SOUTH OGDEN -- There was ruffled hair, and half-asleep children who complained about what it was like just to get up Friday morning.
But there also were school-aged children who admitted to rolling out of bed extra early just to look their best for that day.
And there was a lot of talking and excitement in the air as a few dozen youths gathered around a breakfast table in a driveway. They definitely showed that they had looked forward to what was happening.
The occasion was a back-to-school breakfast celebration in one South Ogden neighborhood designed to get families back in the habit of getting up early for school.
"My daughter this morning was saying, 'Just five more minutes,'" said parent Jared Dannehl about his 11-year-old, Solace. "I was like: 'You have one more minute. We have to go.'"
This is the fourth year for the back-to-school ritual that eases youths in this neighborhood into getting up earlier every morning as they count down to school, which starts next week in Weber County.
Wednesday, they met for breakfast at 9 a.m., then 8:30 a.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday. The food for the breakfasts was provided by different sets of neighbors each time and the event was at a different house each morning.
"This has always been a fun thing for the kids," Dannehl said. "It gets them excited for school and to see friends."
Neighbor Jill Hildebrand started the tradition four years ago. She got the idea from an article in the back of a Family Fun magazine.
On the lawn, Dannehl and Hildebrand took the opportunity to share perspectives for a moment Friday.
Dannehl recited an impromptu cheer for his children: "Back to school. Have no fear. Your friends will be with you all year!"
Hildebrand responded with her own cheer: "No more children. No more screams. They are back to school, yeah, yeah. And now my home will be all clean!"