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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Special Occasions: Found in the Strangest Places

Special Occasions: Found in the Strangest Places

Many thanks to Hallmark for inspiring me to make a Special Occasion T-Shirt at BlogHer11.

I am addicted to being with my daughter.  So sending her to 4 weeks of summer camp nearly put me in a depressive state.  If it hadn’t been for my fantastic hero of a husband who made sure that I was busy partying and meeting new friends, I am not sure what I would have done with all of the free time I suddenly had.  Despite the partying and great restaurants we frequented, I still found myself missing my daughter.

Call it catharsis, call it kismet, but I was totally jazzed when I happened up the Hallmark booth at BlogHer11.  Attendees were asked to write what they defined as a “Special Occasion” on a Purple (it’s a sign!) t-shirt and have a picture taken on their web site.  So what did I select as my special occasion?

Picking my daughter up from Summer Camp is my Special Occasion! 

Making that t-shirt actually did make me feel a bit better.  Now I could declare to all of the world that I could not wait to see my child!  When I showed the shirt to friends (and complete strangers) they had the same response:  “That’s so cool! What a great shirt!  What a great idea.”  Of course, I agreed with them.

So, on the day we picked K up from camp, I wore my Special Occasion t-shirt.  Here are some pics that truly capture the moment that we were reunited:

"Oh My G-d! There's my Mom!"

A Much Anticipated Hug

Here we are with the Hallmark Tee! Together Again!

So we made it. We both had our share of tearful evenings missing each other and we were super psyched to see each other after a month.  Looking back at the experience, I think that we both benefited.  K had a chance to make her own choices on activities in which she wanted to participate and I spent some quality time with my husband and friends.

Despite missing me and her home, K immediately asked my husband and me if she could return to overnight camp next year…this time for 8 weeks!

The jury is still out on that one.  Four weeks was a lot for me to handle, I am not sure if I can make it for 8 weeks.  Wait?  It’s about K, right?  Well, that’s what my family keeps telling me.