Today is tax day – woohoo! If you didn’t already know, it’s a big deal in our home because it officially means the end of busy season for Ian. Well, almost, at least. They still extended quite a few returns that they will have to do and they have a full week long training session next week, which I count towards busy season since he will be away from the house, but the end is upon us, which is so exciting for me!
This year has been especially rough for us because it was Ian’s first busy season with his new firm and he had to learn a new software, so it was pretty stressful on him. Plus, busy season just happened to fall in my first trimester, so I was alone all day and pretty much all night feeling beyond terrible by myself. It was hard for me to get everything done and to even function like a normal person – I seriously do not know how second time mamas and working (out of the home) mamas do it. Props to you all because I really did think I was kicking the bucket at times, ha!
So, this just means that our tax day this year calls for a huge celebration! Although it was a really stressful season for us, it’s over, and we are so excited about that. Ian really gave it his all this year at his new firm and I am so proud of him! Because of that, I am going all out with our celebrations. Here are a few ways that we are celebrating this year (or that we have celebrated in the past):
A Firm-Wide Dinner
In the past, we have always gone to tax day firm-wide dinners, but Ian’s new firm just has a cocktail hour at the end of the week instead of a dinner – probably because the firm is so big (they have over 300 people!). So, instead of having a huge tax day dinner, they do a huge Christmas celebration, which was so much fun last year. Since we are not doing a firm dinner this year, we will probably go out to dinner on our own either today or tomorrow. Our go-to restaurant for celebrations – that is close by our house – is usually Spring, but we just went there for our half anniversary, so we will probably try to branch out and try something new this year.
In the past, we made it a tradition to go on a post tax day trip. Last year, we spent two weeks in California, exploring San Francisco, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Napa Valley (mostly Calistoga), and Sonoma County, as well. It was an amazing trip and we had plans to do another two week trip to somewhere fun this year, but his firm actually scheduled a training session for Ian’s group for all of next week. So, he will be traveling to Stone Mountain for the training session and we are postponing our next trip until May, which will actually be a lot of fun because it will be over my birthday weekend!
A Custom Nameplate
I am just so proud of how hard Ian worked this year – he really pushed himself to do the best that he could. I mean, he was waking up at 5:30 each morning and he would not get home until about midnight, or sometimes even closer to 1 in the morning. He worked hard and he deserves a reward, in my opinion. Since it is his first year at this new firm, I decided that a great gift would be a custom nameplate to go on his desk! This way, everyone will know who he is (this is especially useful at his firm since it is so large). I searched the internet for a while and could not find a nameplate that really suited him, so I decided to get one custom made from East Point Foundry! East Point Foundry says, “environment shapes how we perceive ourselves and others.” This is so true and I really hope that by adding a nameplate to Ian’s desk, it helps Ian know his worth and potential at the new firm.
East Point Foundry has been operating 100% in America since 1948 – something that is very rare nowadays. They offer bronze or aluminum custom nameplates for your to choose from so that you have full control over your namesake. East Point Foundry is highly committed to detail, high-quality craftsmanship, and excellence since they first began operating. With headquarters in East Point, Georgia, which is not far from my home, they not only create nameplates, but can also help you if you have a need for a custom plaques for a building sign, corporate facility, or for donor recognition and memorials, as well. East Point Foundry says, “Custom plaques are special. They are a big reflection of both the recipient and the giver. They tell you how important the recipient is and how honorable the giver must be.” With clients such as Georgia Tech, The University of Alabama, The U.S. Army, The City of Marietta, The National Park Service, and more, you know that East Point Foundry handcrafts a very high-quality product. So, if you are looking for a custom nameplate or a plaque, head over to East Point Foundry today!
Relaxation (+ Sleep)
Although the nameplate is a fantastic gift, I think what he is most excited about is to just relax and to sleep, as well. Both of our schedules are crazy during busy season. Like I mentioned above, he works super late and I just cannot fall asleep, so I end up working late, or staying up late, which affects my work the next morning. You can definitely say that this season has been tough for us, be we made it through and now we are ready to catch some zzz’s (especially before the baby comes!). Then, we will work on some of our house projects!