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Our Little Ballerina June 16, 2010

Filed under: dance — scifimama @ 6:17 am
Angie Camera 068
Originally uploaded by scifimama2
I finally got around to downloading the pictures from my camera the other day. I tried not to laugh too hard while Paige was dancing since I didn’t want to ruin the video. My little girl is the second from the left.

Unfortunately for her, I think she got her coordination from Mommy. If so, she can look forward to lots of bruises with no clue how she got them. She’ll bump into so much stuff she won’t even notice after a while. We’re hoping that ballet will help with that. Obviously, it hasn’t helped much yet.


Now that the recital is over… June 6, 2010

Filed under: dance — scifimama @ 9:48 am

The recital was good last night.  Paige did an amazingly cute job, of course.  I’ll download the video from the camera tonight and post it soon.  We left at intermission.  Maybe not the best show of good sportsmanship, but something we had to do.  Now that the recital is over, I’m free to tell the rest of the story.

I blogged that Ronnie wrote a letter to the teacher explaining why we would no longer be using her services after the recital.  I spoke with her later that evening, as I’ve also blogged.  I did readily admit on here to being slightly sarcastic while on the phone with her.  I kept getting an attitude from her when I asked for things such as an address to her studio.  Well, after that conversation she changed the Wednesday practice to Tuesday, and didn’t bother to tell us.  Paige missed it.  Also, on Tuesday we got a letter from her in rebuttal to Ronnie’s letter.

Now, we’ve had Ronnie’s letter read by unbiased third parties, such as the daycare director, my boss, and a teacher at the daycare.  They all agree that his letter was very professional and to the point.  No finger pointing, just we aren’t using you anymore and here’s why.  While I agree her rebuttal had some valid points, the entire tone of the letter was unacceptable.  I asked back in April about recital fees and ticket prices and was told there were none.  The recital information sheet said fees were due and tickets were $8 a piece.  Ronnie listed this as proof of miscommunication and changing requirements in his letter.  The rebuttal letter said we were ignorant to think there were no fees.  She really did say we were ignorant.  Several times in her rebuttal letter we were told we were the minority and basically to deal with it.

The first two pages of her letter upset me.  The third page of the letter sent me over the top.  The final paragraph told us that recital is a privilege, not a right.  That she was considering telling Paige “not to bother showing up” as she put it.  She then went on to say that security would be present and that she “would not hesitate” to kick us out.  That we were to be on our best behavior or we would be taken out of the building.  She also said we “are obviously extremely negative people who enjoy spreading negativity around.”  At that point I was very negative in my feelings and had the recital been then I would have to be escorted out because I didn’t have very nice things to say.

I don’t think of us as negative people.  Ronnie is probably one of the easiest going, laid back people you will ever meet.  He calmed me down from reading the letter and things went well last night.  We will be going to the Better Business Bureau and Chamber of Commerce to file complaints.  Not that we expect anything from her.  We just want to warn other people about her attitude.


Sprucing up the place June 5, 2010

Filed under: blog,dance,Paige — scifimama @ 12:54 pm

I’m doing a bit of cleaning up around here.  You’ve probably noticed the updated background.  Paige loves pink and pirates.  Seemed like a really good background; at least for now.  I’m not sold on it, so when you come back tomorrow you may find it changed to something else.  The banner is also a work in progress.  I’m not sold on the pictures, so I’ll have to do some more digging in one of three computers and four hard drives floating around here to find some I’m in love with.  I am in love with the one of Paige laying in my bed reading though.  That just shows how much she’s me.

You’ll notice I’ve cleaned up my blog roll.  I’ve finally admitted that some of the bloggers have completely stopped, and added some that I’ve been reading.  I even updated my book list to what I’m currently reading, and my favorite authors.  I’m not currently reading To Kill a Mockingbird, but it’s one of my favorite books of all time, and I pick it up again at least once or twice a year.  Orson Scott Card is by far my favorite science fiction author.  Twilight books sucked me in completely.  And Paige is all about Curious George and The Magic Tree House books.  We read some from the Tree House books every day.

I’ll be playing with the format and changing things up a bit.  Please remember I’ll be doing this in Safari, and checking it in Firefox as well.  I do not have Internet Explorer.  If you use IE and it loads funky for you, please let me know.  You can either leave a note in comments or email me.  The email is scifimama at gmail dot com.

Tonight is Paige’s recital.  Wish us luck.  First that she does well.  Second, that we make it through the performance tonight with no drama.  There are more issues with the dance teacher than I’ve posted here. We were told if we didn’t play extremely nice Paige would not be allowed to dance and we would be kicked out by security.  Ronnie’s letter got a scathing 3 page reply that got mean and nasty.


