We survived the 2016 tax season!

I have now officially made it through 10 tax seasons!  This year would have been 11 tax seasons since becoming a tax professional, but last year I skipped out in favour of Hudson, who arrived at the end of February.

When I returned to work at the end of November I was already thinking about what this busy season might bring.  Lots of new variables were going to be in the mix leading to a fair bit of uncertainty for how things would go.

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Florida in April!

While I was pregnant I had made up my mind that we would do whatever we could to go somewhere in April. Being a tax accountant, my maternity leave would be the only chance in my career to get away at tax time. So we settled on Florida. Sun ’N Fun was on our list of things to do and it worked out perfectly that it was taking place a couple weeks later than usual. Kurtis also really wanted to try and rent a sailboat for a few days to put into practice everything he had learned during the sailing course in the Bahamas in December.

We definitely got mixed reactions when we told various people our plans. About half thought we were crazy to travel with such a young infant, especially to go sailing. The other half said it would be the best time to travel with Hudson due to his “immobility”. Crazy or not, Kurtis and I love to travel and sharing new adventures with our little man is very important to us.    (more…)

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“Breast might be Best”, when it works…

When I was pregnant I was certain that I would breastfeed our baby for at least 9 months, which is when I was going to return to work.  Breastfeeding was good for Baby, good for Mama, free, “portable” for all the travelling we planned to do, etc…  I read Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding to make sure I was ready and even pictured what it would be like in my head.  Breastfeeding was what nature intended.  So, as long as Baby and I had enough skin to skin contact right after birth and in the first few weeks and the baby’s latch was good then everything should happen as nature intended, right?

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Ready to become a “flight of 3”

Our Blog has only logged our adventures since it was created in August 2013, but Kurtis and I have certainly been “Madly off in all Directions” for pretty much our whole marriage.  As Kurtis and I got closer and closer to meeting our little Pumpkin”, we spent some time reflecting on how much fun we have had during the past 14+ years of marriage and our “flight of 2” status.  We are both extremely excited for this next chapter in our lives and now being a “flight of 3” :).  We are looking forward to having lots of fun adventures and making lots more memories with our little one.  Here’s what we’ve been up to prior to “Pumpkin’s” arrival:
  • September 2, 2000 – We got married.  We spent a few days exploring the St. Lawrence by car up to Cornwall and then headed back to Waterloo.  Christina transferred from St. Clair College into 2nd year at University of Waterloo’s Accountancy program and school started a week after we got married.  We lived in a furnished apartment in Waterloo just off campus for 4 months.

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2014 – A Year in Review

I went back in our Blog to my summary of our activities in 2013 and it was fun to read all that we had been up to.  So I decided I would put together another quick recap of our year’s activities in 2014.  As you will see we didn’t really manage to slow down like I had optimistically written in the 2013 Year in Review.  Oh well, I guess that is an indication that our Blog’s name is definitely appropriate as we just naturally seem to be “madly off in all directions”!

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In loving memory: Harry Bradley Stannard

November 7, 1934 – October 8, 2014

Kurtis’ eulogy from Uncle Brad’s funeral on Saturday, October 11, 2014

As we journey through our lives we take in the world around us, filtered by the experiences we’ve accumulated along the way. It’s a natural part of humanity to draw conclusions from circumstances, to make assumptions about the paths people will likely travel in life based on what we see surrounding them. If you were to imagine Windsor in the 1930’s, a prosperous city nurturing the new “middle class” thanks to the growing Auto Industry in the area. Young boys and girls were growing up in new neighborhoods with spare time to play with their friends, and enjoying some extravagances thanks to a new concept – disposable income. It would be easy to look at a young boy in such a situation and imagine them growing up to build a prosperous and successful life in the city. One thing I imagine we all understand, is that Uncle Brad wasn’t one to follow such a conventional path!

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1 + 1 = 3

After almost 14 years of marriage, Kurtis and I finally decided to take the plunge and turn our family of 2 into a family of 3.  We made a trip down to Essex County on August 8 to start spreading the word, in person, to our families.  I was 12 weeks along so we were in the safe zone to start telling those closest to us.  We were pretty certain that our families were going to be shocked by our news so we wanted to tell as many of them in person as we could so that we could see all of their reactions!

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