I’m 25 again!

Well another year around the sun for me! Also another Covid birthday. We are pretty much in the same place we were a year ago with the Delta variant spreading like wild fire. I now know about a dozen people with Covid and sadly some of these are children. I guess the old saying is true “some people just never learn” and now the kids are paying the price.

But anyways, back to me. It was a wonderful birthday at home. My boss gave me the day off and i cleaned, did laundry, worked on baton order forms and got up to date on my scrapbook!

I also got a FaceTime call from my gorgeous niece. My brother called me in the evening on his way out of town for work!

After John was done with work he got us Mexican take out from our favorite local place. His parents came over for dinner also. I made sugar free cupcakes so we had a place to put the candles. It was low key but we do what we have to in order to keep everyone healthy!

Super excited about this new toy!
My new pants say Pink Ladies!

My nanny family always finds me the sweetest gifts and makes me homemade cards. The are the best gift i could ever receive!

Loving my new coffee cup!
“Sparkly like your personality”
My parents got me an Amazon gift card and these are my first purchases!
How adorable is the wall art from Annalee??!

Covid vaccine hangover

Let me start off by saying we are so grateful to be vaccinated before summer. We are also so proud that we did our duty to help get the world back to some kind of normal. With that being said the side effects sucked. Would i take a day of illness over getting Covid? ABSOLUTELY!

John has the chills, a fever of 102 and body aches. I had the sweats, a migraine and terrible leg pain. Between the two of us i think we checked off all the side effects.

For lunch we had soup and i also had ice cream 😂. Although we were able to eat normal our stomachs did seem a little unsettled.

So, in short, being miserable for a day was worth the piece of mind that we will stay healthy during this pandemic.

Hot flash vs Chills 😂

3/24/21 was a big day!

Mammogram and COVID vaccine all in one day!? Man i was adulting hard and for once i admitted i was 40! Phew glad that is over so i can go back to being 25!

But in all seriousness the mammogram was super quick and painless. Fingers crossed i don’t get called back!

How sweet was it for the hospital to reserve me a seat?

The vaccine was painless but OMG the anxiety building up to it. I’m not afraid of shots and i fully trust the doctors and scientists with this vaccine, but my last 2 vaccinations i had allergic reactions to. Ugh was it terrifying but i never even felt a pinch! John and i had super sore arms for 24 hours but that’s all. Now I’m sure we will get sick from the second shot but hey sick for a day is better then being on a ventilator in the hospital!

Covid testing

Ugh no one wants to hear a doctor say I’m sending you for a covid test but here we are. My husband and I were so sick this week. Low grade fevers, fatigue, congested, sore throats, etc. A doctor decided we checked off all the symptoms of covid so off we went for testing. They sent us to a building I’m another city. When we arrived we had to call before entering. Once inside it was like another world. A table was right at the door so we could sanitize our hands. The building had a desk with people in hazmat suits standing behind it. No furniture. No paintings or posters on the wall. Just a desk, carpet and alien looking people starring at you. They take you in the back and make you stand in a door way marked with an X on the floor. They hand you a swabbed, you stick it in your nose just enough to make you cringe and your eyes water. Spin it in 5 circles and then do the other nostril. As you walk out you feel a burning feeling and you do the walk of shame back to your car. Never did I think I would experience something so odd but we survived. The next day my phone binged with an update to my labs. I was terrified to open it but I was so happy to see the words NEGATIVE. Phew. Breathed a sigh of relief. We were negative and just suffering from the flu. Although the next few days would continue to be miserable, but at least we don’t have covid-19! Now we bomb the house and get rid of the germs!



I have always been taught that Lent is not about giving up something for the sake of giving up something. Lent shows a disciplined practice in suffering and keeps us grounded. Humbled. Grateful for what we do have. It takes away something in our lives that we enjoy and in a small way connects us to what Jesus went through those 40 days in the desert.

Some may say that we have already suffered and gave up so much in the last year, but i don’t feel that way. Has the last year been a drastic change from what is my “normal?” Absolutely but its just been a temporary shift in how life was. I miss life before COVID but i also enjoy some of the new ways of life. I miss family gatherings. I miss hugging my parents. My family. I miss story times at the library with my nanny kids. I miss baton competitions and parades. But this is all temporary and we are doing what we need to for our health and the lives of others. These weren’t choices we made for ourselves. We were directed by medical staff to shift our lifestyles for the well being of human beans.

With all that being said for the 40 days of Lent i will be giving up iced tea. I already eat pretty healthy and iced tea is a daily drink for me. Coffee was an option also but i felt that was more unsafe for others if i didn’t drink that. Haha! So now i just drink more water throughout the day since i do not drink pop or juice. I am sure my body is thanking me and probably hoping i never go back to iced tea. Who knows maybe after day 40 i won’t miss it!