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We've made a trip to the zoo which was fun, although it'll be so much better once our daughter is about another year older. She has a bit of a hard time finding the animals since she can't really focus or even know what she's looking for. And it didn't help that Friday was HOT so most of the animals were lounging by the afternoon hours when we got there. She really loved the fish that they have in the aquarium at the zoo. Although I imagine a lot of that is because it's much easier for her to see them since they're so close.
Saturday we headed out to Conroe where they were having a KidzFest. While I knew we'd just kind of be walking around, my daughter was well entertained because she loves people watching already. She definitely got that from her mama. If they still have the festival in a few years we'll definitely be making a trip back for it.
I'm only 3 days into my 5 days of full time daddy duty and it's been great, but man is it tiring following an almost 10 month old around. I really need to teach her the awesomeness that is being still. At least for 10 minutes out of every hour. Maybe 5.
If you live in the South you're very accustomed to the heat that is just starting to ramp up. Unfortunately for us we now have about a $10k expense that we weren't really planning on. When it rains it pours. Our air conditioner is on its last legs and we're at the point where it'd be about $3k to repair/fix it with no clue how long it would last or spend $10k and just replace it. It was an easy decision to make, but man was I hoping to throw that $10k towards reducing debt not taking on more. Although we have 18 months same as cash so this will probably be off the books in a few months. *Sigh I can't wait for a year where there's nothing major financially that goes on.
I've been getting lots of questions regarding what I'll be doing with my Loyal3 portfolio. My original plan was to transfer the funds over to another brokerage account because I don't see any advantage to just sticking with the FolioFirst transfer. However, since the portfolio is quite small at about $4k and the new big expense in replacing our air conditioner I'm leaning towards taking the majority of the funds in cash to throw at our debt. It's going to suck because it's going to create a taxable event on most of those holdings, there's still a few that I'm just going to roll into a brokerage account, and it's going to reduce our dividends, but in the long run it's probably the smartest move to make.
On to the Roundup
In case you missed them, here's the posts from Passive-Income-Pursuit over the past week.
- 13 Option Moves to Boost My Investment Income
- Dividend Growth Investing at Work - Betting on Buffett and Big Blue
- 14 Ways I'm Using Options for Income
- Dividend Growth Investing at Work - Big Oil for Big Dividends
Once again I'd like to say thanks to each and every one of you that read, commented, and shared posts from here this past week. This dividend growth investing and financial independence community is amazing and the openness from everyone is awesome. Thanks again!
Now on to the links!
How Did You Discover The FI Movement? by 1500 Days to Freedom
3 Books I Wish I Read In My 20's by Retire By 40
Current Trades by Income Surfer
Altria is More Expensive than You Think by Dividend Growth Investor
The 2022 Project: A New Target Date by Retire Before Dad
How I Kicked Uncle Sam's @$$! by Dividend Diplomats
Quarterly Review, Q1-2017 by DivGro
What is "Work"? by Our Next Life
The Power, Potential and Pitfalls of Dividend Growth Investing with Coca-Cola by Dividends in Hand
Toronto-Dominion (TD): A High Yield Bank Stock Paying Dividends Since 1857 by Simply Safe Dividends
How to Rationally Think About Leverage by Freedom 35
What to Make of Today's Twice-In-History S&P 500 Valuations by A Wealth of Common Sense
Portfolio Update: It's Beet Red These Days by FI Fighter
If you're looking for investment ideas, A Frugal Family's Journey maintains a list of stock analyses and recent buys from fellow bloggers.
I hope you all have a great weekend!
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