This morning Jeff took Sam to her skating practice. In the meantime, I wanted to set up the Christmas tree...Anaïs wanted to help and did such a good job. She really enjoyed putting the ornaments on the tree, one by one.
This year, Santa is coming to our house a few days early because we are going on a Caribbean vacation to St Thomas. We leave December 24th...so excited!!!
Today was Sam's classroom Thanksgiving party. Unfortunately, we had to miss Anaïs' because it was yesterday and she was sick and did not go to school. Sam's party was pretty low key. They made a craft (a Thanksgiving wreath), ate pizza since it was pizza Friday and read a story about Thanksgiving.
When I went to pick up Anaïs in her classroom she showed me a turkey they had made with an apple and marshmallows and wrote on it "I am thankful for Christian"...her boyfriend. LOL
She loves this boy and isn't afraid to say it, here is the cute couple:
They are on a school break now and have a whole week off, which will be nice!
This year was a great Halloween. It was the first year Anaïs really understood the whole concept. They celebrated Halloween at school and it was so great to be there with them. I was in Anaïs' classroom party but unfortunately could not volunteer in Sam's classroom party as her teachers requested only four parent volunteers and they beat me to it. Anaïs' classroom party was really cute, they read a Halloween story, decorated pumpkins and cookies and had a couple game stations. They also did a parade and visited all the classrooms.
Of course, the best part was when we visited the second graders, Sam's class. Here is Sam as a pirate very excited to see us. :)
Here is Sam and her very good friend Summer:
Anaïs just loves hanging out with the second graders...
Then in the evening we went down to Salt Lake to go trick or treating with the cousins in Jeff's mom's neighborhood.
Here is Anaïs about to go experience trick or treating for the first time, she got the idea pretty quickly and did a good job at saying "trick or treat".
Fun times! Kind of glad Halloween is over though...
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.