First Day of School 2016

Well…yesterday, was the first day of school.

It’s hard to believe those babies I used to have are now in first and second grade.  What in the world?  Friends, I’m going to blink and they’ll be in high school. #someoneholdme

Okay…here are some pics from our special day yesterday (and the moments leading up to our first day)…


Someone came home from church and laid out her outfits for the week.  Kensington was just bursting with happiness to get back to school.  She is so excited about this year!


We had our family dinner the night before and Smith set the table.  I love his little lettering.  That boy was pumped too!


Smith received this letter on Meet the Teacher night and we waited to open it until before bed.  Andrew, Smith and I opened it, and then Smith tucked his confetti under his pillow.  I love stuff like this.  Smith thought this was so fun!

That next morning, everyone woke up bright and early, ate breakfast and got dressed.  There was lots of enthusiasm which made things easier.


Please note that Smith wore the exact same outfit (down to the necklace) on the last day of school.  He said he wanted his friends to see him again in the same clothes.  Don’t ask me why?  He has a closet full of new back to school clothes and he wore something from last year.  Was he afraid they wouldn’t recognize him in new clothes?  Your guess is as good as mine ;).


This girly girl was SO EXCITED!  And just FYI: the number one question when I posted this on Instagram was “where are her shoes from?”.  Ha!  You can find them HERE.  Lovie bought them for her :).


First day of school 2016!

(Ashby starts preschool in 2 weeks!)


About to head out…


…but first they indulged me in some more pictures.


Love these two so much!


Miss Ashby wanted a picture too.


On the first day, parents can walk their kids into the building…so off we went!


Go get ’em Kensington!


And then we walked Smith to his class and Ashby started getting really sentimental.


The first day drop off is hard friends.  She did not want them to go to school.

Ashby and I dropped Andrew off back at home and then headed to our town square to have our annual first day of school breakfast with friends…


…love these ladies so much!  It’s so nice to sit and talk and do mom-life with them!

After breakfast, Ashby and I went to the hospital to see my cousin who had just had a baby boy the night before and then on our way home…


…we declared it fall and stopped at Hobby Lobby.  Give me all the pumpkin stuff.


The kids came home from school raving about their day.  I know it won’t be a perfect year, but I’m very optimistic.  We ate cookies and then I tackled all of that paperwork they send home on the first day.   And for dinner, they picked my Roasted Garlic & Tomato Pasta for supper.  One day down, many more to go.

Happy Tuesday!

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  • Alli August 23, 2016 at 4:41 am

    What size Pottery Barn backpacks did you get for Kensington and Smith?

  • Kimm August 23, 2016 at 4:42 am

    Hope they all have a great year. And I love how Smith wore the exact same outfit!

  • Erika Slaughter August 23, 2016 at 4:46 am

    I’m shock Smith even remembered what he was wearing the last day of school! Haha! That’s impressive!

  • Regine Karpel August 23, 2016 at 4:52 am

    So much love.

  • jamie August 23, 2016 at 5:25 am

    we start school two weeks from today??!?! oh, sweet ashby, your sweet sister tears. that’s how i’ll feel the first day i send z to school. and smith wearing the same outfit from the last day of school??!? hysterical. and OH GOSH hobby lobby. i don’t know my N S E W but we do all our things in ann arbor/saline. our nearest hobby lobby is in the opposite direction to a town i go to maybe once a month but now my heart is pumping to go there. i have declared the first day of school the day i will go buy all the fall scented candles…

  • Narci August 23, 2016 at 5:26 am

    Oh Smith! I love it! 🙂 looks like it was a great day!! So happy for your babies! They look so big!!

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt August 23, 2016 at 5:28 am

    You’ll get to have a first day of school celebration again when Ashby starts in 2 weeks! I’m so glad your kids were excited about school! That changes when they get older 🙂

  • Sheaffer August 23, 2016 at 5:35 am

    That is hysterical about Smith! Cute pics of the kids! And sweet Ashby didn’t want her playmates to take off. So sweet!

  • emily @ a little bit of emily August 23, 2016 at 5:41 am

    I love that Kensington came home and set out all her clothes for the week! She must have been so excited. And too cute that Smith wanted to wear the same outfit. Glad to hear the first day went well!

  • Lesley McFarland August 23, 2016 at 5:54 am

    Such sweet looking kiddos!! Glad everyone had a great day! I love your mom after drop off breakfast. You truely have such a special tribe!

  • heidi August 23, 2016 at 7:02 am

    How cute are they !!!
    Bless little Ashby’s heart..
    We are back in 2 weeks I have very mixed emotions! !! I love that your friends get together that first day! !!

  • Kristen August 23, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Since you switched to the new site I can’t see your pictures anymore on my work computer, apple laptop or iphone. So sad! Hope the kids had a great first day!

  • Kara August 23, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Looks like such a great first day! I love that you ladies get together every year and eat breakfast. Such a fun tradition!

