Investing in Our Boy // A Day at Legoland Florida | Tuesdays with Jacob

Investing in Our Boy // A Day at Legoland Florida

December 4, 2017

This past weekend we had the most wonderful family trip to Legoland Florida. We were invited by Vanguard to experience a day in the life of a long-term investor. Jacob is growing so fast and we are really realizing how much we need to seize these moments while he's still so small. People always try to warn you just how fast childhood flies by, but it's hard to grasp just how fast until you're in the midst of it. Planning for his (and our) future is super important to us, but we don't want it to take away from living right now in this moment. Legoland is only a 2.5 hour drive from home so we decided last minute to make a day trip. Vanguard clients don't live to invest, they invest to live! And that's just what we did. We lived it up, with our favorite boy, in his favorite place. 

Jacob was MORE than excited when he woke up in the morning and we told him we were going. We could barely get him dressed before he was trying to rush us out the door. We spent the entire ride listening to him babble on about how he was going to go on all the rides and see his Lego friends. The look of excitement when we pulled up was priceless. 

We made sure to grab a photopass on the way in to preserve our memories as much as possible, and we took lots of photos and videos too. We've made a few trips to Legoland before, but there were still quite a few first for us. It was the opening weekend of Christmas Bricktacular which made everything that much more magical. We got to listen to story time with Mrs. Clause, see the light show on the giant Christmas tree, and check out all the amazing lego displays.

Jacob was besides himself when we said we could get ice cream before lunch, and quickly picked out strawberry as his choice. His kids cone was huge and dripped all over the place, but his sticky smile was totally worth it. 

We also caught the pirate show for the first time and I'm not sure why we never made it a priority before. Our pirate obsessed kid was glued to the edge of his seat the entire show, and we must admit that their water skiing stunts are truly impressive. You can see some of their stunts in our recap video!

We hit some of Jacob's favorites - the Beetle Bounce, and Merlin's Challenge, but we also took some time out of our day to let Jacob play a carnival game. We've never done this before, but it was nice to take a break from rushing around to the rides. Jacob was over the moon when he won a giant dragon, and even insisted we strap it in next to him on the way home! 

Overall this was a more relaxed trip than our past ones, and it was so nice to focus on Jacob and what he wanted to do. He's growing so fast that we want to savor every last moment of who he is right this second. A recent study reveals that Vanguard clients spend 6 hours more per week with their kids compared with clients of other investment firms. I don't know about you, but I see that time as six precious hours we can never get back once the week is over. We're sure going to make the most of that time! 

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The Where Investors Belong survey was conducted by market research firm Kelton Global in 2016. It polled 1,000 Vanguard clients and compared them with 1,000 clients of other investment firms. All differences between Vanguard clients and clients of other investment firms are statistically significant at the 95% confidence level. The parental stat refers to clients with children of any age who provided the number of hours per week they typically spend with their children or who, compared to other people they may know, believe to be more involved in their child’s life. . The experiences of these Vanguard clients may not be representative of the experience of other Vanguard clients and aren’t a guarantee of future investment performance or success.  
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