Happy New Year! Let’s bid a fond adieu to 2017 and welcome 2018 with open arms. 2017 was an incredible year for investors and we were fortunate enough to ride along. Now, I’m ready for 2018. The economy seems to be holding up well and most investors are optimistic so we might be in for another great year! Is this irrational exuberance? I don’t think we’re there yet because the economy is doing well, but a couple more years like 2017 and the stock market will reach the Dot Com bubble territory. Anyway, we’ll stay invested, but I plan increase our bond allocation a bit this year. Nobody knows what’s going to happen with the stock market.
On the personal front, we had a mostly uneventful year. RB40Jr settled into his school routine and he is behaving better in 1st grade. The big issue this year was that we found out he has hearing impairment in his left ear. We got him a hearing aid, but it doesn’t seem to help that much. Anyway, we’re dealing with it and life goes on. As long as his right ear is working well, I think he will do okay at school. They brought in an FM system so hopefully that will help.
Mrs. RB40 transitioned into a new role at work and she did very well. I’m also holding steady as a stay-at-home-dad/blogger. Nothing really new to report there. I’m pretty happy with where I am so I’ll probably hold steady for 4-5 years.
Oh, I almost forgot. My mom stayed with us for most of 2017 and she is starting to need more help. She is relatively healthy for an older female (70), but she still has many doctor appointments. Her mental faculty is also starting to decline. She