Sunday, February 17, 2013

New Year 2013

For the first time in 5 years, I'm sending out a brief family update / new year's greeting. So it comes at Chinese New Year, it still counts.

Aaron is in 10th grade now, and Elianna is in 6th grade. Aaron started driving. Elianna got to brown belt in American Mix Martial Arts. They both decided that they like Bruce now -- and you know what that means -- but we'll let the pictures tell the story. I had the opportunity to get serious about shooting concert photos, including photo passes at 4 Springsteen shows. So... I have subdivided the presentation in to pictures of (and by) Aaron, of Elianna, of the family, and some of my favorite concert photos from this year.

The full new year greeting is at http://matt.orel.ws/2012_album/index.html

Before viewing the slideshow, though, I just want to point you to one of our charity efforts, and ask your participation:
Every year, we ride in the local Tour de Cure for the American Diabetes Association. Last year, we raised more than $5000 in the ride in Brighton. Since we started riding in 2005, our total fundraising has now surpassed $30,000. We haven't started the fundraising sprint yet for 2013, but if you'd like to donate early, please go to http://main.diabetes.org/goto/mattorel and click the "donate" button.