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Friends, Friends, and More Amazing Friends

February 28, 2011 by Victoria Strong
We have been spending lots of time with our wonderful friends. We've gone to visit, we've had visits, and we are loving every single minute!

I drove down to L.A. to spend the day with one of my dearest childhood friends, Theresa. Theresa is so creative (the puppy themed party, the Trike-A-Thon...

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Career Day

February 23, 2011 by Victoria Strong

Our little girl...oh our sweet little girl...expressed what she wants to be when she grows up!

It was "career day" at preschool -- a loose term (it's only preschool after all). But none-the-less there was talk of what the children want to be when they grow up. A simple enough question, but one...

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Good Things For Gwendolyn—Valentines

February 21, 2011 by Victoria Strong
I can't believe it has been a week since Valentine's Day and I haven't posted about the many, many good things. Bottom line -- Gwendolyn loved all of it!

Valentine Party. Our Valentine fun began with a party hosted by our friend Marina a few days before the official day. Marina is one of those...

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Getting Out With Gwendolyn…At Some Point, We Just Started Living

February 16, 2011 by Bill Strong

I wrote a blog post in February 2009 titled 25 Honest Things. At the time there was a Facebook "25 Things!" going around and, well, these were my 25 things. None of this has much to do with us getting out with Gwendolyn, but I vividly remember a comment to that post from an SMA mom with a...

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Sweet Valentine

February 14, 2011 by Victoria Strong
Won't you be my Valentine???
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Good Things For Gwendolyn: Weekly Gramma Visits

February 11, 2011 by Bill Strong
Not unlike the connection I have with my Mom, Gwendolyn and her Gramma have an extremely unique and special bond, too. We've written about it before, but Gramma happily drives 80 miles each way from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara every week to spend time with Gwendolyn and help us out around the...
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Our Big 30 Pounder!

February 09, 2011 by Victoria Strong
"I'm Gwendolyn. I love horses. And I am now 30 pounds -- and the height of a 6 year old!"

What happened to our little baby? We officially have a big league 30 pound, 3 1/2 foot tall "Big Girl" -- and we adore her!

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Little Star Love

February 07, 2011 by Victoria Strong
Gwendolyn and Little Star have an awesome connection. He is her buddy for sure, but what I am coming to realize is that Little Star loves Gwendolyn just as much as she loves him. He is so gentle with her and so eager to be by her side. She loves to feed him carrots and he has never so much as...
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Bill’s Getaway!

February 03, 2011 by Victoria Strong
This is where Bill is...

He's "working"...

And he deserves it!

Before he left, he got Gwendolyn's food ready and bought me my favorite coffee (Coffee Bean Ice Blended Vanilla) for each day he is gone...

and he left me notes...

Yep, he's that cute! I think I'll keep him smile
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Quit Monkeying Around…

February 02, 2011 by Victoria Strong
Quit monkeying around Mom. It's bedtime.
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Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let Down Your Hair

January 26, 2011 by Victoria Strong

When I was little I desperately wanted long hair...really long hair. My sister did, too, so this was a common theme to our dress up games. We wanted to have hair like Chrystal Gale (circa 1970s) all the way down to our knees. I realize now that this is completely ridiculous, but at the ripe age of...

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Good Things For Gwendolyn: Daddy Days

January 24, 2011 by Victoria Strong

Our sweet butterfly is napping right now. I'm sitting next to her listening to the rhythmic pattern of her bipap helping her to breathe and I can't not be right by her side. I'm so, so glad to be feeling better just so I can be near my little girl again. She's had a busy morning of horse races,...

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Girls’ Weekend Getaway!

January 20, 2011 by Victoria Strong
This past weekend I went on a surprise getaway with four of my girlfriends (Laurie, Ronda, Marina and Sarah) for Sarah's birthday. It was planned, organized and orchestrated by her amazing husband, Mike, and it was all a surprise until Saturday morning. He emailed us last month to hash out a date...
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Our Power Chair Superwoman

January 18, 2011 by Bill Strong

Today was an incredible day for us and for Gwendolyn. Her shiny new power chair has been in for about a month, but we've been tweaking and fine tuning the set-up weekly so it fits perfectly and provides her the best positioning to drive independently. There are still more tweaks to be made, but...

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Feeling Sad

January 14, 2011 by Victoria Strong
This was supposed to be a good things post and there are lots of "Good Things For Gwendolyn" for me to post about -- she started preschool again this week, she held a salamander yesterday, she did a little bit of gardening (not really her thing), she swung on the swings, Daddy went to preschool...
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Weekend Good and Bit of Not Good

January 09, 2011 by Victoria Strong
We had a full weekend -- mostly really good...but we had a scare with Gwendolyn on Sunday afternoon and, well, those always leave their mark.

On Friday we had an extra special treat. One of Bill's very best friends, Matt, sent us a lobster dinner: two live lobsters, scallops, and New England clam...

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Good Things For Gwendolyn

January 07, 2011 by Victoria Strong
There have been lots of good things this week -- simple things -- that have made Gwendolyn (and us) very happy!

1) Swings with Mommy and Daddy. Gwendolyn loves the swings. She is a regular swinging fool! One day at preschool we stayed on the swings for a good 30 minutes and she just beamed. So on a...

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2010 in Pictures - Year in Review

January 03, 2011 by Victoria Strong

I got this idea from my always creative friend Sarah and I love it! I always find myself reflective when the New Year arrives -- looking back to learn and grow and just to be amazed at our baby becoming a young lady. I have had so much fun going through all the 7,800,523+ photos we took throughout...

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Ringing in the New Year with Family!

January 02, 2011 by Victoria Strong
My sister and her family have been visiting and we got to ring in the new year together. I love when my sister, Elizabeth, my brother-in-law, Chad, and my nephews, William and Henry, visit -- love, love, love it! They just left this morning and I now have a sorry case of the dreary wearies -- I...
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Camping!

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...
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