Our New Year's celebration started with dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory. Then we made our way to our friend's office building located on Lake Union in Seattle. We had the building to ourselves and amazing views of the lake and the Space Needle.
The kids watched movies.
And drew on whiteboards.
And played ping-ping, foosball and x-box in the company's game room.
We poured the sparkling cider into goblets and got out the hats, tiaras, leis and noisemakers in preparation for the stroke of midnight.
The Space Needle fireworks are spectacular and provide an exciting welcome to the New Year.
We enjoyed the great view from the private balcony.
Then offered a toast to 2013.
We fell into bed somewhere around 2:00 a.m.
I woke at 10:00 a.m. New Year's Day to a most crystal clear blue sky. It was just the weather I'd been waiting for to take a gondola ride that promised an unsurpassed view of Mt. Rainier.
My pictures can't do it justice.
The gondola ascends 2,500 feet in less than ten minutes. Can you see the parking lot down there? This is the view from half-way point:
Looking toward the summit:
Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker and the Olympics are all visible in the panoramic view. Truly breathtaking!
The sun felt so warm and I swear I could've stared at the view all day.
Jon was itching to join the skiers and even though I've never been, I have to admit that the whole experience made me want to try.
When we got home, our cousins were already at our house waiting for us. The kids played all night long. Jon, Jen, Christopher and I went out to dinner and then to see Les Mis. I loved it even more the second time!
What a great start to the year 2013!