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The Winwards

The Winwards

Thursday, December 23, 2010

December 2010

December has been a fun month for Tanner, full of activities and adventures!
At the beginning of the month we went to the Phoenix Light Parade.  Tanner really liked it and kept clapping, pointing and saying "Whoa Wook at Dat" (Whoa look at that) So cute :)

Tanner is so funny...always ready for the next laugh!  He really cracks me up!

December 15th, Tanner turned 2!  I cannot believe that he is 2 already!  It goes by so fast!  We are still working on standing and taking steps in his walker, but I know he will get it when he is ready.  Practicing patience is hard, but also so rewarding when he reaches that goal!  He is talking more and more each day, repeating EVERYTHING I say in his own comical way!  Adorable! :)
 Tanner received clothes, cars, bath toys, a mickey mouse car, mega blocks, and "A band in a box".  The mickey mouse car is by far his favorite!  He played with it nonstop for the first 2-3 days.  Still plays with it everyday with his other toys!

One of Tanner new favorite activities is "wrestling" with Daddy.  It's actually just Tanner climbing all over Ray, but Tanner loves it none the less. Ray is a good sport about it too!

For one of our family nights we went to the Mesa LDS (mormon) Temple to see the Christmas lights.  There are always so many lights, and they have the Nativity set up there too.  Tanner loves all of the lights, and he really like the Nativity. 

On December 18th we attended the Annual Spina Bifida Christmas party for Arizona.  We also invited Grandma Pat, and Grandpa Ken to go with us.  Lunch was served, and there was entertainment (dancing). They also had coloring stations and ornament making stations for the kids. Grandma and Tanner made an ornament. At the end, every child has the opportunity to sit on Santa's lap and receive a gift.  

Needless to say, Tanner was not too excited to sit on Santa's lap.  But I couldn't go without a picture. Although he is screaming, I still love this picture!  It makes me smile!
He received a cement truck which came with 3 balls to play with too. 

Tanner loves his cars and trucks!!!  He plays and plays and plays and plays....and this is usually the end result! I was running around doing laundry while he was playing..... thinking it's much too quiet.....went to see and this is what I found..... Tanner passed out on the floor!

Whew ....... that was exhausting....

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Look back on November

November was a great month for Tanner.   Always so happy to get in his stander and chase Mom around the house. And getting so big too!  Weighing in at 26 pounds, and is now 36 inches tall!  He has the cutest personality.  Very stubborn and independent, but still willing to accept help when needed.  Very happy, laughing all the time, teasing the dog, playing.  Learning new words every day!  Growing up so fast!

Always "into" something!  Getting "into the island here.  So cute! :0

Watching TV - gets up to an hour a day.  Still mesmerized!

Not always wanting a picture taken..........

But at last.... Ok, Mom....I'll smile

The rest of these pictures were taken at Encanto Park in Phoenix.  My friend Stephanie took them for practice as she explores her interest in photography.  I love them all!

And here is my little man standing!  Such a big boy & I'm so proud!  Had to post it again!

November was busy for us.  Tanner is getting to be more and more fun!  December here we come!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Look what I can do!

It was a typical Thursday...... Mom running around doing laundry, cleaning...... trying not to leave me by myself for too long......
So I decided to do something that would REALLY get her attention....... I tried throwing toys...didn't work..... tried turning up the volume on the TV.....didn't work..... tried hitting the dog with my trucks.....didn't work.
Hmmmmm...... It's gotta be something really really really good!
I know....... I'll do this....something that I won't do when it's "mom's idea".... but sounds good now....

Wait for it......


As mom would say "be patient!"

Ok.... I'll show you....

Yes, that's right everyone..... I stood in my walker! And when mom came in, boy was she surprised, and so happy too!
She wanted to take a picture.... so I figure .... why not? She's just going to brag about me..... And that is something that I can handle!

Until Next Time! - Tanner

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Was playing around on the web the other day... made this video. Shows how crazy we really are!

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Boy and his Dog

When I had Tanner.... I often wondered if he would ever get along with our miniature dachshund, Maple.

This boy who is so fun, playful, and silly. Who imitates the dog by biting his shirt....

And this dog who is a protector, and yet sweet in her own way. She really didn't like Tanner at first, and would always run away when he cried. She has growled a lot at him.....
But now he growls back! :)

It's taken almost 2 years, but they love each other now. Maple protects Tanner, just like she protects me. She is more excited to see him than anyone else,when we come home from being out. She puts up with the hugs, tugs, and "loves".

And even lets him rub her belly now and then......

This boy loves his dog....... and she loves him! :)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween 2010

Tanner was a pirate for Halloween this year. He wasn't too sure about his costume at first, but sure looked good in it!

Still likes his baby bouncer..... maybe it's the frog....who knows :)

I wore my pirate goofy hat that I got from our Disney trip back in June...trying to match a bit :)
I was able to find a glow in the dark sword for Tanner at the dollar store! Definitely a hit, he LOVED it!

Also got a pirate banner from the dollar store to hang on the stroller.
The stroller became his "pirate car"

Tanner is all boy.... loves to laugh...... loves to tease...... loves to try to hit Mom with things!
Here he is trying to hit me with his sword

Tanner was into getting candy a lot more than last year. His favorite this year has to be either tootsie rolls or lollipops.... he loves them both! I don't think he really gets the whole concept of Halloween yet, but it was still fun!