Come With Us And You Will See

I was reading an article late last night about a cool dad making a Groot costume in 302 hours.

It was certainly uplifting. Apparently, he has a Guardians of the Galaxy-obsessed daughter. The thing is, I was going to share my original Groot post today anyway, for Finish the Sentence Friday, and for the sake of Halloween! I also want to share it again, because, Cassidy didn’t make his costume in 302 hours. He made it in six days, of which he was also working and parenting. So maybe he made it in 60 hours? 72, tops? Also, I won’t give any spoilers, but this year will not disappoint.

I promise you a whole post of what’s to come! For now, let’s go back in time:

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This was to be the year I dropped the ball on Halloween.

Sometimes I have tunnel vision and it’s nothing to brag about. When there’s something big on the horizon, it’s hard to focus too hard on smaller things before or after that big thing. Say for example, it’s senior prom. Say you have a major physics project due the Monday after prom weekend, but you can’t even think about it until after the prom is over and you’re back home and your sister’s boyfriend makes your project for you, and it doesn’t even work, but it’s so special and homemade that your teacher gives you an “A” on it and you don’t even have to take your physics final. You get to sit out in the hallway with a book and look in at all of the much smarter (at physics) kids and watch them take the final exam you’ll never take.

Somehow, somewhere, somewhat, sometimes, dropping the ball on something still looks like this:

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Cassidy may call it luck. I may call it that too, but also skill because I’m surrounded by wonderful and creative people and hey, I did take care of Des’ costume, and my own, and I did take a lot of photos and I did write this post, and I helped Cassidy in and out of that costume 17,000 times and I broke a few sweats too. I’m not calling myself completely useless at Halloween this year, but I was not the star to shine. And that was ok. My tunnel vision only allowed for my sister’s wedding, and a ton of photo shoots before and after that. Meanwhile while I was in my fog, Cassidy was dreaming and planning, only SIX DAYS BEFORE HALLOWEEN. And it looked like THIS. And then dreaming and planning turned into working REALLY hard.

My brain doesn’t work the way his does.

Heck, my brain can’t even wrap my head around how someone ELSE’S brain could work like this, much less.. work like this.

My husband made a #Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy costume in only 6 days. Read about how he made it and what we did  to celebrate our favorite #Halloween

My husband made a #Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy costume in only 6 days. Read about how he made it and what we did  to celebrate our favorite #Halloween

My husband made a #Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy costume in only 6 days. Read about how he made it and what we did  to celebrate our favorite #Halloween

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Since I never met a Top 10 list I didn’t like, I decided to write the “Top Ten Things I Loved About Halloween 2014.” And quite like the wedding post, I started writing this on Halloween night. It wrote itself. So now I present it to you. There’s Halloween. There’s Halloween as a parent. There’s Halloween as a parent in a really cool town. There’s Halloween as a parent in a really cool town, with Groot, Rocket and Superman. You just never know, do you? I didn’t drop the ball after all.

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The Top Ten Best Things about Halloween 2014:

1 – In the morning, Des and I went to Scarlet’s school to watch the kindergarten classes make a parade around the entire school in costume. We had some time to kill after the parade and before the half-day dismissal and I had a wonderful hang out and heart-to-heart on the playground with Scarlet’s friend’s mom. Bonus is that Des fell asleep in the swing!

My husband made a #Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy costume in only 6 days. Read about how he made it and what we did  to celebrate our favorite #Halloween

My husband made a #Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy costume in only 6 days. Read about how he made it and what we did  to celebrate our favorite #Halloween

2 – Walking around all day with the best costume contest winner, which got him a prize ($$$). I was just darn proud. I’d tell anyone who listened to me, “That’s MY husband. He made that costume himself!”

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My husband made a #Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy costume in only 6 days. Read about how he made it and what we did  to celebrate our favorite #Halloween

My husband made a #Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy costume in only 6 days. Read about how he made it and what we did  to celebrate our favorite #Halloween

3 – Walking around town and seeing friends, and clients, and people who are both friends AND clients!

4 – Going to River Valley Market to get some late-night snacks. In costume, of course.

My husband made a #Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy costume in only 6 days. Read about how he made it and what we did  to celebrate our favorite #Halloween

5 – The car needed gas and it’s always fun to get gas on Halloween because you’re getting gas next to a clown, a witch, and oh yeah – the woman in front of you is the secretary at Scarlet’s school! You have to love our small city.

6 – Walking in the parade with Scarlet holding onto my stroller with one hand, and holding hands with two friends from preschool with the other hand. They were all telling each other Halloween riddles and cracking each other up.

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7 – Realizing Cassidy’s artistic potential as reflected back from the faces of hundreds of people. Heck, thousands.

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My husband made a #Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy costume in only 6 days. Read about how he made it and what we did  to celebrate our favorite #Halloween

8 – We stopped by a friend’s party after trick-or-treating and before the parade. There was a giant, handmade, remote (or radio?)-controlled Frankenstein on their lawn! It could move and talk and had a microphone where someone inside could look outside and talk to kids walking by. It was AMAZING. I was in a cloud of Groot pride and care, but this deserves its own post. I wish I had photos but I didn’t have my camera at that point, because.. Groot, Des, stroller, freezing, candy bags, etc. My friend’s dad made it when he was only 13 and it was passed down to my friend’s family. Seriously, amazing.

