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Long Weekend Love

July 06, 2011 by Victoria Strong
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Oh what a weekend! Prepare for photo overload because we have been having a blast enjoying the warm weather with friends and celebrating our favorite fella's birthday.

On Saturday Bill got to spend the day golfing with our friend Will, while I got to hang out with Will's other half, Daalia, and their two adorable boys, Laith and Oliver. Daalia and I headed to the Butterflies Alive exhibit at the SB Museum of Natural History. (The last time we went Gwendolyn was just a peanut.) We haven't been this year yet and our Little Miss Butterfly was so, so excited. I think my favorite part of the day was hearing Laith say, "Gwendolyn look at this. Gwendolyn did you see that blue one. Gwendolyn's Mommy, bring Gwendolyn over here." And Gwendolyn looked in every direction Laith asked her to, rolled her eyes up to say, "Yes, I see it." And even gave a few head nods to answer different questions Daalia asked her. I love to see her interacting and independently having her own experiences with others. I know we are so fortunate to have such kind and thoughtful friends who not only include Gwendolyn, support and encourage her, and talk to her (not just about her), they also foster that in their own children who are as equally loving and thoughtful towards our little girl.

I know I am totally and completely biased as her mother, but seriously...isn't she gorgeous? Gwendolyn and "Dollie" got to wear matching red, white and blue outfits this Fourth of July thanks to Aunt Elizabeth and Uncle Chad and she felt so proud. We had so much fun with friends on the 4th. Lots of food, lots of wine, lots of laughs, and lots of running around and playing. Gwendolyn was excited to be the party photographer with Gramma's help and had her friends pose for several shots. And the children were very excited to dig into the red, white and blue cupcakes that we got in honor of Bill's birthday -- even Gwendolyn insisted on a lick. None of the kiddos made it to see the fireworks display over the Santa Barbara harbor, but we enjoyed them with Gramma from our deck once Miss G was snoring away.

July 5th was Bill's birthday and there is nothing better than spending the day together. Bill is seriously the most amazing father and husband on the planet and we loved getting to surprise him and spoil him. We spent the morning enjoying french toast and waffles at one of our favorite breakfast restaurants with Bill's mom -- ocean view and waffles, can't go wrong! And then in the evening we headed up to the Santa Barbara Mission for a sunset picnic. Gwendolyn loved looking up at the clouds and finding shapes together, watching the birds fly overhead, and singing "Happy Birthday" to Daddy. She also loved getting kiss attacked and holding hands all snuggled together. It was such a great way to end a really amazing weekend.

Talk About It

Simply Beautiful!!! smile
Posted by Lisa Prokopetz on 2011-07-06 09:23:08
Beautiful pictures!!! Hope Bill had a wonderful birthday!!!
Posted by Debbie on 2011-07-06 09:30:14
Family and friends....they certainly are priceless. So glad you are surrounded by such awesome people-not surprising with how amazing the 3 of you are! Happy Belated Bill, Cheers to an incredible father and husband-as lucky as you are to have such wonderful girls in your life, they are to have you! Hugs, Em
Posted by Emma on 2011-07-06 11:43:25
what wonderful photos! Miss G looks breathtaking in her patriotic best with dollie! The love and happiness of your entire weekend is, once more, almost tangible....happy birthday, Bill - you are truly an amazing man!
Posted by Sheri on 2011-07-06 17:16:15
Happy Birthday Bill!!! Glad you had a GREAT day with your girls!!! smile
Posted by Kelly DeBardelaben on 2011-07-06 20:16:27
Happy Birthday Bill!! You are the most amazing and awesome husband and daddy and I am sure son! What a blessing you are to your two girls smile Great weekend!! Yes, your family has the best in friends and I love watching the children grow with Gwendolyn, and the lookin their eyesand the smile on their faces shows how much they truely love Miss G. They too have awesome parents. Your community is one most of us can only dream of living within. --Mari
Posted by Mari on 2011-07-06 20:42:08
What a great weekend! Happy Birthday Bill!! Glad you guys had fun!! : )
Posted by Terri on 2011-07-06 21:35:37
I'm so glad y'all had a terrific weekend, and thanks for all the photos! I always use a photo of Gwendolyn as my screen-saver at the dance studio, and all the kids love to see her latest adventures!
Posted by Kelly Gillespie on 2011-07-07 06:51:27
Awesome weekend! Bill, I missed it was your Birthday, so, Happy Belated Birthday to you. Looks like you had tons of fun!!
Posted by Marcela on 2011-07-07 08:56:42

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