Monthly Update – December 2017 (+$3,267.70, +2.52%)
December was an eventful month for us and we have several things to share! Below is a few pictures of everything that has happened.
- Our oldest’s first Christmas play.
We were so excited that we are at the age where we get to go to these adorable children`s programs! It is the best thing watching your little one get so excited and sing about Jesus. He did an amazing job and we are so proud of all that he has learned so far!
- My wife shooting a gun (this is not normal).
My in-laws recently bought some property not too far from us. It has been a lot of fun driving out in the country and enjoying the simple life. It has also been a lot of fun to practice shooting guns. To my surprise, my wife actually enjoyed it too!
- One of the pictures from our Christmas card photo shoot.
Trying to get decent family pictures is always a challenge with little ones. It mainly consist of whining and crying and definitely not sitting still. We managed to get a few good pictures for our Christmas card.
- Our boys excited for Santa on Christmas eve.
Now let’s break down the numbers for this month.
Our net worth increased by over $3,000 this last month thanks to around $6,500 in stock gains. Our housing value offset some of the gains as the Dallas-Fort Worth market is starting to lose it’s insane demand for real estate. One of my favorite parts of December is all the year-end capital gains and dividends. There’s something beautiful about getting a dividend, and this month we received over $1,150!
Our expenses increased a little bit from last month due to Christmas spending mainly. This was expected but we’re hoping to get our expenses below the $4,000 mark for January.
Looking forward to January:
- It’s exciting to see us approach our first milestone goal of $325,000. We’re less than $4,000 off from getting to eat at The Melting Pot (that cheese fondue is easily one of our favorites!).
- Hoping to have a much lower spending month and actually stash away some cash in our savings account for once.