Good updates! I especially love the little cow and the house up there and all the best of luck with getting into animation school. That sounds cracking
Read around in regards to portfolio stuff. It's good to take just a few of your best sketchbooks and to make sure you do things in a logical order (like all of the photos are bundled together). But sometimes it's so tough to tell what to leave in or take out or where to put it! "My papier mache mask I did when I was five. I can put that in right? ROIGHT?"
What an overwhelming lesson to all artists! Be not afraid of absurdity; do not shrink from the fantastic. Within a dilemma, choose the most unheard-of, the most dangerous, solution. Be brave, be brave! - Isak Dinesen