As you can see, we haven’t been updating the blog much.
Things have been hectic around here… well, at least hectic for some of us.
This last month in Buenos Aires went by INSANELY fast! Despite a number of difficult things we’ve had to deal with over the last month, we had a really good hang.
In addition to losing one of our favorite pack members, (remember Kiki here), I also had an incredibly stressful month. Our company, Outdoorplay, just endured a lovely audit from the IRS and at the end of the day they stuck us with a $60,000 tax bill. No, we weren’t trying to cheat on our taxes. There was an accounting error caused by our old technology platform which created the problem when we migrated to a new system. Even the IRS guy felt bad about it and waived all the penalties (unhead of).
Right about the time Outdoorplay got the tax bill from the IRS, we received an order from Sea World, which I ultimately decided to cancel. Kinda weird timing to be turning down money, regardless of the amount, but we felt like it was the right thing to do. When I posted it on facebook it created a bit of a stir…
A few days later we were contacted by Dixie Gillaspie from The Good Men Project. She was interested in doing an article, and with the hope of drawing more attention to the issue, we happily agreed. She later published the article here…
The answer to the question in the title of the article is obvious, it’s the kind of company who owes the IRS $60,000 but is too stupid to take the order. HAHA! In all seriousness, we stand behind the decision.
In the end the post went viral and ended up flooding Outdoorplay headquarters with emails and phone calls, (sorry about that team ODP). Stevie and I also received way more emails and comments than we’re going to be able to answer, so thanks everyone for those words, and for supporting the decision.
So it was a crazy month. I have to say it was really helpful and extra special to have my Mom here with us. I don’t think we would have made it through without her.
This was her FOURTH time visiting us in South America. Crazy the motivation having a grandchild offers you, eh?
Other than Stevie and me, there’s never been another person in Soleil’s life who has spent more time and energy on her. These two were inseparable for a month. Soleil learned so much from Noni, including a bunch of English!
Thank you for coming to visit again Mom. We love and honor you immensely. XOXOXOX
Below are a bunch of photos from our time in Buenos Aires. Stevie says she’s going to come in and put some captions… if she can find 5 minutes to break away from Soleil. 🙂
San Telmo Mercado
Street Art in San Telmo
Graffiti in front of the Casa Rosada, where Evita gave her speeches to empower her ‘descamisadas’ (the shirtless workers)
Eating gelato at Plaza Dorrego
Group photo with Doug, Marcia, and Greg. We hung out with them a ton in Buenos Aires. They made our time super special.
Ari, Soleil’s nanny from Mendoza, came to visit us in Buenos Aires. We had a great time with her.
Soleil giving Daddy his father’s day present: fresh baked cookies and a cool t-shirt!
It’s finally time to bounce, so once again we pack everything we own back into the old Sprinter and prepare for road life.
Now we go North to Belo Horizonte to climb the limestone of Serra Cipo, Brazil. Very excited to see a new country and crank on some of the best sport climbs in South America.