First Day of School 2017

Yesterday was the first day of school…and we all made it through with happy faces!

Smith woke up very chatty (he’s already SUCH a chatty kid but he was EXTRA talkative!) and Kensington woke up excited but with a bit of nervousness too.  Overall, the energy at our house was happy and optimistic.  It was their first days of 3rd grade and 2nd grade.  And you know what I thought all morning long?  Where did my babies go?  I swear, I blinked and time hopped them forward.  Wasn’t it just yesterday that I had two under two?  It feels like it.

We got up, everyone got dressed, they ate breakfast and then we headed outside for our annual pictures…

They picked out their own clothes for the day and for some reason, this shirt made me laugh.  A lot 🙂 .

She has apples on her outfit…because, hello?  It was the first day of school! 🙂

Sister picture!  Please let me read Madeley’s mind for you…she’s wondering why she was hustled out of bed so quickly, dressed and not given her scrambled eggs?  She was perplexed by the whole thing. Ha!

I mean…she seriously wanted her eggs.

Four kids ready to conquer the day.  Oh how I love these four so much!  They’re all so different and all so special in their own way!

Let’s do this school year!

Our annual backpack pics…


Summer is officially over.

We all piled into the golf cart and headed off to school.

In we go!   Kensington turned around at one point and told me she was nervous.  Sweet girl!  I just want her to have such a great year!

We dropped off our 2nd grader…

…and then our 3rd grader.

Whew!  Why is that so tough?  It just is!  After that, the little girls and I headed to breakfast on our town square with friends…

Our annual first day of school breakfast is always one of my favorite things.  I just love these ladies so much!!

And then…there were two.  They were loving all the attention 🙂 .

We wrapped up our morning with a trip to Hobby Lobby…because IT’S JUST ABOUT FALL Y’ALL!

Well, I’m finishing this post at 1:41 PM.  In about an hour, I will go get those two big kids from school and I’m hoping they had the BEST day!  I cannot wait to hear all about it. xo


And don’t forget…tomorrow is…

…if you are blogging What’s Up Wednesday, our bonus question for the month is what are your best back to school lunch ideas and/or tips!  I can’t wait to read these!  Blog and link up tomorrow!

Happy Tuesday, friends!

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog August 29, 2017 at 4:42 am

    I think the first day of school pictures are such a great tradition to have! It’ll be so much fun to look back at when the kids are older.

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    • Ede September 4, 2017 at 12:35 am

      Love your blog! I remember reading once about the watch your kids wear. Can you tell me what it is again? My son is suddenly very interested in getting a watch and I can’t even remember when you wrote about your kids watch rec!

      • Mix and Match Mama September 4, 2017 at 6:17 am

        They have Garmins and we LOVE them!!!

  • Narci Dreffs August 29, 2017 at 5:28 am

    Oh my goodness! I loved all of these pictures! I hope Kensington and Smith have the best year!!! Xoxo

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt August 29, 2017 at 5:29 am

    I hope this school year is the best year for all of your kids!

  • Elspeth Mizner August 29, 2017 at 5:30 am

    What a great start to the new year. Always curious where is the wall that their backpack pictures were taken? Love the back drop. Hope everyone has a great start to the year

    • Mix and Match Mama August 29, 2017 at 5:42 am

      The side of my house :).

      • Elspeth Mizner August 29, 2017 at 6:30 am

        Really?! It’s a prefect back drop! So glad Day 1 was successful!!

  • Erika Slaughter August 29, 2017 at 5:52 am

    At pick up they were all smiles so I’m calling day one a success!!

  • Christine DeMars August 29, 2017 at 5:55 am

    Love the pictures :). Can you share where your cute dress is from? 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama August 29, 2017 at 5:57 am

      Nordstrom 🙂

  • Bethany August 29, 2017 at 5:57 am

    They are the sweetest! I also love that ya’ll can ride a golf cart to school!

