Best Husband and Daddy…EVER!

September 28, 2010 by Victoria Strong

I have the best husband ever! And Gwendolyn has the best Daddy! I know, I know...I am completely and totally biased. But this weekend was so beyond wonderful because of him, his thoughtfulness, his sensitivity, his gratitude for his two girls and well, my heart is exploding with so much gratitude right back at him.

It is hot in Santa Barbara. As in H.O.T! We had absolutely zero summer heat; it was overcast with the occasional 70 degree day. But, holy hot flash, the heat arrived on Saturday!!! And oh my goodness -- we no likey. Gwendolyn does not do well in the heat. What child does really? But add a plastic mask on your face and a polyester hat and, Whoa!, not so fun. It was so darn hot that her breathing machine, the one we can't live without - literally, started alarming, High Temp! -- in big red letters to boot! (And just an FYI when a breathing machine starts alarming unexpectedly it's like an air raid siren.) We had her in front of fans, all the windows open, trying our best to keep our little girl cool, before we headed out to a special birthday party. But to our displeasure her machine kept alarming. We've never had this alarm before and so it left us feeling pretty unsure....which meant we had to cancel going to Cyanne's birthday party -- Princess Birthday Party! And Gwendolyn was crushed!

Quick parents...think! So we created plan B. Bill hauled out the portable air conditioner, fired her up for the first time all year, parked the breathing machine and Gwendolyn in front of it and suggested our disappointed peanut get to open an early birthday pressie. Ohhh, now you're talking! Gwendolyn liked this idea. And because our wonderful nurse Laura had just given Gwendolyn a Princess Jasmine doll, we knew exactly which pressie to give her -- Aladdin! Our little princess has not actually seen all the Disney movies yet (don't worry, her birthday gifts are about to change that). Well Miss Gwendolyn was in absolute awe -- especially when Princess Jasmine and Aladdin sing together. Seeing Gwendolyn so excited, tapping her little fingers together feverishly or clutching her Princess Jasmine doll tightly, was beyond adorable. But the highlight for me was at the end of the movie. We were all snuggled together (okay not too closely -- it was 100 degrees, remember!) and Bill started singing to Gwendolyn. "A Whole New World" + Daddy = HEAVEN! Gwendolyn was on cloud nine gazing at her Daddy singing her favorite song. There is no question about it, Gwendolyn is a Daddy's girl. It was adorable.

On Sunday, Bill surprised me with a "Just Because" day at the spa! I know! He's awesome. He booked a massage and a facial for me, arranged for me to go early and relax after we had a lovely breakfast together by the beach. He thought of every detail. We are definitely pulled in a lot of directions right now and this was exactly what I needed to refuel. And while I was rejuvenating, he took Gwendolyn on a day of adventures: a Daddy Day! They went to the carousel where Gwendolyn selected the brown horse with the blue saddle. They walked by the beach to stay cool, looked for seagulls and dolphins, and counted just about everything. They drove through the car wash -- delight! They picked out fresh vegetables, fish, and other yummies. And when I got home, rested and reinvigorated, Bill and Gwendolyn were busy preparing a delicious dinner.

Yep, Gwendolyn and I are pretty much the luckiest ladies in town. And we don't take him for granted!

Talk About It

Only The Best Will Do for Girls Like You and G - and you surely have that in Bill smile (btw, Great singing voice Mr. S!!!)
Posted by Clare on 2010-09-28 10:19:11
Well, that sounds just about perfect! Such a thoughtful guy you live with ....... I think he is very blessed to be with such incredible women too! hugs to you all!
Posted by Penny on 2010-09-28 11:39:14
I am so happy U found a 'good man' like Bill! And that U appreciate him! Wow, what a day.......
Posted by Auntie Weez on 2010-09-28 13:02:21
So glad you have the air conditioner for her. This heat will pass sending alot of cool thoughts and healing energy your way. Our end is heading into Fall chill so I'll send some out your way if you'll send us some warm sun. :D Weet misses us relaxing on the deck in the sun, I do too. We don't do so well with Winter the cold absolutely is no good it increases my pain. I can't move to warmer place yet as was planned this year so have to wait out another one. :( Aww how sweet she has her jasmine doll and the look of dreamyness on her cute lil face. What a great super wonderful hubby you have! Hope you enjoyed your day out as much as Gwen enjoyed Daddy day. Hugs to you Gwen <3 ~Moon & Weet
Posted by Moon on 2010-09-28 14:17:27
Sounds like a fantastic weekend, minus the roaring alarms and heat! I am so glad you had such a relaxing day at the spa, you deserve it! You are right, you guys have a wonderful who loves and cherishes both his girls and appreciates you both so much and it is awesome you see that and appreciate him just the same. You are both an inspiration to marriage, to love, to family...thanks for sharing your lives and reminding us not to take life and love for granted! grin Hugs, Em
Posted by Emma on 2010-09-28 15:23:43
Awww... that's so sweet... You're really lucky Victoria. God bless you and your family as always.
Posted by Jhari on 2010-09-28 15:32:58
I have a huge smile and happy tears. This is the most precious serenade ever. Bill is definitly a keeper, which you obviously knew from the first moment smile You three are a beautiful family and such a "strong" example to the rest of us. It has been such a pleasure to get to know you, and to meet Gwendolyn. --Mari
Posted by Mari on 2010-09-28 17:41:45
oh my gosh....that is the sweetest video ever. You, Victoria are amazing and Bill you are just as awesome! What a great pair you....lucky miss g! smile be well.... Lisa smile
Posted by lisa prokopetz on 2010-09-28 19:45:04
Tear in my eye, that was so cute. Her daddys love is amazing!
Posted by Kimberlee Walker on 2010-09-29 07:49:46
THANK YOU for sharing your sun! hope you got the cool we sent your way. wanted to share after I posted yesterday that the sun came out warm here and we had a gorgeous take time to stop and stare sunset that we enjoyed for countless minutes. It was one of those Vanilla Sky - type of sunsets filled with soft candy colored pastels. It faded all too soon into a lavender evening. What a lovely way to end the day. Hugs to you Gwen Weet said nite to you when she was getting ready for bed. She's sending hugs to you. <3 <3 Rest well and have a lovely eve. ~Moon & Weet
Posted by Moon on 2010-09-29 19:45:24
I've known from day one that he was the man he is ~ never a doubt....
Posted by Sheri on 2010-09-29 21:24:23

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