This Guy.

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There are a few things everyone should know about Tanner Berrett Minnick.

Before I begin, I must mention that my extremely gorgeous sister, Lauren, helped me put this together. (Guys... she's single).

We'll start with two quotes from two of Tanner's best friends. I think it's interesting that when you ask someone about Tan Man, they will all tell you the same thing: that he's one incredible guy. The ironic part is that Laur and I wrote most of this before we got these two quotes and they only further validate the image we were trying to portray.

"Here's the thing about Tanner: he is hard working, hilarious, stylish, loyal, hilarious, good looking, kind and ambitious all in one person. How can anybody compete with that? Tanner is my best friend. I can always count on my Tanner to support and love me in whatever I do. He is and always will be at the top of my favorite people list. I'd do anything for him. I'm so happy and blessed to have Tanner in my life. I love that child."
-Whitney Minnick

"First off, Tan is one of the most caring people you will ever meet. He would do anything for anyone! Tan is compassionate, hysterical, loving, perceptive, caring, uplifting, inspiring, unique and an absolutely amazing person. He always knows how to put a smile on your face, and exactly when you need a big hug. I know that he is ALWAYS there for me, no matter what! He's an incredible role model and I look up to him so much. He's taught me to be proud of who I am and not worry what others think. He's got a special spark to him that makes you feel accepted. Tan has so much potential, that I know he will reach. I couldn't ask for a better friend than him and I'm so grateful to have him be a part of my life. You can't help but giggle when you're around him and to be honest, I never get sick of him. He'll be such a successful man with the dedication and determination he has. I have no doubt that he will always be in my life and I'm so thankful for that fact. He's comfortable in his own skin and I'm so proud of him for that. I love Tan to the moon and back!"
-CC Stokes

Tanner is an incredibly talented ribbon dancer.

"The first time I ever met him, he ribbon danced for me. I knew I loved him instantly."
-Linze Struiksma

Some of you may know that this is the "talent" Tanner used to audition for the Peer Leadership Team at Alta High and of course, he made it! Some of you may be thinking, "Ribbon dancing... really?"

Yes, really.

Tanner is uninhibited. He is brave. He is not afraid to do things that others will not. Whether he truly wants to do it or in the case of ribbon dancing, because it's hysterical, Tanner is not afraid.

Also, if you ever need to smile, I would suggest asking Tan Man to teach you how to "twerk." Apparently that's a thing.

Tanner is uninhibited.

This section goes really well with the last one.

"The thing I love about Tanner is that he honestly marches to the beat of his own drum and doesn't care what anyone else thinks. He does what he wants to do and that is a really powerful and inspiring quality he has."
-Linze Struiksma

"Tanner always thinks outside the box. In fact, I'm fairly certain he doesn't even know what 'the box' is."

Tanner is unique in this sense because while the rest of us are stewing about what everyone else will think of us, he is ten steps ahead of everyone. Because of this, Tanner is able to do things that nobody else can. I wish I could be more like him in this aspect.

Tanner has a better fashion sense than the rest of us put together.

This kid is a stud. Nuff said. (Also, he gladly claims the role of "Spencer's personal shopper..." but only on the days when I actually look decent).


Tanner has a heart of gold.

It is unlikely that you will ever find someone as kind and caring as this guy. In fact, I would say that he often cares to a fault sometimes. He is constantly worried about others and concerned for their well-being. From great things, like raising $5,000 in the matter of a few months to go and serve in India to small things like cleaning my extremely messy room after I got dumped, he is always finding ways to help and serve others.

Because of this, Tanner is probably the most loved person I know. I do not know a single person that can say anything bad about him. (Unless they made it up!) Maybe that's putting him on a pedestal a little bit, but he deserves to be there.

Along these lines, he is also one of the more loyal advocates you can have on your side. He will go down fighting for you even if he knows that you know you're wrong. (That makes sense... it does... reread it). Somewhere in the past 4 years, Tan Man has changed from a pesky little brother to one of the best friends I could ever ask for. I trust this kid with my life, and I don't give out that compliment often.

"Tanner LOVES talking and he has always made us laugh. The ironic thing is that it is actually his listening abilities that draw people to him. He gets MANY calls from people who need to share, cry or vent. His loyalty, ability to keep confidences and wisdom make him a good friend."

Tanner is hysterical.

"He is so funny. So so funny."

I like to this that this kid inherited my wit. At least I hope I'm partially as funny as he is. I kid you not, since he started talking at 9-months-old, he has only spoken in full sentences and hasn't shut up for 17 years and 3 months. But as he kept talking, he kept getting funnier.

At two years old, he was in his car seat and he said, "Mom, I pooped my pants!"

A distraught mother replied, "What?!"

Tanner grinned back and said, "Made ya look!"

I cannot think of anything more fun than being in the car with my family when Tanner is on a roll. It just keeps going and going... I basically don't even have to do ab workouts because I can get a six pack just from having a conversation.

From seriously awkward moments to his crazy obsession with reality TV shows, you can count on Tanner for a good laugh. One of our most recent "Tanner Moments" happened when he renamed everyone in our family with a Kardashian name. Of course Tanner is the funny one so he gets to be Khloe. Lauren is the pretty one so she is Kim. Apparently I'm the bratty one that gets what she wants so I'm Kourtney. Great...

You will often hear Tanner talking about how he needs to get in touch with Kim and Kourt to resolve an issue. Those are NOT the real Kardashians. They're better. Because hello, it's us.

"As he is driving down I-15, a bug hits the windshield and he says, 'bugs really shouldn't fly by the freeway.'"

Tanner is going skydiving for his 18th birthday/graduation present!


It's already planned and the deposit is down, so there is no backing out now Tan Man! You are jumping out of that plane, damn it.

Laur and I wanted to get you something that you would always remember and have always wanted to do. It will be fun to go and do it together. (Mom... stop hyperventilating, we'll be fine!) Also, heaven knows you don't need anymore clothes... sheesh...

Happy Birthday, kid!
We love you!

From left to right: Khloe, Kim and Kourtney. If you need the Minnick personalities in a photo, here they are.