Conversation started June 1, 2011

2:40pm

Jordan Darville

Hello Tanners!

Pleased to meet you! My name is Jordan, and I'm an intern at Vice Magazine. I've been following your Tumblr for some time now, and I strongly believe that the snapshots of modern Middle America that you provide are not just an interesting profile, they're an essential service. Would you be interested in doing an interview for the Vice website? Our politics may be a bit more liberal than you're used to, but rest assured we treat every story with fairness, regardless of political stripe.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Jordan Darville.

June 4, 2011

9:31pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

Mr. Darville

We are so glad you enjoy our family blog! Rob and I took a look at your Vice, we thought it was interesting. We would love to do an interview with you. Just let us know when.

Bless You

Love Allison

June 10, 2011

12:27pm

Jordan Darville

Hello again Tanners!

Thank you so much for accepting! Would you be free this weekend for a FacebookChat, or iChat, or any other sort of online messaging with me?

Looking forward to talking!

Jordan Darville

June 11, 2011

8:12pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

Mr. Darville

We will be free tomorrow (sunday) to Facebook Chat! Would you like to chat maybe at around 9:00 pm?

Love Allison

June 12, 2011

12:11am

Jordan Darville

Perfect! See you then! Look forward to speaking with you!

June 12, 2011

8:59pm

Jordan Darville

hello Tanners!

8:59pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

Hey Jordan!

9:00pm

Jordan Darville

how was your day? did you go to church??

9:00pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

Our day was great! We did go to church.

We just finished supper. Rob is signed into the computer in the basement this is Allison.

9:01pm

Jordan Darville

hi allison

thanks again for talking with me

9:01pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

Sure!

9:02pm

Jordan Darville

let's get into some basics first: when and why did you start your tumblr?

9:03pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

We started the blog last summer. We were taking so many photos and creating so many memories so we decided to share them online!

9:06pm

Jordan Darville

do you have a large family outside of your children or group of friends that you send them to? how do you feel about letting the entire world see your Personal Memories?

9:07pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

We do have a fairly large family! I have sisters and brothers living all over the country. Creating the blog has made it easier for them to see what trouble we are getting into day to day.

We started it for close friends and family, but the attention that we get from the online community is great! We are role models!

I do worry about predators taking our kids or masturbating to photos of them

9:10pm

Jordan Darville

role models, huh? that's a pretty high bar you've set for yourself! do you think that your family has a strong enough moral fibre to be an example for the world? and have you ever had an online run-in with a creep of some kind?

9:13pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

We do! Our daily activities make us happy and we hope that by sharing our happiness with the world our happiness will make others happy, because happiness is really what is important. Being happy!

Are blog is family friendly and a better influence than daytime TV! We did get a few nudes of the one pervert who had a crush on Allison!

9:14pm

Jordan Darville

Did you report him to the police? I hear they have an internet division now

9:15pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

We searched Google for a cyber police site but we had no luck

Rob also aggressively emailed him back.

He stopped after that.

9:16pm

Jordan Darville

uh oh! do you know what he said?

9:16pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

What did you say Rob?

I told him he was a creep and to stop showing himself to online strangers!

who knows where the photos could end up the internet is a big place!

and he was not very impressive! but I now know what ASL means!

9:19pm

Jordan Darville

i'm glad that did the trick!

how many kids do you have? i've lost track!

9:21pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

Well theirs Hope are daughter she is 9 years old

Grayson

the youngest at 2

Billy is in collage and is 20

Jenn is 5

and Chad our teen/ trouble maker who is 17

and Sami is 11

Wow, how time flies!

9:24pm

Jordan Darville

wow that's so many!

do you have any favourites?

9:24pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

Yes, Hope

Hope is the future!

9:25pm

Jordan Darville

why is that? usually it's the youngest that the parents like best

9:26pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

Our youngest is a handful!

Hope makes us smile.

Hope makes us happy.

Hope can really do anything she sets her mind to.

9:27pm

Jordan Darville

which kid would you say you've had the hardest time with, at any point

9:28pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

Chad! because hes at that age where he acting out!

hes-

We found marijuana in his room...

9:29pm

Jordan Darville

oh no!

