Last week, I attended the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP) — an awesome conference for piano teachers that takes place in Lombard, Illinois (which is about 30-minutes west of Chicago). Here is a photo of me with my 3 roommates (including my cousin and a friend from grad school) plus a new friend from Vancouver.
One evening, we had dinner at a delicious Italian restaurant.
During one of the sessions the next day, I ran into the same two ladies again. They are familiar with my blog about piano teaching and have even used my music history curriculum for their own music history camps!
The next night, my roommates and I ate at a Greek Restaurant. Yum!
In the exhibit hall at the conference, I browsed lots of books and games for piano teaching and even was able to meet some composers of music for students to play.
I learned so much at the sessions I attended. I have already started using some of the things I learned as I taught lessons so far this week!
My roommates and I are hoping to attend this particular conference again when it is held again in 2015. 🙂
Last weekend, we spent a couple of days with my family in Dundee at the Splash Universe indoor waterpark. It was quite the waterpark!
Mom & Susan enjoy the slides.
After getting pizza at a little shop in downtown Dundee, Uncle Paul gave the nephews each a dollar for the “play to win” machine.
Then we went geocaching.
A nice shot of my dad.
Downtown Dundee is really cute!
A photo of the whole family.
Hanging out in the Cabela’s store.
Splat! like the bear.
Hanging out in the arcade area at the waterpark.
Lance was pretty good at playing this truck arcade game.
Tallying up the tickets.
Playing with the prizes: little plastic frogs.
This past week, I held a music history camp for some of my students. We studied a different period in music history each day, as well as a different composer each day.
Five students signed up for this camp — all girls! They loved talking with each other — and they loved snacktime on the porch, too.
We had a fun week. 🙂
I went to a wedding shower for Paul’s cousin last weekend. It turned out to be a very nice event!
This little one was anxious to see the presents get opened!
Paul’s cousin received a lot of very nice gifts.
She loved all the bows from the gifts.
She was allowed to open this one all on her own!
Then she wanted to pose for her own photo! What a cutie.
Our visiters from last week are long gone, but they left behind some beautiful artwork for us to enjoy!
There is a park near Toledo where you can find and take home fossils. We thought this might be something my nephews might enjoy, so we visited there with our visitors last week.
This employee proudly showed off his fossil collection to us.
Then we started some digging ourselves.
We did manage to find a few brachiopod fossils, which look a lot like shells. The boys mostly had fun running around and climbing the dirt piles.
They were pretty dirty by the time we were done!
Last weekend with our visitors, we took a few walks around town, visiting the coffee shop, Ben Franklin store, library, etc.
We sat on a bench to drink our coffees, and this is the madness that ensued. 🙂 Dalton had fun being silly by the brick building:
Then Lance thought he should join the fun:
What silly nephews!
On the Fourth of July, we visited the Imagination Station — the science museum for kids where Paul now has a job.
Here, Dalton mimics the image on the window from the Grossology exhibit.
Lance LOVED the play area where he could dress up as a firefighter.
I think Dalton liked the grocery store area the best. Notice how full his cart is!
We took a break at lunchtime to eat outdoors.
Another exhibit in the museum.
We even witnessed a science experiment involving liquid nitrogen and tons of little plastic balls!
What a fun day! Later that night, Dalton asked three times: “Can we go back to the museum?”
My sister, brother-in-law, and two nephews came down to visit us for a few days last week. On Wednesday, we visited the newly re-built community pool.
Playing in the Sprayground area:
Enjoying the Lazy River. Notice that little Lance is sleeping in my sister’s arms.
We had perfect weather for a day at the pool!
Paul once gave me a rose bush as a gift, a few years back. I planted it at my parents’ house near the front porch. Here is a lovely bloom from that bush.