We went on a little family vacation to Sun Valley, Idaho which is well known for its wonderful summer skating school. We thought it would be great to all go there for a relaxing few days and Sam could also get some skating lessons and do a few skating clinics.
The first night we went to see the skating show and Sam was BEYOND excited about that!
After the show, she got to meet Courtney Hicks, who is the 2011 junior national champion.
The day after it was time for some skating lessons. The outdoor rink was great...what a treat to get to skate outside and not in a freezing indoor rink.
Anaïs got to try skating too! She did good but did not love it...lol
More skating clinics...
Sun Valley is also know for skiing and beautiful mountains. We took the gondola and chairlift to the top of the mountain, it was beautiful!
Anaïs is always so sweet and loves to pick out flowers for me :)
And more skating...
We took the girls' bikes to go check out the horses:
And of course, a vacation would not be complete without swimming!
The girls and I spent almost three weeks in France and Spain with my mom, my sister and nieces. Fun times as always but did not take a lot of pictures this year.
Sam got really sick though one night and we ended up spending the night at the hospital in Spain. She had a severe sinus infections and had to get antibiotics through IV...not fun.
Besides that, we had a blast!
I will just let the pictures do the talking...
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.