Christmas morning waiting on the stairs for the okay to come down and see what Santa brought. The pictures before we can open the presents. The presents, oops that's Tanner. Tanner playing seek and find. Zach was so excited to open up this present and find almost all the Cars characters. He loves to play with these cars.
Grandma Arnold taught us how to make some fun new Christmas cookies this year. The best part of making cookies. Yum! Then there's the waiting. Unwrapping and stacking the Andies Mints was Zach's favorite part.
We had a great Thanksgiving this year. Michele, Dawn and Abish got together this year to learn how to make their own pie crusts. The night before Thanksgiving they gathered their flour and shortening and met at Dawn and Eric's house. They had lots of fun, however their pie crusts didn't quite turn out. "Yuck, it taste like flour!" Luckily the stores still had pie crusts available to purchase and their pies turned out great. It was a night to remember. Even after this experience they are still going to try and make Christmas candies and goodies. If the treats don't turn out, at least they are making memories. On Thanksgiving the boys ran the Cold Turkey 5K up town. They had a lot of fun with it. Zach even ran in through the finish line with Grandpa Bates and Eric. He loves cheering for Daddy when he run his races.
Here is Zach and Mommy making peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies for Family Home Evening. Daddy isn't much of a fan of Mom's banana cookies, so we decided to go for something different. I didn't know it would take all night to make these cookies. But when you have a very independent 2 1/2 year old you should count on it. "Big boy, myself, I do it."
Not sure who was more excited for the Buzz Lightyear costume, Zach or Daddy. Unfortunately we couldn't find a Woody costume that would fit Tanner. Zach's favorite saying was, "Trick-o-treat, happy Halloween".
Maybe all those manure filled diapers are paying off because this kid is growing like a weed. At Tanner's 2 month doctor appointment he weighed in at a whopping 13lbs, 2oz. He is growing more and more into Grandpa's nickname, "Tank". If things keep going like they are we'll be signing him up for football next year.
Tanner Lee Bates was born on Sept. 11th. (FINALLY a reason to celebrate this date) at 4.29pm. Tanner weighed in at a hefty 8lbs, 12oz, and was 21" inches long (please be tall, please be tall). You can imagine how odd he looked in the NICU next to children a third of his weight. Tannner was born with a couple of holes in his lungs and Group B Strep, which caused him to stay a couple of weeks longer at Club Med. We feel like we have a timeshare at St. Mark's Hospital, and we're looking to trade for something more exotic. Tanner is home now and doing great.