It’s my annual BACK TO SCHOOL EVERYTHING post!!!
Friends, this is our last “non-school night” of the year!
It’s school time!
In today’s post, I’m going to share everything from where I bought their back to school clothes to backpacks, traditions, recipes and more. It’s just a whole big bunch of back to school fun…in one post 🙂 .
You should probably settle in with coffee…there’s a lot in here.
Ready, set, here we go!
On Thursday, this sweet girl right here…
…STARTS FIFTH GRADE!!!!!!!
Oh my gosh! Someone hold me.
How many of you remember her first day of kindergarten?! Wasn’t it just last year???? And now, she’ll be the oldest one in her school…a fifth grader!!!
I heard this a million times from older moms when Kensington was younger…to enjoy every single day because it goes by quickly, so please hear back there you young moms when I say this…ENJOY EVERY SINGLE DAY BECAUSE IT GOES BY TOO QUICKLY!!!
Here they all are on the first day of school last year…
…and now this year, they’re going into 5th grade, 4th grade, 1st grade and Pre-K!
Over the years, we have developed a few back to school traditions and routines (you know how much I love a tradition AND a routine!). These are things my kiddos look forward to all year long! I’m going to share ours and then I hope you comment and share yours too! Here we go…
Ah! First day of kindergarten and first grade in August 2015.
After school, we always have their favorite cookies…
…waiting and we sit at the bar and talk about their first day.
Also on the first day of school, after drop off, many of the moms and younger siblings meet up for breakfast at our favorite local diner…
…because coffee and pancakes helps us get out of that melancholy first day of school mood 🙂 .
After our diner breakfast? Madeley (or whoever is the youngest at the time) and I always go straight to…
…Hobby Lobby because pumpkins make us HAPPY! ‘Tis the time for fall, y’all! (Yes, even though it’s only mid-August.)
So, those are our traditions. Now, back to school shopping.
I had several of you ask me what we got for back to school shopping this year, so I thought I’d share. Since we live in North Texas and the weather doesn’t really change until October, our goal was to pick some “light” fabrics in fall colors that we could layer when the weather gets cooler. That being said, for his second year in a row, Smith has opted out of “back to school shopping” right now and would like to do it later in the fall when the weather actually changes. In the meantime, he will keep on wearing his summer clothes. #whatevermakesthemhappy When the weather does change, these are his favorite jeans and these are his favorite hoodies. He typically wears a t-shirt underneath.
This year, Kensington found things she loved at three different places. I asked her to pick three outfits to share with you and this is what she chose (and laid out herself!)…
…she is pretty confident that this is her first day of school outfit 🙂 . The dress is a very pretty rust/fall color but the fabric is nice and light. She wanted to pair it with maroon (they’re more maroon, less purple in real life) Converse and a pretty green bow 🙂 .
After Gap, we went to our local Old Navy who I think ALWAYS does a great job on kids’ fall clothes! I’m always so pleased with what they have this time of year (into the Christmas season)…
Isn’t that cute? It’s a combo of Gap and Old Navy. Is it insane to wear this in September in North Texas? Yes. Will Kensington? Yes. 😉
Now, for the littles, I do apologize in advance because I went up to their closet (which you know is on the third floor) to get some outfits to bring downstairs and photograph and then realized that the last thing I wanted to do was walk down three flights, photograph and then walk back up (#lazy), so I just took pics on their closet floor. The lighting isn’t great…and there’s a leopard carpet background, but…it saved me a trip 😉 .
These are the little girls back to school stuff. They both still love dressing alike. We always send them upstairs to get their own pjs/swimsuits/etc and 9 times out of 10, they giggle and come back matching. It’s their thing…and I’m going to enjoy it while it lasts 🙂 .
How cute is this little dress from Old Navy?! The mustard screams fall but it’s light enough to wear now (and could be layered later!).
A pink and army green leopard print dress? Yes, please!
One more fun “back to school” thing for you guys this month. You know how my cousin Casey owns One Stop Bow Shop? We’re all about the bows over here…