Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Little Fun with the Band

Wow, it's been a long time since I've posted to the family blog. Lots of trips for family visits and for work. I actually was in Amsterdam a couple of months ago. Marlaina was at a conference in St. Louis. We all spent some time with the folks in Tennessee.

Danny and Emily bought a new house not too far from us and have settled in. It's really great to have them so close.

I've been spending time with my memories of Uncle Marvin since learning of his passing. There were times when we hung out together, but that hasn't been true for many years. I still feel very sad about his being gone.

Back on the home front all is well. Liam is a few weeks from middle school and the seventh grade. Wow. Blink of an eye. He has been developing tremendously as a member of the Wave Aquatics swim team. Here is a video of him at a meet earlier this spring.

I'm pretty sure my midlife crisis is in full swing. I've been hosting a Wednesday night jam for twelve years and last year decided to form a band from Microsoft colleagues to go out and play a few gigs. We've been doing it. It has been an absolute blast. It looks like we're going to be asked to play a few more still this summer and fall.

If it amuses you to do so, you can see photos of the band and watch videos of us playing at this link:

Here is a picture from our latest gig

Until next time...

Daniel and Family

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Finally uploaded the pics from Jess Moore's 95th Birthday

It has been 10 months since we were all in Amado. Man time flys by. My brother and son have been hassling me to get the pictures from the reunion off of my computer and shared somewhere.

We just got done with a week of snow that shut down the Seattle area. Being snowed in finally gave me some down time to sort through and upload the pictures.

I hope you enjoy them. Please feel free to leave your comments on the photo site.

I have uploaded 52 photos that fill several pages of the photo site.

This is the starting link

Best wishes for you and yours in the new year.

Daniel, Marlaina and Liam

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Guest Post - Liam reports from Tennessee

Liam is currently 11 years old. This next post is copied from Liam’s journal with his permission:

I had gone to Tennessee last summer and on that trip I got my first gun. It is a single shot, bolt action 22 rifle. Another whole year passed and it is almost summer 2011 again already. Dad and I went on another trip to Tennessee where I stayed at my grandparent’s cabin.

After a 5 hour flight, we rented a car and drove another 5 hours. That trip really made me think about wilderness. Here I swim and hunt and shoot. The ground is very rocky and dry. When you walk on it, it doesn’t move the slightest bit. The cabin is surrounded by mountains and hills. The river next to the field is running fast this time of year and it floods sometimes after a long rain.

Grandma cooks amazing food. She makes huge meals and they are amazing. Grandpa taught me to shoot last year when I was 10 years old. Me and grandma walk down to the river. The hill that the house is on has a garden where grandma plants different plants and eats some of them.

One of my favorite things is Betty. She is my grandma and grandpa’s dog. She is black and white and she loves it out here. She hunts, runs and plays around in the hills. In the woods, Me and Dad and Grandpa go hunting. The way I see it is that Tennessee is the most beautiful wilderness ever. The rivers, lakes and trees are the most amazing sites here.

On the 4th day me and dad, Daniel, were in a shooting contest. We needed some bug spray so we drove to a gas station we thought was open and yanked on the door. Ring, ring, ring the store alarm sounded. So we left and headed to the family dollar. After we came back grandma showed me a baby bird that had finally gotten out of its nest. I picked it up and placed it back into the nest. Before I finished lice had gotten all over my hands from the bird.

Grandpa also taught me to weld, drive his truck and more about my family history. Today we went to dinner and then to Walmart for more ammo. When we came back I began to play war with an airsoft gun until I saw a large, black snake which I tried, and succeeded, to catch. In return the snake bit me and grandma dabbed alcohol and soap on the bite. Afterwards I went back out to see old snake and it left up a hill, and now I am back inside.

I learned to play a new card game called spades and joined my grandma’s team last night. I was lucky. Hopefully I’m as lucky on grandpa’s team.

End of Liam's Journal Entry

Photos from the trip are here

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Best Photos of 2010

Hi all, each year I participate in a photo competition to be published in the Microsoft Photographers annual photo book. Proceeds from the sales of the book go to charity. I end up going through a couple of week process to sort, pick and edit my submissions. This year's process ended with five photos selected. I have included a link to the finalists below.

You can view the rest of this year's submissions here

I hope you enjoy them.


Monday, April 11, 2011

The Sibling House Annual Auction

Marlaina and I have been supporting a local non-profit for a number of years. We are inspired by the work they do and have chosen them as one of the charities we contribute to.

Mike and Lynne Gaskill are the founders of Sibling House. They live in our neighborhood in Kirkland. In addition to the incredible work they do for Sibling House, they remain active foster care providers and adoptive parents. Many mornings on my way out of the neighborhood, heading to work, I see them out for a morning walk pushing a stroller or double stroller. .

Sibling House has many amazing programs that support families in the foster care system, but the one they were founded on is “keep siblings in foster care together”. We live incredibly blessed lives. It’s hard to even visualize the sort of hardship and trauma that foster kids have to live through.

Something I do each year is sponsor a Microsoft table for the Sibling House annual fund raising auction. Basically that means round up other couples to join us for the evening. This year we filled two tables. It really is a super evening out. We don’t get that many date nights and we always appreciate this one. One fun thing they do each year is have a dessert auction. Each table bids on one of the amazing desserts that are donated by area bakers (a lot of fancy cakes). This year the five couples at one of our tables put in $200 each, which resulted in $1000 contribution to Sibling House ($2000 with Microsoft matching) and a great cake!

Here are some photos from our date night this last Saturday night

Until next time...

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Back from Arizona

Wow, what a busy couple of weeks! I had a week of work in Las Vegas. I stopped and spent a couple of days with Glen and Diane on the way down. At the end of the week Marlaina and Liam flew in. The next day we were on the road to the Moore family reunion in Amado (Grandpa's 95th Birthday). It was very well attended. I guess about 50 of us showed up. I'll have lots more on that as I get through the pictures and start posting them.

After the reunion we spent a night with Lyle and Kathy Bitker (along with Dad, Joan and Angela) and then started heading home via all of the national parks we thought we could squeeze in. We saw some great sites. I have posted a sampling of the photos here:

Daniel Moore Photo - Southwest Romp

Hope you enjoy the pics. More on the reunion soon.


Friday, March 11, 2011

Road Trip!

I have back to back weeks out of town. First I will be at Microsoft Conference in Las Vegas for a week, then Marlaina and Liam fly to Vegas to meet me and we drive down to Amado for Grandpa's 95th birthday.

Then we spend a week getting home, driving through scenic stuff and taking pictures. Montezuma's Castle, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, etc. We are really looking forward to it!

Of course one thing we have been looking at is just the cost of gas. 3600 miles round trip will register on the gas card. Then yesterday I got this picture in email. It was just too good to not build a blog entry around.

We'll be seeing a bunch of you in just a couple of weeks in Amado!