9:29pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

And hes starting to wear tight jeans

I hope he will grow out of the phase

9:30pm

Jordan Darville

on your youtube channel, some of his videos strike me as very melancholic

9:30pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

Some of the videos are from when Chad was sick.

That was a sad time for us.

But he is better now.

We often have trouble using the Imovie application.

9:32pm

Jordan Darville

what was he sick with?

9:32pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

Diabetes

9:32pm

Jordan Darville

too many sweets, huh?

9:33pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

to feed his depression

Of course.

A lot of nerd ropes.

9:34pm

Jordan Darville

i lost two teeth because of those as a young boy! if michelle obama wants to do some good she should try banning those!

9:35pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

I doubt she will get anything done.

9:36pm

Jordan Darville

i have to admit, sometimes when i look at your photos, i can sense a sort of fear and despondency in them.

am i just projecting that??

9:36pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

No we have many fears.

Fear for our children's future.

and gods will

We are dependent on family values

9:38pm

Jordan Darville

god's will? you fear him even though you think you're leading moral lives?

9:40pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

20:20 Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning."

9:41pm

Jordan Darville

do you think that you're being tested now, or are you just afraid that it's coming?

9:43pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

We are being tested. Throughout life everyone is tested.

The world is a dangerous place. Just the other day at the grocery store a woman fell on a freezer full lamb, and was fine and she prayed.

9:44pm

Jordan Darville

in what ways do you feel tested?

9:47pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

We are tested by decisions to do good things. The action and the moment leads. What is not will decide. Even so if you know for sure what the children will do then so be it.

9:49pm

Jordan Darville

what's a difficult decision that you've had to make recently that made you think "this is another one of those pesky tests!"

9:51pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

Linda our neighbor came over the other night and brought her tuna salad, none of the Tanners like tuna but God tested us, we had to suck it up and tell a little white lie

we acted like we loved it!

9:52pm

Jordan Darville

do you sometimes think that god is testing you through your kids?

9:53pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

Yes all the time through dos and donts!

He is an I often believe that the devil is testing us through Chad.

9:54pm

Jordan Darville

what are the dos and donts?

and does chad just not fit into your image of the tanner family?

9:55pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

We are working on Chad. We have faith that he will turn out pure.

We are considering sending him to a wilderness camp.

Its about morals do the right things, not the bad or the unmoral, a guide to living.

9:58pm

Jordan Darville

but when a test does come around, how can you be sure that you're doing the right thing? sometimes the line between a "do" and a "don't" can be quite blurry

9:59pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

you have to have hope in your heart and confidence

10:00pm

Jordan Darville

is that enough for god though? what if you fail the test?

10:02pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

Man makes mistakes sometimes you have to ask for forgiveness we teach prayer

to the kids

10:05pm

Jordan Darville

moving on, your blog celebrates everyday occurrences and events that most people can identify with. why do you focus so much on the mundane?

10:07pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

The pictures we post online are the most exciting to us. There are not mundane to us, there are exciting parts of our day. There are thousands of other pictures that we snap that aren't important enough to put on the blog.

Oops I meant to say "They" not "There".

10:09pm

Jordan Darville

really? can you think of a picture that you thought was too dull to put up?

10:10pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

Leaves in a pool.

http://bgtracy123.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/100_1508.jpg

10:11pm

Jordan Darville

i remember seeing one of a mousepad in the pool, was that more exciting just because it wasn't supposed to be there?

10:12pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

Yes Greyson threw it in the pool! it was funny to see the Tanners floating!

10:14pm

Jordan Darville

would you say then that stranger things happen to you than most people that you know?

10:15pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

Probably not we just put everything online!

We have friends that also have blogs that post really strange pictures.

10:16pm

Jordan Darville

strange in what way?

10:17pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

Rob recently showed me a blog of people that hike nude.

In the woods.

10:18pm

Jordan Darville

yuck!

some people have no shame

10:19pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

i know in the public eye

10:19pm

Jordan Darville

has modern american life changed much since you started posting your photos?

10:20pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

Well it has only been a year so not much. But the other afternoon I saw a man raking rocks in the park and talking on the cell phone.

The reblogs make us a stronger couple

10:22pm

Jordan Darville

how do you feel in general about the state of your country?

