#NYC on Sunday

This morning we all slept in. I stayed up late with my wife talking to our relatives and friends that joined us for my company event. We came back to our room to check on the boys then met everyone downstairs at the bar and talked for hours. It really was a great evening. I got a lot of compliments from the people who mean the most to me. My wife was so proud of us. She kept telling me how proud she was of me. That just makes me grin a huge smile. I can’t help it. She makes my heart skip a beat.

We all headed up stairs and crashed. I got up this morning and got everyone breakfast. The food at our hotel was really good. They even made sure to make all of my vegan dishes so I didn’t have to pick anything off. Attention to detail is important. After we all got dressed we went over the plan. I wanted to take my wife, boys, and Brandi to Central Park with my dog. I thought it would be a great opportunity for my wife to get some photos. She’s really into this new photography thing on her phone. The photos come out amazing and she loves sharing those on her Facebook page. We did that first so we could enjoy time with Sam jr. He was having his own kind of fun wandering around New York city with his 2 pet nannies. I swear that dog is spoiled beyond anything. He is a really good dog though so I don’t mind the added expense.

We took him back and he was going to take a nap then go to two other dog parks. We decided to go out to the Statue of Liberty. My wife was so excited to show my boys. Her grandparents came through Ellis Island. She told us all she knew about it and took a bunch of photos. The weather wasn’t that bad today. It was in the lower 60s which meant we didn’t have to bundle up. It was surprisingly nice. After that we did the tour and had a great time. I was a little worried about the boat ride part but it worked out okay.

We grabbed lunch then I went off to my book signing. It went from 1pm until 3pm. I wasn’t very happy about that time but my wife said she was taking the boys with Heather over to a bouncy place. She gave me the address and said they would stay there until I came to get them. That worked out great.

My 2nd New York City book signing was actually a lot better than the first. More people stopped by and I met some fans. I thought that was hilarious. They said they were fans then began to tell me what they really thought. I couldn’t have agreed more with their ideas and really found what they said interesting. Thanks to everyone that came out for both of my book signings. I have only a few more of these things until my contract is up so please come out and see me if you want. We know at least a month in advance of what City they schedule me to be in. We find out the name of the location within 2 to 3 weeks of it happening. I make sure to have them send out our email as soon as we can so everyone that wants a chance to meet me can do so. It’s been a lot of fun. I still don’t like sitting there for 2 hours but at least it’s not longer than that. I was a little later than I thought picking up my wife and boys. The traffic got thick so I had to try to be patient as the driver got us to the right place. We picked everyone up and decided it was time to hit one last tourist spot. Times Square! We probably spent about 3 hours there. There is so many things to do and see. All I know is by the time we left there my boys were zonked out completely. We probably stayed too long. It helped a lot no one had shopping bags this time Lol Just a few mementos nothing too big.

It took us a few hours to get home but we made it. It’s really late I wanted to get the rest of these 3 blogs written so I can hit publish on them first thing in the morning. I ran a spell check I think if not I will go back and fix them in a day or so. I usually re-read my blog posts a day or two after I write them. I like to have a little space so I can figure out what I wanted to say but didn’t do it correctly.

The Cooper family had a great weekend in NYC and I hope we can stay home for a few weekends. I’m really tired from traveling and would love a nice quiet weekend at home. Besides we have our Ireland trip in a few months. That will be enough travel for a long, long time.

I hope everyone had an amazing weekend and I will update more this week. I have some really cool things to announce soon. One involving Sony Pictures! Now that is a great story!

God loves you and I love ya’ll too!

#NYC on Saturday

I was up early to get a good idea of my schedule. I met Lindz and 2 of our VP’s downstairs at 6am to go over everything. We ended up going to the venue and looking at the floor plan. Most everything was already done. The tables and all of the food tables were set up. The decor was on its way to being done. This has been a really big deal planning it. It looked great. It looked even better that night.

