S: Matthew Elmo Vance
BC: Matthew, We love you! We're glad you're part of our family! You are a gifted and exceptional young man. Amazing things are in store for you! Continue to make your life story wonderful! Love, Mom and Dad | Happy Birthday, June 3, 2012
FC: Matthew Elmo Vance
1: Matthew Elmo Vance June 3, 2003
2: Welcomed byJack, Elizabeth, Katy, Caroline, and Spencer
3: Resting | Growing | Playing | Moving
4: Nana and Grandpa Elmo | Nana gave me my first bath | Grandpa time with all my Keck cousins-- Kelton, Miriam, me, and Megan | Nana & Grandpa Elmo with me, Spencer, & Jack | Nana time | Nana Great and the kids
5: Grandpa and Grandma Vance | More Grandpa time | Grandma and Grandpa Vance with Jack, Spencer and me. | ...the girls join in.
6: Three Brothers andDad at the Manti Temple Spencer Jack Matthew | I love to see the Temple. I'm going there someday, to feel the Holy Spirit, to listen and to pray.
8: Birthday Boy | Mmmm Cake | 1 year old
9: I love to throw balls and potatoes around the house. My favorite present -- a potato. | Just call me Mateo Potato | And look, it even has my name on it.
10: Good-bye to my curls. I'm a big boy now
11: I got the hang of this Daddy's boy
12: Disneyland 2004
13: Pumpkin Patch Farm | Trick or Treat
14: Trip to the Wild Life Refuge with the family
16: Liz and me | Mom and me | Spencer, me & Jack | Cousin Daniel & me | Say Cheese | A little rest
17: Handsome boy | Hey there, partner
18: A visit to Salt Lake and Jackson Hole
19: Two years old!
21: bath time
23: Best summer ever!
24: Our house was gutted. Before we laid the carpet we got to paint all over the sub-flooring. Creativity. | The Big Remodel
25: We had no kitchen for three months. The garage and the front yard became our kitchen. It was an adventure. | Every day is a picnic | Watch your step | We used a ladder to lay across the stairwell, as we had a few days without rails. Scary. Movie night, in our great outdoor living room
26: We declared war on the raccoons who rummaged through our garbage, and ate our cat food and the apples we picked for applesauce. Over the course of a couple months we trapped five raccoons and let them out in the Wildlife Refuge.
27: Visiting the Plank House at the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge. Elizabeth and me at the Refuge. Katy and me at the beach. I like my pockets. All tuckered out.
28: Three years old!
29: Disneyland | Disneyland | Halloween Bling-Bling Caroline, Cowgirl Katy, Ninja Jack, Witchy Liz, Fuzzy Elephant Matthew, Cowboy Spence.
30: Mom made us dress up like a barbershop singing group and lip-sync "We Your Friends," from the Jungle Book movie. I'll tell you right now, I'm never doing that again!
31: I love Baby Abigail Mary Jean Vance, my little sis. She is so soft!
33: Hey, what about a smile??? | There's a good smile! Happy Birthday!! Four Years Old!
34: Spencer and I were in the play, "With Mine Own Hand," about Nephi and his family in the Book of Mormon. I played Nephi's little brother, Joseph, and Spencer was Jacob.
35: Vance family at the beach.
36: First day of SCHOOL! Kindergarten, here I come!
37: Snow White & the Seven Dwarves. Halloween!
38: Hit one out of the park! | GO TEAM!
39: Rivercats | Give me a baseball and a mitt and I'm happy!
40: We love the Zoo! | We love the temple!
44: I love Nana... ...and Grandpa!
48: Goofy Kid!
50: Princess Abigail rode her horse fast, fast, fast... Through the forest, around the river, and over the valley. But one day she met a mean tiger who pulled her hair and was ready to scratch her with his ugly claw, when... | Prince Matthew came to the rescue. He pulled his sword and told that mean tiger to leave Princess Abigail alone. Then he punched him in the nose. The mean tiger never bothered Princess Abigail again!
51: The End | Princess Abigail and Princess Matthew rode off happily together.
56: I Love to See the Temple
57: I got baptized June 4, 2011
59: Chilly Zoo Day
61: For Halloween I dressed up as McKay Crockett, a singer on BYU's Vocal Point. We have some friends who know him and told him that a kid in Washington dressed up like him. He was impressed. For the ward Halloween Carnival I changed outfits and dressed up as a head being served on a table. Dad is taking a bite of my head...dinner.
62: Disneyland with Carl Vance Cousins | Hanging out with Abby | Disney makes me smile! | Disneyland at Thanksgiving time
63: November 2012 | ...and with cousin Jacob | Paul, me, Abby, Jacob & Seth | Canoe ride around Tom Sawyer Island | My white stallion | Perfect vacation!
68: We love taking care of Toby and Maggie
69: Since we knew I couldn't win with speed, Dad & I decided to win with humor. Lizzie helped me make a car that looked like a log with doggy do-do on it. It made people laugh! | Pinewood Derby
70: Jimmer Fredette #7
71: I wrote to Jimmer Fredette and he wrote me back!
72: Spring Break 2012
73: Friday Harbor, San Juan Island