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We made it to another year.  We had a great year last year and are looking forward to another wonderful year.  Here are some 2017 goals and things that we have going on.  What are your plans for the year?


Our goal for money is to keep on keeping on.  We want to save for retirement a bit more and maybe for some larger projects, but nothing right in front of us.  Building our net worth in a slow and steady fashion is the goal.

We had considered the idea of a refinance of our mortgage to free up some cash flow.  This might still happen, but we put it on hold since rates started going up literally days after that post!  That's honestly my luck.  It might be something to look at, but we'll see.  I know many say rates are still low but I just have a thing against refinancing at a higher rate than I'm currently paying.  This is even more true knowing it wasn't the case just a few months ago.


I want to continue to go to the gym but I have a few different goals this year.  Last year, pretty much all I did was run on the treadmill.  I want to reduce the number of times I run, but offset it with different activities.  I literally lift no weights or do any other type of conditioning.  I'd like to be more well rounded in my exercise approach.

Vacations and Fun

We have a few things planned for the year:

  • February: Our winter mini-getaway to a water park located a couple of hours away

    Image from MorgueFiles courtesy of Lash.

    .  The kids absolutely love this place and ask about it at least once a week.

  • April: We are heading to Florida for Spring Break.  We're heading to the Tampa area.  We already have lodging all set up, and are finalizing our plans on getting down there.
  • Summer: We'll be doing our traditional assortment of camping trips.  We've already booked Memorial Day and the 4th of July week trips.  We'll have another  week long trip that we'll book later, as well as filling up the rest of the summer with additional shorter trips.
  • Fall: We round out our camping season with a couple of colder weather trips.


I never got around to a few of my checklist items to get done by the end of the year.  I really want to make sure to get checked up, as well as take care of some of the other items.  It's obvious that my prescription has changed for my glasses, so taking care of that is something to do fairly early on.

On top of that, we'll just pray that everybody else in our immediate and extended families stays healthy and accident free.


We really don't get to church very often.  By that I mean that we've turned into one of those cliche families that goes on Easter and Christmas.  Our kids really enjoyed Vacation Bible School, and I honestly feel that they need some of the lessons and principles from the teachings.  It wouldn't hurt for me and my wife to go either!


We're always excited to see our kids continue to grow and learn and mature.  They are finding their way with activities.  My son is in Cub Scouts and we're having fun, so hopefully we continue with that.  He's also getting into things like basketball, plus he still loves desigining and building.  My daughter continues to take dance lessons, and has started Brownies (Girl Scouts).  I'm sure by the end of the year they'll both have more things on their laundry list!

We're really looking forward to what the year ahead brings.  What do you think of our plans, and what do you have lined up for the year ahead?