The Wagners – A Lifestyle Maternity Session

Dave and Maria contacted me a few months ago to find out if we could work together on their maternity session while they were in Florida for their babymoon. I could tell from Maria’s messages that we would be a good fit and was so excited that the shoot worked out! It’s always a little stressful working with out-of-town clients, because they’re usually on vacation and only have one or two opportunities to fit a photoshoot into their schedules. And the Florida afternoon storms always taunt us with a possible appearance! So I often find myself a little anxious leading up to the shoot. But the evening of the Wagner’s maternity session at the Omni Resort on Amelia Island was absolutely gorgeous. Crazy windy, but gorgeous!

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September in Cell Phone Pics


It’s been dark, rainy, and dreary around here lately. But! These gorgeous flowers are keeping our house bright and cheery!
Thanks ProFlowers for the bouquet of sunshine! You can order your own for a discount here.


My friend Jen and I  got a little preview of the brand new Watts Juicery last week! So excited that it’s now open in Jax Beach.
PS-Moms, your kids will love this stuff! Gotta sneak those fruits and veggies in.


Left: Hot town, summer in the city!
Right: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children.
Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up… and when you’re shopping! :)


Beach days are here to stay!


I slowly redid our dining room this summer, but it’s not finished… still figuring out the flooring situation.


Left: At our favorite niece’s 16th birthday party!
Right: Breakfast date with my little guy who NEEDED a waffle.


Plane rides.

Anderson leaves notes for me everywhere. He started it when we were dating. :)
Right: Kingston said he wanted to do “noffing,” so I suggested he nap. He said he’d rather just drink coffee to wake up, like me. Yikes!


Left: We send Anderson a lot of pictures like this with the same caption, “Thank you for working hard, so we can play hard!”
Right: My name is rarely spelled right on anything, but this is a new one! 10 points for creativity!


Celebrating my friend Brooke’s birthday with a much needed girls’ lunch!
Right: How gorgeous is this spot?! I got to do a photoshoot here with the cutest couple while they were on their baby-moon.


I’ve been reading a lot lately. I don’t really “have time” for it, but it’s amazing what you can fit in here and there!

So many women who I really respect have given me the same advice over the years:
Make your husband a priority. Go on dates as often as you can. Plan trips for just the two of you.
So we’re stepping it up and trying to do a weekly date night! It’s a little ambitious and might not happen every single week,
but if we make it a priority, it just might! I love dating you, Mr. Almeida.

Another beach day!
Right: The night Anderson took Kingston for a bike ride, and it started pouring. So I had to go rescue them. :)

VPK is kicking our butts, so we’re just trying to take it in stride. Every day gets a little better. Thanks for praying, Grandma and Grandpa!!


Shopping with Kingston: “Mom, those pants look too boyish ok?”


Went shopping with my friend Jen (She’s my partner in crime for all-things-local) at the Palms Market in Atlantic Beach.
We both got the prettiest necklaces from Couture Jems!

Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa!


Left: Thrifted goodies.
Right: Play date!

September 28, 2015 - 3:40 pm

Anderson Almeida - awesome

What I Wore

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What I Wore… several times last week. This is my summer-to-fall transition uniform: jean shorts, t-shirt, (really) light jacket, animal print shoes, and a hat.
Hat, Shoes, Jacket, T-Shirt, Shorts.

September 16, 2015 - 9:26 am

Ashley Anne - I love this cute look on you, Lyndsay!


This summer has been a busy one for the Almeida Family! Both of Anderson’s brothers and their wives (Will & Sara and Wes & Kylene) had babies! Within a week of each other! And that gave us a great excuse for a long-overdue trip to Grand Rapids to meet our new nephews, Gracian and Fierce. We love visiting the Michigan Almeidas! It’s usually a whirlwind of talking about what we want to see and do, then making plans about what we want to see and do, then changing those plans, then deciding we don’t really know what we want to do, then doing something completely different from what we planned. And that’s just how we decide where to go for breakfast!!! Then we start over and do it all again. Ha! Does that sounds crazy and exhausting? It is. In the best way!

Anderson’s dad also came into town to see all four of his grandsons, so that was an extra treat. He fits right in with the craziness and goes with the flow. We even got to celebrate his birthday together! I think the best part of the trip, for all of us, was holding and squeezing and kissing the babies. They are the sweetest little guys! I almost felt a little baby fever coming on. Almost.

Anderson and I love downtown Grand Rapids. Actually, we love downtown anywhere, but Grand Rapids is definitely a favorite. Forbes call it “One of the 10 Best Downtowns in the U.S.A.” It’s a fun little city and always reminds me of the kind of place Jacksonville hopes to be someday. It’s so encouraging to see a city that said, “We’re going to transform downtown to an area where people want to hang out, live, and work.” And then they did it! There’s an energizing buzz to the area. And every time we visit I’m amazed by how many more old building have been renovated and restored. I can totally see Jacksonville being like GR in 10-20 years!

