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We might not have water parks to keep our kids dreaming and begging on hot days.

We might not have theme parks we can drive to on long weekends.

I'd be happy if we just had an indoor playground for Grace to play at during the cold months of winter.  

So how DO we bribe our kids?

We have an ice park.

Ah, a wonderfully cold, brisk day that we can enjoy at the ice park!

Jealous much?

 

This year, we took Grace to the Ice Park.  

Temperature that morning on the drive up?

-30 F

I'm optimistic.  

It'll warm up, right?

We were not greeted with a warm welcome.  

It was a rather icy one.

Followed by a warning that not only will we be looking at ice, and sitting on ice and playing on ice, but we will be walking on ice. Hope it's not thin ice.

Inside the ice park, Grace immediately ran to this little slide.  The dolphins were precious!

While she hugged a ride-on ice sculpture, I hugged myself, wondering how much those full body down suits that climbers on Denali wear cost.  

Then we spotted my nieces, going down another slide.  I love how clear this ice is.

I was the only one noticing how pretty the slide was.

The bigger girls were trying to figure out how to go faster.

Be there for me as we raise this thrill seeker.

That slide got too slow too fast, so the girls ventured on to an even bigger slide.

Can you see her?

When the girls came down this slide, I forgot all about being cold, and was just plain scared.

There was no stopping them.

Every mom knows this stage.  The sign of relief they are finally wearing down stage.  

One last ride with Dad, and it's Mom's turn to check out the ice sculptures.

Yes, we are lame like that.  We refer to ourselves as "Mom" and "Dad" when the kids are around.  Hey, it's the most important title I will ever have, and I'm darn proud of it!

We did not do the ice maze, what a scary thought, to get lost in a maze of ice.  

I loved this ice cube sculpture.  

Especially when the sun hit it just right.

Does this sculpture remind you of a pretty paisley print?

These ice sculptures are huge.

And intricately detailed.  The surfaces are covered with different textures.

But I found the clear, smooth surfaces my favorite.

I marveled at these spheres, so smooth and balanced.

One last look, and we moved on to the animals.

I thought this cat was amazing.

And the porcupine - or is it? - was just ...  wow.

But as we passed the angel on the way out, I knew what was my favorite.

Nothing we make is as beautiful and amazing as what God makes.

Comments

Thank you for posting this. It is SO different from anything we have here in Indiana. I wish I could take my kids here for a day.

My mouth is still open looking at the pictures! I want to slide! Yet another reason to visit Alaska and agreed, no one does it better than God!

Ciao!

Guerrina

Hi Ana! Is the same Ice Sculpture Show we'd visit while going to college in Fairbanks?? That was always so super neat! It is amazing how crazy creative and talented people are! I also liked getting the hot chocolate to stay warm. :)

Much as I love sunshine, I can't stop admiring and whishing I could see those up close.

Guess there is beauty in every place - and especially so, we find beauty in those things which are furthest from our day-to-day reality.

Guess the secret to being happy, is finding that underlying (and ultimately pure) beauty that lies in all things close to us.

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Glad my rulers have both metric and imperial scales....

I am so amaazed with your blog and a little bit jealous honestly, LOL this is such a great blog. I am also thinking about making a blog I like to write to about DIY products or beauty products in general. I am a former cosmetology who now suffers from illness and needs to be stay at home. So I want to earn while I am at home I think being online is great.

Wow! This really outdoes the winter ice festival in McCall, Idaho that we thought was so cool! And not only do you get to see them, you get to ride them! That looks like so much fun, but all I thought while looking at the pics was how easy it would be to knock out a tooth on that slide (the mom in me). A blood covered ice fest just doesn't have the same feel. haha.
Just like getting a pilot's license, I think you've got to have some fun. By the look on those girls' faces, they were having a blast! At least you forgot how cold it was for a little while :).
Pretty impressive artists you have up there. Oh, and I LOVE the warning sign. So politically correct. I have a small soap business and I have to put on all of my bars: Common Sense Caution: discontinue use if irritation occurs. What a shame that they have to post a sign that says "be careful, you could slip" at an ice festival. haha, you know there is some fool out there that would complain about slipping on ice at an ice rink.

Thanks for sharing - I had no idea how beautiful ice could be! Amazing - I loved the colorful clothing that you could see through the ice as the girls were sliding down. What a fun day...

Just found your site through Frills Fluff and Trucks... love the design plans and I'm so inspired!

Best,
Cate

Living in Tennessee for the last 30+ years has thinned my blood but that looks like it was a wonderful day with family. The ice sculptures are amazing and a lot more difficult than the igloos we made as kids in Buffalo, NY when I was growing up.