9 – Scarlet told me I was the prettiest Snow White she had ever seen! The fairest of them all?

My husband made a #Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy costume in only 6 days. Read about how he made it and what we did  to celebrate our favorite #Halloween

10 – I stole a piece of candy from Des’ bucket at 1:00am. It was a Milky Way. I hadn’t had one in years!

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I’m sure I have an honorable mention for every single person I saw out there that night. I know I spout a lot about the online blogging love (which is real and fierce!), but my in-person people are pretty spectacular too.

My husband made a #Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy costume in only 6 days. Read about how he made it and what we did  to celebrate our favorite #Halloween

Everywhere I walked that night, in a city of thousands, I saw a familiar and beautiful face.

My husband made a #Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy costume in only 6 days. Read about how he made it and what we did  to celebrate our favorite #Halloween

And like with my sister’s wedding, I’m a bit sad that it’s all over.

My husband made a #Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy costume in only 6 days. Read about how he made it and what we did  to celebrate our favorite #Halloween

However. Halloween comes every year. (unless it’s Snowtober, in which case it gets skipped, sorta.)

My husband made a #Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy costume in only 6 days. Read about how he made it and what we did  to celebrate our favorite #Halloween

What on earth will we do next year?

My husband made a Groot costume in six days. Read all about how he made it and what we did that year to celebrate our favorite #Halloween. #costume #groot

And a video that provides the inspiration for the title of this post, and for many Halloween dreams:

What was the best Halloween of your life?

This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is “When it comes to Halloween..” And there’s still time to write yours. Come link up with your spin on any of the matters: HERE.

What are you going to be for Halloween?

About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer at http://tamaracamera.com/, a mama of two, a writer/blogger at http://tamaracamerablog.com and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns. http://themotherofallmeltdowns.com, as well as Stigma Fighters Anthology (volume 1), and The HerStories Project: So Glad They Told Me. She is also a proud Community Lead/QA Reader with Sway, and a regular contributor to the SoFab Food blog, and the Target Made Me Do It blog. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter, son, dog, cat, and 11 chickens in glorious western Massachusetts.


Comments

Come With Us And You Will See — 19 Comments

  1. Aw, I agree with Scarlet and you were the prettiest Snow White I ever have seen! And oh my word, Des was so little here. Loved your look back on Halloween 2014. Don’t know about you but getting excited now for next week 😉

  2. It’s been 3 years already?! I remember picking my jaw up from the floor the first time I saw your husband’s costume! Wow. What Janine and Des said! You look fab as Snow White! The prettiest! I always steal candies from my kids during Halloween. I call it “you’re welcome, I spent hours making your costume.” Which reminds me, I need to finish my daughter’s costume for tomorrow’s trick or treat at work. Ugh.

  3. I can’t wrap my brain around that either. Cassidy sure did have a vision! All those loose straw things would have made me cry and even when it wasn’t my project. And I can’t believe it’s been 3 years either! Wow!

  4. I can’t wait to see what he’s making this year! Do you know how many times I’ve shown people his Groot costume? A LOT, because it blows me away, then and still. So glad you linked this up!

  5. Still my favorite costume, although I just saw this year’s on FB and it’s also amazing. But Groot…well, it’s Groot. No costumes here this year, and I miss it a little.

  6. one word: ‘holy smoke!’
    (I’m glad you included the photos to document it, ’cause, I mean sure costumes from movie characters are, for the most part, clothing and attitude (Fedoras or football helmets cover Spielberg and Lucas…. a little latex and a rubber mask can get you Ridley Scott)… but the character Groot.
    very cool
    (my compliments to your husband for the combination of ambition and attention to detail.)

    that being said, while adults wear costumes to better effect that kids, children play the characters with such un-hindered abandon, it’s just something to see.

  7. You guys always win Halloween and man, did Cassidy hit it out of the park this year! Adam has declared that we are unworthy of meeting such awesome people, hahaha! Secretly, he just wants to try on the suit!

  8. I saw your Iron Man reveal, so cool! Des was scared? I think Anneliese would be too 🙂 I didn’t buy one costume this year. We pulled it all together exactly 30 minutes before our first party. The kids looked pretty cute and they didn’t complain too much. Whew!

  9. I cannot believe that it has been that many years already! I always love seeing pictures of Cassidy’s Groot costume. It’s so amazing and creative. You were a beautiful Snow White.

  10. I’m still amazed by this costume, and when talking about you guys to Sam I always refer to Cassidy’s amazing costume because Sam was blown away by it. And I totally have tunnel vision. This year it’s having a baby, so I feel like I’ve dropped the ball on Halloween, though I did manage to get Eve an Elsa costume at Goodwill, so at least I won at something 😉

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