When we say Wyld Lilfe Club is going to be messy, we mean it. Before the kids arrived we set up all the supplies. So. Much. Potential.
We've learned that when we tell kids their is going to be a mess--whether that's paint, ice cream or random foods-- they show up in droves.
We greeted the kids with silly string as they jumped out of their parent's cars at Geist Park.
Because it's our last Wyld Life event of the year we invited 6th graders to come check it out since they'll be in Junior High next year. They showed up in packs.
For our 8th graders, this was their last event after two years of Clubs and Campaigners. I've gotten close to this group of girls and I love their enthusiasm, quirkiness, volume, dance moves, positivity and ready-for-anything-attitude. They will be missed.
Usually I don't know too many 6th graders, but this group is an exception. I was so pumped to see Hadley, Kylie and Laura tonight. These three girls are total rock stars. Hadley is the youngest of the Hendricks girls. Ky and Hads come to Tecumseh and we hang out the whole week they're there. I got to stay with Laura and her sisters last year when their parents went out of town.
Before we knew it we had an army of Junior High kids that were totally ready to get messy.
We played balloon soccer, introduced leaders, spit paint covered Q-tips like darts...
Gave our friends shaving cream hair-doos and then added Cheetos for extra flavor...
We laid down on the ground head-to-head with a friend and then fed them chocolate pudding or applesauce by reaching behind our heads.
Oh my goodness the chaos. Every kid was playing at the same time and it was amazing.
As you can probably imagine, it didn't take long before it became a pudding and applesauce food fight.
Next we had a soggy relay. One by one, team members dunked their head in the bucket of water and fruit loops. They ran to the other side of the field, squeezed the water out of their hair into a pail, ran back to their team and tagged the next person.
We gathered the kids up for the Club talk before the grand finale. Trulock talked to us about the way we choose to live our lives.
Maddie Halkyard painted while blindfolded with little instruction--the one on the right.
Maddie Zirkle painted the one on the left-- it had an outline, paintbrushes and instructions of what to do.
So many of us want to live like Maddie H painted--the freedom to do what we want, no rules, no perspective, just trying to have a good time.
God is inviting us to live like Zirkle's painting-- following his guidance, adding our own creativity, getting to see the bigger picture.
We can live in the mess and filth of this world, or we can believe that we were created for more than this and trade up for all that God has for us. 1 Corinthians 6:11 "And this is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."
The last event was a disgusting game of capture the flag. Out in the field we split into Team Chicken Noodle Soup, Team Pudding, Team Applesauce and Team Nacho Cheese. Each team's bowl had three sponges in it. The goal was to go out and bring back a sponge to your own team.
It basically turned into another giant food fight which was fine by me. The kids all had a blast. Who doesn't love being this disgusting?
We gave kids trash bags to wear for the ride home so they wouldn't totally destroy their parents' cars. This was definitely a mess that we will remember.