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Coolest girl in SB

January 04, 2009 by Bill Strong

Gwendolyn all dressed up and ready for a walk today with Aunt Elizabeth, William, and Henry (and of course Mommy and Daddy!!).
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Someone my own size…

December 31, 2008 by Bill Strong

Gwendolyn just lights up when her cousin Henry (19 months old) touches and interacts with her. It is really cute to watch. She loves it.
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The Mission at sunset

December 30, 2008 by Bill Strong

Family, an 18th century Spanish Mission, a sunset, wine, cheese...what else could you ask for? A football game? -- we had one of those as well smile

I loved this picture -- just the girls.

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Santa Barbara City Fire Station #3

December 29, 2008 by Bill Strong

Victoria's sister, Elizabeth, her husband, Chad, and our adorable
nephews, William (5 years old) and Henry (18 months old) arrived for a
visit last night from Philadelphia. We absolutely love spending time
with all of them and we are so happy that they are here with us
through the New Year.

Today we...

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Christmas with Great Auntie Weez

December 24, 2008 by Bill Strong

On Sunday, my Aunt visited from LA to celebrate Christmas. We had a

really nice visit. She brought Gwendolyn a stuffed, animated Mickey

Mouse Santa that sings "Deck The Halls" while moving his head and ears

-- pretty impressive. Gwendolyn is absolutely mesmerized by him -- she loves Mickey!!!
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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

December 21, 2008 by Bill Strong

Alright, it's not really snowing here in Santa Barbara, but it has been really, really cold -- for here -- and it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.

We had a great day yesterday. There is a restaurant on State Street that decorates seemingly every inch of its interior, including the ceiling,...

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Christmas dress shopping with Gramma

December 10, 2008 by Bill Strong

Gwendolyn has been doing well. She's been having a few mucus plugs over the last few days that are a bit concerning, but overall she's in great spirits so we're just watching her closely.

The Robinul is definitely helping her secretions. We're giving her 2mL doses twice daily via her g-tube and it...

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Thanksgiving

November 30, 2008 by Victoria Strong



We had a really nice Thanksgiving celebration in Los Angeles with our family on Thursday. Gwendolyn looked so cute in her new pretty lavender dress selected especially for her by cousin William, two new purple bows given to her by Gramma, and I was thrilled it was cold enough to get to put her long...
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GrammaTime

November 12, 2008 by Bill Strong

Thank you Gramma for playing "pat-a-cake" and "itsy-bitsy-spider" and
reading to me and taking a walk with Daddy and me yesterday!!!
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Lane Farms pumpkin patch

October 29, 2008 by Bill Strong
Yesterday we journeyed out to the Lane Farms pumpkin patch in Goleta. Gwendolyn was struggling a bit so we didn't stay long, but she was so excited to be picked up to look around and take it all in when she heard all of the activity around her. She loved watching all of the people running around...
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1st Birthday Party

October 24, 2008 by Victoria Strong

On Sunday, Bill and I hosted a birthday party for Gwendolyn in our back garden. At first, when we started talking about a party, we thought we were crazy to try to do this -- the time to plan, the risk of germs, would it be too much for her...but, in the scheme of Gwendolyn's life, we knew we...

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A day at the zoo!!!

October 23, 2008 by Bill Strong
On Tuesday, all six of us (Gwendolyn, Henry, William, Victoria, Elizabeth, and me), including two car seats and Gwendolyn's bassinet, piled in the GVan and took a trek to the Santa Barbara Zoo. Our friend Dean Noble is the Director of Marketing at the zoo and he coordinated a behind-the-scenes...
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Wonderful Visit with Sis

October 23, 2008 by Victoria Strong

We haven't posted much lately and there is so much to post about, but my sister and nephews just left today and I didn't want to spend a second away from them. We had a fantastic visit and I miss them terribly already. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful sister. I just love being with her and...
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Having a great time!

October 19, 2008 by Bill Strong
Despite being on edge with Gwendolyn's changes, we are having a wonderful time with Victoria's sister, "Aunt Elizabeth", and our two adorable nephews, William and Henry. It is so nice to have them all here and to be spending time together. Gwendolyn loves taking it all in as usual and she...
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My Sister is Visiting!!!

October 15, 2008 by Victoria Strong
I am so, so, so excited! My sister and her two darling boys are coming to visit tomorrow. Hooray!!! I can hardly contain myself. I love my sister so much. She is the most amazing person and my best friend in the whole world. I miss her like crazy. She understands me with just a look or a sigh. My...
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Uncle Richard's Bday at Gramma's

October 14, 2008 by Bill Strong



On Sunday, we loaded up the GVan and took a trip down to Gramma's house for the day to celebrate Uncle Richard's thirty-somethingth birthday. Gwendolyn's birthday is on the 4th and Uncle Richard's is on the 5th of October. Gwendolyn loved being part of the party as always and Uncle Richard was nice...
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Fun at Gramma's

September 03, 2008 by Bill Strong

We're having a lot of fun visiting Gramma while our house is being
torn apart :( We've been swimming and playing and laughing and just
having a really nice time.

Gwendolyn has two hilarious new tricks: (1) she is now peek-a-booing
us and (2) she is doing the ah-ah-ah-ah part of a sneeze (we're still...

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Monterey Aquarium

August 22, 2008 by Victoria Strong



Ok
, I'm better now. As is true with many days, we find as much fun and positivity as possible with Gwendolyn...no matter how we are feeling. Today was no exception. We really did have a fun day taking Gwendolyn to the Monterey Aquarium and it was nice to be out as a family experiencing so many...
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Nursery Rhymes and Hawaiian Music with GrandPa

July 27, 2008 by Bill Strong


This weekend was filled with tons of GrandPa peek-a-boos and nursery rhymes galore including "Itsy Bitsy Spider", "Ba Ba Black Sheep", "Humpty Dumpty", "Run Rabbit Run", and "Bye, Baby Bunting". Today we even made it out to a park near our house for some good old fashioned live Hawaiian music and...
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Jazz at the Courthouse - Take II

July 26, 2008 by Bill Strong
We had such an amazing time last month that we decided to walk down to the live jazz at the Santa Barbara Courthouse again tonight. The evening was beautiful. Gwendolyn was a bit "juicier" than normal so it was a bit more stressful, but once we got to the courthouse, settled under a nice shady pine...
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