Panoramic view from where we sat. It starts on the left at Yokosuka Station and ends looking back toward the Honch.
We got to the park about 45 minutes before the show, so we had plenty of time to sit. The weather wasn't too bad, about 40 degrees, but the little bit of wind out made it just chilly enough to want to cuddle with Daddy. The kids took turns playing games on our phones for a bit. Then, I took my phone/camera back and Garytt took Daddy's phone.
I tried several times to get a family shot while we waited. First, I couldn't get all of us in the picture (taking shots with gloves on is kinda awkward). Then, I couldn't get Garytt to look up from his Minion game. Finally, Kris said "Just take the shot, who cares if everyone is looking." So, I took the picture........(see above, left).......just as the city turned off the park lights to signal five minutes left till the show started....OF COURSE! You can at least see little Garytt in the bottom center lit up from his game.
So, the crowd counted down the last ten seconds till midnight. Then, everyone cheered as the fireworks were set off and the ships blasted their horns.
The "2013" sub shuts off its lights and the sub next to it lit up with "2014"...very blurry below.
As soon as the show was over there was a mad dash for the train stations. I suggested we just wait ten minutes for the crowd to thin out and then we could make our way home. But, Kris said, it's not that bad, let's just go. WOW! He was right, the crowd wasn't the worst we've been in here, but as we got to the road where everyone bottlenecked to wait for crosswalks to change, it was insane! We were body to body moving down the sidewalk.
Once we got packed into the sardine can, Kris said, "Hey, look! I think that's a shortcut back there towards the Daiei." So, we veered off, out of the crowd like super smart people! Well, it led to a back corner of the bicycle/motorbike parking lot and a chest high fence. Oh great! Kris said, let's hop it. At which point I look at my nice new, non-traction tread, boots and sigh. "OK." We pop both kids over, then Kris hops over, and finally, I managed to get myself over without breaking anything. At which point I say, "wow! That was fun!" :)
We walked up the mall steps, then back down the other side and out of the crowd. Here, though, we ran into a Mikoshi being carried through town. It was so pretty! My pictures of it were junk, but I did manage to get a video (while keeping one eye on Garytt, who was being a good boy and keeping an eye on me, I also was trying to avoid the people and keep my other eye on my husband, who was quickly walking away.) Now that I think about it...I knew my way home, I don't know why I was so intent on keeping him in my sights. Ha! Oh well.
The rest of the way home we were free and clear of crowds. We made it back to the apartment at about 1245. After a quick, incredibly exhausted-way past our bedtime-crying hysterical change into PJs, we got the kiddos in bed and they were asleep by about 1. We thought it was actually a very successful first time waaaaayyyyyy late night for the kids! They walked from the park to the house without complaining about walking or being cold or feet hurting. So, we thought it went swimmingly. That is....until the next morning....
So, I figured the kids would sleep in this morning....hahahahahahahahahaaaa....stupid! I heard the frantic bathroom door-swinging open (Garytt's last minute dash to make it in time) and looked at the clock.....830!!!! I know, that's not very early, but they had only been in bed for seven hours compared to their normal 11! They were both laid back watching tv by the time I got out there. I fixed an easy breakfast and settled into the chair to cuddle with Garytt. That lasted three minutes. By 10 Garytt was chasing Mackenzie around while she was screaming in terror. Then, they would both calm down, for two minutes, and Garytt would be back in Mackenzie's face. They decided to set up a "line" across the middle of the room. One side was G's one side was M's. NOONE STAYED ON THEIR OWN SIDE!!! There were a few tackles, a few pushes, LOTS of crying and whining. Finally, at about 12 we sent the kids back to clean their rooms. Garytt got to work (shocking...since he's usually the one that flails on the floor in hysterics and M gets so tired of hearing it that she goes in to help him). Mackenzie, on the other hand, went into her room and melted. She totally lost it. Kris finally went back to try to convince her to get to work....she finally said, "I"m tired," she got into bed, curled up in the mass of blankets and stuffed animals on her bed and passed out - FOR THREE HOURS! Girl was tired. :) She woke up an entirely different person.
While Mackenzie was sleeping, Kris and I, well, mostly me, watched Dick Clark's Rockin Eve. I grabbed Garytt two minutes before the ball dropped. We counted down and watched the ball drop. Gotta say....it was cool to watch it drop at a decent hour. :)
This Havens Fam is wishing you all a Very Happy New Year!!!!
|"Happy New Year" as the ball dropped!|
(I apologize for the awesome hood on my unwashed hair)