WOW! It was another crazy fun year for Nick and the Awesome in Action team. The holidays are Nick’s favorite time of year because he gets to spend so much time with his family and friends.
Time With Friends
One of Nick’s most special holiday traditions is to spend time with his long time friend and care provider Audrey and her family. Every year Nick goes over to Audrey’s house and they make and decorate cookies.
Another special part of this tradition is playing piano with Audrey! Nick LOVES making her play Jingle Bells over and over and over!
This year Nick enjoyed time with Audrey’s animals, especially her cat Flash, who sat on Nick’s head!
Santa! I KNOW HIM!
It wouldn’t be a successful holiday season for Nick if he didn’t see Santa a minimum of 3 times! Nick loves telling Santa that he wants movies for Christmas! Nick got his wish this year and got an assortment of his favorite movies on DVD including South Pacific and The Slipper and the Rose!
Thanksgiving Was a Time to be Grateful!
Nick was very excited this year to pick out the Thanksgiving turkey and showed everyone in the store his great find!
Nick had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with his family including his brother Jason and sister in law Amy and their 4 wonderful children who came back to Colorado from their new home in Idaho for the holiday week. Nick was so grateful to spend quality time with them and couldn’t have been happier to play games and enjoy the smells and festivities of a Thanksgiving meal.
This year Nick also got to spend Thanksgiving with his Mom, his Cousin Laurie, and his Cousin Kathy, Aunt Sally, Cousin Christopher, and Cousin Andrew. It was a special day for Nick surrounded by the people he loves the most.
Concerts and Cooking and Carriages! Oh My!
Nick loved spending a day at Hearts and Horses with friend and care provider Anne petting horses, seeing Santa, and doing some shopping! He loved watching the horse drawn carriage go by even if he was a little too nervous to get on it himself. Anne and Nick found some really fun and festive gifts including stones and crystals that Nick was very excited about.
Nick loved attending some musical celebrations this year including Thalia’s Holiday Concert at Barnes and Noble in Fort Collins. Nick is so proud of Thalia and is so excited for her to go to college next year. She is so awesome!
And, it wouldn’t be a holiday season without lots of cooking with friend and provider Liz! Nick and Liz made so much food this holiday season! Nick asked Liz to make cheesecakes about 10 times in 2 months but everyone loved them. Nick loves helping Liz cook and the smells in the house as everything bakes. Nick loves having his mom over for dinner and it’s one of his favorite everyday celebrations.
Overall, this time of year is a wonderful one for Nick and his team to remember the importance of joy and celebration and slowing down to enjoy the special parts of life with friends and family. Nick had a crazy and busy 2022 with lots of big changes and lots of big adaptations but he has done an amazing job through all of it. He thanks his Mom for always being there for him, Audrey for always being a great friend and provider, and his many friends and family for the joy and happiness they bring to his life every single day. Awesome in Action couldn’t do it without you!
In 2023 Nick is hoping to get his 2nd book published and get back into more classroom presentations and events, so be on the lookout for more information as we get busy with the holiday season wrapping up!
Thank you so much from Nick and the Awesome in Action Team!
With the holiday season fast approaching, Nick is getting excited to do some shopping!
We know this time of year is the time people are getting gifts, and ordering special treats for themselves and their loved ones.
We wanted to take a few minutes to remind Awesome in Action supporters of a great way to donate just by shopping.
Awesome in Action is a non-profit organization recognized by the Amazon Smile program. When you shop using Amazon Smile and have Awesome in Action selected as your registered charity, 0.5% of your purchases go directly to Awesome in Action with no extra cost to you.
To get to Amazon Smile, you can simply type smile.amazon.com in your address bar on your choice of internet browser. You do need to make sure you are on smile.amazon.com for the donation from your purchases to be processed.
To select Awesome in Action as your registered charity, go to smile.amazon.com, and underneath the search bar there is an option to click “Supporting:” where you can search for Awesome in Action Co.
All of your purchases, and donations generated by them are private, and no one can see your activity except you and Amazon, including the charitable organization you support.
A great way to make sure you’re always using Amazon Smile is by downloading an extension to your internet browser. These extensions will make sure you are always using Amazon Smile for purchases on Amazon.
Extensions to Redirect to Amazon Smile
Chrome Web Browser:
Amazon Smile Redirect – click this link, and then click “Add to Chrome”
Always Smile – click this link, and then click “Add to Chrome”
Firefox Web Browser:
Amazon Smile Redirect – click this link, and then click “Add to Firefox”
Smart Amazon Smile – click this link, and then click “Add to Firefox”
Edge Web Browser:
Amazon Smile Redirect – click this link, and then click “Get”
Amazon Smile on Mobile
The best way to use Amazon Smile on your mobile device is to download the Amazon Shopping App.
You can find information on how to download the app, join Amazon Smile, and turn on Amazon Smile by following this link.
If you prefer not to use an app, there isn’t currently a way to add extensions to mobile web browsers, but you can always just remind yourself to use smile.amazon.com in your mobile browser.
Every Donation Makes a Difference!
Nick wants to thank his supporters for considering making Awesome in Action their charity of choice on Amazon Smile. Every purchase makes a difference in Nick’s mission to spread awareness about those living with different abilities.
If you have any questions please reach out to the Awesome in Action team by emailing Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org.