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That’s Tanner above on the day we opened the big box of presents over the holidays. He is always collecting toys around himself — you can never have too many! — and then running off to find a new one to bring back. With a boxful of new toys that morning, he was having the time of his life adding to his collection. Tanner will chew like mad on a toy for a few minutes, grow bored, and search for another one.
He also likes to take new toys outside and then drop them into the snow by the spruce tree at the other end of the yard, not to be seen again until spring. He’ll stand at the front door, toy in mouth, waiting to be let out. Alayne will say to him in a firm voice, “You are NOT taking that toy outside, young man!” and he will dutifully, if reluctantly, drop it before she opens the door for him.
Do you see that metal panel behind Tanner in the solarium? Well, last spring Tanner discovered he could jump up into the raised beds and run back and forth across them, all to get a better, more elevated, view of whoever had driven up to the house. I looked over one morning from outside and saw him trampling the lettuce in the beds and was beside myself. So the panels across the openings into the solarium put an abrupt end to that little adventure!