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March 11, 2011 by Victoria Strong

Firstly, thank you all so much for the many birthday wishes. You really made me feel special and cared for -- and your messages, cards, and Facebook posts meant a lot to me (although Bill said I was clogging up his fb feed smile)!!! I have to say that this may have been the best birthday ever. 

Bill surprised me by booking a room at the L'Auberge Del Mar. You have to know that this is one of our "someday" places going back to when Bill and I were dating in our early twenties. We looked at the swanky L'Auberge and had one of those someday conversations: "Someday we will stay there." We have talked about it every now and then, but it has been years. I was so blown away that Bill remembered, thought to plan this for my birthday, and made it all so special for me. He is just the best!!! And...drum roll...the added bonus was getting to surprise Gwendolyn with a Sea World visit!!!

Sooo...we did some lounging...

And a lot of eating...

A day of exploring Sea World...

And some more animal observations...

But this was the ULTIMATE...

Gwendolyn was definitely overwhelmed during the encounter, but afterward she was singing with excitement -- we have never heard her talk that much. Gwendolyn won't let go of her new stuffed friend Crunch, she lights up when anyone asks her about it, and she proudly toted the photo to preschool yesterday to show all her friends what she got to do.

The entire trip was one of those dream come true moments. Seeing Gwendolyn so excited and getting one-on-one quality time with Bill pretty much mean everything to me...and yummy food is icing on the cake smile SMA is hard and sometimes I just wish I could press the pause button... this trip, well, it almost felt like we did. Thank you sweetheart for creating such a special memory for our family.

Talk About It

so glad you had a chance to enjoy the day and almost put SMA on hold! great pictures! love you guys! Kiss G for me!
Posted by Laurie on 2011-03-11 13:19:45
LOVE the video! G was smiling the whole time and so was Crunch!! And you and Bill looked so happy! So glad you had a nice time wink
Posted by Ronda on 2011-03-11 13:38:35
Beautiful!!!!! Love this!!
Posted by Devon on 2011-03-11 13:56:57
Another video I watched through tears, joyful, excited, happy tears!! What a treat for all of you and I can just imagine how much Gwendolyn loved it! I am so glad you have such a wonderful husband to think of what you would love and plan such a fantastci birthday for you-you guys are awesome!! Hugs, Em
Posted by Emma on 2011-03-11 14:08:53
What an amazing adventure! The pictures reveal an amazing experience for all of you.
Posted by Colin C. on 2011-03-11 14:09:25
you guys are simply put....the most amazing couple ever! I am so, so glad that you had such a memorable weekend!! enjoy this weekend.....cheers with a glass of merlot! sending hugs.....be well..... Lisa smile
Posted by lisa prokopetz on 2011-03-11 14:30:56
Oh, how wonderful! All of it! Such a thoughtful honey you have....knowing it would not be special and the best if it didn't include Gwendolyn loving life. It seemed as Crush had a crush on Gwendolyn. They both looked so happy meeting each other. I think I'm gonna have to add the resort to my 'someday' list now. It looks fabulous! So happy you guys had such a good time!
Posted by Jennifer Calafiore on 2011-03-11 15:23:28
Oops. I see his name was Crunch! LOL! Well, I still say they had a crush on each other. Haha!
Posted by Jennifer Calafiore on 2011-03-11 15:26:30
So beautiful, this whole Sea World/Birthday Experience! Thanks for sharing. I am glad your birthday was a memorable one!!
Posted by Cherisse on 2011-03-11 16:44:31
Happy belated birthday my beautiful friend! Missed you at the party but your absence was for obvious amazing and wonderful reasons!
Posted by Zoey's mom on 2011-03-11 16:47:38
What a fantastic time for all!!! So glad SMA was put on the back burner smile 'Lucy'
Posted by Helen on 2011-03-11 17:23:00
If there was one, I'd be SLAMMING on the LOVE BUTTON right now!
Posted by Dorothy on 2011-03-11 17:48:25
You have such a loving husband who adores you. What a fabulous time for you all, and Gwendolyn looks so happy to be at Sea World. I love hearing about all your family adventures, and so happy that for this one brief moment in time you could feel SMA on the back burner. --Mari
Posted by Mari on 2011-03-12 18:27:21
How romantic and fun! I went to the hotel website, it looks fabulous. Glad you three had a great time.
Posted by Elizabeth on 2011-03-12 20:05:07
Wonderful video. Bill certainly loves his girls !! So happy to see you guys so happy. Miss G. had a great time. Love Carol
Posted by Carol on 2011-03-13 12:54:18

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