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?

Last Easter, I Gave You My Heart

And the very next day, you gave it away! I’m in a funny mood this week, quoting Christmas songs and all.

Here’s a non-Christmas song with a SPOILER:

It’s almost like the comedy of the situations. Like when Cassidy didn’t come home from work and I was hungry after feeding the kids, so I decided to try my hand at cooking! We had a Green Chef trial so I decided to make the one dish I knew he wouldn’t mind missing – because it has mushrooms. Not his favorite, or even close. So I cooked! It was almost delicious but I never used salt because our salt shaker was broken. I knew this because Cassidy wound up spilling salt three separate times from the salt shaker top falling off. It was everywhere. I was too afraid to use it! So we were cooking side by side, but he was making bone broth with chicken feet sticking up, and then some snack with canned sardines on top! Never did a mushroom and barley carbonara look as good as it did right then and there, because that’s what I was cooking that night.

In between chicken feet and sardines.

Basically, that was a metaphor for the entire week. The toaster was semi-broken, or at least I thought it was because the outlet needed to be reset. It rained and was unseasonably cold. I was trying to figure out my spring break plans when I found out that I was invited to attend BlogPaws as a sponsored blogger two weeks from now! Listen, I’ve been to maybe 37 out of 50 states, but Missouri is one of the 13. I’m so scared! A hotel by myself for three nights! A flight by myself for the first time in over a decade, and with layovers too. 5:00am flights and new faces and not having a car and being around not one person I know for 72 hours! Basically, it will be awesome. If I can just get over the nerves! A new city with a hotel room to myself.

This is probably the best time to mention the “emotional support animals”, as I’ve taken to calling them.

I was told to wear clothes I didn’t mind pet hair on. There will be barking and meowing during the class sessions. There will be entire rooms and arenas full of animals. And there will be adoptable animals that local shelters are lending out for those of us who don’t live locally and have dogs too big to fly with. And if I really want, I can bring one of those pets home. (Just imagine my family’s face after that! It will be better than chicken feet and sardines) Also, I feel like it’s Hogwarts. You can borrow magical pets to hold or cuddle or get emotional support from, and possibly sleep with. A conference, with pets.

It’s my Candyland. Rooms full of potential clients who will meet me face to face and shake my hand. Maybe they’ll hire me because I can be charming when I want to be, but once they read my blog and see my charming pets, well, that will take the cake. It’s potential work and more-than-potential animals. Everywhere. I. Look. Pinch me, Mommy. I’m coming home.

Now that I’ve gotten THAT out, Easter was awesome! Last Easter was weird. I woke up dizzy?! That only happens to me once a year, if even, and it’s always a combination of dehydration, exhaustion, allergies, and stress. I remember posting about it here and everyone had advice. Have no fear – it didn’t happen again. We had the kids’ Uncle Gabe staying with us for five nights and although he slept through the great Easter Basket unveiling, he was awake on Easter Eve when we filled the baskets. Custom candy, custom toys, happy kids – it was all good. Also, Scarlet finally lost her long-suffering top right front tooth, so the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy got to high-five that night. Passover and Easter were both smashes.

This will have to be for another day, but Cassidy hosted a rock n’ roll Passover Seder for the books!

I mean it. It was incredible. There were ten of us and he made it meaningful and with all sorts of music playlists and pop culture references. I just need to get some photos from the night because I was too captivated to take any myself!

And wouldn’t you know it? No sardines or chicken feet!

This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is “This April Fools and/or Easter…” And there’s still time to write yours. Come link up with your spin: HERE. What’s your story?

What would you say?