Thursday, October 29, 2009

Homeschool Day at Liberty Science Center

We spent the day at Liberty Science Center on Tuesday. What a great time we had. At first Dakota just wanted to run from one exhibit to another. He finally settled down and started really looking at things. We spent a lot of time at Our Hudson Home. Dakota did an experiment where he saw fresh water and ocean water mix to make brackish water. I think the leader was a bit shocked that he knew what brackish water was. He then learned about different types of plastics and why it is important to recycle.

Then we went by the Infection Lab. Dakota donned his lab coat and glasses to set to work diagnosing his three sick patients. He finally was able to determine that patient number 2 had HIV infection. Patients 1 and 3 were healthy.

Next we went to learn about tornadoes. Dakota really enjoyed chatting with the red cross guy who was there to help with the demo. Dakota would roll a dice and depending on what number it landed on, the guy would ask him a question. The questions were on subjects such as ice and snow, fire, tornado, hurricane, volcano, and emergency preparedness. The guy seemed amazed that he could answer all the questions.

We met with friends for lunch in the cafe.

Then we went to look at all the fish, snakes, and even cockroaches.
We couldn't believe how quickly 4:00 came and it was time to leave. I know we will be back again the next time they have Homeschool Day at Liberty Science Center.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Halloween Party

Today was our homeschool group's Halloween Party in the Park. We had a great time. The kids started out with a candy toss.The little kids used this big bucket to toss their candy bags into. They got to keep all the candy that made it in to the bucket. The teens however, had to toss their candy into a tiny little pumpkin. The opening was only about 1.5 inches across. They were not as fortunate about getting their candy in to the pumpkin.

Next the kids wrapped each other in toilet paper. Here is a picture of Dakota wrapping his friend. He's a pretty good "mummy wrapper".

Finally we went Trunk or Treating. Each mom opened the trunk of her car and handed out treats to the kids. What fun they all had.

This is the best group ever. We have so much fun no matter what we are doing. Yeah for NJ Homeschool Hangout.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Well, I did it. On Friday I officially completed my chemo and radiation therapies. I have to go in in two weeks to have some of the blood replaced that the chemo destroyed. But after that I won't have to see a doctor for three months. I can't believe this mess is finally coming to an end. In June, when they told me six chemo sessions, I thought that's not so bad. But by the end of the first cycle, I thought I would never make it through. I thought I was gonna die from the treatment, not the cancer. But I did make it through. They gave me a big silver balloon at the cancer center that says, "Congratulations. You did it." My son wants to play with it, but it is mine. I am so proud of this accomplishment. Now to start rebuilding my life. I never thought I would ever have cancer. No one in my family had cancer. I never really knew anyone with cancer. It was scarey to think that I had it. But no more. I am cancer free. I will have a catscan in three months to make sure that it's really all gone. Then ever six months for the next two years. The doctors say that if it doesn't come back in two years it's not coming back. I look forward to that two year mark.

My son has not been adjusting well to having a sick mommie. I am hoping now that things will go better for us. We are going on vacation in two weeks. I hope this will give him some time to readjust to having a mommie who is not so sick all the time. And get back to being a kid again.

Monday, October 12, 2009


I just read a story about a little girl named Taylie. Taylie is four years old and was diagnosed with leukemia in August. With all that I have gone through over the last few months, I can not imagine how this sweet little girl is surviving this. Cancer is hard for an adult. It is so much harder on a small child who just does not understand what is going on with her body. Please send all the positive energy, thoughts or prayers to this family. Her is the link to Talie's blog.

Also, if you post a link to your blog or facebook or twitter about Taylie, please notify Kylene at:

She is doing a fund raising project to help the family.