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Gwendolyn Meets Harry

July 04, 2009 by Victoria Strong

We are beyond words thrilled to be here, to be with Harry, to be together. We are all savoring each and every single moment. Gwendolyn can't take her eyes off Harry - literally. She is mesmerized by him and his voice. I suppose we all are. We always have been. Anyone who has ever met Harry is....

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My Grandfather, Harry

July 01, 2009 by Victoria Strong
My grandfather, Harry Reese Gillespie, is the most remarkable person I have ever known. At 104, he has lived through every major event and been witness to every new invention in the 20th century. But it is not his age that impresses me (although 104 is pretty darn impressive); it is the way in...
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Happy Father's Day/Painting for Daddy

June 21, 2009 by Victoria Strong

While Daddy was away last weekend, I took Gwendolyn to go make him something special for Father's Day. We went to our local pottery/painting shop called 2000 Degrees and, although I was not sure if Gwendolyn would be old enough for this type of activity, she LOVED it! She insisted on holding the...

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Great Time with GrandPa

June 04, 2009 by Victoria Strong

On Saturday GrandPa came came over and stayed the night. Gwendolyn was so, so excited when she woke up from her nap to his voice. She just loves listening to GrandPa's mesmerizing voice and would not take her eyes off of him. They read books and sang songs and played with the fun balloon GrandPa...
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Movie Snuggles

April 27, 2009 by Victoria Strong

After a busy weekend, we were all ready to relax and enjoy just being together. We decided to try watching the cartoon Ratatouille as a family and it was actually a big hit. The movie was fine, but Gwendolyn most loved sitting in the big chair and snuggling with Daddy. I asked her several times, Do...
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Gramma's House

April 21, 2009 by Victoria Strong
Gwendolyn was over the moon to be at Gramma's house. The excitement started before we even got there just by telling her we were going to see Gramma and Gramma's doggie!!! Gwendolyn totally understands now and it was so cute to see her get excited about the new adventure. She loved the new...
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Ocean View With Elmo

April 16, 2009 by Bill Strong

On Saturday we took a walk down to the pier and walked all the way out to the end. Gwendolyn loved the bumpety-bumpety bumpy ride across the wood planks and was really curious about the fisherman casting their rods and reeling their reels. This picture just made me laugh -- Gwendolyn clutching her...
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Easter Fun

April 13, 2009 by Victoria Strong

We had such a nice Easter weekend and it was so fun to see Gwendolyn loving the attention, the new games, and the company.

On Saturday we decorated colorful plastic eggs with fun foam stickers while snuggling with our new friend Lamby. Gwendolyn loved this activity and was very particular about...
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Story time with GrandPa

March 26, 2009 by Bill Strong
Victoria's dad has one of those voices. I'm not sure if it's the deep pitch or the British accent or both, but whenever he reads stories to any of his three grandchildren they listen intently to every word, intonation, and sound. GrandPa was in town last weekend and Gwendolyn loved every minute of...
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Happy St. Patrick's Day—10 Years Together

March 17, 2009 by Victoria Strong

Ten years ago Bill and I met. Ten years! It must have been the luck o' the Irish or, perhaps, the T.G.I. Fridays flare! A few days later we had our first date and that was it...we have been together ever since. We have been through so much in that time -- both wonderful and difficult -- and I am...
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Number One Husband

March 09, 2009 by Victoria Strong
I have the best husband ever. He is thoughtful, loving, dedicated, loyal, witty, and pretty darn charming. He has always been those things, but this weekend was the icing on the cake. Today was my birthday and he wanted to make me feel extra spoiled. And he did just that by planning an entire...
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Feeding the ducks

February 25, 2009 by Bill Strong

Today, we took a walk with Gramma to one of the parks near our house, Alice Keck Park, and fed the ducks. Gwendolyn was understandably cautious, but seemed to really enjoy it - especially when we helped her throw the bread and she got to watch the ducks, and a pesky seagull, rush to grub. She...
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A great Sunday

February 16, 2009 by Bill Strong



On Sunday, Gramma, Aunt Kristen, and Uncle Richard came up to celebrate Gramma's birthday. It was supposed to be raining, but the weather held off for us and we were able to take a beautiful walk down to one of our favorite restaurants, Elements, for brunch. Gwendolyn slept through most of that,...
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Valentines and birthday cupcakes with Gramma

February 11, 2009 by Bill Strong


Yesterday, Gwendolyn had another amazing day with Gramma. It was Gramma's birthday (Happy Birthday to Gramma and Great Auntie Weez!!!, Gramma's twin sister) and Gwendolyn had so much fun singing "Happy Birthday" to Gramma several times, taking a walk to the park, decorating Valentines with...
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Superbowl PaRtY!!!

February 02, 2009 by Bill Strong
On Sunday, we went down to Aunt Kristen and Uncle Richard's house in L.A. for a great Superbowl party. There were many dear friends of ours there that we haven't seen in a long time so it was special for us to see them, catch up, and see them meet and fall in love with Gwendolyn. Gwendolyn loved...
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A perfect Saturday

February 01, 2009 by Bill Strong

Warm sunshine, cool ocean breeze, a long stroll down to the harbor,
laughs, songs, peek-a-boos, Vanilla dipped french toast at Eladio's,
Coffee Bean blendeds -- and all with my two beautiful, amazing girls!
What more could a guy ask for.
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Fun with Aunt Kristen, Gramma, and pipe cleaners

January 22, 2009 by Bill Strong


On Tuesday, my sister (Aunt Kristen) and my mom (Gramma) came up for the day. We had fun watching the historical Obama inauguration together, catching up, taking a walk, and playing with the colorful pipe cleaners that Gramma brought to play with Gwendolyn. We made a butterfly, a bracelet, a...
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Sticker art with Gramma

January 14, 2009 by Bill Strong

Today, Gwendolyn had a blast with Gramma -- especially the sticker art project Gramma brought to do together. It was great to watch Gramma give Gwendolyn options of two stickers -- little flowers, ladybugs, and other animals -- and have Gwendolyn clearly choose which one she
wanted to go on the big...
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There's that Man On The Moon!!!

January 11, 2009 by Bill Strong

Victoria and I enjoyed a beautiful sunset together tonight -- the colors reminded us of Tuscany -- and then were wowed by the fast moving full moonrise over the mountains shortly thereafter. Gwendolyn
was a little less impressed smile
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Cupcakes and football

January 06, 2009 by Bill Strong

Yesterday, we took one last stroll with our nephews and Victoria's sister to CrushCafe for lunch and cupcakes and to the courthouse courtyard for a friendly game of football.

Gwendolyn loved the football game; especially when Mommy rolled her around in her stroller "tackling" everyone smile Her face...

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