Sniff, Sniff. I'm okay. Just a little sad that the summer is basically over for us. Stratton, Walt, Timothy, and Tyler have football camp this week and then they start practice next week. Shane has a lot going on for 9th grade football and Sydney has senior pictures and other things she is working on for the first week of school. We don't start back until Aug. 4th, but for the most part our carefree summer days are over.
I love the Andy Griffith show. We always watched reruns when I was younger. My dad always teased us about the beginning of school imitating Barney. Do you remember the episode when Opie and his friends got into trouble for breaking the street light? Barney lectured them on going to jail. My dad would always, even when I was in high school, say what he said to the boys.
You know, "No more carefree hours, no more doing what you want when you want. No more Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches." He always thought he was way funnier than we did! While I am on the subject, he would also tease us when we had to go for our checkup at the pediatrician. He would go around yelling, "Shot time!", at least 3 days before we had to go. We were scared enough without him reminding us we probably had to get booster shots!
I love where the kids go to school, but I enjoy their breaks when we can do what we want to. Everybody is in so many directions and so busy I love just having time with them. The routine is what wears me out. I don't like to get up early and some nights we don't get to bed until really late between sports and homework. But, like it or not, it is about to come to a screeching hault!
This time next year, though, Sydney will be able to tease along with my dad. She is planning on taking classes at a nearby college, but she is also interested in what our family does so either way she won't be starting as early as the rest of the kids. Maybe she will go easier on them. I don't know though, he will probably talk her into rubbing it in.
Here is part of the episode on "The Andy Griffith Show" I was talking about. Maybe you can use it to tease your kids too!