Hey Everyone!

I missed Friday’s post due to this weird co-worker cover shift crap. We have divider her job between three of us and it is a pain in the ass. I get caught off guard by getting her work put on my desk at different times each day. They have also been running into some issues so the delay means I can’t predict when I’ll get my part to do. Just today I am still not done with my part, but last week sometime I was able to get it all done by 9:30 so who knows.

This weekend was not great by any means. I think we pissed off our babysitter some how and Everett has the Flu. Allow me to elaborate. We were supposed to be going to to my wife’s grandpartent’s house. That all fell apart when Everett came one Friday with a fever. We decided to stay home and make him an appointment for Saturday morning. While we were home bound for the night I figured I would try my hand at doing our taxes online for the first time. I got to the section about child care, and needed my child care providers SSN, if under a single person operation, or EIN if she was operating under a daycare status. Not thinking any thing of it I text her and asked for either. I got a poorly worded text back saying that she was not a daycare, just a babysitter. That lead me to believe that I would then need her SSN. I asked her for that so that I could finish my taxes up and I got no response.So I waited, maybe she was busy. As time passed my wife and I realized that she was most likely working 100% under the table, which would make sense, as to why, maybe, she was offended?

Saturday came, after being ignored all evening, and Everett had his doctor appointment. We figured he had an ear infection again and that we would leave from there to go back. Well, that was until he came back positive for Influenza A. So we headed on home, as not to get anyone else sick. Not hearing back from our baby sitter, we wanted to call her and clear the air about the tax thing and let her know that Everett was sick as well. This was late in the day mind you. I called her home phone with no answer. I then called her cell phone, with no answer, and left her a messages saying ” Hey, its Cale. I just wanted to clear the air with the whole tax thing, we weren’t aware that you operated under the table, and we are fine with that. In other news Everett tested positive for the Flu, please call me back when you can, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Bye.” Sounds very calm and non aggressive to me?!? The rest of the evening went by without hearing from her. Everett was on a regiment of Tylenol and Ibuprofen.

Sunday morning arrived and we had another hell of a night sleeping in the living room with Everett being fussy. Around mid morning I tried giving our baby sitter another call, since it had now been about two days since she first ignored me. I got no answer on her home phone, and her cell phone was off so it went to voicemail. I didn’t leave one because I didn’t want to be that super annoying guy. I just wanted to speak with her. Still nothing as of, after dinner. That meant that I haden’t heard from her since Friday afternoon and I still wasn’t able to contact her directly about Everett being sick. So around 7pm Sunday I called again. No answer on the home phone, and no answer on the cell. I left a message saying, “Hey, its Cale. I hope you got my other voicemail. If not, Everett tested positive for the Flu, and wont be able to come to day care until his fever has broke for a full 24 hours. The soonest he would be back is Tuesday, we will keep you posted. Thanks. Bye.” That was that. Even now on a day where she watches kids I haven’t heard back. I don’t know if she is avoiding me because of the tax thing, that I don’t even mind, or for some other reason. Why, wouldn’t she call me back? My wife and I are mad about it all and when we do bring him back it is going to be super awkward. We don’t really feel comfortable sending him back there if she is mad at us for some reason, or because she failed to communicate with us as an adult running an illegal business.

My guess is that I will call her again tonight to let her know that he will be out for tomorrow too and likely be back Wednesday. I’m banking on her not picking up the phone :/ The real issue here is that we don’t have many options when it comes to legit daycare centers, and most people that do watch kids don’t report it on their taxes, so we would never get a tax break. That being said we really don’t mind it and can’t, because if she is really mad with us she can just say she isn’t willing to watch Everett anymore and we would be fucked. (Sorry for the language, but its true) We are kinda stuck.

We would love to just send him to another sitter entirely, but around here you can’t fins anyone. I just got off the phone with my wife. I may call the babysitter this afternoon, knowing that she is home with kids and try getting them to answer the phone. Who knows.

Here a couple pictures of my sick boy. He is still active and eating well enough. We hope he is over this by Wednesday.



That is all for me today! I hope you have a great Monday and I’ll see you tomorrow! 😀 😀



8 thoughts on “Awkward!”

  1. First and foremost, I hope Everett kicks that flu really quickly.

    You do not need her SSN or EIN to claim the deduction. From Intuit (the makers of TurboTax): According to the IRS Publication 503, page 8, Provider Refusal: “If the provider refuses to give you the identifying information, you should report whatever information you have (such as the name and address) on the form you use to claim the credit. Enter “See Attached Statement” in the columns calling for the information you do not have. Please attach a statement explaining that you have requested the information from the care provider, but the provider refused to furnish that information. Be sure to write your name and social security number on this statement. The statement will show that you used due diligence in trying to furnish the necessary information. “

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    1. We do too!

      I did see something about that, but thinking about it further we didn’t want to get our 70 year old sitter into trouble. If she were to come under an investigation she would have some serious problems coming her way. If she were to know it was us, since I have already messaged her about it, she could just drop our kid and we would be stuck without a sitter. :/ We are in a pretty tight spot. Thank you for the comment! 😀


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