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Things That I Am Thankful For…..


As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about…..more giving thanks! This week, I was especially thankful for my eight hour, round trip, road trip on Tuesday to snag Nick for Thanksgiving break (I’d gladly walk over hot coals to be with him). Wrigley was “Wrigley excited” when we got to campus and after much badgering (from me….who is the grown up here?), Nick finally relented and allowed Wrigley to take the grand tour of his dorm and check out his digs. The scent of smelly boys was, apparently, spectacular!

There was a lot of fun to squeeze into a few short days.

I’m thankful that over his 19 years, Nick has developed rich and rewarding friendships. He made a bee-line for B-Dub’s (aka…Buffalo Wild Wings) to meet up with his high school pals. Wednesday was devoted to a brother/sister outing with Nick’s oldest friend, Miguel, and his kid sister, Mrs. McGoobles (who happens to be one of Amanda’s nearest and dearest’s), with the evening reserved for a visit with Chuck’s parents; pasta and looking at family pictures. It was perfect.

I’m thankful that while dragging a teenager out of bed in the morning is never an easy task (particularly on a holiday), Nick was remarkably agreeable in joining me and my girlfriends for our Turkey Trot. There’s nothing quite like starting the day with a 5 mile run! The rest of our morning was spent over breakfast and the most recent episodes from our favorite TV program, Modern Family. Thank God for the DVR! Later, we stuffed ourselves with turkey and all the fixin’s with my family. We were especially thankful that Wrigley managed not to swipe a single item off the dinner table. Not because he was good, but because he was on a very short leash (we of little faith).

 I’m thankful for moments spent with my best gal. As it turns out, Amanda is sometimes her mother’s daughter. We rolled out of bed at 3am to hit the Black Friday sales with a trip to the outlet mall. There were people EVERYWHERE! The wait to get into the Coach store alone was an hour and twenty minutes, at four in the morning. Talk about shop ‘til you drop!

I am thankful for the world’s greatest mom and most generous step-father. In celebration of George’s 70th birthday, it was my pleasure to do the cooking as they entertained 40 friends and family in their home. We feasted on shrimp cocktail, crab bisque soup, smoked salmon and caramelized onion dip, steak crostini’s, chicken Caesar salad spears and gourmet pizza. The most touching part of the night was when Nick and Amanda spoke about their Boppa and lead the crowd in a rousing rendition of Cole Porter’s You’re the Top!

I’m thankful that the five of us had part of a quiet day together Sunday morning. We watched old family movies, snuggled with Wrigley and had lunch together before we loaded Nick and his laundry back into the car, headed for College Town, USA.

I’m thankful that Chuck took one for the team by attacking the round trip road trip, because there is little worse than leaving Nick behind at school.

However, I’m most thankful that we’ll all be together again in a few short weeks for Christmas!

More time together, more Modern Family marathons, more turkey with all of the fixin’s, more reasons for Thanksgiving……

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Thanks For the Memory….#PreservingMemories #CBias


As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about……more family memories! I am a total shutterbug. Nothing makes me happier than surrounding myself with photographs of happy times with family and friends. Memories of Nick taking the faceoff at center ice, Amanda flipping off the diving board, with fetes so daring that the Flying Wallenda’s would be green with envy, and candid family moments, all make me smile.

 

Family Memories...Nick and Amanda were peanuts!

While still photographs capture that perfect moment in time, family videos absolutely come to life. It’s been years since we’ve watched any of our videos. Technology being what it is, our home is down to exactly one VHS player and you can forget those 8mm tapes. The video camera that belonged to those has long since petered out.

 

Recently I learned about iMemories, where moments live on, at the UPS store. For years Chuck and I have been talking about transferring all of our home movies to digital media. Now, here was our big chance.

 

The new iMemories program through the UPS store could not have been easier for the technologically challenged (such as myself). My brother always accuses me of being one zipper away from being Amish! This experience was so simple that even I could do it.

 

The tricky part was locating all of our videos. They were buried in the bowels of my closet, behind the t-shirts, sweaters, blouses and sweatshirt’s, but there they were in all of their 8mm and VHS glory! You see, it turns out that iMemories can turn any of your moldy old analog media into a fancy new digital format.

 

UPS Store, 2206 N. Main St, Wheaton, IL 61087

I tossed all of my tapes into a tote bag and headed out the door for my Saturday morning errands. You know, the usual; bank, grocery store, dry cleaner’s and my UPS store at 2206 Main Street, Wheaton. There I met owner, Sunny Patel, who was extremely helpful.

 

The process was so easy;

I organized my videos.

Sunny gave me the order forms, which I filled out.

He decided on the appropriate size box.

We sealed up the box and I was ready to go.

 

The best thing was that while I was at the UPS store, I was able to send Nick all the items that he requested to get him through to Thanksgiving. The only thing better would have been if he had considered that before we dropped him back off back at school 10 days ago. No matter. The UPS store had exactly what I needed. All we had to do was decide on the perfect size box.

 

As it turns out, our videos should be digitized within the next few weeks, which will be just in time to relive our family memories this Thanksgiving.

To view my whole shopping experience, visit me at MyMoment:

http://my.thismoment.com/moment/view/75876/thanks-for-the-memorycbias-preservingmemories-with-imemories-at-the-ups-store

More photos, more videos, more iMemories, more UPS, more family moments……

 

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This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for http://collectivebias.com  #CBias  This experience, and these opinions, are my own.

