We finally filed our taxes tonight. Woohoo!
We are getting back a decent federal refund but have to pay state a little bit. I’ve had our taxes nearly ready to file for about the past 2 months or so, but I put off sending them because I’d been trying to figure out what to do with this IRA form that I had (from when I had my 401K converted into an IRA). I couldn’t find a place on TurboTax to include the info.
So Jody and I sat down tonight to figure it out once and for all. We were actually able to do a search for the form on TurboTax and it said that we don’t have to report it, and that was that! It took all of 2 minutes, I swear. I assume it’s one of those things that you report once you take the money out of it, but while it’s just sitting there, nothing is happening with it.
Anyway, we’re glad to have that done. I was hoping I’d be able to apply some (or all) of the return towards the purchase of a new camera, but until we know how much it is going to cost to repair our water-damaged bathroom, I’ll be holding off on that. We’re having someone come out next weekend to assess the mold (I don’t think it’s black mold, but we need to know for sure) and someone else to give us an estimate on the remodeling. *gulp*
Since we’ve been talking about moving lately, I spent a little time this past week browsing houses for sale online. We even went to look at one of them today just for kicks. It had some things we’d really like in our next home, like hardwood floors, a nice-sized backyard, and a bigger kitchen, but it wasn’t the house for us. I think we’ll try to look at a few houses every few weeks just to help us get a better idea of what we definitely want in our next house and what we don’t.
When we bought the house that we are currently in (7 1/2 years ago), we were under a HUGE time crunch because we were moving from Oklahoma to Colorado and only had about two days to look at houses in person and make up our mind on which one we wanted. As a result, we felt a lot of pressure to decide quickly. The first house we made a bid on was rejected, and this house was our second (though probably not the smartest) choice. If we were able to do it over again, we would have done things differently. So this time around, I’d like to really take our time and find a house that we LOVE before we take the plunge.
Our next step will probably be to meet with a Realtor to discuss what we really need to do with our house before putting it on the market and to let them know what we are looking for as well.
Our weather has been really cold and crummy (think freezing rain and a bit of snow) the past few days. Tomorrow’s high is only in the 40s. Last Easter was in the 70s or 80s if I remember correctly.
We dyed eggs for the first time with Ava today. She enjoyed it a lot. Tomorrow we will hide them (probably in the house since it’s going to be chilly out) and let Ava have an egg hunt. We did it last year with plastic eggs, but decided to do the real deal this year. And, just for nostalgia sake, here’s Ava enjoying some painted eggs on her first Easter. Gosh, those chubby cheeks look familiar.
Happy Easter and Happy Spring!