Tuesday, May 17, 2016

tuesday morning catch ups.

/1/ There was finally a break in the rain on Saturday morning so we took the kids to "rainbow park" . We have been going to this park for years and the kids are not sick of it yet, especially not the carousel :) 
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/2/ Another week, another new activity book for Anna. Currently, she's really into this one. Luke's sister gave it to us a couple of years ago, and I had been waiting to give it to Anna until she was old enough. Well, I think 6 is just right. She can do the whole thing independently and is so creative with it. I am a fan of activity books!

/3/ Believe it or not, we are thinking about getting a dog. We already got a name picked out - Taro! Yes, after the root vegetable, haha. I am still not convinced that it will actually happen because I really do like our dog-free life. But then I also think how fun it would be to have a little Yorkie running around the house again... Maybe things WILL be better this time? Anyway, we have been talking about it so much that Anna now includes "Tarow" in her drawings. So funny and cute.
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/4/ I am solo parenting this week while Luke is in Vegas for work. The kids are older now, so it's really not bad at all. Sure it might take longer to get out of the house and we might skip bedtime stories and play tablets instead, but it's all good.

/5/ This last one is a big milestone for our family. So....we paid off our mortgage! Today! Just this morning! When we bought our first house in 2010, I never expected us to pay off our 15-year loan in under 6 years, but - wow - I am super proud of our accomplishment :) Congratulations to us!

7 comments:

  1. Yes, we are officially debt free! There are multitudes of arguments that swing both ways around paying off a mortgage, especially when interest rates are so low. With cash in hand, we sat on this choice for over a year. But for piece-of-mind (priceless), all other financial options just didn't make sense for us given the current economic climate. Now with only a year or two of 'emergency' funds left, it's time to tighten our belts and restock the coffers. At the same time, new opportunities are open to us, such as taking lower paying jobs that are more fulfilling or family friendly.

    Still, there will be the usual grocery/utility/insurance bills and property taxes to deal with. But at least there is one less hand in our pockets now. Time to focus more on growing the kids' financial accounts and our retirement assets.

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    1. The way time is flying, Anna will be going to College soon!

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  2. Wow! Congratulations on paying off your mortgage!!

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  3. Wow, you paid off your mortgage in only 6 years?! So jelly! What a great accomplishment! And with the kids getting older and out of daycare, you'll be rolling in dough. What will you with all the money?! LOL!

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    1. I know...waiting for the day when Will enters kindergarten :)

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  4. Let me know if you'd like the red travel bag for baby Taro:)! We don't use it, because Max doesn't fit and he has to be next to his brother(Pesto).

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