Monthly Archives: January 2013

Adventures In Academia

I just wanted to share some exciting news!

My oldest son, whom I affectionately call Myxl Jr., is in his senior year of high school. He’s done extremely well academically, maintaining an unweighted GPA of 3.9 and a weighted GPA of 4.3 (with AP classes). Since Middle School he’s been involved in multiple extracurricular activities, some that have taken him all the way to Greece! He’s an amazing singer who currently has a single on iTunes. He’s an accomplished actor who’s been in multiple stage productions at his High School. He’s even volunteered at several charity events. Needless to say, he’s got a lot going for him and I’m EXTREMELY proud (if you couldn’t tell already)!

Anyway, over the holiday season, from about the end of October to mid-December 2012, he applied to nearly a dozen colleges, including Harvard, Stanford, St. Mary’s, USC, and a handful of UC schools. So far, we’ve heard from three…

He received an acceptance letter from St. Mary’s that included a full academic scholarship for the entire four years that amounts to nearly $100,000!

He also received an acceptance letter from USC with the terms of their scholarship offering coming in the next few weeks!

And finally… today, at approximately 3pm PST, his Harvard Admissions interview will take place! I cannot put into words how excited I am for him! He’s worked really hard in school over the years and now he’s really seeing the fruit of his labor. It is a wonderful thing to witness. And as his father, it’s what I’ve always wanted for him.

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PHOTOBLOG: 8 Is Enough

Someone asked me if I had any new pictures to share and I realized that I hadn’t posted any recent photos of my kids in a while. So, I thought I’d share some from December ’12 and January ’13 while I’m working on my 2012 Year In Review post. 

Myxl, Jr. – 17

Chris – 16

Aaron – 6 (well, on February 2nd he will be)

Arielle – 4

Avery – 1 1/2

The Crew (so far… )

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We’d been talking about going to the zoo all week but were a bit concerned that it might rain today. So when we got up this morning and saw that there was indeed heavy, falling moisture in the air, we were a little bummed. However, my oldest son mentioned that friends at his school told him that rainy days were the best days to go to the zoo. So of course, I looked it up. And wouldn’t you know it… rainy days ARE considered the best days to go to the zoo. This is for several reasons:

  1. The zoo won’t be as crowded since people don’t want to come out in the rain.
  2. According to one of the workers at the zoo, the animals are actually more active on rainy days.
  3. Puddle splashing and twirling umbrellas only add to the adventure of the day.

Needless to say, we packed up the family and headed out.

I apologize for the fact that there are only 4 pictures. I’m usually the photographer in our family, but I passed off the camera to one of my sons who thought that when I said, “Take pictures” I meant, “Only take pictures of the animals and none of the family actually enjoying our visit.” lol So, here are a few with people in it… and one with a goat.

My gorgeously pregnant wife and Aaron.

Chris and Aaron.

The always lovely Arielle.

The goat.

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