So, in the last couple of weeks we have been to North Carolina twice. We went up for Thanksgiving to spend a few days in Asheville and see the National Gingerbread Competition at the Grove Park Inn and the Biltmore House in all of its Holiday Splendor. THEN – we went back this past weekend for the FSU ACC Championship game versus Duke. Both were really fun trips although very different! But one things they both had in common was this fantastic plane we got to travel in. On both trips we were lucky enough to fly US Air on an Airbus A330. This thing is huge! Generally, its meant for international travel but we were lucky enough to be on the front leg of a longer trip – once from Orlando to Charlotte and then again from Charlotte back to Orlando. I’m not generally a big fan of flying but this was so luxurious even I found myself wishing for a longer flight! The seat area is like a little cocoon and you have everything you could need or want right at your fingertips. Check out these photos!
While in North Carolina we went to the Grove Park Inn where they hold the annual Gingerbread House Competition. These houses are such amazing artistic creations – way beyond what you can imagine a “gingerbread house” can look like. We had such fun looking at all of the “houses” and picking and choosing our favorites. We have a very small (but equally fun) competition here in our area that we participate in each year so its fun to get inspiration and compare our very amateur efforts with those of the professionals. Here a a couple of shots of the houses we loved from the competition. The panda bears were this years winner. They were enclosed in glass so forgive the glare on the photos. These guys were so lifelike – really hard to believe they are entirely edible. Although I’m sure they wouldn’t actually taste good!
And finally – here are a few shots of the house we created for our little family competition at home. Our theme was Minecraft – it was a big hit with all the kids and the judges voted us in second place. We were very happy!!! Special thanks for our dear friend Joi who helped tremendously with this idea and execution. She’s the best!
Do any of you decorate gingerbread houses for the holidays? If so – I’d love to see photos of your creations – do share!
Be back soon with a follow up post on my Be Nice Box – planning on some FUN!