Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Broadway Bound 2016

I love teaching drama. I started off being in plays myself and one summer when I was working at a theatre in Pennsylvania, we produced Saturday morning children's plays for local kids. That really changed the course of my life. I loved watching the kids come in with their parents and I loved exposing them to the magic of live theatre. Ever since then I have either performed myself with children's theatre troupes or I have taught drama classes myself to kids. I am so fortunate that in my current job as a children's minister at my church, they let me run a Broadway camp each summer. We filled all of our spots for the camp in 2 weeks and still had a waiting list. It is an incredibly fun week and watching these kids on stage brings me a joy like none other.

One of the best parts for me personally is that Bennett and Will are able to participate in my camps. This is their fourth summer in a row doing a Broadway camp with me and I hope that continues for many more years. Here are a few shots from our fun (but exhausting) week.

The Broadway Bound company!

The Copper Ridge neighborhood crew all participated this year. I love that they go to do this together.

The Flying Fandini Sisters!

Look at my sweet Will. He makes a fantastic villain, doesn't he?

Hanging out on the red carpet thinking about their future Oscar. Or is a Tony?

There aren't enough heart emojis to describe this.

I might frame this one. All those little faces gazing up at my Broadway posters.

What a great week! I could not have been more proud.

Happy 7th Birthday, Will!!!

Oh, wow. My buddy buddy is 7. Seven! He's like a kid now. Clearly, I know he has been a kid for awhile, but six still sounds little. Seven makes me think of riding bikes, playing sports, catching frogs, hanging out with friends, and things like that. And that is how it should be.

We were in Panama City Beach for Will's birthday so he woke up in the condo and had donuts by special request.

Rob took the two older kids to a really cool place called Wonderworks.

Rob didn't take a lot of pictures, he mainly shot video, but he did take this one of Will going on a rather impressive zipline.

We took him to lunch at a pizza restaurant/arcade and after lunch we headed straight to the beach for the rest of the day.

Happy 7th Birthday, buddy. You are so incredibly loved.

As the sun set the kids went to the swim in movie at our condo. Thumbs up from my 7 year old.

And then it was finally time for presents and cake. That was all Will. He likes saving his presents to the end of the day to make it last longer. Smart kid.

A few days after we got home from the beach he had he party with friends. He wanted just to hag out in our backyard and play games with friends. Since this was an Olympic year, we decided to have an Olympics Games party! Let the games begin.

Here I am putting tattoos on all of the competitors. USA! USA!

Sack Races for the win1

After every game we had a medal ceremony. We did not have the national anthem or a flag. We'll do that 4 years from now.

Raise the torches high, kids!

My three champions!

The US delegates all had a great time.

Happy 7th Birthday, Will! It seems like a week ago that we were throwing a train themed 2nd birthday for you. We love watching you grow up into the amazing, kind, curious, smart and wonderful kids that you are. You are loved far more than you will ever know.