2017 – What’s New and What’s Next??

2017 has come and gone and we are still reeling from the challenges and blessings that the year gave us. For starters, I almost lost my blog completely because of some issue trying to download WordPress on my desktop. Currently I’m using my cell phone because it’s already downloaded on here and I don’t have to worry about anything messing up. But that’s just the icing on the 2018 cake.

We survived another Disney World trip to celebrate our 6th anniversary at the end of November! It was such a fun trip this time too, with Maddie being almost 2. The only downside to the trip was that Maddie caught Hand, Foot and Mouth the last few days we were there. Other than that, our 10 day stay at Port Orleans Riverside was amazing. For being a moderate resort, it’s definitely up there with the deluxe resorts, in our opinion. I’ll write more about that soon.

After getting over Hand, Foot and Mouth, Maddie caught the flu from Ken just days after Christmas. It was a rough week, but thankfully we caught it in time to administer Tamiflu, and she was back to her normal self in less than a week. My dad also caught the flu, but from Maddie. So I was taking care of my husband, my daughter and my father. It’s been a bit hectic here in the Fountain Home.

The holidays were wonderful though and we enjoyed our time with family and with each other. This was the first year that Maddie kinda understood Santa Claus, so that was fun for me.

2017 was a crazy year. Three of my friends were pregnant and two of them delivered during 2017. One of the babies was born at 24 weeks and has had his share of setbacks, but we are hoping that he is on the right track to start getting stronger. He is one of Maddie’s future boyfriends after all! (Just kidding…kind of!)

2017 also has health problems, more specifically my brother’s battle with cancer. He is one of the strongest men I know. He continues to fight in this new year, so pray for him when you get a chance. His name is John.

My dad was also in and out of doctors’ offices in 2017, but is currently doing well. Again, 2017 was crazy.

So that brings me to 2018. What’s next for the Fountain Family??

Well, for starters, my oldest niece Amber will be welcoming her first child into the world! Yes, at the age of 30, I will be a Great Aunt for the first time. This coming week, her and her husband will find out what the gender is, so I’ll definitely be writing about that in the near future.

Also, starting Monday, I will be starting a new workout program called 80 Day Obsession. I’m actually in a coach test group with the creator of the program, Autumn Calabrese. I’ve done a program with her in the past and had great success with it. The main reason I’m choosing to do this program is because Ken and I want to have more children. I still haven’t lost “Baby weight” from having Maddie. And she’ll be 2 in February. To me, this is just unacceptable. I’m done being stagnant and I know that I will see great results with this program. Please ask me if you have questions about it! I will be documenting my journey on my blog starting Monday, so stay tuned on that!

Part of me is toying with another Disney World trip this year, but I also want to eliminate debt, not add more. So I will be focusing on getting out of credit card and loan debt this year. It’ll take a few years probably but once we get there, it will be wonderful.

Also, Ken is starting a new career this month. He is currently going to school to learn how to drive a semi. I know, crazy, but it’s something he has thought about for years and finally decided it was time. I’ll probably write a lot about that in the coming weeks.

Other than all that, my biggest goals consist of potty training and binky breaking! Maddie will be 2 in February 18th and I know I need to get working on all that. It’s going to be a lot of work, and I will probably have to actually schedule my time, especially with my fitness program, but when it’s all said and done, I think 2018 is going to be one amazing year.

In the next day or so, I’ll post a whole update about our Disney Trip and share pictures from our adventure! This trip was so different from our trip in January of 2017. I’ll share the differences between taking a 10 month old versus taking a 21 month old. It was surprising to me!!

Sorry this post was more of a brain dump than normal, but I’m still recovering from this last month or so. I promise this will get better!!

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