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Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas Fun

On the Saturday before Christmas, we had a family Christmasy fun day in Galveston with our friends Emily, Jose,and Isabel. We started out at Moody Gardens with tickets to Ice Land. Think about a temperature of 9 degrees, 900 tons of ice, and 31 ice sculptors from China turning that ice into SpongeBob scenes. It was AMAZING!! Such an unusual sight/experience that we were all wowed by in a big way. Did I mention the mandatory parkas? Yep, that cold! And that beautiful, as the pics below will show.

Family shot at the beginning of Ice Land.
Jose, Isabel, and Emily

 Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
 Patrick!
 Clark, the rebel with no gloves, braves touching the ice in an ice block tunnel between scenes.
 Could this be Squidward's lost twin brother?
 Ice slide for anyone brave enough to sit on ice!
Dane was first of our group. (on right side of pic)
 Here is Isabel, Mason, and Clark sliding down!
 My boys are hilarious!
A few scenes of the characters in action.
 Isabel, SpongeBob, and Dane
 A scene taken up high. Beautiful colors!
 Angelic fish?
They don't fool me!
 At the end. SpongeBob and Dane are happy and cold!
After that cold adventure (amazing, really!) we needed a place to warm up and fill up. So we headed to the beach for a late lunch/early dinner at Bubba Gump's Restaurant.
 Ed ordered drunken shrimp. It was a beautiful and delicious dish!
We were right on the water's edge so we braved the wind and walked around a little. We took some family pictures with the beautiful ocean in the background.
Limbaugh family pic- Take 1.
Funny photo bomb by Isabel!!
 Take 2- the easily distracted!
Completely unplanned.
 Take 3- We got one!
Rodriguez family pic- They behaved so much better than we did. :-) 
Jose, Emily, Isabel, and Noah.
Two of our last activities of the night were back at Moody Gardens (Thanks, Groupon!)
We made a quick run through the Ice Age Exhibit while we waited for it to get dark.
Argh, Matey!
Isabel and the boys check out this robotic dino.
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My! What big teeth you have!
 Taller than a Wooly Mammoth!
 At dark we made our way to the Moody Gardens Festival of Lights. It was a gorgeous mile long walk full of lights (more than a million lights, boasts the website!) and holiday cheer.
 So much to see!
 A tunnel of lights.
Lights on the water. Lovely!
 After all that walking we needed a pick-me-up! So on Isabel's recommendation we drove to La King's Confectionery on The Strand in Galveston. It was an old timey looking store. Lots of sugary home made treats to choose from!

We were so busy enjoying our sweet treats that I only snapped one pic! Between the two families we enjoyed chocolate covered potato chips, pumpkin spiced milk shakes, cheese cake ice cream, jaw breakers and more!

We had a wonderful day! It put us in the Christmas spirit! The highlight was Ice Land for sure but we enjoyed all the activities and the company of the Rodriguez'.

Merry Christmas all!

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