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The Price Household's First Day Of School

When school starts back up, it is always interesting.


This school year, my mom will have two college students, one high school freshman, one-sixth grader, and one-second grader. Normally, my mom has my dad's assistance with the school year, but this year will be our first year without our dad. Our dad recently passed away this summer, so this school year is going to be a little different than most, but overall, our school years are hectic and busy and they never stop anyway.

1. The first day breakfast


There is a tradition in our house and it is one of the favorites of the school year. We make homemade breakfast every first day of school. My dad used to be the one to make us breakfast while us girls got ready for school and our mom got ready for work. However, this year, my mom's the one making breakfast and there are only three girls actually starting back on the exact day. However, me and my other sister, who don't go back for a week and a half, the perks of college, are getting up and eating breakfast with everyone. Even though 6:30 a.m. is awfully early, sometimes you do what you have to do to keep traditions alive.

2. The first day picture


Another tradition in our house is the first day of school picture. Us girls prefer breakfast, but Mom commemorates the start of the new school year with a picture. We have a love/hate relationship with it. But let's be honest: who doesn't like posing in their new school clothes for pictures that you can post all over your social media? It is very cliché and so overdone, but if it makes Mom happy, then we don't argue too much.

3. The first day itself


Thankfully this year I won't have to sit threw the boring first day of school. But we all know how it goes. You go to homeroom, they assign you a locker, you put your supplies in said locker. Then you get your schedule, you go to your classes you may or may not start taking notes. Some teachers will start teaching others will just play games or tell you to sit quietly after they hand out text books. And in the elementary school, they will more then likely play out side most of the day. So, why do we have a first day of school again?

4. Pick-up time


Everyone has the same feelings about the school pick-up and drop-off lines. THEY ARE HORRIBLE! They take forever to get through and you want to slam your head on the steering wheel until the helicopter mom finally pulls forward. It really is not a hard concept. Unbuckle, put your backpack on, give hugs and kisses, and then when the car comes to a stop, open the door and walk into the school. Parents, siblings, grandparents, a word to the wise: you DO NOT have to watch your children walk into the school building! They are perfectly capable of doing it themselves and you watching them holds everyone else up. And there is nothing wrong with them already having their stuff and and being ready to go, because you are moving at a snail's pace, so no one can get hurt. So please, do us all a favor, and move the line along.

5. "Mom's" homework


It's a joke in our house that, the first day of school, us kids don't get the homework—our mom does. It really isn't homework, but it's more like paperwork. It's always the same paperwork for each child that has to be filled out every year. The agreement of the student handbook, the free or reduced lunch form, the gray cards (emergency cards), the insurance information, the "what you need to know about my child," it's never-ending, especially when my mom had all five of us in public school at one time. But now, it's just three, so hopefully it will be a bit better.

6. The after-school bedtime


At the end of the first day of school, everyone is very tired. In reality, I'm not sure because a lot doesn't happen on the first day. But once everyone comes home that evening and you've had dinner, the sleep you get that night is the best. Going to bed the first night after school is the best. You sleep soundly and then you wake up the next morning refreshed and ready to do it all again.

Unfortunately, this doesn't even begin to describe just how hectic our school year can be. But it does give a very good look into what life is like in the first day of school in the Price household.

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15 Things Only Lake People Will Understand

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people. Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look. Every year when summer rolls back around, you can't wait to fire up the boat and get back out there. Here is a list of things you can probably identify with as a fellow lake-goer.

1. A bad day at the lake is still better than a good day not at the lake.

It's your place of escape, where you can leave everything else behind and just enjoy the beautiful summer day. No matter what kind of week you had, being able to come and relax without having to worry about anything else is the best therapy there is. After all, there's nothing better than a day of hanging out in the hot sun, telling old funny stories and listening to your favorite music.

2. You know the best beaches and coves to go to.

Whether you want to just hang out and float or go walk around on a beach, you know the best spots. These often have to be based on the people you're with, given that some "party coves" can get a little too crazy for little kids on board. I still have vivid memories from when I was six that scared me when I saw the things drunk girls would do for beads.

3. You have no patience for the guy who can’t back his trailer into the water right.

When there's a long line of trucks waiting to dump their boats in the water, there's always that one clueless guy who can't get it right, and takes 5 attempts and holds up the line. No one likes that guy. One time my dad got so fed up with a guy who was taking too long that he actually got out of the car and asked this guy if he could just do it for him. So he got into the guy's car, threw it in reverse, and got it backed in on the first try. True story.

4. Doing the friendly wave to every boat you pass.

Similar to the "jeep wave," almost everyone waves to other boats passing by. It's just what you do, and is seen as a normal thing by everyone.

5. The cooler is always packed, mostly with beer.

Alcohol seems to be a big part of the lake experience, but other drinks are squeezed into the room remaining in the cooler for the kids, not to mention the wide assortment of chips and other foods in the snack bag.

