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Date Night, Daddy Shopping, Mommy Makeup, and an Ouchie

July 15, 2011 by Victoria Strong
Well, it has been a really great week filled with lots of fun, but poor Gwendolyn now has a few ouchies that are no fun at all.

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Date Night --> We did it. We had an actual real adult date night -- just the two of us, at night, at a non-child venue. Just Bill, me, Eddie Vedder and the thousands of...
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Good Things: Schools Out for the Summer

July 11, 2011 by Victoria Strong

We can not believe our baby finished her first year of preschool, including a special summer program. And what a year it has been. To say we are proud is putting it mildly. That Gwendolyn had this opportunity fills us with such enormous gratitude and that it was so enriching for her is beyond...

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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...

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Gwendolyn In The AeroSling Swing

July 01, 2011 by Bill Strong

It's no secret, Gwendolyn LOVES to swing on the swings. We can't even think about walking past the park near our house these days without taking her on the swings. And at her preschool, she's on the swings every single day. She loves it. And we love it.

Most of the time we hold Gwendolyn in our lap...

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Good Things For Gwendolyn: Wizard of Oz

June 29, 2011 by Victoria Strong

She's obsessed. Totally and completely obsessed with the Wizard of Oz. What happened to my little baby? How do I have a child big enough to be fully captivated by a film made in 1939? I know, I know -- it's a classic. But never in a million years did I think my Little Miss Particular would not...

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Father’s Day Under the Big Top

June 26, 2011 by Bill Strong
To be honest, I've always felt a bit odd about Father's Day. Sure I appreciate being appreciated, but I don't ever feel unappreciated. And I definitely don't need a dedicated day every year to remind me how fortunate I am to be Gwendolyn's daddy. For me, every day Gwendolyn is with us is my...
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Getting Back To Normal

June 22, 2011 by Victoria Strong
I just want to thank everyone for being so supportive this last week. SMA is tough and while Bill and I always try to focus on what we can control and what we can do to make a difference, sometimes the reality of what we are facing becomes too much. I know it isn't easy to read. I know it isn't...
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My Favorite Things With My Daddy By Gwendolyn Strong

June 19, 2011 by Victoria Strong

My Favorite Things With My Daddy

By Gwendolyn Strong, age 3 1/2 (translation assistance by Mommy)

My favorite things to do with my Daddy are

swinging on the swings

going on walks

reading books together

snuggling

dancing

hugs.

I love my Daddy.

Happy Father's Day to the best father in the entire universe!

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Having a hard time

June 16, 2011 by Victoria Strong

Having a hard time.

I don't know if it is the June gloom or if being in the hospital has messed with my mood, but I'm in a funk. And it's a low one. The reality of SMA is weighing heavily on my chest like a load of bricks and I'm having trouble catching my breath.

For such a long time we've...

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Gwendolyn In Hospital But On The Mend

June 13, 2011 by Bill Strong
UPDATE: We are now home and Gwendolyn is doing well. She's still tired and we are still keeping a close eye on her, but she's rehydrated and glad to be in her own bed.

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Don't panic, but we're in the hospital. It looks like Gwendolyn has the stomach flu. We didn't blog much last week because...

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8 Years.

June 07, 2011 by Victoria Strong
8 years ago today I married this wonderful, intelligent, amazing, and funny man...And 8 years later I think he's still wonderful, intelligent, amazing, and funny... even more so...and I love him.

And BONUS -- he gave me this wonderful, intelligent, amazing, and funny little girl!

(Crazy -- we've...
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Gwendolyn Tests Tobii and an Act of Kindness Leaves Us Speechless

June 03, 2011 by Victoria Strong

We are speechless. Completely without words. Doors are opening for our little girl and because of an incredible act of kindness, they are opening even faster.

Yesterday we had a trial for the Tobii Eye Gaze Communication Device. This "computer" is able to detect and follow Gwendolyn's eyes and how...

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Blueberries, BBQ, and I Madonnari

May 31, 2011 by Victoria Strong
We had a wonderful weekend filled with friends, sunshine, and even some new adventures. On Friday we went to a friend's house for a play date. On Saturday we went blueberry picking at a charming farm. On Sunday we went to a BBQ at a friend's house. And on Monday we attended the I Madonnari Festival...
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Good Things For Gwendolyn: Being Like Her Friends - Reading, Climbing

May 27, 2011 by Victoria Strong
It has been an exciting week at school this week. Gwendolyn "climbed" a tree and this is now her favorite thing to do. She saw all the other big girls in the tree and looked at me with an expression that said, Mom, we are doing this. It took some navigating, but seeing her so determined I knew I...
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Buckaroo Girl

May 24, 2011 by Victoria Strong

Someone call the dude ranch. We've got a Buckaroo girl on our hands...

And, yes, the hat was all her idea. And, yes, she napped with it, too smile

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Our Dancing Diva

May 18, 2011 by Victoria Strong
Gwendolyn loves music. She always has. Her favorite is to play music in the car (loudly and with the sunroof open) and to dance like crazy as we roll up to preschool or therapy. But she doesn't like any old song -- she likes a beat. She's so specific about her tunes that the radio DJ was...
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Good Things For Gwendolyn: A Slumber Party with Hayden

May 16, 2011 by Victoria Strong

Oh these two girls...they are just too much!Gwendolyn and Hayden just love each other and we were so excited to spend the weekend at Hayden's house -- a three day slumber party filled with fun, fun, fun!

The Calafiores live about four hours north of us in Central California. They are surrounded...

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Happy Mother’s Day

May 08, 2011 by Bill Strong

Happy Mother's Day to the two best moms in the entire universe! There is no way to adequately thank you for the selfless daily sacrifices that you make for us and the immeasurable impact that you have had and are having on shaping our lives. You've devoted yourselves to making sure we have the...

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Disneyland…Again

May 04, 2011 by Victoria Strong
I can't believe we haven't posted about this yet because -- it was AWESOME!

Last Monday we packed up for four days of Disneyland fun and we met the Calafiore family for some BFF fun -- a sequel to Gwendolyn's birthday trip in October, only this time it was a "just because" trip. Gwendolyn is now...

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Saying Goodbye

May 02, 2011 by Victoria Strong
I've been a little quiet around here and that is because I've been saying goodbye to one of the most important people in my life -- Grandpa Harry. Losing Harry (and yes, I called him by his name -- everyone did) has been extremely hard. There aren't many men like my grandfather -- he was truly...
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