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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Car Mix-Up

Considering how many other gray Honda Pilots are on the road, I'm surprised it took almost five years for this to happen.  But happen, it did.  Yesterday.  Troy thought another gray Pilot was ours, and the story he and Julia told had me in fits the rest of the day.

For this little tale, it's important to know that Pilot owners know where a "secret button" is to open the glass on the rear hatch door - it's a hidden button you push to release only the glass if you don't want the entire rear door opened.

Now for the story . . .

We four Lusters ran several errands yesterday morning, hopping from one store to another and from one parking lot to another.  My knee wasn't doing well, so I waited in the car whenever possible.  I didn't need to go into Bed, Bath & Beyond, so Troy went inside, taking a spunky little Julia with him.

They weren't gone long, but when Evelyn and I saw Julia and Troy walking toward the car, we knew something had happened.  Troy was shaking his head, and Julia had this big, Cheshire-cat grin on her face.

Troy had spotted a gray Honda Pilot near where he thought ours was parked.  Since his bag was small, he only wanted to open the glass section of the rear door.  As he approached the car, he began to question whether that's where our Pilot was really parked.  After Troy opened the glass hatch window, three things happened at once:

(1)  Being ever-observant, Julia noticed that the back of this Pilot had the wrong "decorations" (as she calls them); this one was all done up with a New England Patriots license plate and stickers. Julia hollered, over and over again, "Daddy!  This isn't the right car!  This isn't the right car!"

(2)  Troy saw a cargo liner (which we do not have) inside the Pilot, along with some other stuff that didn't look like ours.  He started to say, "What the heck is all this . . . ?"

(3)  A burly man sitting in the driver's seat turned around and gruffly bellowed, "Excuse me?!?"

Troy quickly said, "I have the wrong Pilot - I apologize!"  He then closed the glass portion and made a quick get-away, returning to the Pilot that really was ours.

I reminded him that's why I have the back of my car decorated the way I do - nobody else in Massachusetts has a Nebraska Husker tow-hitch cover, as well as a Dallas Cowboys star and a St. Louis Cardinals sticker.  Guaranteed.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Santa Visit 2014

We made our annual trek to Bass Pro Shops this morning to take in all of the beautiful decorations and to visit Santa.  The store is festively decorated, which makes for some great Christmas pictures.....


 Since we got to the store right when it opened at 9:00 (it helps that we live ten minutes from the store), we were able to see Santa right away.  The girls had just enough time to write letters to Santa before seeing him - Evelyn deposited her letter in one of the North Pole mailboxes, and Julia hand-delivered her letter.
 The girls love visiting Santa here - he is authentic, kind and every bit of Christmas that you could imagine.   Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Frozen at Recess

At Julia's recess time this morning, the windchill was 10 degrees (above zero).  No matter how you look at it, that's cold.  There was also a light dusting of snow on the ground, as it was flurrying all morning.  Snow lightly covered the playground equipment, too, including a dome-shaped rope climbing structure.  All of this is important for Julia's recess story . . .


Recess was almost over when Julia climbed as high as she could on the rope dome.  Then she found a horizontal rope on which to perch.  After sitting there for about a minute, the recess teachers called everyone to line up.  Julia tried to get up.  She couldn't.  The seat of her pants was literally frozen to the rope - what little snow had been on the rope melted just enough to stick/freeze to her pants.  

Julia called for help, and two teachers came over to see what the problem was.  Julia was about six feet off the ground, and neither teacher could help her get down.  Thankfully a taller parent (Julia adds it was a dad who is also a firefighter) came to Julia's rescue and pulled her free.  Quite the excitement for a cold day outside!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christmas Kitty

This evening, Rosie let Evelyn tie a bow around her middle.  How tolerant is this little girl?

Nutcracker 2014

After months of preparations, Julia and Evelyn were ready for this weekend's Nutcracker performances.  This was Evelyn's fourth year performing (two seasons in Maryland, and now two seasons here in Massachusetts), and it was Julia's first time in this ballet.

What to do while waiting backstage?  Play games on someone's 
phone . . .
 . . . and write sweet "good luck" messages to each other.
Evelyn was a snow flurry in Act I.  This was a role she had wanted to do last year, and she was thrilled when she was chosen to be one of eight snow flurries this year.  
 The snow flurries are the youngest ballerinas in this production's Snow Scene, and she had a small part, but she did great.
 The next Luster girl on stage was Julia, with her role as a cherub (aka, an angel) - the cherubs open Act II and get to dance with the Sugar Plum Fairy (starring a professional ballerina from the Boston Ballet).  Doesn't she look the part?  Even though she was a goof at times during rehearsals, she did a fabulous job during the actual performance - no wiggling and she did her choreography perfectly.  Nice job, Sunshine!
 The last Luster girl to perform as Evelyn - she was a polychenelle in Act II.  She was a polychenelle four years ago, the first time she danced in the Nutcracker, so at first she wasn't looking forward to playing this role.  However, when all was said and done, Evelyn said this was her favorite dance so far - she loved being happy, smiley and energetic on stage.  Brava, girls!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Late Night

Stage make up while doing homework at 10:00 at night?  Yes, that's the life of my 5th-grade ballerina.  She truly had no time to do homework until after tonight's Nutcracker rehearsal.  Thankfully this is not the norm!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Nutcracker Production Week

'Tis the week before Nutcracker performances, and the girls are crazy-busy with rehearsals this week.  This picture just about sums up Julia's rehearsal repertoire . . . she needed quite a bit of guidance once the squirrely girl got up on stage.

Evelyn had several rehearsals, since she was cast in a couple of roles.  Here, she's practicing snow flurries . . .
 . . . and here she's practicing being a polychenelle.
 What else do the girls need during Nutcracker production week?  Make up.  And lots of it!