The Minions Are Coming!  The Minions Are Coming!

The Minions Are Coming! The Minions Are Coming!

"We see the light!"

They’re here!

On my street, if you ask any child under the age of ten, she’ll tell you that she is “just dying to see Despicable Me 2!” So imagine her surprise when I told my soon-to-be 9 year-old that she was going downtown with me tomorrow morning to meet “Gru” and the minions at the Wit Hotel! Squeals of joy and surprise, the likes of which caused the dog to whine and the cat to hide, emanated from her tiny body as she jumped up and down and told me that I “am the best mother in the world!” If only it were that easy.

Gru and his minions are traveling all over the country and are in Chicago this week to promote the new “Minion Mayhem” attraction at Universal Studios Orlando as well as the latest Despicable Me movie (scheduled for release in 2013). So tomorrow we are off to show some love to the “funny and cute” minions of “Despicable Me”. K is anxious to question “Gru’” the minions’ leader, about his many despicable choices and what “lead him to change some of his ways?” (Seriously, these were her words.) K has always had a soft spot for movie villains and Gru is really no exception. I am not sure if I should be worried about her fascination with sketchy-types or thrilled with her curious and fact-seeking nature? Anyway, while K is interviewing Gru (and possibly dancing with the minions) I’ll be snapping some photos and possibly videoing K’s interactions. Knowing that I will be there with a camera ensures some crazy antics by my precocious child.

Did I mention that K is the PERFECT age to take to the Universal Studios Orlando latest attraction? Well, actually, I think any age is PERFECT to check out Universal Studios Orlando. There is something there for EVERY age including K’s grandparents. (Hint, Hint) From what I understand, there are a lot of new things to check out at the part this year. So guess what? I have already informed my parents who happen to live in Florida to expect us sometime next winter.

So who’s with me? Maybe we can plan a Tweet-Up at Universal Studios next year? Okay, I realize that I am “geeking” out a bit but stranger things have happened, right? And how fun would it be to meet up with old and new friends on what is promising to be the ride of the year? As for what’s going on in Chicago tomorrow? Well, like the Elf sightings in downtown Chicago during the holidays, keep your eyes open for those hilarious Despicable Me minions. Wherever they wind up fun, frivolity and perhaps a bit of confusion will follow.

If you want to keep track of the mayhem tomorrow morning, we’ll be using the hashtag #YearToBeHere on Twitter. To tweet directly to the Universal folks, their handle is @UORNews.

Check back tomorrow night for our update (and pictures) of Tuesday’s events and more information about what’s happening this year at Universal Studios Orlando!

Thank you to Universal Studios Orlando Resort for this sponsored opportunity to blog about Despicable Me, Universal Studios Orlando Resort and the nationwide tour. Although I am being compensated for my time and posts, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Pictures from this weekend!

Pictures from this weekend!

I have been a very, very busy woman this weekend. So I thought that I would share a few of the pictures I took of the fun events.

Thursday, November 17th:

First, Kayla was in the Pioneer Press as well as featured on The Mommy On A Shoe String video column. Then Beth Engelman and I went to Style Chicago’s Luna Fest.  Sadly, the photos haven’t been posted online so I don’t know how we looked.  I did, however, win 2 gift certificates to the French Pastry School.  The food and the drinks were tasty but the highlight was meeting a really cool hair stylist.

It was our next event that really took a “bite” out of our evening: getting a prescreening of Breaking Dawn which was sponsored by iVillage.  Here is a fan-tab-ulous photo of three of Chicago’s featured bloggers (myself included, of course!):


Breaking Dawn with Beth Engelman, Jim Higley and me! Aren't we adorable?


The movie was not my favorite of the series but I truly enjoyed spending time with Beth.  I can’t wait to find another adventure of the two of us soon!

Friday, November 18th

Yes, I saw Breaking Dawn (again!) but this time with a very dear friend.  The movie was still just okay and while it stayed true to the plot of the book, I felt a bit let down by the whole thing.  I never did like endings and considering I cannot watch Titanic for reasons that I just can’t divulge right now, I am amazed that I was willing to sit through the movie again.  Again, I was with a dear friend so it was worth it to me.

Saturday, November 19th

Ah, Saturday: a day of rest and recovery.  But not for my little troop!  We were out of the house by 7:30 and off to the Chicago Toy and Games Fair at Navy Pier.   Following is a picture that we snapped while we were there:

At the end of the show, we are still smiling