Saturday, September 19, 2009

Movie Night on Leighton Lane

Movie Night at the Hooten House!
We had our favorite neighbor kiddies over for a movie last week! It was so cute as they all came over in their jammies with blankets and snacks ready for a show!
Scooby Doo was the movie of choice for the gang! It was about mummies and Cleopatra's tomb.
Can you believe your eyes??! I have a new buddy!! Ashley finally let me hold her! We shared some Cap'n Crunch Peanut Butter Puffs and all was well with the world!! Here she's saying, "Auntie Jill is #1!!!"
Ashley calling her daddy: "Da. Da. Da. Da. Da. Da. Da." Too cute! She knew exactly what to do with the phone! I worry about Kev and Kel's phone bill one of these days! Ha!
Ashley and Maddie playing "Who's Hiding Under the Red Handkerchief?"

Ashley thought Maddie needed a snack and kept stuffing peanut butter puffs in her mouth!

Ash starting to tucker out about 9:15.

Dylan mesmerized by the movie. Note his 3 plates of snacks! We basically had a junk food smorgasbord going that night and Dylan tried it all: Skittles, gummie LifeSavers, popcorn, breadsticks, donut holes,cereal and whatever else was discovered in the pantry. We sent him home with a doggie bag. I told Kelly and Kevin that next time I would serve chocolate-covered broccoli to get something healthy in! ;-)

Ashley decided to call it a night and napped on big sis, Hailey! We thought this was too precious.
We had so much fun! We can't wait to do it again soon!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Into the Lions' Den!

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the Truth. --- 3 John 1:4

The start of the school year was a bigger event than usual for us this year. It brought new supplies, new grades, new teachers and a new school!

We are now Lighthouse Christian Academy Lions!

The second semester of the last school year was heartwrenching on a number of levels for us: peer pressure, ambivilance and inattention, poor choices with negative consequences, lack of accountability, lack of communication and lack of care and concern.

We circled the wagon and plotted a new course to ensure that the kids would be in an environment that challenged them academically, nurtured them as individuals and, most importantly, reflected and reinforced the values of accountability and responsibility in a caring and attentive environment.

We had friends and several families that we know at church who send their children to Lighthouse, so we checked it out. It was just what we were looking for: rigorous cirriculum, focus on the basics, activities for the kids, and a mission to provide a quality education in the setting of strong, Christian values. After much discussion and prayer, we made the decision to transfer the kids from Summit to Lighthouse. I have never been more at peace with a decision. It will mean some changes around the Hooten House -- private education ain't cheap! -- but what price do you put on knowing that your children are receiving a quality education in an environment where they are safe and cared for. I can learn to like Ramen noodles for that! :-)

Maddie had several friends from church who were going to be in her class, so she was SUPER excited! Jacob only knew a couple of kids, but he's "Mr.-Go-With-The-Flow" and was just as excited. They didn't go to school with most of their close friends anyway, so that made it a little easier as well. They see the friends from Summit at church as well, so we'll still be seeing them.

After we got our acceptance call, we drove over to take a picture by the sign!

Maddie with friends Paige, Emily, Breanna, Anna and her new desk buddy, Luke!

Jacob on the first day of school. He is loving Mrs. Pinkard's 3rd grade class. He has made friends quickly and "can't believe how fast the days go!"

Obligatory "Mom-Made-Us-Stand-In-Front-Of-The-Building-With-The-Sun-In-Our-Eyes-To-Get-A-First-Day-Of-School-Picture" picture!

"Stop with the camera or I'll pounce!" picture

The backpack was almost bigger than the packer! Note the peanut butter "Bug Catcher" jar on the back: Mrs. Pinkard is all about INSECTS!! They get to bring in bugs and such to class (just no snakes per her request!!)

"Back-to-School" Night at his new desk

Modeling their new school colors!

They've been really busy and hit the ground running. They had to catch up a bit the first couple of weeks on things that they had not done at Summit, but they have made the transition beautifully and are very happy -- that makes me happy and assures us that we made the right decision. The theme for the school year is "Partnership with Parents" -- bullseye!