And just like that, Summer Break is over! We tried to savor every moment, but it still managed to fly by. But that’s life with kids, right?! One moment, they’re bald and squishy attached to your hip, and the next they’re moving out and have a much better head of hair.
Today Little Miss starts 8th grade, her final year in middle school, and for the first time in 13 years, I don’t have two kids posing with new backpacks on their first day. We’re moving our son to college later this week, a fact that pesky lump in my throat has reminded me of every day since last August!
But even though back-to-school looks a little different for us now, I couldn’t miss the chance to shoot my favorite post of the year…back-to-school with J.Crew Factory! These photos just mean a little more to me now.
Can you believe they were only 3 and 8 when I started this blog?! I feel equal parts elated for making it to this point, and devastated by how much our family life is changing.
But most of all, I’m just overwhelmingly grateful I get to love them, raise them, and have a front row seat to their lives.
When it’s time for back-to-school shopping, J.Crew Factory is always our first stop. The styles are more timeless than trendy, the materials soft, and the quality is spot-on. Plus, the prices are always budget-friendly with incredible sales. In fact, they’re having a one day only flash sale, and today everything is 50% off!
Little Miss is sensitive to fabrics and textures, so she appreciates the soft cottons, smooth seams, and mostly-tagless pieces.
Her tie-front tee is made of the softest jersey material, and comes in solids, stripes and camo. They are a great lightweight for layering into Fall, too.
And just for fun…here’s a peek at our first back-to-school post with J.Crew Factory five years ago!
This blog is (hopefully) a spot of inspiration for you, but it also serves as our own personal scrapbook, and I love that we’ve documented so much of their lives over the last 10 years. Thank you for embracing us, and supporting us through this journey of life, loss, joys, and parenting. I honestly feel like because of you, we’re not doing this alone.
Have your babies returned to school yet? Are you going through a new season of parenting, too? I miss their faces already and can’t wait to hear all the first day stories. Be kind to them, World, they’re our whole heart!
*Photos by the darling and talented Mary Hafner. This post is created in collaboration with J.Crew Factory, but all product selections, styling, and proud mama hearts are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*