I went back to the hotel in time to get breakfast for everyone. I ordered up whatever they wanted and we all had a quick family meal. I gave the nannies cash for the boys. They were told to buy them stuff. Tshirts, stuffed animals, legos. Whatever they felt would be a good trip reminder. I sent 2 security guards with them and car service. The car service was included in the security so it was all decked out with all kinds of things inside I was told. Well, I guess they take it pretty serious. I just wanted to make sure everyone was okay. The girls told me the places they wanted to go. They all decided to stay together the entire day and they will split up tomorrow to get some individual time in NYC. Fine by me. I kind of preferred that anyway.

My wife went to a spa. She needed a massage, her hair and nails done and then she was meeting her family and friends back at the hotel to get ready for the party.

I left at 10:30am to go downtown. My first book signing was from 12pm until 2pm. That gave me enough time to get back to the hotel, shower, change, eat a little snack to hold me over, then head to the party with everyone. My boys were coming with us but everyone was going to leave shortly after pictures. I don’t need my sons to be at a big event like this for long. They are kind of like Richard Simmons. Make a quick appearance so everyone can see half of the face (Oh come on that’s hilarious!) then leave. Everyone was supposed to be back at the hotel by the time I returned from my book event.

I got to the book store and there were actual people waiting in line. I knew darn well it wasn’t for me and I was right Lol Some other author was there just before me and his fans were still waiting for a chance to see him. I told my publisher team if he needed more time he could cut into an hour of mine because I wasn’t expecting a crowd (At all). They said no. He wrapped things up. They changed out the big background thing with their company logo on it and sat me down in a slightly crapped office chair Lol The wheels wouldn’t scoot so I had to shove it up closer to the table and then just try to remember it wouldn’t roll back at all.

The event started and I did have what I would consider a small line. There were 24 people waiting for me. I did my smiling, I promoted both books. I shook hands, smiled for selfies, did 2 videos and waited for the 2 hours to be up. I had 2 people who would not go away. I was also told not to write about them on my blog because we ended up having some words after the event was over but I don’t give a damn Lol These 2 people were obviously trolls. Not the trolls I know but probably new trolls that will be joining my I Hate Sam army soon.

The book signing was fine. The 2 people stayed behind to harass me a little. They were nice. At first. That’s how trolls are. But as soon as Lindsay showed up to pick me up that’s when all hell broke loose. Lindsay was going to hurl my book at one of them but she put it back in the box and just told them to go fuck a Twizzler Lol Both of the ladies were so shocked they left but not before Lindsay told them to come back for cheese and crumpets Lol I was dying laughing. The book store people were not and definitely my publisher team was not. I was told not to have Lindsay at any more of my events. I said technically she wasn’t at it. She came after to pick me up. And whatever happened they saw the 2 rude ladies trying to start trouble. They all agreed it wasn’t my fault. I stood there laughing and said nothing at all. I didn’t have to. I had seen Lindsay walking towards me and I just knew she would handle it for me. She usually does. I prefer the ignore and walk away approach.

We got out of there with a stern reminder not to be late to the Sunday book signing because they were having a second event right after mine and I had agreed (No I didn’t) to take photos with that author. You mean to tell me I’m not their only client Lol I’m amazed they find someone else to put up with the enormous amount of bs I have had to deal with. We left and grabbed something to eat really quick then made it back to the hotel.

My family had arrived and were getting ready for the evening. I ran into a few of them in the lobby. They all wanted to chat but I told them I had to get to the boys. I got back to my room in time to see my wife, my very beautiful blonde haired wife in this stunning dress. My mouth dropped. I was so mesmerized by her. She really did look gorgeous. I will put a few photos of our weekend on Facebook probably Monday night. She turned around to see me grinning at her. All kinds of thoughts were going in my head but I grabbed her hand and went on one knee and asked her to marry me, again. She laughed and said Yes, Of course but I want a bigger ring! I got up and gave her a quick peck on the cheek so I wouldn’t mess up anything and went to get ready.

