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Monday, December 27, 2021

Christmas didn't turn out quite as planned this year. All three of my grandchildren have covid (yes they are fully vaccinated).

Cary took this photo of the kids at their outdoor Christmas morning covid breakfast table.

breakfast on the deck

Sidney tested positive on Tuesday, Tessa on Wednesday, and Jack Henry on Christmas day. Tessa seemed to be the sickest but was back to running around her backyard on Christmas day.

So far Cary and Kyle are negative.

winter flowers

Yes, I was with them last Monday, which means I was exposed. I took an at-home test on Friday, which was negative, and will retest today. 

I am fully vaccinated and boosted so keeping my fingers and toes crossed that I will still be negative.

Christmas for me and for Katy has been postponed until January when we will hopefully be able to all get together as a family.

Katy, Tessa, and I were able to be on FaceTime for a couple of hours on Christmas Day, and Tessa and I FaceTimed on Christmas eve to track Santa. 

bunchberry printable

We also played the games on the tracker site and Tessa patiently tried to explain to me what I was doing wrong.

Shhhh don't tell anyone, but today is my birthday. No, I am not revealing my ancient age, but what I am doing is having an after-Christmas sale in my Etsy shop.

The sale will last through December 31.

All of the printables are 20% off.

old farmhouse printable

Everything else in the shop is 10% off.

vintage Sheffield casserole dish

So for my birthday I am treating myself to some frozen yogurt and some sparkling cider, which I will consume while watching TV and reading. In otherwords I intend to be a complete slug. 

Cheers to better days ahead. 



  1. Happy Birthday Laura. Have a good day today. Sorry your family all came down with Covid for Christmas. I am sure not what they wanted for Christmas. Keeping all of you in my prayers. Especially tomorrow Laura. xoxo Kris

  2. Happy Birthday Laura. My husband and two daughters recently had Covid. I tested negative but lost my sense of taste and smell….go figure.

  3. Oh I hope everyone will be OK. Sounds like they are having mild cases, which is so good! I pray ou don't get it. Many people I know who were vaccinated, also got Covid! So weird. Take care of yourself, and Happy Birthday! rest, relax and just do nothing if you don't want to. Our special days mean we do (or don't do) whatever we want! Hugs.. Marilyn

  4. Happy birthday (my niece is the day before you) and her plans were also dismantled at the last moment.
    I wish your grandchildren a quick recovery.

  5. Hope you have a very Happy Birthday in spite of illness in the family. It's still your special day, and I hope it's a good one.

  6. Happy Birthday girlfriend! I hope your day has been special! I'm so sorry about the grandkids...hope they feel better every day! Birthday hugs coming your way, Diane

  7. Happy Birthday, Laura!! I'm sorry the kids were sick, but glad they're feeling good now. I hope you do treat yourself for your birthday and I wish you a lovely year ahead! xo

  8. I'm so sorry to hear your grandkids have Covid. The people that I know that have Covid right now (my niece included) have all been vaxxed, too. Go figure. I hope you don't end up getting it.

    Happy birthday! I hope you were able to at least make yourself a special meal or get some kind of take-out that you like.

  9. Happy Birthday, Laura! Sending you a virtual hug! I have fingers and toes crossed that you continue to test negative. Also, hoping that your grand kids recover soon!


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