Saturday, December 28, 2013

Snowball and Snowflake at the Newport Aquarium

In my last post which was about Scuba Santa, I told you that Santa left a special gift for the Aquarium. Well I am going to tell you what the gift was, and let me just say they are beautiful. Santa left two rare white alligators. Their names are Snowball and Snowflake and they are breath taken. There is only about a 100 of these beautiful animals left. They will be on display at the Newport Aquarium through February. If you have the chance you need to see these animals in person. They are housed in the Rain forest of the Aquarium. When we saw them, one was asleep laying in the grass area and the other was under water. What time I was squatted down looking at it, I turned around to say something to Doug and he said you need to look beside you. Well you can tell from the pic above that the little baby came up to say hi to me. This has to be my favorite pic that I have. I love it!! It is so amazing to see all of God's different creatures and how they are all special in their own way. I think they are beautiful, I could sit and watch them all day. It was really a neat experience to see them up close. The Newport Aquarium does an amazing job at caring for these and all of their animals and making them comfortable.
Disclaimer...I am not getting paid nor did I receive anything for doing this post. 

Scuba Santa at Newport Aquarium

We went and saw Scuba Santa at the Newport Aquarium and let me just say I might be grown but this was freaking AMAZING!!! This had to be the best Christmas thing I have seen. It was AWESOME and I know I will always remember it!! You are never to old to believe in Santa and it was so cool to see him talking to all the people and reading from his book. He also had his elf down there with him, and he was swimming with sharks and stingrays. It was just awesome.  After the show was over you had the opportunity to line up and have your picture taken with Scuba Santa. Now you know I could not pass that up. Also before Scuba Santa arrived at the Aquarium he left two special gifts for the Aquarium, I will tell you what they were and all about them in the next post. If you have never seen Scuba Santa I would highly recommend you check it out, you will not be disappointed. And if you have kids they will LOVE it. 
Disclaimer..I am not getting paid nor did I receive anything for doing this post. All opinions stated are my own. 

Ice Sculpting On The Levee

We were visiting Newport Levee and they had a gentlemen there that was doing a ice sculpture. There were doing it every Sunday. This guys name was Jon Michael and he was amazing. The sculpture he did was of Santa holding a ticket to the Newport Express Holiday Depot. It was so neat to see this man take a block of ice and turn it into a work of art, and you all know me and how much I love art. He did an awesome job. Like I said his name was Jon Michael and he works for Artic Diamond. Their website is www.articdiamond.com
He was the nicest man that I have met. He was very sweet with everyone that stopped to watch him and he did not mind answering questions and taken pictures. If you ever get the chance to see him do his work in person please go see him, you will not be disappointed. Also if you are looking for someone to do ice sculpting for a event you are having give him a call. 
Disclaimer..I am not getting paid nor did I receive anything for doing this post

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Whitetail Acres Tree Farm Visit

On December 2, 2013 my father and Doug visited the Whitetail Acres Tree Farm in Brookville, Indiana. They met up with Alice, who owns the farm, and was given the VIP treatment. She showed them the reindeer, which are of different sizes and ages, some had big racks, some had small. She then led them inside the pen and let them pet the reindeer which to their surprise, they were mostly friendly. My father got to walk one on a leash and really enjoyed that. Alice, whom was really nice to them, shot pictures of them with one of the reindeer with Doug's camera, which turned out really nice. Alice explained all aspects of raising reindeer as her pets, the difficulties and the rewards of having them. After their "encounter" with the reindeer, Alice allowed them to take pictures and walk along the farm where acres of Christmas trees stood for sale or ready to be cut down, pick the one you want, by the customers, for an old fashion tree cutting. Alice was so nice and friendly to them, she hugged them both, making this surprise trip for my father a truly special one. Thank you Alice for letting my father and Doug visit your farm and treating them so nice. I was not paid/nor getting paid to write this article or post it.


