Then, the next week, my life got even more intense. I started a theater camp called "Camp Broadway" in Manchester. This camp was mostly for newbies to the theater world so we spent our time learning songs and preparing a little show for their parents. The girls were great, and I hope they had a good time. It was insanely hot, and we were outside. So thankful we ended at noon. That could have been a disaster. I wish I had more time with these girls, but in the short amount of time we were together, I grew quite fond of them!
Also, during this week of camp during the day, I had tech week EVERY night! So exhausted. I didn't want to completely cancel all my lessons so I taught a couple lessons here and there, and I couldn't completely ignore my church duties. So, in order to do it all I was working some 13-15 hour days. Ugh!
Then, to top it off, I had a church choir reading session on Saturday with THE Mark Hayes who is honestly, one of my favorite arrangers for both piano AND choir. Had it been anyone else, I probably would have gone with sleep, but I HAD to meet him. So, I went, and it was awesome. I have about 5 new songs I really want to purchase so I will probably pick at least 3 out of those 5. How will I decide?? Any ideas??
So, my crazy two weeks came and went. It was all worth it. Snow White was great, and I am so very proud of my kids. They were great! I love them all, and I already miss them! What am I going to do with my Monday nights?? I hope many of them come back for Sound of Music (Auditions are August 24 & 25).
I realized after all of the insanity was over that I was fortunate enough to be in close interaction with over a 100 kids in the past two weeks. I am shocked and stunned by that number. Even more so, I am amazed by how much I have affected them. I cannot tell you how many parents said how much their kids loved me. Seriously, gushing teacher moment here... I wanted to cry. You never realize how important you are to a child. It makes it so worthwhile to me. I may be exhausted, but I always try to give 110%, and I'm so glad that my kids notice :) I try to remember everyone's names as I think that is so important. Each kid is so important to me, and I"m just so thankful to be in the position to help foster a lifetime love of music and theater.
Also, a shout out to my mom, Dena Aaron and Sally Dodge. I could not have made it through the last week without you guys helping with Miller. I know he can be handful, and I'm so thankful for you both! It is nice to know that my son is in good hands when I can't be there.
Honestly, even though these last two weeks were amazing. I cannot wait for vacation and then, back to normalcy. I am filling up rapidly, but I still have a couple hours open if anyone is interested in piano lessons. I would love to be completely full this fall! I have some great ideas in store for this fall including a fall party, a nursing home performance and our usual winter recital. And, of course, I would love to see new faces at auditions for Sound of Music at Shrewsbury Community Theater :)
Anyway, I've rambled enough..
Until next time...