The only thing I don't like about living in Ohio is that school starts in August. The summers fly by. Next week begins the flurry of activity surrounding back to school. Soccer practice officially begins and so does the end of summer. This has left me wondering where did summer go? Now, of course, it's not really over until Labor Day weekend but summer break is coming to an end on August 20. Since my husband and I work full-time, our daughter doesn't sleep in during the summers, she's busy at day camp all day. So the mornings will not be much different. It's the evenings that are about to change. Homework, soccer practice, Brownie meetings, orientations, conferences, PTO meetings, etc. will suck up all of those hours that are now free time for us all. This is what I will miss, the free evenings. The homework battles shall begin along with rushing around to get a meal on the table and get back out the door to the next activity or event. Meal planning is going to be my new BFF. Schedules are routines become key to smoother evenings and mornings. Sigh...I'm just not ready for it all. So I'm hanging onto this last week of summer break...savoring it. Even though soccer practices start this week, we don't have homework to add to the mix, yet. I guess I'll look at this as easing us back into the school year.