Hi LoveBugMama and highlandmum!
Well, I did my taxes. I get a rebate (yay!)... and we'll get some catch-up family support money for both kids, at some stage. So that's awesome.
Unfortunately DH owes a bunch on his business taxes, which kinda cancels out all that good stuff, and then some. Probably. He hasn't actually done his IR3 yet, so this is just the IRD's estimate. He did have a precipitous drop in income a few months back, so I hope that means his projected tax is too high and he won't have to pay as much as they think. We'll see.
Last night I went to a friend's going-away party, and when I went to go home the key wouldn't turn in the ignition. It does this sometimes, and usually wiggling the steering wheel and trying repeatedly works in the end. Not this time. Four guys tried to help, including a mechanic and two ex-Army guys, but nope. So I had to leave it there - Dad drove me and DD home. Luckily DH went over this morning with his key and it worked. I think mine was just an eighth-generation copy which had lost all useful definition. He got me a new one cut. Crisis averted. I'm glad it wasn't the transmission!
And in other good news, DH landed a nice tasty government contract! We're celebrating by going out for dinner and a movie on Monday night. The movie's free (I won tickets to a preview of Ruby Sparks), and we haven't had a date night in FOREVER, so... "looking forward to it" is an understatement. Mum's babysitting. Woot! :)
Have decided I have enough presents for DD for Christmas now. My mystery shopping stash includes a fancy notepad, undies, two sets of hairclips and a comb. I'm halfway through making her a felt flannelgraph-type thing. And I bought her a Waldorf doll online with some PayPal money I had; and when she arrives I'll make her a bunch of new clothes. Then I'm going to make her a Disney princess dress, and maybe another summer dress from some fabric I already have; plus the sailor dress which will match DS' and her cousins' sailor suits. (We're dressing them all up and taking photos on the beach, for presents for MIL and FIL. Should be cute!)
And I think that should be enough! I keep thinking of other things she'd like... a teepee, more costumes, a dollhouse... but really, I don't want to get her piles and piles of stuff. And her birthday's only a few months after Christmas anyway. And if I'm really on-to-it, I might get her summer quilt done by Christmas too.
So now I can use my mystery shopping money on Christmas presents for other people (or, you know, useful stuff for us!) Cool.
Hope things are looking up for all of you too! :)