Sunday, April 15, 2012

Make Noise

Every year, our church participates in the Children's Fine Arts Festivals through the Assemblies of God denomination. Fine Arts is to enhance young peoples gifts through drama, singing, instruments, human videos, baking, photography, and so much more.

This year, our children entered an Unconvention Percussion category. They used Boomwhackers, sound sticks, and dressed...well, they dressed very unconventional. The boys were very insistent on wearing morphsuits. They are a one-piece, full body piece of spandex. I can only imagine how sweaty and smelly they get. I don't get it, but they love it. After much persuading, I agreed that they could wear those silly suits and the girls got to dress as silly as they wanted. There were a couple girls that had the morphsuits as well, but Kaitlyn absolutely refused to wear one. Good girl! She wore some crazy tights and mismatched socks. Good enough.

A few days before the event, the children showcased what they've been practicing for weeks for their parents. They played "Jesus Loves Me". I wrote the music and our children's pastor choreographed the routine. They did pretty well!

The night before Fine Arts, Preston and Kaitlyn had to make their baked goods for the Baking Category that they were entering. Preston picked out Peppermint Cookies. He did so good at following all the steps of the recipe.

The judges gave him a Superior score and a medal. He was very proud of himself.

Kaitlyn also made cookies. She made Hot Chocolate Cookies and they were a hit! Thanks Mom for the recipe. Her cookies were just a little harder to make but she did a great job too. She loves to bake.

These little balls...

...turned into these delicious cookies!

Obviously, the judges liked them too. She got a Superior score on her cookies.

While the judges were sampling cookies and other goodies, our group, Enhance, was about to play their song in a separate room. It was so funny to see the reaction of other people when they saw our kids walking around in their morphsuits.

Our kids did a fantastic job, especially considering the room they were in is smaller than what their used to. They received bonus points on their score and earned the highest achievement, Award of Merit. Wonderful job!

I say every year that I won't coach again. It's very time-consuming and it's hard to juggle it into my schedule. However, once the day for Children's Fine Arts arrives, and I see children in Kindergarten through 6th grade showcasing their talents and sharing God's Word and love, I realize that it's worth it. It's all so worth it and of course, I will do it again.

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