Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ryan Matthew

What a great kid!

Eighteen years ago today we welcomed our second grandchild into the family. He was born in LaPorte, a town about 10 minutes away, at 4:17 a.m. weighing 9 lbs 3 oz. He was 23 inches long and his feet were so large that his footprints covered part of the wording on his birth certificate.

From the time he was very little, he was loving and friendly to everybody. And I mean everybody.

He and his one older cousin, Amber, got along famously.

And they both welcomed our third grandchild -Ryan's brother, Jared - with open arms.

And speaking of Ryan's brother, he's always been close and loving with him. They are such a fun pair.

Here they are doing a parody of the rap song, Hey You There, last Christmas. That was awesome!!!

Ryan was equally welcoming to his baby sister, Emily, although I haven't seem them do any parodies together yet.

From the youngest age, Ryan has always had athletic tendencies.

And he plays both varsity football and baseball in high school.

We should have known he'd be a good athlete when he starting sporting this look and playing Spongebob Ball.

In addition to his athletic skills, he was academically gifted too and started 'pretend' reading at a really early age.

He's always been a good boy who seldom required punishments like this:

And last Spring (how is it possible?), he was old enough to attend his Junior prom.

Ryan lives far away from us now near Lincoln NE so I can't tell you a lot about his day to day life but I can tell you this. Ryan is one of the greatest kids you'd ever want to meet. He's kind and loving and has a wonderful sense of humor.

We're so proud of you, Ryan, and hoping this birthday is your best so far; and that they just keep getting better and better.

1 comment:

  1. I just can't get enough of all of his pictures. It really boggles my mind to think about what a short time ago it seemed like when he was so little. You did a great job describing him and what a great kid he is and always has been....yeah, I'm not ready to call him a "man" yet, I don't care if he is 18!!!! Great job!


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