Thursday, March 26, 2009

let it snow let it snow let it snow...

We are under a pretty strong blizzard warning, like 90% chance, and while the rain hasn't even started, let alone the snow set to follow Many many schools are closed. Including mine!! After a good day at clinicals I don't think I could ask for a better way to end the week than with a 3 day weekend... well okay I'd be happy with a 3 days weekend even after a bad day at clinicals :)

Here's the thing, while I'm excited that no matter what my school is closed, I want it to still snow it's butt off so that the hubby can stay home with me! I don't want him driving in that mess!!

Here's my thinking though... it's been super nice lately, and I think that the ground is pretty warm for a bunch of snow to go sticking... It's supposed to start as rain and the temp is supposed to go to the 20's and then the snow is supposed to start. 2 inches over night, and then blizzard winds and 6 to 8 more inches of snow tomorrow.... talk about crazy and yet I'm skeptical that it will be that much.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Decisions Decisions

As this past week was Spring Break for Shelly we thought it would be appropriate to get away. As we don't have as much money these days we opted to go to the wonderful lake house that the parents bought. From Wednesday till today I spent the whole time there Shelly had to come back to town for work on Friday but came back that night. Now back to the title of the blog. I had a decision to make as about a week in a half ago I put in my resignation at Hill-Rom to try and pursue other opportunities. Well the boss recognizing the talent that I am or the fact he didn't want to hire anyone else asked to me to think about and take some time off and think about it. So after watching lots of dvds like twenty discs of different tv shows. I finally came to a decision. See my brother started a college fund for me this past Christmas for me to pursue my certification in firefighting a career I've always wanted to take up. I would have to get my emt basic certification then move on to the other certification. I've been unhappy in my job now for awhile now and have been ready for a change I probably jumped the gun after a long hard day but whats done is done. My brother talked to the his old instructor about when the next course was for EMT was and they had said it would be this summer. So I'll be filling out the necessary paperwork and if everything goes well starting in the summer being done by the end. The pay for EMT is basically the same as what I'm getting now so I won't be taking any pay cuts. So for now I'll work at my job and when school starts I'll make another informed decision whether I can work here or not and still go to school. The job is really demanding and if its between school and work I choose school. But I digress the lake was fun and I enjoyed the fact that I truly vegged out and did nothing for the better part of a week I saw the running of the turkeys from the porch a deer and the beautiful night sky. Pictures of the turkeys to come in further blogs.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I like the IRS

So most everybody knows that Shelly was employed by a doctor who decided not to take out taxes and I suppose hoped that his employees wouldn't file either. Well being the good smart americans that myself and the wife are, we claimed everything that she made and of course we did our best in how it should be filed with no information on how exactly we should go about it. This was all in our first year in filling this way in 07. Of course I wasn't naive to think that we didn't make a mistake here or there but I knew that did end up paying a crapload of money. Fastforward to a year later to be exact yesterday we get a letter from the IRS saying you owe us over 3 thousand dollars and we need to pay in 30 days or severe penalties will occur. After looking over the previous years taxes found that if they were correct in saying we owe this then it was news to us. Rather than just bending over and giving them that money I decided to call have an explanation given to me in more detail so that I knew what I was paying for. See the tax that we were supposed to pay is a self employment tax for Shelly's job at the doctor's office. At first I was having a hard time explaining the fact that Shelly wasn't self employed she had a steady paycheck was an hourly employee. I finally in a very calm for myself way explained everything to the lady how that the Texas Workforce Commission had already ruled that she wasn't contract work and so on. The very nice lady took the information that I had given her on the business and said to just send the paperwork stating that she wasn't contract work in and an explanation letter to them and they will investigate the situation but from just what I had explained to her we shouldn't have to pay the tax and they will most likely be going after him for any other tax collections associated with this situation. Finally I feel like Justice will be served.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Welcome to the World Maddox Xavier Villegas

As we have not been posting in a long while. I thought it was fitting that we welcome into the world Maddox Xavier Villegas. Our good friends Tosha and Chris had their baby boy on the fourth by C-Section. He is healthy and doing very well. I think he came out to be 8lbs but I'm foggy on that stuff. I do know that he has some huge feet. Their not like fat their just long and skinny. Chris and Tosha's family has kinda of adopted us into their family so of course when we were there, there was plenty of questions for us like when we were going to have our first baby and so on. We both had mixed emotions about whether we would want one more now that they had theirs. But together we talked afterwards and figured that if it happens then it happens but if not then we can wait till Shelly gets out of school. Its not even a question of whether we can afford it or whether we can do it at this time. I've always been a fan of going the hard route it makes me appreciate my goals that much more. So to answer the question of when we would have kids were not trying but not preventing. So till then we will be the best unofficial aunts and uncles we can be. On another note Shelly did start her clinicals and is studing like crazy. She's getting good grades and I am really proud of her. Thats it for now we'll keep our plans updated for those still reading.