COVID-19 hits home

After nearly two years of successfully avoiding the dreaded coronavirus, it finally hit our family. We enjoyed a lovely Christmas together, then Rose found out on Monday night that she was infected. We were all back in our own homes by then and scrambled to find testing options. I got free rapid tests (antigen tests) from a state distribution and the four of us in my house tested negative on Tuesday morning. I also scheduled more precise PCR tests for as soon as possible, which ended up being Wednesday morning. Eve work up Tuesday with congestion and a sore throat, which she blamed on swallowing too much pool water while swimming with Rose and Joyce on Sunday. I also developed a sore throat and by Wednesday morning was convinced I had Covid for sure! We all got PCR tested Wednesday morning. Results came back overnight.

Covid results:
Me ✖️
Lex ✖️
B’Lake ✖️
Eve ✔️ 😩

I cancelled all plans and now we are figuring out how to contain the spread. Fortunately everyone is happy spending all day on their computers and ignoring one another. Eve is masking, as is B’Lake. Lex and I decided not to. We’ll see how that plays out.

I took Lex to get his booster shot today as well. Unrelated. So I think we are going to finish out this vacation week very quietly. I hope her symptoms stay mild, I hope the booster shot doesn’t take Lex down, and I hope no one else gets sick. 🤞🏻

Merry Christmas!

Another one on the books. This year, despite the pandemic overhead, we were able to gather all together. 🎄❤️

Cookie time

Eve and I decided to host a cookie party this year. We decided many weeks ago, before the Covid case numbers started skyrocketing again. I did lots of internal debating and talking withy friends (who were they party guests!) and decided to proceed anyway. Everyone is vaxxed and boosted, so I’m hoping for the best!!

Hot cider on the beverage bar.
Cookies for decorating
Cookies for swapping!

We had a really nice time. There were none moms and eleven kids, mostly teenagers but two younger ones as well. We had a lovely time and everyone left after about two hours. (Because I set the end time in the invite! )

3-Day Christmas Tree

This year Christmas decorating has taken a little longer than usual. We went on Friday afternoon to get a tree because Alan was here that day. When we got home everyone was tired from school and tree getting, so we just put it in the stand and left it. On Saturday all three kids had plans, which even overlapped by two hours so I had a little time home alone! :) I wrapped some presents, got out the Christmas decorations, put up some house decorations, and put the lights on the tree. This morning the boys put lights on the big tree outside while Eve decorated the porch (and I dealt with a broken water heater). This evening we were all finally together and ready to decorate the tree. You know the meme format “Tell me you have ____ without telling me you have ___.” Tell me you have teenagers without telling me you have teenagers. We decorated the tree at 9:00pm and no one is even remotely ready for bed. Myself included!

Tomorrow hopefully a plumber will come fix the water heater and maybe I’ll even get a few errands done as well. 🎄🎁

Thanksgiving 2021

We celebrated Thanksgiving this year at Rosy’s new house!! It was pretty awesome. We were all thankful for a warm house (and cozy where it wasn’t as warm) and loving family. Also, there were lots of dogs.

The hostess with the mostest!
They were nice to share their house with use for a few days. :)
I love this girl.
Huxley was the little dog at the party. He enjoyed playing with the boys sometimes, but other times he just wanted to be snuggled in the safety of someone’s lap.
Berkley likes laps too! Also, we celebrated Joyce’s birthday a little early since we were all together.
Dog pile on Joyce!
Silly dog.
Sillier dog. :)

I’m a little late with this post, but we got a Christmas tree today and I need to get a Thanksgiving post done before the Christmas posts begin!