We were given Friday (the 19th of December) off to travel down to the Gaylord Texan. Chris and I rode up there and back with some really good friends Jon & Janice. It made for a relaxing and enjoyable ride.
Once there, we all settled into our rooms and had until Saturday night to do whatever we desired. So, the four of us decided to join up with 3 other couples for dinner at PF Chang's. My Brother and his wife were also among the couples we ate with. After dinner, we decided to go meet up with some other couples we knew at the Glass Cactus. They had a band that played 80's Music. We stayed there for a bit, then decided to walk around to see what all the Hotel had to offer. There was so much to see, we didn't know where to start. The scenery inside was amazing! There were several restaurants and tons of shops! This place was almost like a town!
We got up on Saturday mid morning and decided to go to the Grapevine Mills Mall. After eating, and plenty of window shopping, we decided to go back to the Gaylord Texan to take some daytime pictures of all the neat things. (It was really hard to decide what pictures to show you, since there were so many neat things, but please realize that ALL of this is inside the Hotel...)
The main walkway in the center of the Hotel. It leads to the shops and restaurants.
One of the many train tracks they had going on inside the Hotel.
Me in front of some Poinsettias along one of the many paths.
This is only one of the valleys along the paths...
Here is another one...
This was one of the many restaurants inside the Hotel. The balcony to my room faced this restaurant.
On the way to the Celebration, they had many set ups with our company names and pictures. Here is one of them.
Cocktail hour began at 6:30, then at 7:15 the doors opened to the Texan Ballroom and Dinner was served at 7:30.
They had a photographer there to take our pictures as we came in. Since we don't get those back until Jan 9th, here is a snapshot of Chris and I (taken by me lol..)
Following dinner, Collin Raye (with Guests, the Wilson Sisters) played while many danced.
Here is what the room looked like behind me from where I was sitting. We ended up being two rows back from the stage and to the right. As you can see, it was huge and we had over 1100 people packed in it.
James Archer (the owner of Multi-Chem, along with his Wife Lois) sang a song with Collin for us. I managed to record it. He did very well and you can tell that Collin thought so too... I wanted to upload it on here, but the file was too big. I will try to find a way to link it into this so you can enjoy it too.
At the end, they did have a mechanical bull for anyone who wanted to ride. I never did get on it, but I was told my brother rode it 4 times and Jon rode it once. Even one of the Executives of the company rode it.
It was a late, but very fun, evening amongst friends. Everyone I talked to seemed to have had a blast, including Chris and I. Thanks Multi-Chem and the Archer Family!
On Sunday morning, Chris and I met up with Christi, a very Sweet Dear Friend and Co-worker for breakfast, then on to the Ice Show. We had heard about it so much, we had to check it out for ourselves! It was freezing cold, since they had to keep the rooms at 9 degrees to keep the ice from melting. I took a ton of pictures (go figure :P ), but I worried it would be too long, so I decided to make it into a slideshow. (Feel free to check it out by clicking on the picture of Chris and I below).