April got accepted to CALARTS!!!

as of today, we will no longer associate friday the 13th with anything bad.
kim and i are absolutely busting with pride because today our daughter april received a brightly colored letter in the mail.
no, it wasn’t from willy wonka. it was from a place april has been dreaming about since she was a tadpole.
let’s go back a bit shall we. (insert dream waves here)
from the time april was just a cute little girl she saw the world with animator eyes.
here’s how she pictured us.

when she was about 6 years old she drew her first animated character, andy bug.
she drew this little guy everywhere… for years. she even added andy bug to her ultimate collection of pokemon champions. I CHOOSE YOU PIKACHU!
seriously, from the time this little guy popped into april’s imagination drawing was her passion. she never stopped drawing. ever.
when she was 9 she drew an entire comic book game based on the trials and tribulations of andy bug and his numerous variations (air bug, regular bug, water bug, winter bug, and my personal favorite, mystery bug).
we still have the book and nearly die laughing every time we look through it. it’s awesome. especially the page april censored because andy suffered too grim a fate at the hands of the dreaded king chompper. (yes, she spelled it with 2 p’s. april’s caption on that page reads, “sorry, under the cercemstances we are not allowed to show this scene.” isn’t she precious.

as april grew a little older we put a camera in her hands. from day one she took some amazing photos, and she still does today.
this portrait of her, however, is slightly less than amazing. in fact, it kinda creeps me out.

with practice comes improvement. over the years we have watched april’s drawings get better and better. our whole family LOVES disney and pixar. while we watch in amazement at their animated characters, april puts pen to paper, or in this case paint brush to grocery bag, to recreate her favorite scenes.

there is nothing better than gifts that come from the heart. april has presented kim and i with some of the most incredible gifts from hers. we absolutely love all of april’s art, but it’s drawings like this one that mean the most to us.

for the past few years april has been polishing her artistic skills at the college level. we give her endless ribbing about her “noodz” but the life drawing classes she’s taken really helped her get to where she is today.
today! that’s what i started talking about before i sidetracked myself.
today is the proudest kim and i have ever been of april…

because of this brightly colored piece of paper.

today april received her acceptance letter into CALARTS.

congratulations april. you won!
all those years carrying a sketch book with you everywhere you went finally paid off.
you have made rain, mom, and i extremely proud. we couldn’t be happier for you. we can’t wait to see what the next few years hold for you. you are going to see and do so many amazing things. this is such an exciting time in your life and ours.
just so everyone knows what an incredible accomplishment this is, CALARTS only accepts about 8-10% of applicants. the average class size there is about 12 students. so, out of thousands of applicants, they thought april had something pretty special. we think so too.

april, as you get ready to head out on your own path, never forget that mom and i will be there for you through all life’s challenges. even though you’ll be 3 hours away from home, you’ll never be alone. we will always do everything in our power to support you. we’re so happy that you achieved this goal and we can’t wait to see you graduate and be super successful.

as an added bonus, rain’s softball team (the maroon monkeys) CRUSHED their opponents tonight (team wicked)!

to quote april from earlier today…
this was the best friday the 13th EVER!!!


WOW!! April is so amazingly talented!!! I seriously want to buy a print of the walle pic!! I love it!

Awww, that’s so awesome! Major congrats! :)

Yippeee!! Doing a little happy jig over here for you all. What fantastic news. :D Can’t wait to see more of your work. It’s amazing!

Awesome, awesome, AWESOME!!! I can only imagine how proud you must be of her. Such a wonderful accomplishment. She is so super talented and absolutely deserves this! Congrats to you all!

Wishing April a great big hug and congrats on CalArts! Amazing!!!!!! Best wishes on the new school year!
So no more wedding photography :(

Congratulations April!! Looking forward to seeing all your work for sale in Disney stores and Art galleries all across the world! Well to the done!! Much aloha!!

wow April is such a talented artist! :) Huge Congrats from Orange Turtle!!

Congratulations April!!! I’m so happy and excited for you! You are so talented!


thats great! Congratulations to April on being accepted!

You guys must be soooo proud! Congrats again April!

Hi April:

I’ve been on your family blog and saw the exciting news and picture of you celebrating. I, like so many others, are very proud of you and your accomplishments and that you are fulfilling a dream you’ve had for years. Make the most of it, have fun and enjoy every moment. I don’t know much about the school of arts that you are going to but I’m going to look it up on the internet so I can get an idea of what it is like.

Big hugs and congrats from your Aunt Jeannine!!!!



CONGRATULATIONS APRIL!!!! That’s so awesome! :)

wow, congratulations!

You guys are ROCKIN it! And CONGRATS to April!!!

