A year end Christmas note 2011, from our family to yours

Merry Christmas from the Moran's

Merry Christmas from the Moran's

Michael is a super senior in college this moving into the final student teaching part of his education this yr.  He has a school all lined up for starting student teaching this coming January.

Michael and Danae

Michael and Danae

His wife Danae graduated this December.  Danae already has her first job in Social work at Catholic Charities up in Fargo ND.  They joined in our family vacation this year and we had an enjoyable time.

UMD Bulldog

Found on a visit to Duluth to see Nathan

Nathan is a jr. at UND studying software engineering.  Sounds like this next semester will be very brutal with three software engineering classes but if he survives this next semester he will be almost home free.

Nathan and Mark

Nathan and Mark wanting to go para-sailing.

He took the initiative to plan a trip out to Hollywood this past spring to visit a close friend.  The trip was wonderful he reports, and he has a whole new appreciation for the beauty and culture of southern CA.

Nicole, All State Choir at St Olaf College

Nicole, All State Choir at St Olaf College

Nicole is a jr. in high school at Eagan High School.  She had some great musical success this past yr.  She was invited to All State Choir, a week of vocal training and practice at St Olaf College in Northfield, MN. She was given the honor of singing a solo at that event.  You can hear a recording of that here.

Nicole at Nats

Nicole, Evan and teacher Nicole Marschall at NATS

She won 3rd place in NATS, a state wide vocal competition at St John ’s University in Collegeville MN.  She was given the honor of playing Belle in Eagan High School’s winter presentation of “A Christmas Carol, A New Musical”.   Now she is starting to work through the issues of selecting a college.

Mark and his buddies on tech crew

Mark and his buddies on tech crew

Mark is an 8th grader.  He has been involved in the tech crew for the play, band and speech.

Mark with the big guns

Mark with the big guns

I think he would say the highlights for the yr would have been family vacation, going to a Twins game and certainly going to a Vikings game with his best Aunt.

Mark at a twins game

Mark at a twins game

Anne continues being a very busy mom running kids around, volunteering in the community, working her fulltime job at LifeWorks as a Process Analyst and managing much of the house.

Family gathering for Duane's birthday

Family gathering for Duane's birthday

Her dad turned 80 this yr and we feel fortunate that both parents have great health and we able to celebrate the wonderful occasion.

Orchid show at Como Zoo St Paul

Orchid show at Como Zoo St Paul

Her highlights of the yr are, all the great things with friends and family, going to the orchid show at the Como Zoo in St Paul, MN and our family vacation to South Carolina.

The beauty of Wilmington NC Beaches

The beauty of Wilmington NC Beaches

Wayne quit is job, had some wonderful successes in photography, co-founded OxRun LLC, a web development and marketing company with his partner Dan Oksnevad.  There will certainly be many adventures to come.

Captured a water spout on the beach in NC

Captured a water spout on the beach in NC

The best highlights for his yr were volunteering with MN Teen Challenge, the wonderful family vacation to the beaches of Wilmington North Carolina, and  the U2 360 Tour concert in Minneapolis .

U2 Concert Minneapolis 2011 360 Tour

U2 Concert Minneapolis 2011 360 Tour

So I am sure just like most of you, it was a very busy year.

My the blessings of the season be with you and yours for Christmas and all yr long!

 

waynem

About waynem

As a Minnesota based photographer and artist I have been greatly influenced by the Upper Midwest. I focus my skills and energies on portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, architectural and fine art work. My best work comes from images first painted in my mind. I mull over a prospective image for weeks or months, seeing it from different angles and perspectives, then finally deciding what to capture. The result is images that deeply touch people's emotions and powerfully evoke memories and dreams. My images are used commercially by companies and organizations ranging from Financial Services firms, mom and pop Ice Cream shops and The Basilica of St Mary to communicate their shared vision and values. Book and magazine publishers have featured my images on their covers. My photographs also grace and enhance the decor of many fine homes.
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2 Responses to A year end Christmas note 2011, from our family to yours

  1. Jill Riter says:

    A very merry Christmas to you, Wayne! You have such a wonderful (and cool!) family 🙂

    Many blessings I hope for you and yours this coming year. God bless. –Jill

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