1: One Little Monkey Jumping on the Bed...
2: In July 2010, Matthew started school at Otter Lake School. It is a school especially designed for children with developmental disabilities. Matthew decided to take a small stature of the St Mary with him on the first day. Hail Mary full of Grace...thank you for offering us comfort when we feel nervous.
3: Matthew with his teacher Nancy Matthew's new school has lots of hopping around space, toys, sunshine-filled windows, and many new friends to meet. His teachers all understand Matthew's special needs and the wonderful gifts he brings to the world! Matthew had a very happy first day at Otter Lake School...with many many more to come!
5: Matthew's First Missing Tooth! Matthew lost a tooth! It was loose for a week or two. We think he had started to notice a something was different because he had started to push it with his tongue a little. Then one night he was jumping on mommy and daddy's bed. Mommy saw something on his tongue...it was the tooth! Mommy took it out of Matthew's mouth and saw it was the tooth! She put it safely up on a shelf for safe keeping. A few days later it was missing! Mommy and daddy wonder if maybe Matthew had tried to put it back in his mouth. We never did find the missing tooth!
7: New Sunroom In August 2010 mommy and daddy had the once open deck converted into a beautiful sunroom so Matthew could play safely in it all year round!
8: MINNESOTA STATE FAIR 2010 Matthew, Mommy, and Allie rode a bus to the state fair. The bus was so slow we wondered if we might all have to get out and push it all the way there. Matthew had fun looking out the window. At the fair, we shared a big plate of fries. Allie rode down a huge slide with Matthew on a potato sack! Mommy stayed at the bottom to take pictures!
9: Allie's mommy gave us some new pots and pans! They even having matching lids! (A very first for the McGuiness family!)
12: add fish picture here that allie took of matthew after they bought the fish at "Kid's Hair."... Say that he really likes his plastic fish...
13: Matthew REALLY REALLY likes his new fish! He often takes it to school.
14: "Glow Little Glow Worm...." Matthew loves his musical glow worm. Here he is sharing "Glowy" with Dada.
15: Daddy decorated the sun room with Christmas Lights. Look at the snow flake!
16: IDS Tower, Downtown Minneapolis Every year Matthew mommy, and Daddy go downtown Minneapolis to look at the holiday lights that decorate the skywalks and buildings. There is a cool fountain inside the IDS town that pours down like rain from a glass ceiling.
17: Mommy and Matthew relax in the ball pit over the heat vent on a cold winter day.
18: Happy 7th Birthday Matthew! Mommy made a special gluten free chocolate cake with yummy frosting to celebrate this special day! | Mmmmm... Cake!
19: Mommy and Daddy got Matthew a play kitchen for his special day. Mommy struggled to get it to fit in the car at Toys R Us. Then daddy struggled to get it put all together. But it was all worth it once Matthew saw his new toys. Matthew seems to especially like the tomato and the coffee pot. He often even takes them to school!