Congrats!! April is so talented!

Congrats April, your drawings and photos totally rule! No doubt they made the right decision, im sure you will be doing amazing things there! And David and Kim…you are awesomely supportive parents!

YIKES. What an honor for her and you all!

Ohmygosh!! Congratulations April!!!!!!! Yay!

Yeaaahhhh…. the self portrait really is creepy, LOL!

and btw, a huge congrats!!! Art school…. what a dream!:)

What a awesome step in the perfect direction! Congratulations to April! Can’t wait to see an Andy Bug cartoon in action one day. //e

WOW! What awesome news!
I love the story behind the acceptance.

PS: You have a wonderful family! How heartwarming!! :)

That is super awesome news for a super awesome girl!!! Just don’t forget your photog friends when Disney picks you up “K”
~Big Hugs~

For some reason this post got me all teary eyed. Yay for April. So much talent in one kid!

Wow, that is soooo awesome! What a talented girl you have! April is lucky to have such supportive parents encouraging her to follow her dreams!

Wow!!! Congrats April — you are living proof that dreams come true (ok, do I sound like a Disney movie now?) This is so beyond rad! I’m super stoked for you!!!And btw — you are SUPER talented! :) Rock on!

I’m not surprised at all. You, my dear, are all kinds of talented wrapped up in your short 15 years of life ;)
You should come to Boston to celebrate. ;)


How WONDERFUL and EXCITING and AMAZING… CalArts is beyond lucky to have you on board and I CAN’T WAIT to see how much greater of an artist you are going to be….you are already amazing so I’m assuming you’ll graduate as the new and improved SUPER APRIL 2.0


– Kami, Kelen and Mike

I got a little teary eyed. SO happy for you all especially April!! WOW!! Such an honor:)

That is so awesome, congrats April!!

AWESOME!!! I know I already extended the congrats on FB, but how cool is it to see the creativity over years outlined here. Congrats, girl!!

What an AMAZING story!! Congrats April!!!

Talent obviously runs in the family :)

I’m so, so pleased for you April. It’s wonderful that you’re getting recognized already by your peers and I’m sure you’re going to go on to do great things in the artistic field! You go girl!

Btw, there’s nothing wrong with the number 13 … it’s my lucky number… sounds like it might be yours too :)

And finally, your parents rock for being so supportive!!

P.S. Rain, way to go on the win!

That’s so AWESOME! Congrats April! You’re amazing…you’ll do great!

Congratulations!!! So exciting! All of April’s work featured in this post is beyond amazing and I can definitely see why they chose her out of all the applicants! Congrats again April!

For real this was some of the best news i heard that day. April you have mad mad mad skillz as you already know and jen and i were so jazzed when we heard this. You deserve it!!!!

What an accomlishment, to you all! Treasure this moment forever! It’s just the start of something grand.

tissues.. I need some freakin tissues.. I am guessing cause I am a mom.. but Ohhhhh how wonderfully delightful for April.. what a serious honor.. and to see someone have a dream come true is well nothing short of amazing. While I dont know you guys personally I sure feel like I do through your blog and I am equally as proud of her accomplishements.. You Go Girl.. Knock their socks right off… cause I have a feeling you will. and Way To go Rain Crushing your opponent in softball.. Happiness to you all.. and much love as well

Congrats Mom and Dad.. looks like you have done a helluva job raising some pretty talented and amazing youg woman.

yay!!! this is wonderful and april is so deserving!! she’s an amazing talent and it’s bomb digity right that it’s recognized and loved!! :)

how awesome is that! Congrats! She is so talented.

YAY!! April- Congrats!! :) You are an amazing artist and I can’t wait to see what you create! This is the greatest tribute- I adore Andy Bug. :)

wow. i got all teary eyed reading this post. what a heartfelt, amazing & funny post — a HUGE congrats to April!!! i cannot even imagine how proud you both must be & how insanely ecstatic she must be!!! :D i am overfilled with happiness for you guys.

awesome! Congratulations!!!!

Congratulations April!!! She is seriously talented and I can’t wait to see where life takes her after CALARTS! :)

i’m so happy for april and for the whole family! What a talented and beautiful young lady! Congrats and big hugs April!!

Sooooo excited for you and your family. I remember reading your Twitter updates on the long journey to take her out there during the application process and thought how lucky she is to have such a support system! Congrats and all the best to her!

That is so awesome !!!! I got teary eyed and wanted to tell April CONGRATS, HER WORK IS AMAZING !!!

Wow! What an amazing opportunity! I hear people that come from that school are very established and incredible animators for big companies. And from reading this post, you both must be so proud! Congratulations to her, I’m sure by now she’s probably doing something really exceptional!