10:24pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

It is hard to say. We believe that as long as we are doing well the country must be doing well.

10:25pm

Jordan Darville

so you think that your family is the perfect yardstick for america to measure itself with?

10:27pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

We try to be happy and keep our faith

But we must be doing something good!

from what we see online everyone is doing great

10:29pm

Jordan Darville

do you get most of your information online now?

10:30pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

Yes we love cnn.com and the newyorker.com

and everyone except Greyson has a cell phone

10:32pm

Jordan Darville

how do you feel about such a big change from when you were young? are you ever worried about the reliability of the information?

10:34pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

The changes are awfully exciting! We are not too worried about finding the truth online.

the computer data on the family computer is backed up but sometimes it hard to remember where we stored it

10:36pm

Jordan Darville

have you ever read something and immediately thought "that doesn't sound right"

10:37pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

for the longest time i thought lol was a smily face

we-

10:39pm

Jordan Darville

on one of your postings you seem to aiming towards creating a Tanner brand. Are looking for any sort of monetary gain from your blog?

10:40pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

I make homemade jam.

We should sell that!

10:42pm

Jordan Darville

or would you prefer for people to identify your photos as examples of a typical wholesome american family

10:44pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

We don't really know what people think of our photos.

We try to show the untypical in the typical through our snapshots on the Tanner blog

10:48pm

Jordan Darville

ok i want to change things up and talk about your personal life a little bit, is that ok?

10:48pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

Yes!

10:49pm

Jordan Darville

can you tell me a bit about your marriage?

10:50pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

We are high school sweethearts

10:51pm

Jordan Darville

was he your first boyfriend?

10:51pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

Yes!

He asked me out and I fainted!

She was my frist girlfriend I knew she was the one!

10:53pm

Jordan Darville

where were you?

10:53pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

I frist saw her walk down the cool hallway in high school

she was wearing a madonna t shirt

and pink shoes

10:55pm

Jordan Darville

what are some things that your significant other does that annoys you?>

10:56pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

Rob licks my cheetos fingers.

Allison loves online shopping a little to much but i still love her

10:58pm

Jordan Darville

what sacrifices have you had to make in order to start a family?

10:59pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

Hope is allergic to nuts so we can't have nuts in the house.

11:00pm

Jordan Darville

what about your own dreams and aspirations? have you had to put any of those on hold?

11:02pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

The best thing you can really be is a good parent.

the Tanner family is my dream, Ive always wanted to provide for my family and now we do.

11:02pm

Jordan Darville

you've both just wanted to be parents, huh?

11:03pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

yea!

we are in love and have amazing children

11:04pm

Jordan Darville

you've never wondered if there's more to life than what you have?

11:05pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

Of course you wonder but you have to make the best out of what you have.

We thank you so much for your Vice questions Mr. Darville but we must go to bed.

11:06pm

Jordan Darville

thank you!

i'm all out of them anyway

11:06pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

It was lovely talking to you!

11:07pm

Jordan Darville

i will let you know if the article goes on the website

and you as well

11:07pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

Great! we hope to see it!

Bless You

Love Allison

11:08pm

Jordan Darville

bless you as well

11:08pm

AllisonandRob Tanner

Thank you Jordan. -Rob Tanner

11:09pm

Jordan Darville

thank you Rob

Jordan Darville

Hi tanners!

2:00pm

Jordan Darville

here is the link to our interview on the Vice Website:http://www.viceland.com/blogs/en/2011/06/29/god-bless-tanner-america/

GOD BLESS TANNER AMERICA - Viceland Today

www.viceland.com

If you grew up in the suburbs, chances are the images on Tanner America will make you cringe with self-deprecating laughter or silently weep at how mercilessly they mock the first eighteen years of your life. As a critique of suburbia, this art project masquerading as a photo blog plows through most

2:00pm

Jordan Darville

hope you enjoy it

June 30, 2011

11:59am

AllisonandRob Tanner

Mr. Darvill

We love it! Thank you again. We tried visiting again but the link stopped working. We are not sure if we broke it.

Love Allison

July 1, 2011

8:07am

Jordan Darville

Hi Tanners! My editors took it down but hopefully it'll be put back up soon. I will keep you posted