  • Angelique August 29, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Ahh, first day of school photos are the best! I need breakfast first thing too, so I TOTALLY feel ya Madeley. 😉 Our first day should have been yesterday, but it was cancelled due to the rain from the hurricane. Wish us luck today! Eek! I’m going to steal your backpack photo idea. They look so little with their pre-k backpacks …

  • Sarah August 29, 2017 at 6:23 am

    I love that you can ride a golf cart to school!!! My husband is dying for one but I’m not sure when we’d use it haha. The neighborhood pool is around the corner, so it doesn’t exactly seem worth it haha.

    Hope your kids had a fantastic first day!!! And glad you’re able to get some special time with your little ones 🙂


  • Dustie Day August 29, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Looks like a success! Do you put their yumboxes in a lunch box as well? If so, what brand fits the yumbox? I bought a bentgo for my Kindergarten age boy but it won’t be big enough for next year.

    • Mix and Match Mama August 29, 2017 at 6:39 am

      Yes! It fits (barely but it does) in the rectangle Pottery Barn Kids lunchbox.

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life August 29, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Awww what sweet pics! I love the annual Mom breakfast, I need to start that next year!

  • Erin Port August 29, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Love all those photos and the last one of the two girls, priceless :). Are you decorating for fall on Friday! It’s September 1st which in my book makes it time to decorate ;). Xoxo ERIN

  • Sheaffer Sims August 29, 2017 at 6:43 am

    My goodness you’ve got some cute kids. And Madeley is TICKED about her eggs. I love her. 😉

  • Paula August 29, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Precious, Shay! Does Ashby start Kindergarten this year? We do stagger enrollment here, not sure if y’all do.

    • Mix and Match Mama August 29, 2017 at 7:06 am

      She starts next year!

      • Paula August 29, 2017 at 10:33 am

        Yay! One more year.

  • Stephanie August 29, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Madeley’s expression is essentially me every morning that I have to get up and do things . LOL

  • Diana August 29, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Could you please share the link to the dress you’re wearing? So cute.

    • Mix and Match Mama August 29, 2017 at 7:06 am

      It’s not current. I’m sorry!

  • polly August 29, 2017 at 7:03 am

    It must be so hard to focus on the everyday with all that is going on in your state! Praying for Texas!

    • Mix and Match Mama August 29, 2017 at 7:05 am

      It’s just devastating.

      • Jennifer August 29, 2017 at 1:20 pm

        Saw that your brother went to Houston to help. Will you be encouraging donations & support through your (very popular) platforms?

        • Mix and Match Mama August 29, 2017 at 2:02 pm

          Yup! We are focusing on that tomorrow!

  • sydnee August 29, 2017 at 7:31 am

    I love the excitement of the first day! But the second day, it’s all routine and back to the grind. 🙂

  • Kelly Brick August 29, 2017 at 7:36 am

    My daughter had your son’s teacher the first year she taught. She still talks about how much she lo ed that school year and how she was just the best teacher ever. I hope it’s a great year for everyone.

  • Melissa August 29, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Such cute kiddos! The first day of school always gets me too and I have a 7th, 4th and PK this year…it just never is lost on me I’m dropping off pieces of my heart all over town. Clearly I’m well-adjusted about it all-ha! I hope they have the BEST year ever and that Kensington won’t have any reason to be nervous!

  • Alexis deZayas August 29, 2017 at 7:50 am

    I totally feel like Madeley if I don’t get to have breakfast in the morning 🙂 What a special start to the school year!

  • Laura @ Laura Likes Design August 29, 2017 at 7:57 am

    I hope they have a great school year! I just love your tradition of going out to breakfast after drop off on the first day — that’s something I home to incorporate into our routine once we have kids!

  • Heidi August 29, 2017 at 7:59 am

    I hope their first day was wonderful! And Madeley is just the cutest!

  • Miranda August 29, 2017 at 8:06 am

    I ate at spoons when we came through Texas for our vacation.. the pimento cheese sandwich was the best I have ever had!!! All thanks to your post on that nice litte restaurant in your town!! Thanks

  • Melanie S August 29, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Let Kens know that even teachers are a little nervous at the beginning of the year! She (and Smith) will do great!

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams August 29, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Hope the kids had a great first day at school! Ashby & Madeley must be excited for there mom time 🙂
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Amanda August 29, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Oh my goodness. Hobby lobby is 100% fall-ready!