At 6pm sharp we all made our way to the lobby looking Super Fly. The Coopers are in town. All 1,000 of us. We got to our vehicles or cabs and went over to the hotel. I walked into a beautifully transformed room filled with flowers and really amazing decor. It looked awesome!

The whole evening was a lot of fun. Lindsay and I got a lot of congratulations and a lot of great job on the party. All I know is my wife thought it was a great event. And that’s all I wanted to hear. It has been worth the countless emails back and forth with everyone making decisions and picking out menu items. We had so much fun. Our silent auction did amazing. The two local charities made money and we did present them with our own checks. It was worth it. Everything I have done leading me up to opening a business in New York City has been worth it. I hope to make money soon. It may take a while but someday we will be showing a profit.

My boys were a huge hit and I took them up on stage so everyone could see them. Then I said take your photos now because they are both leaving in 5 minutes Lol They left, shortly after I got the text saying we made it back to the hotel safe and they were putting them to bed.

Tomorrow is going to be another busy day for everyone. We are all kind of going off in our own groups. Brandi will be with us in the morning and Heather in the afternoon. Then Sarah will take over in the evening as we fly home.

My wife has a few places she wants to visit. More photo ops I’m sure. I’m just happy most of my stuff is over with. I have another book signing but after that I’m free to roam around with my family.

I hope everyone is having a great Saturday. I don’t know when I will publish this one but soon I’m sure.

God loves you and I love you too!

#NYC on Friday

We arrived in New York City on Friday evening. As soon as we got off of the plane my wife announced she had forgotten her shoes for the party. Of course. That’s fine I travel with 3 shoe collectors who might have actually brought something they could wear and if not we will go buy some first thing in the morning. Problem solved, right? No. If you are going to be on your feet all night with dancing involved or networking with the guests you must have comfortable shoes. I offered to get them Fed Ex’ed overnight but she didn’t believe me when I said they could arrive by noon on Saturday. Fed Ex does have that service, you just have to pay more. She said she would figure it out. Crisis #1 averted, temporarily.

We got the boys settled into the hotel. Auntie Lindz was already there and waiting. She took the dog and the  dog nanny to their room. She took the dog out for a short walk and got him fed and ready to chill for the night. She made sure the dog nanny had food with room service or if he wanted a pizza brought in. Him and his guest were all settled and ready for a quiet evening. They were planning on staying in Friday night to plan out all of Saturday. I guess this was some sort of dream vacation for them both as they have been best friends from high school and always wanted to go together to NYC. Well have at it kids, as long as my dog is taken care of first.

While Lindsay was taken care of that I got my wife and the boys settled into our suite. Right next door the nannies got themselves settled in and began the never-ending this room is mine, you 2 share that room battle. Sarah always wins it I really don’t know why the other 2 continue to try to get a room each. It’s ridiculous. The beds are huge, those 2 small framed ladies can squeeze in together. Not a big deal. They do it all of the time unless Sarah doesn’t go with us then they each get their own bedroom.

My wife immediately got the boys out and into the baths. A nice warm bath right after a long flight was in order. We got them fed, played with them then story time and finally it was bed time. It was actually very easy to get both of them to sleep. I was surprised. I think so much activity wore them out.

Finally it was our turn. My wife and I began unpacking everything we brought. We made sure our outfits (All 3 of them) for Saturday were ready to go. We unpacked all of our bathroom stuff and finally we were able to enjoy a quick hot shower which turned into something a lot more Lol That was her fault but we won’t get into that. Then it was time to go to bed.

That sums up Friday evening in NYC. I would love to say that we whisked into town, we got the babies throw into the nannies room then my wife and I went out for a wild and fun evening on the town. But I’m 44 now and she’s not quite 30 so we were tired from a long work week and really tired from traveling. We did order in food and have a nice romantic dinner overlooking the city. That was nice. Our room faces some great buildings and it was very private and quiet.

I will write about Saturday next. The party was a huge success. Our silent auction raised almost $95,000. It was close and I believe everyone had a fantastic time. I know I did Lol