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!
Thanks to the amazing work of Captain Crystal and her assistant Stacy, Nick was able to fulfill a long time dream of going up in an adapted hot air balloon in beautiful Wyoming!
Dream Catcher Balloon is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to give balloon rides in an adapted 2 seat custom built “basket” that allows those with mobility challenges or other concerns to fly! Dream Catcher and Captain Crystal work with people of different abilities, veterans, seniors, and anyone looking to have their dream flight. Captain Crystal is an amazing person and Nick’s flight has been several years in the making!
It was an early day, and tensions were high. Would the wind pick up? Would Nick get to fly? After waking up at 5AM Nick watched out the window while Captain Crystal and the team of volunteers including Nick’s family and friends set up the balloon. At about 6:30AM Captain Crystal gave Nick the OK to get down to the launch area and it was on!
Nick got to ride in the balloon twice, and was so excited. He spun around and looked at the beautiful views of the Snowy Range Mountains and the lake while waving his arms in the air and looking down to his cheering family and friends. His favorite part was looking at the horizon!
Events like these give people like Nick who have different abilities the chance to experience things they may not otherwise get to do.
It’s so important to Nick and his team to make connections with other non-profits looking to spread awareness and inclusivity, and we are proud friends of Captain Crystal and the Dream Catcher Balloon team.
Nick can’t wait for his next adventure!