Congrats, Rhiannon!

My daughter’s dance recital program was Saturday. It was around 3 hours long and I’m surprised that I was able to sit still that long lol.  She and her group did 3 dances, 4 counting the finale.  She has been in a combo class this year and that includes ballet, tap, and jazz.  I personally think that tap is her best dance. She did extremely well with that routine.

After all of the dance routines were done, the dance instructor gave out awards.  Now, I live in a small town/county. Most of the kids who win things around here are the children of teachers or their parents have money or whatever.  That’s just how it’s always been.  Rhiannon has been in several school pageants and not won anything, it’s always been the teacher’s kids or the popular people in town’s kids who won.  So I was listening to them going through the awards after the recital and clapping but really just wanting them to hurry up (hey, it was 9 pm and I was hungry).  She got to the last award and it was the “Student of the Year” award and so I figured it would go to someone who had been taking dance for awhile.  The teacher was saying that the award was going to a student who was always on time, had a positive attitude, and brightened up the room.  When she said Rhiannon’s name, my mouth just fell open. I mean not that I don’t think she’s awesome, because I do. But I’m biased lol.  I was so happy that someone else saw that in her.  Along with her certificate, she received a cute little dance workout outfit and a free add on class. She’s thinking about taking lyrical and hip hop.

I really think that the dance instructor was fair with who she gave awards to for the simple reason that she’s not from around here. She doesn’t care who the kids’ parents are, she treats them all the same.  And to me, that says  a lot about her.  I have a lot of respect for her because she instructs kids as young as 3. I think she had about 10-12 little ones this year. She probably has around 30 students in all and she shows such patience with all of them.  You can tell she is definitely doing what she loves.

 

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Dance mom? Um,no

My daughter takes dance but I can assure you, I’m not a “dance mom” at all.  She mainly does it for fun and as an extracurricular activity.  The teacher is great and Rhiannon loves her. However, I just found out that the tickets for her recital this month are going to be $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  I’ve already had to spend a good chunk of change on tuition and costumes.  She could at least give the parents a discount on the ticket prices.

This dance studio is in a very small town. But just like with any other place, there are cliques.  I do NOT fit in with the majority of the women who have their kids in dance. The women seem to be very snobby and just kinda look at me like I don’t belong.  The majority of these women have taken upon themselves to help the dance instructor buy a new studio.  They have been selling stuff to raise money and I have nothing against that.  I’m not in the little clique so I only knew about the meeting about a day before it was scheduled.  Of course,that was not enough time for me to make plans to go. I am sure most of them knew about it way ahead of time.  I almost feel as if they are trying to weed out the ones they don’t want there.  Who knows, maybe they want the studio to be like that tv show “Dance Moms”.  Most of those moms have more money to spend than I do. They have perfectly manicured nails, their hair is always done, and they have designer clothes and purses.  That just isn’t me at all. Even if I had the money to do that kind of stuff, I wouldn’t.  I guess my point in saying all of that is that they can afford all of this stuff and they don’t seem to consider that maybe some people can’t.

I wouldn’t have minded paying $5 or maybe even $10 per ticket but $15-20 is just outrageous.  I am sure that bigger dance studios may charge $15 or more but this is in a very small town. The dance instructor could have at least polled people on what a decent amount to charge. I’m sure the only ones who got a say in that were the ones who are her friends. Am I aggravated, you bet! And I’m sure I’m not the only parent who is.  Rhiannon was wanting to take dance next fall, but after this, I am thinking about finding something else for her to do.

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Christmas, Christmas time is here….

Eeeekk….It’s a little more than a week until Christmas and I only have a few presents wrapped. I do not enjoy wrapping presents at all. I’m hoping since the hubby is done with classes until January, that I can get him to help me later on. I still have a little Christmas shopping to do too. I am going to try to get that done today. I know that the closer it gets to Christmas, the crazier the stores get LOL.

Rhiannon has Christmas dance programs this week, but I won’t get to attend them. It’s not because I don’t want to. it’s because the dance instructor chose to have them at a nursing home and a residential center so there’s no room for the parents. Rhiannon took dance when she was younger and they had an actual Christmas recital a local auditorium. I’m a little annoyed because I pay decent money for tuition and costumes and yet I can’t see her in her Christmas program. Oh, but I could buy a DVD of the performances for $5. It’s still not as good as being there in person. I’m sure I’m not the only parent who is aggravated by that. But oh well, what can ya do?
I’ve learned that complaining to people about things they do doesn’t solve anything. I guess that’s why I’ve gotten to where I’m so passive aggressive..yep, I admit to it. I wasn’t always that way but sometimes it seems like that’s the only way some people will get the point. Like, for instance, if someone owes me money, I might “like” a page with an article about that particular subject and hope that they see it in their feed LOL. Other times I’ve tried to collect money that someone owed me, they acted like I was crazy for even asking for it. And no, this was not a case of them borrowing money, but rather me working for them. I guess it’s crazy for me to want to get paid for working. I don’t feel like I should have to ask for money owed to me though. I mean, people know when they owe you money. If anyone has any suggestions how to get people to pay me without being all passive aggressive and without being a jerk, I’d love to hear them :).

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Cause this is thriller…

My sister is working on a super cute Halloween costume for Rhiannon. It’s almost finished. I’ll post pics of it once it’s completed. I am not sure if the kids will get to trick or treat this year because it’s supposed to rain. I took them to a local treat street event last week though. Rhiannon is in dance and they performed “Thriller” so she was already in a costume lol. But that’s not the costume she wanted to wear for Halloween. So my sister and I thought of something cute for her. Since Trey is going as “Batman”, we suggested that Rhiannon go as “Robin”. She loved the idea. My younger sister,Courtney, is the crafty one in our family. I mean I can think of some cute ideas, but that’s usually because of pinterest. I can take an idea on there and then kinda add my own flair to it. I’m not much on making costumes though.
Even if the kids don’t get to go trick-or-treating, I’ll be sure to get pics of my “Batman and Robin”.My sister did such a great job on the costume and I told her she should consider making/selling them. If I had that kind of talent, that’s what I would do. She also did a great job on Rhiannon’s costume for “Thriller”. I’m gonna go ahead and say that I think Rhiannon had the best costume out there. She looked pretty scary lol. I’m going to try to get some photos of that up soon. I have a video of the dance too, but since it took so long to upload to facebook, I’m not going to put it on here. Rhiannon did great though. I don’t know where she gets her dancing ability from because it’s sure not from me. I have tried to watch videos and follow steps, but have never successfully learned a dance. I get confused and forget what comes next LOL. So yeah, I’ll just leave the dancing to those who have that talent.

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