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He’s Baaaaaack…..


As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about……having more of a full house! In the eight weeks since we’ve dropped Nick off at college, Chuck, Amanda, Wrigley and I have settled into a new, if not quieter, routine; all of which went by the wayside this past week when Nick was home for fall break.

 

While Amanda and I were out stocking up on orange juice (we haven’t consumed a single drop since Nick’s been at school), cookies and snacks, Chuck zipped out to rendezvous with Nick’s carpool home. We were all “Wrigley excited” (there’s excited, then there’s Wrigley excited; drool induced tail wagging and body wiggling) to see him. When he stepped through the door he looked taller, more mature and even more self assured than before he left. Not to worry. He’s still the same boy he’s always been; he kicked off his shoes, flung his baseball hat on the island where he dropped his keys, wallet, cell phone, scorecards, golf balls, tee’s, souvenir’s from the course he played in French Lick, IN, and slung his pullover, slacks and shirt (inside out) over a stool at the counter. I’ve missed my boy.

 

The race was on; squeeze in all the visiting, sleep, and normalcy that could be had in eight days time. Number one on his list was to catch up with the fellas that were also home for break and those that go to school nearby. College Town, USA is sorely lacking in civilized dining, so Nick’s first stop was Chipotle. He was in Heaven playing pick-up basketball, golfing and popping in to see his friend’s families. In fact, while visiting at Miguel’s, his mom measured Nick on the family wall, just as she has done since he was in grade school. Apparently he’s grown an inch and a half since he left for school in August (Nick was thrilled!).    

 

What a great week. We all got a little Nick time, even lunch and dinners with both sets of grandparents. The best parts though, were the time we spent just the five of us. Truly, I didn’t even mind the near fist fights between Frick and Frack at the health club over who performs the exercises better.

 

It’s funny how we slipped right back into sync; family dinners, our Modern Family marathon and snuggling Wrigley. But all good things must come to an end, at least for now. Sunday, we all piled into the car; clean laundry, golf clubs, back pack, retainer and Wrigley, headed back to school. Amanda finally got to visit campus, on a private brother/sister only tour with Nick, while Chuck and I were relegated to meandering around on our own with Wrigley. After introducing Amanda to the famous garlic burgers at Marvin’s, we squeezed Nick one last time and hit the road; homeward bound. Fortunately, Thanksgiving is just four weeks away.

 

More returning to normal, more family moments, more time with Nick……. 

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More Than Just A Visit; It Seems Like Old Times….


As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about……more family reunions! For weeks, Chuck and I had been counting down the days until our very first Parent’s Weekend ever! Amanda was counting down the days too, only for a completely different reason. She was super psyched to be ditching us for a solid 48 hours. How could she not have grown weary of our constant and unrelenting line of questioning; how are you? How was school? What do you have for homework? What do you want to eat for dinner? What are you going to wear? What are you going to do? Are you wearing your retainer? Her weekend with Auntie Terri and Uncle David was a total Godsend.

Earlier in the week Nick sent me a text requesting that when we come for Parent’s Weekend we bring; granola bars, undershirts, winter hats, his Kentucky basketball jersey (while not a student at the University of Kentucky, he bleeds blue) and…..Trident Layers chewing gum. What a funny little assortment of items. It felt like he’d requested cigarettes and candy bars to trade out in the yard at the penitentiary.

All packed up, we hit the road for College Town USA. When we rolled into town, Nick was waiting for us at the golf course. It already felt like old times. With little to do on campus, we decided to make the hour long sojourn to the big city. Nick’s been dying for a Titleist-910 3 wood with a 13.5° loft. Thankfully Golf Smith and Golf Galaxy were within sprinting distance of each other. Taking our chances with 12 minutes until their 9pm closing, we raced into Golf Galaxy. Hedging our bets, Chuck darted next door to Golf Smith the minute the salesman said he had to “check in the back”. There, at Golf Smith, was a Titleist-910 3 wood with a 13.5° loft with Nick’s name on it. We celebrated with dinner at the Outback Steakhouse! I slept with a smile on my face for having spent 4 uninterrupted hours with our Nick.

Saturday morning, Nick invited Chuck to walk the course with him during his qualifying round, while I went back to the hotel and did…..his laundry. Once again, it felt like old times. We missed all the rah-rah fun at the football game while the boys were at the course, but that’s okay. We made our own fun of road tripping back towards the big city; lunch at Noodles and Moneyball (with Brad Pitt) at the Cineplex. We are, after all, a movie loving family.

Because teenagers have a tapeworm, and because there is absolutely nothing to do in a small college town other than eat, Nick suggested we stop by Marvin’s to grab their world famous garlic burgers and fries for dinner (mine with cheese, please). It was the best day; all Nick all the time. In fact, we had so much Nick time, that our feelings weren’t even hurt when he gave us the bums rush as he was heading out the door to make the rounds at the frat parties.

Even though we talk and text with him several times a day, there’s just nothing like getting to hug him and lay our eyes on our favorite boy. Parting with him on Sunday wasn’t quite as hard as I had envisioned; in two weeks he’ll be home for Fall Break. We’re all going to be as excited as Wrigley to have him home.

More visiting, more walking the course, more doing the laundry, more moments with our boy……..

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