I didn't get home until after 11. By then, the New Years Party that Miranda was hosting for Mom, Jesse and Tony, had pretty much died out. She had made bags with games or snacks about every half hour to open during the evening. When I got home, Mom and Jesse had gone up to bed, and Tony was trying to stay awake. He didn't make it to midnight. However I was still up and heard the large fireworks going off at midnight. Some went off three minutes before. Someone was overly anxious. However the really big ones didn't start until midnight. Someone in the neighborhood had gotten some really loud fireworks.
Because everyone went to bed before midnight, the balloon drop didn't happen until the next morning.
|I thought the sky was interesting over the Santa Cruz Mountains so insisted Miranda take a picture|
|picnic, roasted hot dogs, macaroni salad and chips|
|Tony and Jess|
|Skylar working hard|
|working in the "hole"|
|green sea anemone|
|The difficult gap|
|finished castle and hole|
|Tony and castle, Tony said Kayla's father used magic sand on the castle|
|Annie and Caleb on a log|
|more interesting sky|
We didn't make it home without sustenance. We stopped at hacienda Heights and went to On the Border for dinner. I can't get past their empanadas as nobody else has them. However they are not near as good as some I have tasted. However the beans and rice and chips and dip filled me up adequately. They had a big fireplace going. We sat beside it. It was really cold outside.