Welcome to my blog!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit! We hope to share with you our journey of raising a child with Achondroplasia, the most common type of dwarfism. If this is your first time here, please start by reading Caitlyn's Story. It will share the beginning of her life with you. Enjoy!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Math Skills

We got a video Caty doing some of her math skills and I think that you'll thoroughly enjoy them! At the end of the video, the batteries unfortunately ran out, but she went on to finish counting and blow her kiss to the camera - her signature exit!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

CMA Awards

As you all know, I am a HUGE country music fan and the CMA Awards were held on Wednesday, November 12th. It was an ABSOLUTELY AMAZING night! I am just blown away by how many performances there were. I wanted to share some of my favorites with you!

I can't wait to attend the 2010 LPA National Convention, which will be held in Nashville. I'll be in heaven! I hope that some of you will join us for some live country music when we're in Nashville!


Carrie Underwood - Just A Dream

Taylor Swift - Love Story

Brad Paisley & Keith Urban - Start A Band

Brad Paisley - Waiting On A Woman

Brooks & Dunn - Cowgirls Don't Cry

Miranda Lambert - More Like Her

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Things at school

Caitlyn has now been in preschool for about a month and a half and is LOVING it. The activities they have out for the kids everyday are so creative and Caitlyn loves seeing what's on the tables each morning when we get there. She is also a HUGE fan of the painting activity. She has come home with so many art projects, we've had to create a folder to keep them all in.

She still isn't eating snack while there. She doesn't eat much of a breakfast either beforehand, so I'm wondering if she still might have some anxiety about going. But after school she always tells me how much fun she had. The teachers have a snack song that they sing with the kids, so I got Caty to sing it for me and we talked a little bit about her not eating snack - it was a pretty funny conversation.

She is also learning lots of other songs and they do some dancing everyday. One day she came home and told me that they floated like a feather. When she mentioned this, all I could think of was "light as a feather, stiff as a board" - any of you remember this? Anyways, I got her to show me how they float like feathers. It's pretty cute.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween Fun!

We had ourselves a little Pumpkin Fairy this year for Halloween! Caitlyn LOVED her costume! Her preschool class had a "Harvest Festival" and they kids were able to wear their costumes. However I was quite bummed because the parents weren't allowed to stay for the party. Her school has rules about parents staying, which basically are that the parents can't stay. The class is only 2 hours and 45 minutes, and the teachers are wanting the kids to have their independence from the parents, which all is all is a great thing (because I know that if I stayed Caty would be glues to my side), but for "special" occasions like parties you would think they could bend the rules. Anyways.... Back to Halloween!

The day started with us having speech therapy followed by playgroup - which was at our house. Caty, Avery and Raya dressed up. I didn't get any pictures of the girls together as they were just too busy playing. The morning and into the after gave us rain showers, here and there. By the time we'd had dinner and Caty was in her costume it had dried out (some) and off we went. We just made a loop around the block near our street. We live at the end of a court and most of our neighbors don't encourage trick-or-treaters (boo for them!) Caitlyn was so happy and we were both surprised that we walked almost the whole way - we were gone for about 45 minutes, which is way longer than we thought she'd last. Last year we hit about 4 houses, so this year was a huge difference. We got a few rain showers while walking the block but nothing stopped her, except for when she got too excited and started walking a little too fast. She had some funky shoes on, that went with the costume, and since they were a little funny to walk in, she ended up falling. She cried a tear or two, then said she wanted to go to more houses - off we went again. She came home with a bucket full of candy and somehow we convinced her that she could only have 1 piece of candy, and then it was bedtime. She totally fell for it, no questions asked! We had a great time and know that she did too!


Our Little Pumpkin Fairy