6. Giving the idiot who goes 30 in a "No Wake

Zone" a piece of your mind.

There's nothing worse than floating in the water, all settled in and minding your business, when some idiot barrels through. Now your anchor is loose, and you're left jostled by the waves when it was nice and perfectly still before. This annoyance is typically answered by someone yelling some choice words to them that are probably accompanied by a middle finger in the air.

7. You have no problem with peeing in the water.

It's the lake, and some social expectations are a little different here, if not lowered quite a bit. When you have to go, you just go, and it's no big deal to anyone because they do it too.

8. You know the frustration of getting your anchor stuck.

The number of anchors you go through as a boat owner is likely a number that can be counted on two hands. Every once in a while, it gets stuck on something on the bottom of the lake, and the only way to fix the problem is to cut the rope, and you have to replace it.

9. Watching in awe at the bigger, better boats that pass by.

If you're the typical lake-goer, you likely might have an average sized boat that you're perfectly happy with. However, that doesn't mean you don't stop and stare at the fast boats that loudly speed by, or at the obnoxiously huge yachts that pass.

10. Knowing any swimsuit that you own with white in it is best left for the pool or the ocean.

You've learned this the hard way, coming back from a day in the water and seeing the flowers on your bathing suit that were once white, are now a nice brownish hue.

11. The momentary fear for your life as you get launched from the tube.

If the driver knows how to give you a good ride, or just wants to specifically throw you off, you know you're done when you're speeding up and heading straight for a big wave. Suddenly you're airborne, knowing you're about to completely wipe out, and you eat pure wake. Then you get back on and do it all again.

12. You're able to go to the restaurants by the water wearing minimal clothing.

One of the many nice things about the life at the lake is that everybody cares about everything a little less. Rolling up to the place wearing only your swimsuit, a cover-up and flip flops, you fit right in. After a long day when you're sunburned, a little buzzed, and hungry, you're served without any hesitation.

13. Having unexpected problems with your boat.

Every once in a while you're hit with technical difficulties, no matter what type of watercraft you have. This is one of the most annoying setbacks when you're looking forward to just having a carefree day on the water, but it's bound to happen. This is just one of the joys that come along with being a boat owner.

14. Having a name for your boat unique to you and your life.

One of the many interesting things that make up the lake culture is the fact that many people name their boats. They can range from basic to funny, but they are unique to each and every owner, and often have interesting and clever meanings behind them.

15. There's no better place you'd rather be in the summer.

Summer is your all-time favorite season, mostly because it's spent at the lake. Whether you're floating in the cool water under the sun, or taking a boat ride as the sun sets, you don't have a care in the world at that moment. The people that don't understand have probably never experienced it, but it's what keeps you coming back every year.

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5 Reasons It's Always Worth It To Be A Summer Camp Counselor

Summer camps have a special place in my heart, and I'm here to share that with you.


Since I was 15, I have been a counselor at various summer camps. I have been a Program Aide at Girl Scout camp, a counselor at church camp, and a counselor at a day camp. These were all camps that I attended as a kid, so they already had a special place in my heart when I got a chance to work at them.

After being a camp counselor for five years, there are things that I have learned on the job that has helped me in life. Being a counselor has also helped me grow as a person. It's helped me gain skills that I don't think I would have learned in other jobs. I'm here to share what I love about the job of being a camp counselor.

1. You get to be the leader/role model

As a kid, there were many counselors in my life that I looked up to. They were people that I strived to be alike in my life, but now that I'm older, I get to be that person for the kid. What I say and do will influence how the kids around me act. That comes with a lot of stress, but it's also empowering. You can be a positive influence in a kids life, and hopefully, teach them important life lessons.

2. You can be your goofy self

One thing that I love about working with kids is that I can be silly around them. Kids won't judge you for being silly because they're silly right alongside you. They feed off your energy, and it can help them explore the world around them through communication. Plus, when was it not fun to be silly?

3. You get to hang out with kids all day

This reason might turn people off from the job, but it's a part of why I love being a counselor. Hanging out with kids tires me out at times, but they also motivate me to keep going. They're little balls of energy, and I feed off of other people's energies well. The kids also help me feel youthful and like nothing matters. Everything is fun to them; they help me keep a positive outlook on life.

4. Your coworkers become your best friends

Working at a summer camp can be difficult at times. It's emotionally and physically draining as well. But having a good support team helps with that. The counselors that I have worked with in the past have become my best friends, and I still stay in touch with some. They're there for you when no one else is, and they understand what you're going through. You know that their feelings for you are genuine, and they want to help as much as they can.

5. You get to watch the kids grow

Over the summer, I get to see the same kids every week at my camp. I get to see them grow as people over the summer and it's a rewarding experience knowing that I was able to help them. Watching them become leaders and grow into little helpers by the end of the summer is one of my favorite things.

I'm excited to have the opportunity to work at a summer camp again this year. I know that it'll provide an opportunity to grow as a person and I can't wait to see my favorite kids again.

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