Chemo-free Weekend

Off chemo and out of the hospital, Mollie is so full of energy!  We took full advantage of her good mood and energy this weekend.

Friday night we had dinner @ the Pita Pit and spent the evening walking around Uptown.  We just took in the sights, sounds, and smells of the BBQ and blues festival that was going on. 

The next day we went letterboxing in a local park.  This activity really appeals to Mollie because she likes following the clues and finding a surprise.  We walked ~2.5 miles and then played at the playground after.  We topped the night off with pizza at Brooklyn South (a nod to NYC).

Yesterday we hiked the Big Rocks trail @ Morrow Mtn. state park (~2.5 miles).  The weather was exquisite and we enjoyed being out in nature.  We spotted lots of interesting moss, mushrooms, and a dung beetle rolling a ball of dung uphill.  We took some time to learn a little about dung beetle biology when we got home.  The leaves are just starting to turn and fall there and we kept thinking the falling leaves were butterflies flitting by.

Mollie enjoyed it all and was ready to head back to school today!  She had a great day and is ready for more.

I am a bit of an emotional mess myself.  I'm not good with change (who is?) and we have had SO MUCH!  Nothing in our life is the same as it was last year at this time.  New baby, new city, school, home, doctors, etc.  I feel depleted.  This battle with leukemia (and all the other life-altering events that have occurred the last 2-ish years) has emptied our emotional, spiritual, financial, and physical reserves.   And then some.

I don't want to end this post on a low note, so let me just mention that Mollie and I are going to see the broadway production of Mary Poppins this week!  We got tickets on a whim after walking by the theater Friday night.  Looking forward to it!


  1. Great pictures! But, where is Liam in the family picture? Was he the photographer or is he in Sarah's backpack? Sounds like a wonderful week-end. May you have many more.

  2. Did Liam take the picture of the 4 of you? He's quite the photographer already! Glad to hear the weekend was full of fun, you deserve it. Hang in there with the changes and let me know if you need anything.

  3. Dear Sarah and Matt,
    How could you not feel depleted? You have had several years of UP and on Alert. It is hard to turn off the switch, and allow yourselfs to relax a bit. It sounds like you had a great weekend, Bravo!
    Take a deep breath, try to relax and enjoy your new enviorment- the kids look very Happy!
    Hugs to All,
    Phil & Holly

  4. Lovely photographs. I missed Liam in the family shot too. But all of the shots are great. What a beautiful family. Enjoy yourselves.
    Love to all.

  5. Wow what a weekend!! You are doing such an amazing job with your family of five! I don't know where you get the energy! Enjoy Mary Poppins! I want to see it- it comes to Sacramento this year!

  6. How could you not, Sarah? I just wish there were some way to take away all the negatives for you. You have been amazing through all of this and wow(!) when I look at your photos...look how happy and grown up everyone is looking!
    hugs, Nicola


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