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19
Apr

riley’s farm field trip

I went along with my daughter on their school field trip to Riley’s Farm in Oak Glen, California in Riverside County.

It was an amazing experience. We were worried about the cold and sure enough, it actually snowed! I think it was the first time Micah actually saw snow falling.

If you ever have a chance to go there, I highly recommend it. We did the Revolutionary War Experience. But the best part of the whole trip was their unbelievably good home made apple pie. (Yes, I am a sucker for a pie, but this was the best apple pie ever!)

Here’s a some photos and video I shot that day:

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08
Jan

Snow Day

The first time the kids have ever seen snow…

They are having a great time of course.


Here’s some photos from our first day at Big Bear Lake, California.
(Yes, we did build the first snowman. The second one was made by someone else.)



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12
Dec

A Christmas Carol

Both my daughters were in an amazing production of “A Christmas Carol: The Musical” at the Kroc Kids Theater Company.

Micah played the part of Tiny Tim.

For Francesca, it was her first musical production and she played the roll of Scrooge’s sister, Fan, at age 6.

Both of them did such a great job. We are SO proud of them! I wish I had that much talent when I was their age.

Here’s one of Micah’s songs: You mean More to Me

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Here’s another one of Micah’s songs: Christmas Together

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Here’s a montage of Francesca performing:

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05
Jun

Biden Beach Boardwalk

We had an awesome trip to DC.

One of the many highlights was going to Joe Biden’s house for a “backyard barbeque”. What a great party!

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13
May

micah and francesca are tv stars

OK, so it’s not the Ellen Show or American Idol, but a photojournalist from the local NBC affiliate came on Tuesday to shoot a story about Micah winning the writing contest. We had no idea what to expect or what Micah and Francesca would say, but they did a great job.

The photojournalist was really great. He even let Micah interview him afterward for her journalism class/school newsletter.

Here’s a few photos of the interview in our living room:

Micah interviews the photojournalist


Here’s the final story which aired today. They had two versions, one at 4pm and one at 6pm:

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NBC News 4:00pm Story:

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NBC News 6:00pm Story:

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05
May

my daughter is an award winning writer now too

OK, sorry to brag about my kids again, but here goes…

My wife always encourages our kids to write since they love to read but don’t really like writing.  So Robin found a student publishing writing contest by the Weekly Reader magazine.  She told Micah to write a short essay about a life experience to submit to the contest.Weekly Reader

Apparently this is a national contest open to elementary and high school students. I am not sure how many kids submitted entries, but we received an e-mail a few days ago notifying us that Micah won the elementary school individual category! We couldn’t believe it.

So, as a winner, she and I get to attend the awards ceremony in Washington, DC in June. The contest sponsors pay for round trip airfare and hotel in Washington, DC. Micah gets a check for $500! In addition to attending the awards luncheon, we were just informed that the contest winners are invited to a backyard BBQ at Joe Biden’s house.

Needless to say, Micah is SO excited. She has never been to DC so we are trying to figure out how many sights we can see in only a few days.

We are SO proud of her!

Here’s a copy of her winning essay.

Here’s a link to the photos from last year’s awards luncheon.

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07
Mar

broadway spectacular

As some of you might know, my two daughters are really into doing musical theater. Their most recent show was called Broadway Spectacular. It was basically a bunch of numbers from various musicals put together in one show as a fundraiser for the theater company.

Micah and Francesca were in a LOT of numbers, but they had a super cute duet together:

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I am SO proud of them! I think they did a great job.

If you’re still reading…In this show they also had a number for all the dads to perform. Yes, that’s right, I was actually on stage singing! Fortunately I only had two lines to sing solo and there wasn’t any dancing. I actually had lots of fun doing it. (The last time I did musical theater was in high school!) We sure needed more rehearsing…

Here’s the video of the song I was in (see if you can spot me):

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