Our New Year together and the float is nearly done!

Yesterday we collected some supplies and began our yearly task of making the craziest hat for New Years Eve we could....
We've been doing this since the kids were tiny (but I talked about this already!)

This years hats were quite ridiculous!
At 11:20pm we hopped in the car and drove out to Shelter Island Point to ring in the New Year with the Buddhists again. Here we are waiting in the long line.
In the bell house watching the people in front of us (my teeth are ringing and talking is impossible!)

Here you can see the big log you have to thrust at the bell to ring it.  I got a good sound out of it this year!  Actually all the kids did well this time. :)

In the mean time the South Pasadena parade float has made incredible progress this week.
Here you can see volunteers applying the potatoes that represent "rocks" on the ground. They were telling me about this last week, but now that I see it it's easier to understand how it works. 
Adding flowers to the saucer.

The lemon tree with lemons attached.

The sticky balls we put on look much better with flowers all around them!  Anyway this weeks volunteers have worked long hours to prepare for the final judging which is this morning at 7am! To check in on more pictures or how it did you can go to the Facebook page here! Also be sure to tune in to The Tournament of Roses Parade on Monday morning to see the float roll down the street.

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The South Pasadena float won the "Fantasy Trophy" for "most outstanding display of fantasy and imagination"! Congratulations to everyone involved!!

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