I am finally finding time to post pictures from our Hawaii trip. We were lucky enough to spend Thanksgiving in Maui this year...what a treat!!! We had an AMAZING time! I am so grateful for this wonderful life that we have as a family... it can't possibly get much better than this!
All we did was relax by the beach and the pool. Jeff and Sam went snorkeling a lot together.
What a great Halloween we had this year!! This was the first year Anaïs truly "got" Halloween and really enjoyed it.
First, the girls celebrated Halloween at school with a parade and then the whole school gathered in the gym for some dancing.
Here is Anaïs and her school principal, the bee keeper and the bee.
The parade was fun for the kids. What I love about our school is that it is small enough to have the whole school gather (grades preschool through 9th grade) and build a small community where everyone knows and supports each other.
Third graders, including Sam, giving high fives to the pre-K (Anaïs):
Then while Sam went back to her classroom to resume regular 3rd grade day, Anaïs' classroom had a party.
They got to do fun activity like touching slimy things, doing crafts, decorating and eating bagels and reading a Halloween story.
Then after school, we went to some friends' house to go trick or treating.
Sam and her friend Anna really enjoyed passing out candy to trick or treaters, maybe even more so than trick or treating.
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.