Well, actually a very short report right now as completely exhausted! LOL Siri and I are back home safe and sound and Kai just left for her journey home. While we are completely fried, it was the most incredible experience imaginable. We met up with Cassila and wound up working on not only both the Endor and Naboo floats (Camera-side Garden Planet sign and Medalions for Siri and myself, "banners from hell" for Kai and Cass, and the bright Orange Birds for the Endor float for us. We also worked on the China Airlines Float (Kai and Siri on the Fish, Cass on Flowers and myself on the front Butterfly. Incredible experience.... Steve Sansweet showed up on Sat afternoon and we had fun meeting up with him again and taking pics and getting him to help work on the banners as well (briefly but at least he got to work on it.) This was the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. shift and by 5 p.m. we were completely and totally fried. Sunday was the 3:00 a.m. to 10: a.m. shift where we actually got to see the floats finished, fired up, pulled out of the wherehouse (sp), music cued up, waterfalls going and the characters who were on the float in place. Ok, we actually "got misty" when everything was in place. We worked with members of LAFF, Orange County, Inland Empire, and fans from Michigan, the Phillipines, and Mexico plus many many other FF's that came out to work on the floats. Miana was there from the beginning and I have the utmost respect for her as the trooper she is. She just jumped in wherever she was needed (and if we were exhauste I KNOW she must have been). Never ever been so cold in my life as that Sun morning. BUT OMG it was soooo worth it. Also, despite a minor car accident and the most miserable looking and sounding cold ever...Allison (Padme) and Mike (Anakin) came out and got in for that awsome moments with the float. Miana managed to use the force and a few of us got to go over to the practice field after the floats were judged and watch the troops (Including our own TionneHawke!!!), band, Twiliks, Impies, etc in the full dress rehersal. Saw lots of friends in both RL and 501st that were part of the Whole Extravaganza including THE MAKER as well!!! Hearing the music start up, watching the procession...was one of the most incredibly emotional moments in my SW life. (We ALL got misty and the magic and "the Force" was just beyond description.) It is a moment that I will always treasure and be thankful for. Lots of running across the field to exchange hugs with Padawans, Troopers, RL's... seeing old friends and making new ones... Plus the surprise and humble feelings of soooo many "Thank You's" from both the face characters and the Troopers for "working so hard on our floats...and being a part of us." We got that again and again and again. It made us feel so very much a part of this whole thing. Again THANK YOU MIANA for making that moment happen. We were all commenting after the parade yesterday that you gave us a gift that we can never hope to repay. (And yes, we did have our meeting afterwards, but that is another report) Then, Monday morning back up again wayyyy before "OMG IT's Early Dawn" to watch the parade live with our friends (make that extended family) from both the Rebel Legion and the 501st. Lunch together afterwards, more laughter than I can remember doing in a long time. (Also the pure punchy exhaustion probably helped with that) and just an overall magic time. All the way home, Siri, Kai and I kept just saying how incredibly magical the entire time was. Pics will be forthcoming. Hugs to all and May The Force Continue To Be With Us!!