cold after we passed a few rooms.
This is the beautiful Nativity scene display. I almost got goose bumps looking at the images in awe.

This is actually a real person showing us how they carve the ice.
After we left the Ice show, we walked into the main atrium of the hotel. There they had a Christmas show with an ensemble. They each took turns singing some good classic tunes. During some of the performance we were amazed by an acrobatic act on a ring suspended above us.
If you are ever in the Orlando area during Thanksgiving or Christmas; this is a definitely something I would recommend.