The First Day of School….What Happened to Summer?

I had all these great plans for Summer. Specifically for July. I didn’t accomplish half of it. Between work, swim meets, family celebrations/visits, and getting ready for a new job- I ran out of time. I had planned to have a big announcement about a new project coming out, didn’t happen. Hopefully, by the end of August. I need a list. A giant list that has work, house, school, and writing on it. Maybe then I could plan my time better.


Yesterday, was the first day of school for my kids. Usually, I am terribly excited for the first day back. Not this year. Summer flew by. I don’t know what happened to it. The kids were excited. They are both in middle school now. My youngest, not a morning person, woke up at the crack of dawn. Ready to go to school. My oldest is on her first sports team and is now learning the joy of practicing all afternoon, only to return home to complete homework.  I’m worn out just thinking about it.

We have a few traditions for the first day of school. One is the girls get to pick what we have for dinner. This year they chose homemade fried chicken and scratch macaroni and cheese. 😦 If you have ever made either of those, you know it’s very time intensive.


As I made the chicken Z-girl stood by watching.  So I talked to her about the proper way to make fried chicken.  Dry the breast off and triple dunk them.

1- seasoned flour 2- buttermilk and eggs 3- seasoned flour again.

It makes a thick crunchy batter.  Of course, you have to use a cast iron skillet. She stood there smiling and intently listening. If you have kids you can tell when they are really listening and when they aren’t.  I treasure the times they are actually listening. It’s rare, you don’t want to miss them or waste them.

By the time dinner was ready, two hours later, I was sweating. I couldn’t tell if I was having a massive hot flash or if it was just the heat from cooking.  It was worth it. Not a single complaint at dinner.  Again, a moment to treasure.

What back to school traditions do you have?


One thought on “The First Day of School….What Happened to Summer?

  1. We really don’t have back to school traditions. We just assume a brand new schedule (different wake up times, removing/rearranging chores, and so on).

    I have a spreadsheet to do list I print out every week (complete with blank spaces for stuff that comes up or is one time). I haven’t used it much this summer, but come fall it is what keeps me going. I swear by to do lists. Or if you rather use an app todoist!


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