Posts tagged with: Special Outing

Birthday Part 3: The Actual Day and Lion King 3D

October 12, 2011 by Victoria Strong
This is the last birthday celebration post. We had so much fun that it was just too much to cram into one post; hope you aren't tired of the big 4 hullabaloo. To be honest it has been nice for us to reflect on this milestone and truly appreciate all the good things for Gwendolyn -- which so many of...

A Dream Come True

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. 




December 29, 2010 by Victoria Strong
Three words:Camping with Hayden! Yep and that equals a VERY happy little girl...make that two very happy little girls...and four very happy parents watching them. Visualize: fishing, dancing, camp fire, sparklers, family, FUN! Chris and Jennifer set everything up. They are spending time in Pismo...

The MDA and Gwendolyn

December 20, 2010 by Victoria Strong
SMA is a muscular dystrophy disease. Like cancer and its many awful versions, there are many forms of muscular dystrophy that fall under this one umbrella. The Muscular Dystrophy Association was the first organization to really put a face to these many diseases with long and often hard to pronounce...

Good Things: Monterey Bay Aquarium With Hayden

December 17, 2010 by Victoria Strong

Oh we have some pretty big "good things" this week with numero uno being that Gwendolyn is doing well! We are still watching her closely and hoping napping and diet changes will boost her energy level back up. We've been taking it easy since we got home and "Nap Boot Camp" has officially started....


Snow At The Santa Barbara Zoo

December 06, 2010 by Victoria Strong

We had an AWESOME day yesterday! Awesome! And we needed it. The Santa Barbara Zoo hosted their annual "Snow Leopard Festival" (you may remember we went last year). The Santa Barbara Zoo actually trucks in piles and piles of ice to create snow for a one day really special event. They build a...


Thanksgiving Weekend

November 29, 2010 by Victoria Strong

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~Thornton Wilder

We have had a lovely long Thanksgiving -- a quiet, simple, fun family weekend. And it feels so good! And throughout it all, we were especially conscious of our many blessings! I know we...


Gwendolyn’s 3rd Birthday: Disneyland!

October 09, 2010 by Victoria Strong

Where do we even begin... Disneyland was an absolutely amazing experience for Gwendolyn (and us, too)!!! To see the imaginative world through the eyes of your child is incredible...for any parent...and for us, well, it was everything -- surreal!!!

There isn't really a ONE thing that stands out as...


Little Star Love

September 03, 2010 by Victoria Strong
Gwendolyn is in love -- L.O.V.E. His name is Little Star and he is her mini horse best friend!!! Little Star moved to a new home over by the beach about three weeks ago and we have been going out to see him every chance we get. The best part is Gwendolyn completely controls everything.

We've been...


Little Miss Firecracker

July 05, 2010 by Victoria Strong
We had a really fun weekend and a great 4th of July.

1. It felt really nice to just be together. I don't know why because we are together quite a lot, but this weekend seemed a little slower...a little less doing and just being -- and I loved it.

2. Bill got to go golfing on Saturday -- a Father's...


Little Star

June 16, 2010 by Victoria Strong
Gwendolyn has a pony -- two ponies!!! Okay, they aren'treally her ponies, but this darling pair are the closest she will ever come. And we are in love! Little Star and Silver Star are our friend Diane's new mini horses. Little Star is the sweetest, gentlest, teeny tiny pony you have ever met. He is...

Animals, Animals Everywhere

June 03, 2010 by Victoria Strong
Gwendolyn loves animals. LOVES. Loves. Loves animals. Pretty much any animal -- she loves it. Lately we have had tons of fun animal encounters -- they seem to find us -- and she is having a blast. We got to meet trained bunnies and she even got to hold one. We met a new mini horse friend named...

Sesame Street Live

June 01, 2010 by Victoria Strong
This weekend we had an awesome experience with Gwendolyn -- we took her to see Sesame Street Live!It was a day full of surprises and Gwendolyn was game for them all. She is always so ready for an adventure and I just love seeing her darling expression of anticipation -- and after such a stressful...

MDA's Winter Wine Down

March 21, 2010 by Victoria Strong
It was a beautiful warm sunny day in Southern California yesterday -- a perfect day for the MDA's annual Winter Wine Down at Roblar Winery in Los Olivos. We were so honored to be invited and really enjoyed meeting the MDA staff and volunteers who have been so supportive of our efforts with GSF....

The Zoo

February 02, 2010 by Victoria Strong
On Sunday we had a nice lazy day. Mommy caught up on sleep. Daddy took Gwendolyn for a morning stroll. And then in the late afternoon after Gwendolyn's nap we ventured to the awesome Santa Barbara Zoo for a fun family activity. I love being a member of the zoo because it means that at 3:00 pm we...

VIDEO: Gwendolyn Sledding At The Santa Barbara Zoo

December 08, 2009 by Bill Strong
Gwendolyn taking a run down the sledding slope with Daddy at the Santa Barbara Zoo!

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

December 07, 2009 by Victoria Strong

Yes, you read that right. Santa Barbara has snow...well, sort of...

When your child is disabled and/or given a terminal diagnosis, there are certain things, certain ideas you had about being a parent that are especially difficult to let go of. They usually make little sense to someone...


Birthday, Check Up and Christmas Walk

December 04, 2009 by Victoria Strong
Today is Gwendolyn's 26th month birthday! Hooray! We sang Gwendolyn's favorite song (Happy Birthday to Gwendolyn) and are heading out for walk to get a special birthday balloon!

Yesterday afternoon we went to our awesome pediatrician office to get the second dose of the H1N1 vaccine and the first...

Mini Horses & Apple Picking

October 25, 2009 by Victoria Strong
Yesterday we had such a fun adventure. From the moment we moved to Santa Barbara, I have searched for a fun fruit picking place -- especially in the fall. There are so many lovely farms in the wine country, but Web searches had not provided good results on fruit picking. So I gave up. (Farms are...

On The Mend/Lane Farms

October 19, 2009 by Victoria Strong
Gwendolyn is much, much improved. She is full of smiles, her eyes are bright, and she has her spunk almost completely back. We were all going a bit stir crazy after being stuck inside for several days, so we thought a morning jaunt to the darling pumpkin patch, Lane Farms, would be just the family...

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