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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!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I Can’t Believe That She’s 5 – Part II

After much anticipation, here’s part II from Caitlyn’s 5th birthday. 


We had a great turnout – could be because we invited way too many kids!  What can I say – Caty has LOTS of wonderful friends! 

I had gotten the great idea of doing “stations” from one of Caty’s friends birthday party’s.  We had 4 tables set up and it definitely made things move more quickly, plus my previous career as a preschool teacher helped.  Scott mentioned after the party that it was funny to hear my “teacher voice” come back out.  Thanks to my mom, along with Scott’s mom and sister, and my friend Farah for manning the tables!!

Let the decorating begin!!


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And of course we had to decorate Hanna too!

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Caty patiently waiting for her friends to arrive…


And Kim, this one if for you, because you remembered after all this time!  Love you!


Literally the same pose – 3 years apart! 

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Table #1 – cupcake decorating


Table #2 – button making


Table #3 – bookmark making and coloring a picture for Caty (her name with polka dots – and each child colored one for her as a keepsake)


Table #4 – party hat and dot art painting

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Daddy and Hanna hanging out


Time for presents!

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Caty and Izabel!


Caty and her friends!  Yes, there are 18 of them there and that is even missing Hanna and Emma from the picture!


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Caty and Natalie 149

Caty and Aidan


Family picture time   170

The girls with Tutu and Auntie Christine


The girls with my parents


Papa and his girls


EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING was polka dots!


Thanks so much to everyone for their love that they have shown us.  We love you all!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

I Can’t Believe That She’s 5!!


Our sweet Caty turned 5 on Friday March 19th.  Instead of spending the morning with her friends at preschool, we spent the morning at the Skeletal Dysplasia Clinic for Caty’s annual checkup.  The clinic has moved from Oakland, CA to Roseville, Ca, which is a wonderful thing.  Oakland is about an hour and a half from us, which isn’t too bad, seeing as some parents have to fly to visit with specialists.  But Roseville is only 15 minutes from us.  I know – super cool to have it so dang close!  Scott’s mom, Sandra (also known as Tutu, which is grandma in Hawaiian) and sister, Auntie Christine, flew up from Southern CA Thursday evening so they could come and watch Hanna on Friday morning, while we were at the clinic.  Everything checked out well and we were out of there in a little over 2 hours – would have been sooner but I offered up my friendly services and talked with a family who’s son is 2.5 years old.  They aren’t involved with LPA but want to be. 

After finishing at the clinic, we headed home and hung out for the afternoon.  The sun was shining so we spent some time in the front yard – so Caty could wait for my parents to arrive - playing soccer.  They arrived and the birthday girl had requested pizza for dinner.  We enjoyed cupcakes too!

Caty got to open her presents from Scott’s dad, my brother and his family, my parents and us.  She got some great things. 


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Saturday morning everyone showed back up, after spending the night in a hotel.  Caty got to open her presents from Tutu and Auntie Christine.

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Then the decorating got underway – let’s just say that it looked like it exploded polka dots in our house!

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Part 2 – THE PARTY – to follow…