The W Family Chronicles

Enough of the ranting already…

Posted on: January 31, 2008

I know, you’ve heard my opinion on entirely too much lately. (Though did I mention I was quoted in the local paper in a story about the tax rebates?) I’ve been in an angry phase, apparently.  I’m in a much better mood these days.  A tad disappointed that McCain and Hilary won Florida.  At least she doesn’t get any delegates from it.  But otherwise in good spirits and happy with my little corner of the world.

We filed our taxes yesterday and they’ve already been accepted so we’ll be getting our refund back very quickly.  This is good.  Last year I filed just before the October 15 deadline and I was determined not to fall into that mess again.  I was pleasantly surprised while doing them to note that there are some new deductions available (PMI can be deducted in some circumstances…we qualified and it made a big difference!)  and to find out that we FINALLY can itemize our deductions.  It cut our effective tax rate waaaaaaaaaaay down.  With that and the addition of another child last year, (taxes last year were weird due to the job change and move…we were in a higher tax bracket than normal) we saw a significant reduction in our taxes.  I don’t mind paying taxes.  I think it’s a necessary evil so I try not to complain about it.  But it’s always nice to find out that you have to pay less!  The refund will be going (of course!) to the crazy medical expenses we’re racking up.  It should pay off the remainder of what I owe to the hospital and urologist.  It may even cover a large portion of C’s remaining helmet loan…I’ll have to check and see where we are with the hospital bills to be sure.

We had much fun today watching the leaf truck suck up the HUGE pile of leaves we had after D worked in the yard this weekend.  We’ve already had them come by 2-3 times this season, but this may have been the biggest pile yet.  We’re lucky that we can put just about anything out by the road and it’s picked up.  All covered by property taxes!  We pay a much higher property tax here than I’m used to, but it does have advantages…like not having to bag leaves and stuff.  Or hauling stuff that the garbage truck won’t take to the dump.  Very convenient.  Plus the boys love to watch the leaf truck suck up the leaves.  We sit on the couch in front of the picture window and just have a little snuggle/entertainment break.

Right now both of my little guys are asleep…C in his room and J on the couch (this time in a soft baby basket I had to hold dolls as a child) and I am enjoying the *blissful* peace and quiet.  The weather is supposed to be gorgeous this weekend, so I’m hoping we can egt outside and have some family fun.  Maybe a trip to the zoo???

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D is the dad, the husband, and the breadwinner. All around nice guy and good at pretty much everything he does. It's disgusting, really. But makes him worth keeping around.

M is the mom, the wife, and the hopeless housekeeper. At least the kids' heads haven't fallen off yet. Beyond that, she sucks at the "stay at home" thing. Oh, and she's the blogger.

J is the big boy. Born October 11 2002, he is in kindergarten and loves it. Now 6 years old, and too smart for his own good. Talks a lot but extremely entertaining.

C is the little boy. Born June 26, 2006, he went through a lot in his first year but is doing just fine now. The only blond in the family, so his paternity is routinely questioned by rude strangers.

V is our baby girl. She is brand new and arrived in January 2009. So far everything is going well. We're thrilled to have added the final piece to our family puzzle. And yes, she WILL be the final piece!

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