Sam has her science fair yesterday at school. She worked on an experiment called Stop Rot to demonstrate how things around the house like soap, sugar and salt could be used as preservative to prevent the apple from rotting. She did a really good job and had fun with it. My mom had just gotten in from France so it was extra fun having her there.
Anaïs also had fun hanging out with everyone.
Here is Miss Popularity with a bunch of boys...typical of her! lol
Yesterday Sam had her skating competition at the UT Winter Games. She has been working really hard on her skating lately and I am glad to see that it paid off, she took first place! She was very excited and proud of herself. Needless to say that we are so very proud of her and so happy to see that she has found her passion.
Watching other skaters...too bad my camera made the pictures look a greenish color...
Getting ready in the locker room...
Warm up session right before competing:
Waiting for the results...
Another great skating day...now on to the next competition in March in Jackson Hole, Wyoming!!
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.