We are SO close to paying off our mortgage! It's such an exciting feeling. We've paid off 97.5%! We are expecting to have the full amount paid by the end of September. As soon as that's complete, we will work on saving up for our taxes, as we opted to put the full sale of our vacation house into the mortgage, vs holding the taxes back. It saves us about $10k in interest, so it's worth it.
We are going super hard at that last chunk of mortgage and it's fun to see it dwindling every week. Fast forwarding to when we have the taxes paid, I'll be in savings mode for a few months to beef up our savings accounts, and then ready to leave my job. Home stretch!
The boys & my dad (along with some of their bike friends) completed a huge mountain biking ride yesterday. The boys rode 40+ miles (the first 1/3 in the dark, powered only by head lamps), & my dad rode close to double that. They are all thrilled with themselves, & exhausted, as you can imagine. My dad was doing it for a large fundraiser. The boys joined to support my dad, and Nick has been talking about, training for, and planning for this bike ride for the past year. I'm thrilled that everyone made their goals, and there were no injuries. I haven't gotten details yet (they were in a national forest, with no cell service), but today I should be learning more about the adventure. I'm very proud of everyone.
Here's what's on the to do list for today:
- Return sunblock to Rite Aid
- Pick up a few items at Trader Joes
- Grocery store (they are having a sale on pasta, which is Nick's favorite food ;-))
- Pickle a variety of peppers
- Strength workout
- Pick up the house
- Contact yard service about neighbor sprinkler issue
- Set up global entry appointment
- Work in the garden a bit
- Read by the pool :-)
- Dinner - wings & caprese salad