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.

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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?

The Monster At The End Of This Post.

There’s a monster at the end of this post.

I think.. ish. There’s a something at the end of this post, let’s put it that way! And I know you may want to scroll down there right now! You can do it. I won’t tell anyone. I like when people spoil things for me because I think surprises are a crock of crap. However, if you DO like surprises, then keep reading! You’ll get there. I promise. Today is a Halloween Ask Away Friday!

I’m swapping with RF (Rebecca-faith) for the second time, because she’s one of my favorites in the world.

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And you may say, “I bet you say that to all the girls,” but I really don’t. And if I do, it’s because I have a lot of favorites. What can I say? She also has a particularly cute son, a wicked way with words, and a healthy sense of humor too.

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Definitely check out Rebecca-faith’s answers to my questions HERE. And here are my answers to her questions:

1. I don’t want to upset you, EVER. But sometimes things happen…how can I tell when you’re upset?

I turn into the monster at the end of this post! I think it’s hard because I can be a passive-aggressive bottler, but then all of that energy has to go somewhere so I’ll either implode, explode, or have anxiety. Not ideal.. A good friend once said to me, “I can tell when you’re 99.9% ok, which means I can tell the smallest percentage of you being not okay.” I do wear my heart on my sleeve if I trust you. If I don’t, well, it may take some guesswork. Although I’m really of the more even-tempered variety. I am friendly and warm 99.9% of the time so when that doesn’t happen, usually my friends know something’s up.

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2. Your Ask Away Friday journey is legendary! From a participant to a host, from standard to themed… What question are you sick of answering?

Hmm.. good question. Sometimes I get sick of answering what my favorite thing to photograph is, because that changes so much. And I guess it’s ok to get that question more than once because my answer will be different each time.

My favorite thing to photograph is love, not that you asked!

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3. You have connections with bloggers all over the world. Name 5 places you’d love to visit and meet a blogger/friend.

Hmm.. this is tough because the five places I want to visit in the world wouldn’t necessarily overlap with five bloggers I’d love to meet. So I’m going by good places to meet here, and not necessarily by dream locations:

1. California, baby!
2. Arizona.
3. North Carolina – a disgusting amount of blogger friends there.
4. Malaysia. There’s a party there. I dreamed about it. And I could hold Alison’s twins.
5. Colorado.
6. I’m adding an extra. Canada. ALL OF IT.

If I didn’t name where you live, it could be because I’d want you to meet me at any of these locations..

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4. You have $5k to spend on Amazon, what are your most expensive and cheapest purchases? PS. You can only spend it on YOU.

I’m glad you mentioned it has to be on ME, because I’d do damage on the kids too. Ok, the most expensive thing I would buy is most certainly a top of the line Canon camera. Maybe not top, top of the line because then I’d have no money left. Let’s just say a new camera body. The cheapest thing? Hmm.. Probably herbal anti-stress spray. A book. Food? Vitamins. Track jackets? (these are all the weird things I look for on Amazon) I buy used books too, so that would be the cheapest, I imagine!

5. Would you rather: Get three books published or rid of your anxiety completely and forever?

Oh my god, what are you doing to me here??? Well if I got rid of anxiety forever, would I still be me?? And if I got three books published, my anxiety might get worse. Or.. they strangely seem to go hand in hand in my head! It’s possible that getting rid of the bad anxiety would actually enable the three books! If I choose the three books, that could also help me get over some fears. Oh, boo! I say that they’re both possible(ish), but the three books thing is more possible. Anxiety is a hard beast. I’d choose to get rid of it. It’s the monster. It’s the monster in the middle of my post! And at the end of many of my posts!

6. If you could be a dual citizen of any country in the world, what’s your pick and why?

Maybe this isn’t very creative, because it’s only about three hours from here, but I say Canada! And they have moose.

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7. What book have you re-read the most?

Probably every Sweet Valley Twins book ever, but mainly #86: It Can’t Happen Here. It was about the Holocaust, and I could swear the one before or after that was about what lip gloss Jessica Wakefield should be wearing on her date with Aaron.

8. Tell me something funny that Miss Scarlet has recently said!

I’ll tell you two. Last night after Des’ bath, she was pretending he was a newborn. I asked him a question and he said, “No!” and Scarlet said, “Aw…he already learned how to say ‘no'”! Then he stood up so I could put on his shirt and she said, “I want to name his nipples. Robert and Charlie! Robert is on the left and Charlie is on the right. Hi, Robert and Charlie!”

Another funny conversation was when we were talking about a mean girl at school and Scarlet asked how she should approach this girl if ever the victim of her ways. (her ways are ignoring and excluding people and acting hot and then cold, which is pretty weird for a five-year-old to even think that way) Anyway, Scarlet is very open and warm and it was really hard for me to hold my tongue when she asked me what she should do. I wanted to say, “Fart in her face? Call her a douchebag?” But I didn’t! Aren’t you all proud of me. Well then Scarlet made the funny joke for me! She said, “What if I say hi to her and she ignores me, and I just let out a HUGE burp in her face?”

Like mother, like daughter. And for the record, she was kidding and I didn’t approve of this method. Out loud, anyway.

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9. If you were to guess what Des would do for a career based on his interests right now, what are your three guesses?

It’s hard to say because so many parents dream big dreams of their kids, and many don’t pan out the same way.. However, the kid has spirit, no doubt about that. And warmth. I think he’ll be a TV star, a professional hot dog eater, or a model.

10. I loved the story about your mom bailing you out in the high school parking lot during a fire drill when you accidentally locked yourself out of your running car (which was parked like crap). Tell me about another time your mom came to your rescue during your adolescence!

It happened SO often, I can’t even believe it. She’s always on my side. I will say that one night she was having a spiritual group party and I was broken-hearted about a guy and I came home all tear-stained and she instantly saw. She walked out of her party to give me a hug and tell me it would all be ok (which it was) and many of her friends came to comfort me as well, and offer me all kinds of spiritual advice. Ah, high school.

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(My stomach still looks like that, I swear. First thing in the morning, anyway.)

*Trick Or Treat Bonus Bag*
What costumes will the family be dawning tonight? Will Athena dress up? Cats too? What’s the candy protocol? What kind of candy do you give out?

Well. Easy answers first. Athena will not dress up. The cats will probably hide in their own cloud of smugness and judgement. We won’t give out any candy because we don’t get any trick-or-treaters! I honestly do live in the woods.. kinda. As for costumes, I sort of dropped the ball on my own. I had tunnel vision for my sister’s wedding this fall and there wasn’t room for anything else. So I did buy Des a little Superman costume and I’ll probably be Supergirl again. Scarlet and Cassidy will be Rocket and Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. There will be photos galore, next week. Cassidy did detail his costume making HERE. We snapped a few phone photos of the progress:

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Stay tuned for more on that one! Aren’t you glad you stayed to see the “monster” at the end of this post?

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