  • Jenny August 23, 2016 at 8:20 am

    I love how excited they are! We head back to school on Monday, and this year, I’ll have a high schooler. So true that the days are long and the years are short. Ready or not, here we go.

  • Amanda August 23, 2016 at 8:33 am

    I am having the same problem with your pictures loading… I’ve tried Firefox, Google Chrome and my iPhone.

    • Mix and Match Mama August 23, 2016 at 11:19 am

      My techy friend is looking into it!

  • Lynn August 23, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Where is Kensington’s dress from? Love it!

    • Mix and Match Mama August 23, 2016 at 11:18 am

      Matilda Jane!

  • Ruth August 23, 2016 at 9:07 am

    I love Kensington’s dress! I was always excited to choose my clothes for the first week of school as well. Too cute about Smith wearing his same outfit and sweet Ashby missing her siblings. Here’s to a fabulous school year. 🙂

  • Angela Ellingson August 23, 2016 at 9:09 am

    What a great first day! Such little sweeties you have! Love the note from Smith’s teacher. 🙂

  • Mary Kate August 23, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Is your driveway and front walk brick or stamped concrete? I really like it! Trying to figure out options for our new home. Thanks!

    • Mix and Match Mama August 23, 2016 at 11:18 am

      It is stamped!

  • Lizzie August 23, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Smith is hilarious and reminds me so much of my son! (also in 1st grade) – And poor Ashby! She is going to miss them so much I’m sure!!

    Yay for Fall and Hobby Lobby!

  • Lizzie August 23, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Smith is hilarious! He reminds me so much of my son (also in 1st grade) – Poor Ashby! She is going to miss them for sure!!

    Yay for Fall and Hobby Lobby!

  • chelsea jacobs August 23, 2016 at 9:20 am

    That letter and confetti-how sweet!

  • Rebecca Jo August 23, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Smith & the clothes… you never know what is in his little mind & the purpose. So funny.
    I love Kensington’s hair. A great first day look 🙂 I want to do double buns now myself.

  • Sara August 23, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Ashby’s crying face almost made me cry. Poor girl but it’s so sweet that she loves her siblings so much! I’m sure she’ll be excited to start school in 2 weeks!

  • cassie {hi sugarplum} August 23, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Such cutie-pies!!! So fun to watch them grow…and I’m thrilled they had a great first day!

  • Melanie August 23, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Sweet sweet kids. Love that Ashby didn’t want to leave them. And Kensington is beautiful and Smith is so handsome and I just hope they have the best year!

  • Holly August 23, 2016 at 11:04 am

    The kids look great & I love that Smith wore the same outfit & that you let him. So sweet! You have such a big group of girlfriends what a blessing! As i have gotten older had kids and busier i have less & less friends just a couole of really good ones that understand when i dont get right back to them its not lack of love just lack of time in the day. We recently started at a new church tho that has a Womens bible study once a week that offers childcare & altho im nervous im making myself go cuz i need more women in my corner. ????

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World August 23, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Kensington looks SO grown up! I think this year’s picture and last year’s picture might be the most drastically different yet!

    And hooray for the Hobby Lobby fall section! I’ve already browsed ours a couple of times as well! I’m ready to decorate… only 8 days to go and it’s ON!

  • Edye August 23, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Sounds like a nice first day of school! How sweet of little Ashby to miss her big brother and sister?! #siblinglove <3

  • Emily @ Three Boys and a Girl August 23, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    They are so cute in their first day pics! Ashby looked so sad. I feel your pain sweet girl. My sisters were a lot older than me too! I love that you have a first day of school breakfast with your girlfriends after drop off. I may have to implement that this year after the first day of preschool drop off!

  • Kati Matthews August 23, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Oh sweet Ashby! Love that she misses her siblings that much!

  • Erica D. August 23, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    I agree with everybody on IG… I am dying over K’s shoes! I adore watching these kids grow up! Glad everybody had a good day. 🙂

  • Megan August 24, 2016 at 2:23 am

    Shay your kids are adorable!!! Hope they have a great year! For their backpacks- what size did you order for them in Kindergarten? Trying to figure out which size to get my twins! Thanks!

  • Aubrey August 24, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Kensington and all those dresses! Smith and last year’s outfit! Ashby and those sweet tears! All so very adorable. Hope everyone has an awesome year!

  • Meg August 24, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Where are the other cute bell sleeved dresses from? Thx!!

  • Melissa August 25, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Hi there, as always I love your family pictures and love reading about what your lovely family are up to:)
    But my question is, I have been looking for a Louie bag and I love the one that you have in the pic with your friends, could you tell me what the name of that one is?

    • Mix and Match Mama August 25, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      Sure! That’s the Neverfull. There are three sizes and that’s the medium size.

  • Jessica August 26, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Love the back to school pics! What color are Kensington’s shoes? Trying to decide on what color my daughter “needs”!