"God doesn't give children with special needs to strong people; He gives children with special needs to ordinary, weak people and then gives them strength. Raising a child with special needs doesn't take a special family, it makes a special family."
" Faith makes life possible. Hope makes life workable. Love makes life beautiful."

The Winwards

The Winwards

Monday, August 29, 2011

Spaghetti Song

This is Tanner's FAVORITE song right now, and I probably sing it to him or with him at least 30-50 times a day!  Please don't mind my awful singing voice in the background.  This video is just too cute not to share!

Utah Trip..... Part 1

Tanner and I took a trip to Utah for 3 weeks. from  July 18th - August 8th.  We had a lot of Adventures. This part is just from July. Tanner has gotten tired of me taking pictures of him, but I got what I could. This first picture is of him and his cousin Steven, playing the piano.  My sister Trina has 4 boys, and Tanner called them "the boys".  

Here Tanner is @ Great Grandma Winward's house "brushing" his hair.  Great Grandma lives in Riverton, Utah. It's great to stop there on the way up to Cache Valley, and stop there on the way back. She is Ray's grandma, and such a sweet lady. 

Tanner also got very attached to the "mini" chair that she had there. Just his size!

Tanner's favorite thing to do while in Utah was play at the parks!  He loved being able to be outside so much! 

This was his favorite parks out of all the ones we went too. 

When he got tired of the park, he loved to "push" the stroller around on the grass. 

But then right back to playing. 

At my mom's house Tanner had a lot of fun!  His most favorite thing was these tuperware animals that he could build and play with.  Here he is with his "zoo". 

Counting how many there are!

Near my mom's house in Logan there is a mini zoo at a park. It's called Willow park, and was always a favorite for me when I was a child, and Tanner likes it too.  We went several times. His favorite animals were the turtles and the monkeys.  I was only able to catch the turtles on this trip.  

And the BEST thing Tanner did while in Utah!  He walked in his walker with my help of course!  I took it with us to see  if he would get more into it, and he totally did!  So glad I took it!  He's getting there slowly but surely!  So proud of him!

Stay tuned for more adventures!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Phoenix Children's Museum - July

The beginning of July I took Tanner to the Phoenix Children's Museum.  I was a bit disappointed by it because of the fact that because Tanner does stand or walk on his own, he wasn't allowed to do over half the things that they have there.  But we made the best of what he could do and had fun anyway.  My mother in law - Grandma Pat also joined us for the fun. 

 Here are Grandma and Tanner in the "Noodle Forest"

Tanner also had a lot of fun with this sand table.  The table had lights under the plastic making the sand turn different colors. 

He also enjoyed looking at the "Can you find" puzzles. 

His most favorite thing by far was this contraption!  Basically myself or Grandma would put little hankies in the entry port, and air would blow it all the way through and blow it out at Tanner.  He loved it!

He was really good at picking them up for more fun!

So surprised to have them flying right at him!

Anxiously awaiting more!


"Catching" with Grandma

Some even landed on his head. 

Needless to say we still had fun, and he was pooped on the way back home!


I'm sitting here trying to remember what happened in June.  Guess I shouldn't slack off so much on blogging eh?  Not as many pics were taken, but at least some were!  

Tanner loves any "pack pack" (backpack).  He loves to put his toys in and cart them around the house. 

Gets better at standing as time goes by.  Still needs something to hang onto, but has starting cruising! Yay!

This is Tanner being silly.  He wanted his shirt on like this, and then all of the sudden he shouted, " I super Tanner!"  Silly boy!

Still so flexible.  This kid can put his feet up by his head easily!

Tanner and Mom hanging out with our Mickey hats on. 

Tanner just being cute.

P.S.  This is for you Jessie :)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Blogging Blues.....

I'm not sure if this blogging thing is for me anymore.  I know I should keep it up... but at the same time I find it hard to be motivated to do it.  Finding time and patience to do it is another ballgame.

Seeing how my last blog post was over 2 months ago.... that's major slacking.  

Anyway.... just trying to say that I'm going to do the best I can... cause that's all I can do.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Look back on May

As each day passes my life get fuller and fuller. Tanner is such a joy and is really coming along great. Although I get asked a lot why he isn't walking, and what is "wrong" with his legs, to me he is just perfect! I wish that others could realize that walking doesn't define a person.  It sure doesn't to me. 
Tanner's personality is that of a total goof ball!  Always laughing at random things, and doing random things. He sure helps brighten my days, and keeps me smiling and laughing. He is such a little "Cheezer"

Tanner recently got his newest equipment, twister cables. They are currently bolted to his braces and have a leather waistband.  I have learned from other moms that they can be bolted to his shoes instead, so we'll see if we can go that route when/if he needs new ones. The leather waistband rubs red marks on his sides so I'm currently working with the orthodics company for a resolution. 
Twister cables are to help keep his feet from turning all different ways and getting all twisted up.  They also help him stand correctly with his feet positioned in the best way possible.  He has had them less than a week, and is adjusting well.  It does make diaper changes very difficult and time consuming!  But it sure is nice to not have to tell him to fix his feet every few minutes and to see his feet nice and straight.  
When he has them off we've already noticed a difference in how his feet and legs go naturally!

Tanner's newest "love" is a burger king crown.  Who would've thought that a trip to burger king for a kids meal would result in endless fun for 2 weeks after!

Here Tanner is being his silly random self!  He thought it would be fun to try on Mr. potato head's glasses. 
He kept saying "too small" "too small" and laughing - so funny!

Now that May is over and here comes June, Tanner is just 2 weeks shy of being 2.5!  I can't believe how fast the past 2 years have gone.  I look forward to having more fun with him!
He loves to sing songs, especially twinkle twinkle - but he sings it "tinkle tinkle on da star"  Ha ha!  
He also knows his ABC's by sight and is learning the sounds.  He knows most of the colors, and shapes. And he can count to 10.  He is really starting to talk more and more each day, and loves repeating words. So I've had to be extra careful about what I say around him. :)