I am finally posting the pictures from our wonderful Caribbean vacation in St Thomas. My old computer crashed so I fell behind on blogging... Anyway, we went to St Thomas for a week over the holidays and it was an amazing trip. It was a nice break from the daily routine and I sure enjoyed the four of us spending a whole week of fun together. This is the view from our hotel room balcony...can't really beat that!
The girls loved going to the beach and the hotel pool.
We went to a place called Coral World where the girls got to learn about sea life. Sam loved touching starfish.
One thing about St Thomas is that there are iguanas everywhere, and I mean EVERYWHERE!!! I was kind of scared at first but after a couple days you just get used to them being around.
Jeff took Sam snuba diving, which is pretty much like scuba except that the diving instructor carries the tank of oxygen on his back. I can't believe she did that, pretty brave for a 7 year old!!
We had such a good time!!! I just love how we have been able to take such fun family trips lately!! We are very lucky.
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.