Tonight, my good friend Michelle threw a Halloween party. Her parties are always amazing. The food was delicious, the decorations were great but most of all it felt so good to be surrounded by so many wonderful friends! We are very lucky to have such great friends. I seriously have the best friends EVER!! When I took this picture of Jeff and the girls I didn't realize that Sam was getting poked in the eye by Anaïs' antennas! lol
Sam loves doing crafts. She stayed at the craft table for at least an hour!
Anaïs is such a daddy's girl...can you tell? lol
Sam and her friend Addy. These two get along so well, they love each other!
My friends Gooya and Michelle...LOVE them!!
It was a great night...I can't believe that October is almost over...CRAZY!!!!
Friday was our chapter's Halloween party. We had crafts for the kids, face painting, cookie decorating, games and food. The kids wore their costumes and everybody looked great. Here is the little ladybug crawling all over the place: Sam and Eva:
Anaïs ate pretty well that night.
Face painting...even Jeff got his face painted but I didn't get a picture of that because I had camera issues which explains why I don't have a lot of pictures of that night.
Sam showing off the cookie she decorated:
Some of the kids at the end of the evening. I couldn't take a picture of all the kids together because of my camera issue...oh well. :(
Tonight was the Fall Festival at Sam's school. They do it every year and it's always a lot of fun but I must say that this year was even better than the last three years. They really did a fantastic job. The kids got to wear their Halloween costumes for the first time of the year. This year Sam wanted to be a witch and Anaïs is a ladybug.
Anaïs actually did really good tonight. I thought she was going to be fussy and would be annoyed with her costume but she surprised me, my little ladybug did great!
Sam got to do lots of fun things: jump in a bouncy house, get a tattoo, decorate a pumpkin, do a Halloween craft, play bingo etc...she was busy all night long.
We are so lucky to be able to have Sam go to such a wonderful school. I can't say enough good things about it!
Yesterday we went to this place called Little Pastry Chefs with our LPA chapter. It's a place where kids can bake and decorate cakes and make pizza. As you can see Anaïs made herself comfortable right away by hanging out on the table.
Sam chose to make a pizza and decorate two cupcakes. I think everybody else decorated a cake.
Anaïs had fun tasting the frosting.
Here is Sam posing with the pizza and cupcakes she made. I think she had more fun making them than actually eating them. When we left, I decided to undress Anaïs and have her just in her diaper in the car because she was so hot. She thought it was so funny to have her onesie stuck on her head and she just looked so funny!
When we got home they were both pretty tired and went to bed early...of course they were up at 6:00 today, as usual. ;)
We decided to have a picnic at the park today. It was kind of last minute so we all threw something together but it turned out to be so great! We went to the park right behind our house which made it extra easy for us. Sam and her friend Addy play so well together, they love playing girly games and making faces for me when I take pictures.
The kids got lucky because the ice cream truck came. They were SO excited to get a special treat!
Friday evening my girlfriends and I took the kids to their first pumpkin patch of the year. It was fun to finally get to do some fall activities although I must say it was pretty hot! lol The kids got to go on a couple rides.
They also had a petting zoo. Sam enjoyed feeding the goats although one of them was pretty aggressive and kept and chasing Sam for more food.
I told Sam she could get a pumpkin and she picked out a "baby one".
Anaïs was there too but her eyes were closed in every picture.
I am originally from France and have been living in the US since 1999. My husband Jeff is american and speaks fluent french so we are a bilingual family. We have 2 beautiful daughters Samantha born on 5/27/04 and Anaïs (pronounced Ana-eese) born on 6/6/08. Anaïs was born with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism.
If this is your first time reading our blog, read about how our journey with achondroplasia all started by reading Anaïs' story.
What is achondroplasia?
Achondroplasia is the most common form of short-limb dwarfism. It occurs in approximately 1 in 26,000 to 1 in 40,000 births. The characteristic features of achondroplasia are apparent at birth. These include typical facial features, disproportionate short stature, and rhizomelic (the proximal ends of the limbs) shortening. Diagnosis of achondroplasia is made by physical exam and skeletal x-rays. Most individuals have normal intelligence. Infants and children often have motor delays but cognitive delays are not present. A special infant developmental chart has been made for children with achondroplasia. Final adult height is in the range of 4 feet.