Did you know Matthew has an addiction?
Yes, we don't talk about it much.
He is addicted to babies......
he has this strange power over them.......
......getting them to sleep,
even if they were not sleepy.
Even if they just had a nap.
Above is Matthew with a new Benedict,
my little godson, son of John & Gloria, of San Francisco.
The 2 photos below are NOT from his last year, but from winter 20..
08........I told you I got carried away :)
Matthew had a great role in E/R, a play performed at the local junior college.
It was his first college role.
He was SO funny, playing a clean-cut kid who was tricked into taking an ecstasy tablet.
Can you tell?
Okay, now the rest is up-to-date!
Matthew's next role at the college was a lead part.
The play: INSPECTING CAROL
It was a play within a play........
a down-and-out community theater does A Christmas Carol for their winter show....
Matthew' part is hard to explain quickly....
....but within the play.....
...his six-foot-two character ends up playing Tiny Tim.....
...so, you can imagine the silliness.
See below....these photos, and the two above taken by Jason.
This was the FUNNIEST monologue........
.....and it is one of the biggest regrets in my life that I did not pirate a video of this!!!
And Tiny Tim says, "God bless us, everyone!"
That is Anne holding up the train! ;)
On the chair lift.....
A father and his sons: Matthew, Marty, Malachy & Garrett
And, then, we will really be missing Matthew every winter now,
for the rest of our lives......below is how he spends some of his winter
Garrett & Matthew in the backyard
Matthew on the roof, looking at the back of our house
(You should see how much snow we had in 2008!!)
Matthew cut out a little space on the roof for himself.
that's him again.....
We went to visit their Great Grandma in Eureka, California on the Northern coast in March
These are the first photos with my new camera
Matthew with two sisters.....Maddelyn & Anne
Uncle Steve got us out of bed at 4:30am to watch thousands of geese take off.....we did, but it was much farther away than he imagined....it was still fun to be in the hush of the early morning, before others were about....and to see the sun rise......followed by donuts!
Matthew has been part of a cast of homeschooling/homeschooled kids making a WWII movie......this is before the shower.
Matthew & two sisters, yet again. Maddelyn & Anne.
Matthew & his big sister, at her graduation with her AA from our local junior college.
And, the full shot.
Kyle, Matthew's #1
The cast rehearsing on the almost finished set.......Matthew is to the left.
Nell & Elliot
King Francis was a hearty king, and loved a royal sport,
And one day as his lions fought, sat looking on the court;
The nobles filled the benches, and the ladies in their pride,
And 'mongst them sat the Count de Lorge, with one for whom he sighed:
And truly 'twas a gallant thing to see that crowning show,
Valour and love, and a king above, and the royal beasts below.
Ramped and roared the lions, with horrid laughing jaws;
They bit, they glared, gave blows like beams, a wind went with their paws;
With wallowing might and stifled roar they rolled on one another;
Till all the pit with sand and mane was in a thunderous smother;
The bloody foam above the bars came whisking through the air;
Said Francis then, "Faith, gentlemen, we're better here than there."
With smiling lips and sharp bright eyes, which always seemed the same;
She thought, the Count my lover is brave as brave can be;
He surely would do wondrous things to show his love of me;
King, ladies, lovers, all look on; the occasion is divine;
I'll drop my glove, to prove his love; great glory will be mine.
She dropped her glove, to prove his love, then looked at him and smiled;
He bowed, and in a moment leaped among the lions wild:
The leap was quick, return was quick, he has regained his place,
Then threw the glove, but not with love, right in the lady's face.
"By God!" said Francis, "rightly done!" and he rose from where he sat:
"No love," quoth he, "but vanity, sets love a task like that."
And lastly, the graduation dance, where Matthew & Sarah won the swing dance competition.
Matthew with baby Liam...again
Which included swmming in the great big city pool!
Relaxing........its all about to break loose.......
My kids put on a dance party on our front lawn in the first week of August
him to apply for the Rotary Youth Exchange Program
Sarah, his creative and fashion-savy sister, placing his pins on his Rotary jacket, the night before he left for Switzerland, at Gloria's house.........up WAAAY too late for what time we need to arise.
Matthew, moments before he went through security, on his way to Switzerland.