Recital Pictures May 31, 2010

Filed under: dance,Paige,pics — scifimama @ 8:59 am

Paige’s first dance recital is coming up this Saturday.  There’s no way we could make the recital pictures they had planned for us. Especially since the date and time of the pictures is constantly changing and we still don’t have a set time other than sometime Saturday.  That wasn’t going to work for us, so we took Paige to get recital pictures taken somewhere else.  We used Portrait Innovations instead.  Here’s my favorites from our session on Saturday.

If you haven’t tried them yet, you should really check them out.  They have lots of backgrounds, encourage outfit changes, and are very reasonably priced.


How to make your business fail May 28, 2010

Filed under: dance — scifimama @ 8:46 pm

We’ve been having some issues with the ballet school Paige attends.  Granted, I didn’t do any research before starting, so bad Mommy.  But, well, the convenience factor won me over.  There is a teacher, I’ll call her M, who started her own ballet studio.  She decided to increase business during the day, when most ballet studios are closed because parents are at work, she would go to local daycares and teach classes there.  I pay the same price as you would in the studio, but she comes to us.  Very convenient for Mommy and Daddy.  Paige begged to take ballet, and she really loves it.  I’m not so in love with the teacher.

I haven’t had a lot of interaction with M as she teaches ballet to Paige at 2 on Friday afternoons.  I’m most definitely at work then.  I do understand that this is her first year with her own studio, but she’s been working in other studios for years.  You would think she would know how they work.  Obviously not.  I was told in February that by the end of March I would have all the information for our recital, which would be at the end of May.  Wonderful.  I’m a planner in case you hadn’t noticed.  March comes and goes.  Now we’re into April.  I get asked by A, our daycare director, if I know of anywhere to have a ballet recital.  M hadn’t bothered to book a place.  And, if you can imagine this, by mid April all the usual places were booked.  Of course they were!  There are tons of ballet studios and all of them hold recital at the end of May.  I suggested a few places, and A was off once again to try to book a place.  And no A does not work for M at all.  She was just being nice and helping out.

April ends, and we get into May.  Now I’m really getting nervous.  There are ballet pictures, costumes, everything.  Finally, I get a picture of the costume.  Completely adorable, and I love it.  It’s pink and brown polka dots.  Wonderful.  Finally, just before Mothers Day we order them.  When is the recital you ask?  I’m glad you mentioned that.  It’s now the first Friday in June.  Grandparents arrange work schedules and life is good.  Yesterday we get notified it’s been changed to Saturday, pictures are now at 3 pm on Tuesday, and extra practice at the ballet studio on Wednesday.  Um, what was that?

Let’s break that down.  We get an “Oops, sorry, I gave you the wrong date” on a new information sheet. Call grandparents to tell them of the changes.  OK, done.  Next on that list is pictures are Tuesday at 3 pm.  Well, since I work 8-5 I think we’ll be missing those.  Done.  Extra practice Wednesday at 4.  Ronnie gets off work at 3, so he will be able to make it.  But where is the studio?  The address is given as “above such and such gymnastics studio”.  Wonderful.  Would someone be so kind as to tell me where that is?  Please?    Finally we got costumes today, a week before recital.  I googled M’s studio phone number.  Left a message as instructed, being rather sarcastic as I did.  You see, there was no greeting other than “leave a message”.  I had no idea if I called a business, a personal cell phone, or Mir Space Station!

I did get a return call, so luckily it was the studio not Mir.  I asked a question about the headpiece that goes with the costume.  And then I asked where the studio is located.  I was once again referred to the name of the gymnastics studio.  I asked her to pretend I’m not from our city, that my husband is from New Orleans and I most recently lived in Miami before here.  I got an address after that.  Then when I mentioned the costume isn’t like the picture we saw, it’s in fact black with pearls, not pink and brown polka dots I was informed she ordered the wrong one.  When I mentioned I really liked the other costume, I got an “Oh well, I like this one better.”

So, how to ruin a business in it’s first year:

  1. Don’t talk to parents.  Here’s a hint, we write the check. Not the 4 year old.
  2. Have no communication skills.  
  3. Blame others.  Sorry that I refuse to believe it’s my daycare directors fault about picture time.
  4. Be unorganized.  March should mean March, not May.
  5. Be rude to parents.  Refer to #1, I write the check.
I must say, her totally freaking out and having a hissy fit about Paige’s hair cut made me not like her even more.  Sorry Paige’s hair doesn’t fit into your idea of what it should be.  Get over it.  I gave birth to her, I have more say than you do.  M has already been told Paige will not be attending her studio next year.  

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