I Am Groot: The Best Halloween There Ever Was

I wrote this post four years ago, only a few weeks after my sister’s wedding. So this week we celebrate my sister’s four year anniversary and also remember the time Cassidy took the words “I Am Groot” way too seriously. And it was awesome.

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 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 exam. 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 then dreaming and planning turned into working. And sharing that wisdom.

He wrote out a whole DIY of his costume with photos that you can see here.

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.

I Am Groot.

I am Groot

I am Groot

I am Groot

I am Groot

I am Groot

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Since I never met a Top Ten list I didn’t like, here’s my “Top Ten Things I Loved About Halloween 2014.” And quite like the wedding post, I started writing this on Halloween night. It actually wrote itself. So now I present it to you. There’s Halloween. There’s Halloween as a parent. And there’s Halloween as a parent in a really cool town. How about Halloween as a parent in a really cool town, with Groot, Rocket and Superman. You 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!

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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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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.

River Valley

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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8 – We stopped by a friend’s party after trick-or-treating. There was a giant, amazing, 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?

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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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*Bonus that he really only said “I am Groot” when people tried to talk to him!

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.

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

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

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

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What on earth will we do next year?

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So, what was the best Halloween of your life?

Our Mother Son Day at the U.Fund Dreams Tour at Mayfair

Des and I got the chance to attend Mayfair in Boston last Sunday, and we made sure to visit the U.Fund Dreams Tour Tent so we could take photos, learn, and play. Find out their other stops on the tour! #finances #UFundDreams #ad

I think that with every aspect of parenting, and every age and stage, it’s hard not to think about college savings.

The thing is, it doesn’t have to be scary and it also can actually be fun. Last Sunday, on an overcast but dry day, Des and I attended Mayfair in Boston. Des was super excited because he loves the city life. Cassidy took him to NYC a few weeks ago and the stars were in his eyes. He couldn’t stop talking about it! I decided to take him to Mayfair, while Scarlet was at a birthday party that day, which gave us some one-on-one time. The stars were in his eyes again! He LOVES bridges, buildings, and people everywhere.

Mayfair is a wonderful celebration of local and international culture and lifestyle. There’s music, dancing, balloon animals, food, art, and entertainment for all ages. There are artisans and merchants selling arts, crafts, and jewelry. Plus, there are many food vendors with local and international cuisines! We were also excited to visit the U.Fund Dreams Tour activation there.

This interactive booth is familiar to both of my kids, as we have experienced the U.Fund Dreams Tour before! It’s a wonderful way to make planning for the future, fun for the whole family.

This is a family-friendly, fully-interactive experience for whole families to enjoy together. Kids get to imagine themselves in different occupations, while parents learn about saving for college. Des spent time drawing and “shooting for the moon.”

The tent essentially has four sections. There’s a welcome section where you’re greeted, given crayons, and shown what the tent has to offer. Then there’s the fun game of “shooting for the moon” that Des wanted to go back and play four times! There’s also a place to talk about 529 plans, and then a place for families to take photos. There’s enough to keep everyone in the family occupied, and there are plenty of representatives on hand to guide you around and answer any questions you have.

It was hard to pull Des away, but we had to let other kids color and “shoot for the moon” as well. It was nice to feel so welcomed at the tent. They do such a good job of entertaining kids and inspiring parents about college savings. After Mayfair, we wandered around Harvard Square for a bit – just taking in the sights, sounds, and tastes of a wonderful day.

Have you ever attended Mayfair? Have you ever attended a U.Fund Dreams Tour event?

Don’t worry if you missed out at Mayfair, there are many more stops on the U.Fund Dreams Tour! See below for a complete list of the great family friendly events, to see what it’s all about! The Cambridge Arts River Festival event is Saturday, June 2nd!

I’ve partnered with Fidelity & MEFA in support of the U.Fund Dreams Tour. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.