Monday, July 25, 2016

Let's Talk - Back To School

Happy Monday, Friends!  The countdown to school is officially on in our house and we're EXCITED!!!  Including today we have 21 days left of summer (really only 11 days until I go back to work) and while we plan on making the absolute most of the last bit of vacation we really ramp up the anticipation of getting back to school.

I'm going to miss being home with them so much.... the constant flow of hot tea, the lazy mornings, the afternoons in the pool... but instead of focusing on what we're all going to miss we like to focus on all the fun and exciting things coming up.

To help with building the anticipation :) I like to decorate a bit for Back To School.  I haven't pulled out my box of decorations yet (at this point my focus is getting cabinet hardware on in our kitchen. UGH!!!), but here's a look at what I did last year. 



And the post includes a tutorial for this wreath...


I'm excited to get the decorations out this year as well - but need a few days :)

In the past I've hosted a couple of back to school parties including a Kindergarten Kickoff Dinner that Shay and I hosted when LOTS of our friends had kids starting Kindergarten.  This is one of my favorite parties EVER!




   


Mason has a great little crew of friends at school this year and since they're all going to be starting Kindergarten this Fall I'm thinking of hosting a Kindergarten Kickoff Lunch for them in the next week or so.  Hopefully I can pull that together :)



 


And can we pause for a minute as we take in Baby Griffin the night of our back to school dinner???


This was the first year I made these mini apple spice cupcakes and they're definitely a back to school favorite in my house now.


 I blogged the recipe HERE and you won't be sorry you made them. They'd be cute in a first day lunch or as a little after school treat.  They would be great to leave in a teacher workroom since they're bite size and teachers would LOVE you.  :)

  

A few years ago I found these cute wooden "First Day Of..." signs and bought a bunch of them for me and my friends.  I totally plan on making them hold this sign and take a picture until their senior year. ;)  Wish me luck.


Every year I get asked so many times where they are from and, unfortunately, I can't find the exact sign anywhere.  BUT... here's a cute one on Etsy.  This shop has no clue who I am, but I liked how it has first day on one side and last day on the other.

I still can't believe it's almost back-to-school time!!!  Such a fun and exciting time of the year :)

Happy Monday, Friends!


23 comments:

  1. I always love your back to school decorations! I feel like I need kids to justify going all out right now but I need to get myself back into the swing of things for teaching! ;)

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    1. You could totally decorate for yourself :) hahaha

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    2. Maybe I'll go all out in the classroom and then decorate our house next year?! Baby steps! hahah ;)

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  2. Baby G in her floral ruffles and chambray!!!! And that kindergarten dinner was such a sweet time. The Mamas will remember it forever. ;)

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    1. Baby G gets me every time! How was she ever that small!!! And I agree - it was such a fun night ;)

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  3. Andrea! You know how I feel about your back to school decor. IT MAKES ME SO HAPPY! Girl! I cannot wait to come over tonight and chat all things fall with you ;). xo

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    1. #soulsisters I may or may not be wearing a blardigan tonight so come on over, girly :)

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  4. The KN kick off party pic caught me off guard and gave me a little lump in my throat! Such a sweet memory!

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  5. That kindergarten dinner was so fun, friend!! Love your creative ideas!! Xoxo

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  6. Andreas I just found your blog and love it...I linked up. I used to be a former teacher. I just started blogging and am so happy to have found you. Hope you will follow along at classysoutherntexan.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Kelli! I'll be sure to check out your blog :)

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  7. Such a good idea to send the teachers a little treat, they need to get through the day just as much as the kids do! :)

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    1. Right?!?! The first day is always a whirlwind and a little sweetness goes a long way :)

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  8. I love how detailed your decor and parties are! It is all so cute!! I don't have kiddos, but when I do, I can't wait to start fun traditions like these. :) Enjoy your last few days of summer vaca!
    www.saraleeblog.com

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  9. Oh my the BTS party is so inspiring! How blessed to have such a great group of people!

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  10. Such cute back to school decor & ideas! Love your blog! Quick q...I think you have the ikea hemnes sofa table in your kid's rooms. If so, we're you able to adjust the config to have the 2 large compartments on the bottom, instead of 4 small ones as shown on ikea site? Does that make sense? Hope so bc I want to order but really want the 4+2 and not 8 equal smaller cubbies. Thank you so much

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  11. Love that you decorate for back to school! So cute and it's a good way to get the kids excited about school starting back up!

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  12. I love all of your decorations and inspirational quotes for your kiddos!! And thanks for the reminder to find my "first day of 4th & 2nd grade signs"!!!

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  13. Target has "first day of" signs in their dollar spot. :)

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  14. I love how you celebrate! XOXO My kids don't go back until the end of August. I'm already dreading it. I love the more relaxed schedule in Summer!

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  15. Looking forward to seeing the back to school decor in your new home, I know it will be fabulous:).

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