Friday, November 29, 2013

Light Up The Levee

On November 26,2013 we went to Newport On The Levee for Light Up The Levee for the official lighting. If you have never seen the tree at night with all the lights, you should make plans to go and see it. It features more then 1 million LED lights that are all set to holiday music, so the lights dance to the music. They dance to the music every 20 minutes and it is so beautiful to see. This was my first year to attend the official tree lighting and I was not disappointed. I had the honor of meeting a lot of very sweet and well known people. I met Frank Marzullo and Jacki Jing both from channel 19 news you could not meet two nicer people then them. I also met Mr and Mrs Fezziwig from my all time favorite movie Christmas Carol and let's just say I was in heaven..lol.. I also met the Nutcracker from Cincinnati Ballet, the Penguin mascot from the Newport Aquarium, and the mascot for Ride The Ducks. I also had the very special honor of meeting Mr Santa Claus himself. This was a great time with lot's of beautiful lights, great Christmas music, and wonderful people. There is also the Newport Express Holiday Depot that you have to check out. It has  lot's of train displays and it also has some pretty amazing Lego's that you have to see, that are done by the group Okilug that Doug is a member of, he does the pictures for them. If you go be sure you check out the Music Hall display that is there, it is made completely out of Lego's.
 You will not believe your eyes. It is pretty amazing. You can also visit with Santa while you are there. The cost is $5.00 but you will receive a free one hour pass to Gameworks with each paid admission. There is a cost for photos with Santa.
If you are looking for something to do with your family, check out the Levee and watch the light display. 
If you or someone in your family is into Lego's check out Okilug web page it is okilug.com
I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas and spend it with the ones that you love and make some great memory's after all that's what the holidays should be about. 
Disclaimer..I am not not getting paid to do this post. I did receive free admission to the Newport Express Holiday Depot.
                                                   The Fezziwigs :)
                                  Santa :)
                                                     The Nutcracker

                                                      Frank Marzullo
                                                        Jacki Jing

                                                   Lego of Music Hall

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Duke Energy Holiday Train Display

We went to the Cincinnati Museum Center to see the Duke Energy Train Display. This is a beautiful display. In 2011 Duke Energy gifted the train display to the museum center. The Duke Energy Train display started in 1946. I loved seeing this, not only is there some neat train display the rest of the holiday set up is amazing. They have a castle that is absolute breath taken. I was told by one of the employees there that the castle was hand made. I think that was my favorite thing there. They also have two reindeer named Pogie and Patter that talk and interact with you. I loved them!!! They are from the former Pogue's Department store that use to be downtown. I think it is always nice when you see things that you might have visited when you were a child. 
When we were there Santa had not arrived yet, but they have his space beautifully set up. 
They have a Toys Through The Times which is a vintage toy exhibit. They have a train that the kiddies can take a ride on through the winter wonderland looking display where there is a bear and deer and lots of snow. The cost for the train ride is a $1.00 and lets just say that I would had loved to take a ride on the train but I was just a little to big and a lot to old..lol..
The talking reindeer's informed me and Doug that Santa will be there from November 29 through December 24. He takes a break from 1-2 daily. 
Pogie and Patter show times are 11a.m. and 3p.m. Monday through Friday, 11a.m., 1, 3, and 6p.m. Saturdays and Noon, 2 and 4p.m. on Sundays. 
Holiday junction is open November 8,2013 through January 5,2014. The hours are Monday through Friday 10a.m.- 5p.m.
Saturday 10a.m. - 8p.m.
Sunday 11a.m. - 6p.m.
Admission to the trains is $8.50 for adults and $6.50 for kids, that also includes admission to the History Museum. If you are a Duke Energy customer you can get free admission.
You can also buy tickets to all 3 of the museums for $ 12.50 for adults and $ 8.50 for kids and that includes the Holiday Junction.
I think everyone no matter what the age will love this. It has something for everyone and it will put you in the Christmas spirit. 
The Museum is located at 1301 Western Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio.
Disclaimer: I am not getting paid nor did I receive anything for doing this post. Even though I am not a Duke Energy costumer, I did get free tickets to see the display
                            The hand made Castle 
                                        Talking Patter and Pogie

                                        Had to sit in Santa's chair 
                                        Hanging out with Patter and Pogie