We couldn’t decide where to stay this time. So after much deliberation and a process similar to the one I mentioned above, we decided to stay in the heart of downtown at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. That way we could soak in as much of the downtown vibe as possible. We love hanging out in urban areas, so the Amway Grand was the perfect spot for us. The property is gorgeous! It was originally built in 1913 as the Pantlind hotel and feels like a step back in time from the moment you pull up to the majestic old building. We stayed in a corner room that overlooked the Grand River, so we spent a lot of time enjoying the view! We also took advantage of the indoor pool (and hot tub!) with the whole family and even drug ourselves to the workout room. Well, one of us did! Thanks for a great stay, Amway Grand team! We will definitely be back!

I kept asking to go to Robinette’s Apple Orchard, mainly for some apple donuts, so we all went one afternoon. I love the apple orchards, because they’re so different from the citrus orchards here. They just feel like fall! (Even though it was almost 90 degrees the day we went!) Another highlight was the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. It’s an indoor/outdoor space that features restaurants, bakeries, a meat market, and even a green house. It reminded me of Chelsea Market in NYC!

Michigan is beautiful in the fall, but this time we found out it’s pretty great in the summertime too! And the people are always so nice. I’ve always thought southerns had the hospitality market cornered, then I met a bunch of Michiganders and realized we actually have a lot to learn!

Thanks for a great time, Almeidas! We can’t wait to come back!

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September 21, 2015 - 10:11 am

pinkcoffeephoto - Yes-It was a great Almeida adventure! Ha! Glad I could help you carry out your plan. ;)

September 21, 2015 - 10:03 am

Marissa - Looks like a fun trip for the Almeida clan. I love this hotel and after reading this talked my hubs into a weekend stay for our anniversary! Thanks for helping me twist his arm-heehee!

September 18, 2015 - 10:09 am

pinkcoffeephoto - You will LOVE IT Gemma! Hope you have an awesome trip. :))

September 18, 2015 - 10:07 am

Gemma - EEEK! So glad you posted about this trip. We love Grand Rapids too and are going to stay at the Amway next visit!!

September 17, 2015 - 2:04 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - I totally agree!! :)

September 16, 2015 - 8:11 pm

Marlena Merkt - I think what I like most is thinking about the future generation of "Almeida men"…so special.

September 12, 2015 - 9:52 pm

Peggy Hyatt - what a sweet family! beautiful pictures. You girls are just beautiful !!

September 12, 2015 - 1:06 am

Ginger Hardwick Holliday - Thank you, Lyndsay, for all the wonderful pictures. Your sister-in-laws look amazing for women who just had babies. Grand Rapids is a pretty city through the lens of your camera, as well. Thank you for sharing.

September 11, 2015 - 4:46 pm

Anderson Almeida - i cried, miss these people

1st Day of Preschool

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One of my constant prayers for this little guy is that he will grow in “wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” Luke 2:52 says this about Jesus when he was a boy, so I figure if it’s good enough for Jesus… ;) But I have to admit there’s a part of me that doesn’t want him to become too wise, too quickly. I kind of love that he thinks he can be a black Lamborghini when he grows up!

PS-He looks SO BIG compared to his first day last year!

September 9, 2015 - 9:40 pm

Anderson Almeida - love it

September 9, 2015 - 7:22 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Ha!! Yes-it's important to set specific goals. :)

September 9, 2015 - 2:42 pm

Wes Side - I like it that he is more specialized in what he wants to be. Not just a car anymore, but a black Lamborghini.

September 9, 2015 - 10:07 am

Milton Almeida - Hah hah! He is as powerful as a Lamborghini now, at almost 5!
He is such an adorable and intelligent boy that it amazes me! Of course you, Lyndsay, and Anderson were there, but so everyone would have a hint of how intelligent and communicative he is: I was trying to joke with him that I sleep with my eyes open so I can see in my dreams. He then correct me vehemently and emphatically stating that I was wrong because: You don’t have to worry… you can close your eyes because dreams (as he said pointing the two index fingers to his head) are IN YOUR BRAINS! They’re not really happening, but they are in your brains!!!!
I proudly thought: “uh oh… grandpa has to wise up if he wants to joke with this kid… He is smarter than most 4 or 5 year old boys!
Perhaps in his inner being, if we can compare brains with today’s technology, Kingston is a Lamborghini of a boy!!!! You cannot get any better!!!!
Proud Grandpa Milt!

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