  • Anna August 29, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Do you do anything creative with your kids’s old backpacks if they get new ones each school year-or are they pretty worn out by that time to recycle/donate?

  • Angela Ellingson August 29, 2017 at 9:45 am

    What a great first day of school! Love your breakfast tradition with your friends! An all the heart eyes for Hobby Lobby!

  • Lori August 29, 2017 at 9:48 am

    What purse are you carrying now? Looking for a great tote.

  • Jenny August 29, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Madeley’s facial expressions cracked me up! Too cute!

  • Rebecca August 29, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Precious little ones! I pray they have a wonderful school year!!

  • kellie carrara August 29, 2017 at 10:16 am

    So adorable! hope they have a great school year! Mine started today (Boston burbs) and it was COLD and FOGGY! What?!?

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick August 29, 2017 at 11:46 am

    So glad they had a great day and I loved kicking off the first day back with breakfast with you girls! I told Erika we should do that once a month!! So fun and an excuse to hit up Spoons for breakfast! 😉

    That Inspired Chick

  • Anne August 29, 2017 at 11:46 am

    In the second sisters picture, it looks like Madeley is complaining bitterly about missing her eggs.

  • Carole August 29, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Madeley is quite possibly the cutest thing ever!

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World August 29, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    I can’t wait to hear how their first days went!! Sweet babies!

  • Michelle August 29, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Ashby’s right hand looks so great and like she is able to use it so much more. So amazing and such a blessing!! You are going to have so much fun with those 2 little ones this year! They all just brighten my day. 🙂

  • Pamela August 29, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Oh my stars! They are all just adorable! Good job, Mama! It looks like you made their first day very special. Hope they have an incredible year! p.s. I have never gotten over that video of you asking Madley her brother’s name. “Biff? Miff?” We need more Madley’s voice videos. Oh my word…just so cute!! God Bless your sweet family.

  • Maria August 30, 2017 at 7:37 am

    How sweet! Your kids all look like such sweethearts! I can’t get over how giant their back packs look on their little frames!! Its cracking me up this morning:) Hope they don’t tip over backwards!

  • Gabrielle Storey August 30, 2017 at 10:33 am

    So happy school went good! They are so cute!! Love their backpacks!

  • Ali August 30, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Great pics! Here’s a book that may be helpful for both you and Kensington with any “bumps” she may be encountering: “Odd Girl Out” By Rachel Simmons.

  • Sadia August 30, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    What Louis Vuitton bag is that? Is it current?

    • Mix and Match Mama August 31, 2017 at 5:39 am

      I don’t know the name (I’m horrible with that) but yes, it’s current!

  • Stephanie September 1, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Speaking of Fall decorations, do you have a post you can share about how you organize all of your holiday decorations? What do you use to store them? Any recommendations? I imagine everything to be so well organized at your house and your decorations are always so beautiful!!

    • Mix and Match Mama September 1, 2017 at 5:13 am

      Hahaha! Please don’t imagine that! They’re in big bins up in the attic…I think it’s basically a crazy mess up there :).

  • Kelsey September 1, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Glad to hear your kiddos had a great first day! My oldest starts Grade 3 next Friday. I was curious though, I know your daughter was born in 2008 (I’m a long time reader so I don’t feel too creepy knowing that) and mine was born in 2009 – but both are going into Grade 3. I live in Canada so i’m wondering if kids in the US start a year later than kids in Canada?

    • Mix and Match Mama September 1, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      Our school calendar year runs September 1 through August 31 for kids in Texas. So, K’s birthday is 09/15/2008 and Ebby Lee’s is 04/09/2009 but they’re in the same grade. Make sense?

      • Kelsey September 6, 2017 at 8:18 am

        Ah gotcha – that makes perfect sense! Thanks for replying 🙂

  • Andrea in MN September 7, 2017 at 10:02 am

    I “think” you mentioned the kids pick a new backpack each year. I wondered what you do with the backpacks at the end of each grade, since they are monogrammed (I think)? Odd question maybe, but I wondered the same thing the past few years for the back to school post. I know you are very busy, and I feel silly asking, but I am so very curious.

    • Mix and Match Mama September 7, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      We use them for traveling and sports stuff (dance bags, basketball stuff, etc).