We're off to Breckenridge for a little getaway. Two days this week but all of next week, too. Breckenridge is one of the prettiest places in Colorado--the mountains there are spectacular and the downtown is way cool. Too cool for this family, but they still let us come visit. David is the uber-travel-planner extraordinaire. He can scout out deals like our neighborhood bear scouts out garbage. Between Craigslist and his Internet searches, he's scored some mostly free overnights for us all for lots of trips this summer. So a shout out to the Big D for his cyber savvy.
There is still quite a bit of snow up in the ski areas, but the days are going to be warm and sunny. We'll swim and hike and ride the alpine slide and I'll take millions of pictures and post them when we get back.
In other news, I finished my response to the IRS and flooded them with more paperwork to prove that we paid for and finalized our adoption of Zinabu. If you didn't hear, they rejected our tax credit and slapped us with a big fat fine for wasting their time. Turns out I'm not the only one who got that letter. My friend Heather got something similar, and her fine was $2,000. These are people that have adopted and claimed the adoption tax credit that the government offered. We're not criminals. We're not lying. We're not making up fake children to claim money that was never spent. This process has been brutal for quite a few of us. Especially because a lot of us adjusted our federal withholdings for the 2010 tax year in anticipation of the adoption tax credit. If for some reason they disallow our claim, we will owe massive amounts of money. So let's all say a prayer for the person reviewing our paperwork, shall we? Mmmmmkay.