Our Favorite Week of the Summer…….

This is one of our favorite weeks of the summer……all three of our children are classical violinists and spend one week each summer at a violin conservatory.  We start at 8:00 in the morning…they spend the day taking master classes from some of the best violinists  across the globe, and most evenings performing in concerts. Handsome and I attend all of their classes with them. {These pics are from last year……..wow! They’ve grown so much in a year….}

There are two evenings that Handsome and I get to be a part of that the kids get a break from performing….Teen Party night, and the annual Family Dance Night.

[Below: One of our daughters in master class with Gail Acosta.  You know the soundtracks to the movies you go see?  Well, then you have heard Ms. Acosta perform…she is one of the leading violinists and violists for the movie industry in L.A.]

We are blessed to have this great opportunity offered right here in our town…..and it is our pleasure each year to open our home to all of the teens that are participating for a fun party here at our home. A time to take a small break from their hard work, practice, and performances. These teens come from all over the US; as well as from other countries.  They are a wonderful group of teens…such a high caliber of young people….I cannot tell you what a pleasure it is to be around them and spend time with them. Last night was the Teen Party Night here at our home…….and we had a blast! :) From the time our children were small and started to participate in this one week summer intensive they have said that it is the one week each year that they feel like they are in their element with others they can relate to…….. They are exhausted, but love every minute.  It is such a blessing to see your children flourish and get to spend time in an environment that nourishes their soul and spirit.

{This will be our #1 Son’s 12th year studying here…….and his last. =( }

The other night that Handsome and I get to be a big part of is the annual Family Dance Night.  Mid-week all of the families and their children of all ages gather together to learn some new dances and have fun dancing together.  It’s a hoot.  Handsome and I lead/teach that night. This is the only other evening that the participants get a bit of a break.  After the dance the teens go right back into rehearsal for an hour or so.

In rehearsal several years ago…..[this piece was called ‘Moonlight Waltz’ and was choreographed just for Handsome & I by one of the leads of NYC Ballet]

Teaching the annual Family Dance Night last year……

We will drink in this great week of 100% intense art and creativity…because it will have to get us through another year.  There is nothing even close to this in our area at any other time of the year.

Is there something that you and your family participate in that really nourishes your heart and soul?  I’d love to hear about it…..another important piece to your story!

Have a great day~


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  1. Kelli says

    This sounds wonderful! It sounds like it really pulls so many of your families cherished elements into one week. I am so glad that you are able to enjoy this experience and in your hometown, no less. We have one week a year that we look forward too as well….it is “Cottage Week.” We have a boat and a favorite lake (the lake that I grew up on) that we spend a significant amount of time on in the summer. Our family rents the same cottage on the same week every year. We all look forward to the week and have so many “favorite” things that we do during the week that are special to our family. “Cottage Week” is definitely part of the glue that binds our family….I love it.

  2. Jean says

    I adore seeing the parents dancing with their children, especially the father with his little girl. That moment and memory will guide her for the rest of her life. What a treasured week for all. Enjoy!

    • says

      It really is special…..and I know that it is being stored in a very special place in each of those children’s hearts. =) Love being a part of it!

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