Today, Sam had her very first spelling test at school. She worked hard to get ready for it and was a little nervous before school today. Well, she did great, she got 100%!! Great job Sam!! We are so proud of you!
Today Sam and I were helping Anaïs crawl up the stairs. You could tell it was hard work for her so I said to Sam: "this is really hard for her you know" and Sam tells me "yes, it might be a good exercise for her to do at the physical fairy" LOL!!! You mean PHYSICAL THERAPY Sam!! I love you Sam!! I want to remember all these cute little things she says!
To learn how to count to 100, the kids in Sam's class have been counting down the days to the 100th day of school since the beginning of the school year. Well, the day finally came! To celebrate the 100th day, the kids had to bring 100 small items to share with their classmates. Sam decided to bring Goldfish crackers. Here she is this morning before school with her 100 items. Then, this afternoon they had a classroom party.
Sam was very excited, she had been waiting for this day for quite a while now. :)
The girls had dinner early tonight so I let them play a little afterwards before bedtime. They had a good time. Sam chased Anaïs and she loved it!! Look at her face, she was laughing so hard. I love it when they laugh and giggle together. Then, it got a little more complicated. Sam was playing with her Barbie computer and of course Anaïs wanted it too...
Yep...she was not happy when Sam wouldn't let her see it. LOL
But thankfully they made up almost right away... :)
...during homework!!! Tonight, I really wanted Sam to finish all her homework for the week so she could enjoy some free time with Jeff tomorrow night. Well...someone decided to make it hard for her to focus! lol Anaïs wanted to grab all Sam's markers and her homework pages and had to be right in the middle of everything!
Here is the little trouble maker looking very happy...lol
These last couple weeks have been so busy that I didn't get a chance to post pictures from Chritmas eve. In our family, we celebrate Christmas on the 24th and open presents on Christmas eve. That is how I grew up and I have such wonderful memories of that. Sam wanted to make sure that we left a cookie for Santa and some carrots for the reindeer by the tree. They were pretty excited when Santa secretly brought the presents while we were upstairs putting our PJ's on. This Santa (or PèreNoël as we call him in french)...he is always so sneaky and manages to come without us seeing him! ;)
She was SO excited to get the game Guess Who!
Here is the present Sam made for us at school, a framed picture that she drew.
Playing with her new toy.
What a great Christmas! I just wished we could have spent it with my family!
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.