So back in February I told my kids about this exciting new art contest that was being conducted by Nintendo. They would have to create the following for a chance to win: 1) One new Pokémon with at least two evolutions 2) One new Pokémon trainer with a backstory 3) One new gym badge And what could they win? Their trainer or Pokémon appearing on its very own Pokémon card! Plus an official Pokémon Art Contest medal and probably some free packs of cards. All four of our older kids took part, and these were their submissions: KT (7) Jackson (12) Carlie (13) Lily (14) To motivate the kids, I also sat and drew with them (cause kids lack follow-through unless they're supervised to actually get something done.) Once this was done, we typed out all their character origin stories and properly 'sent them in.' Little did the kids know that the contest winners were going to be announced while they had family visiting at the same time two weeks ago! How WEIRDLY CONVENIENT that timing was! (Almost like dad's full of shit.) Well, kids were all sat on the couch and presented a slide show on the tv of the winning entries with me as their presenter. I told them Nintendo only picked 4 winning concepts to make into cards and 'someone in this very household won.' They, and visiting family, were then shown the following: The look on our children's faces was pretty explosive. They had a absolute blast seeing their ideas redrawn by me. They instantly got what was going on from the first slide and knew I had trolled them the entire time (even with me insisting it was still legit and I was only representing Nintendo's North Texas Division.) Winners were chosen by, SURPRISE, visiting family, who were also unaware Claire and I were doing this contest. Needless to say, Ferb was the memey favorite when this was over, but every child won something. We handed out medallions (supplied by Etsy) to the winners of best trainer (Levine), best Pokémon monster (Patchula), and best gym badge (Fleb Gym.) KT then got 10 packs of cards for participating and she easily forgot she didn't win a medal after that. tl;dr it was super fun, they kids all wanted their characters printed, and after months of keeping it a secret I'm glad I finally got to post these here to show you all. Couldn't before because someone in the family would have seen it on the site and inadvertently spoiled the surprise. Time permitting next post I'll talk more about my favorite trophy the kids got a chance to win..