Good. Not So Good.

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Good:

- The first day of preschool.*

- Let’s talk about Publix for a minute. For those of you who aren’t local, this is a Florida-based supermarket. And it’s THE BEST! They have race car shopping carts (WIN!), the friendliest employees, a decent selection of organic food, and even give kids free balloons and cookies. Earlier this week Kingston and I went on a quick Publix run, and when we got there realized they didn’t have any race car carts available. Oh no! One of the managers heard me telling Kingston he would survive, this wasn’t the end of the world, etc and offered to go check the parking lot for stray carts. He came back empty-handed but then found us in the store a few minutes later with one of the carts. Kingston told him he made his day! A little kindness really does go a long way. And I was reminded that going out of my way for other people really is worth it! Good job, Publix! (PS-I called corporate and gave the guy a little shout-out!)

- Preschool = Early Bedtime. PARTY!!!!!!

- Kingston loves to make people laugh, and he’s figured out that people like jokes. He just doesn’t know what jokes are. So he yells, “JOKE!” Then laughs at himself and says, “Laugh, Mama. Laugh!”

- My friend Kelly spoke at a women’s event at church last week and said something that I can’t stop thinking about. She talked about how we often feel the need to do everything, be involved in everything, help every time we’re asked… but sometimes that means we’re so tired and rundown that we don’t do anything to the best of our ability. She quoted 1 Corinthians 13:3 – “If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” So basically, it doesn’t matter if I’m running around like a crazy chic doing everything I’m asked to do – volunteering and teaching and leading this or that, if I’m not doing it with love. Sometimes I feel like I need to be doing stuff at church, so people know I love my church and am supportive of the ministries offered there. But my first priority (after my own relationship with Jesus) has to be my home. Because if I’m not loving well at home then what’s the point of all the other “stuff”? Kelly said something like this: “I was so busy doing everything I thought the Lord wanted me to that I wasn’t being who he wanted me to be.” Yes! I can totally relate. Kelly, thank you for honestly sharing your heart!

- This has become a routine: Me – “Ugh. What’s that smell?” Kingston – Laughing. This will only be in the “good” list for a little while, I’m sure!

- Shopping online beats shopping at the mall any day. We went to buy Kingston some school clothes last weekend (ie excuse to shop) and everything in the stores was for fall and winter. I get the fashion buying cycle, but seriously! I even spotted a few wool jackets. Which makes since considering that we don’t even wear pants in Florida until at least Thanksgiving.

- Kingston was chatting on his pretend phone the other night, and he said, “No! I don’t want to talk to you!” I asked him who he was talking to like that, and he told me it was a girl. Then said that he doesn’t want a girlfriend. He wants a brother. Um, okay.

Not-So-Good:

- *The second day of preschool. Wow. That was a doozy. We’ve now recovered though and rallied this week. Thank you, Jesus! I realized that my child has a little bit of my brother, Don, and Anderson’s brother, Wesley, in him. I’m scared.

August 28, 2014 - 1:56 am

Peggy Hyatt - Its ALL good :) love you and yes learn to say NO! Jesus first FAMILY second and church is third

August 27, 2014 - 1:46 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Ha!! You WOULD!!!

August 27, 2014 - 9:38 am

JoJo - I love your “Good. Not So Good” posts! I agree with Kingston about that little brother thing too, haha!(;(;

Kingston’s Big Boy Room

Kingston is really tall for his age! I have no idea why. :) So our toddler bed stage didn’t last too long. The poor kid was pretty cramped! When we decided it was time for a big boy bed I thought that was the perfect time to redecorate his room. We had already gotten rid of a lot of the really babyish stuff in his nursery, but the walls needed to be painted so bad. What in the world do kids do to their walls? It’s a total mystery. Anyway… The first step was negotiating with a 3-year-old about the paint color! His favorite color is green, so he was pretty bad at me when I told him we were going to paint his room gray. We compromised on a green bed. (And it honestly doesn’t go with the rest of the room, but he loves it. So who cares?!) I didn’t want it to be too “themey” but had been collecting a lot of stuff over the last few months that I thought he’d like. So when it was all put together, we ended up with a with a vintage/cars look. Perfect for a little boy who wants to be a car when he grows up!

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- The shelves are from Home Depot. I lightly sprayed them with a flat gray, so they wouldn’t have such a shiny look.
- The curtains and bedding are from H&M. And the pillow is an Etsy find. I’m still looking for a few more fun ones!
- I made the art piece above his bed. It’s just a decal (from Etsy) on a sheet of plywood. Kingston loves Anderson’s Mini Cooper, so this was a big hit!
- The arrow sign is from Target. It reminded us of the neon signs from the Cars movies. :) I found the old hubcap at an antique store and made the pom pom garland and the pennants on his bed.

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All of the old books and toys are from antique and thrift stores or were mine and my brother’s when we were kids. I’m so glad my Mom saved everything!

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My dad made a shelf out of an old Coke crate.

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And one more contribution from Grandpa & Grandma: a Chrysler grille.

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PS – Let’s be really clear… I cleaned up his room to take these pictures!

You can see other snippets of our home here, here, here, and here.

August 27, 2014 - 1:16 am

Peggy Hyatt - Lyndsay Im glad I kept all that old stuff. I have more… hint,hint :0

August 26, 2014 - 1:26 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - I want to see more of your dream home! :)) Based on the outside alone, I might just move in!

August 26, 2014 - 1:25 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Thank you so much!

August 26, 2014 - 9:23 am

pinkcoffeephoto - Thank you Andrea! He loves that grille. :)

August 26, 2014 - 12:12 am

Andrea Worley - Cute! Love that grill over his closet, I just love happy kids’ rooms!

August 25, 2014 - 8:04 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Thank you Jenny!!

August 25, 2014 - 4:04 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Thank you. :)

August 25, 2014 - 8:00 pm

Juanita Pittman - Good job!!

August 25, 2014 - 2:23 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Says little miss Bob Villa herself. You don’t need my help!!

August 25, 2014 - 2:13 pm

JoJo - I love it! I’m loving the green bed against those gray walls! I think my favorite is the little shelf your dad made. Now, please come do R and M’s room, ha!

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Whitney Dee-Ann Croxton - So very cute!

The Miller Family

I mention my girlfriend JoJo here sometimes. (Isn’t that the coolest name?) She’s such a special friend, and I’ve learned a lot from her over the last few years. Things like:

- The most powerful thing we can do for each other (and our families) is pray.

- Homeschoolers really can turn out to be normal adults. ;)

- It doesn’t matter what everyone else is doing as long as I’m doing what God wants ME to do for MY family.

- Traditions are important.

- I need to learn to make homemade cinnamon rolls.

- God’s Word is always relevant. When we don’t have adequate words, He does.

And a lot more that I probably shouldn’t post on the ‘ole internet!

I love you, JoJo. And the other 4 Millers too!

 
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August 26, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Thank you. Now for a post on lessons learned from my friend Lauri… might need to save that for a book. ;)

August 26, 2014 - 1:27 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Your children ARE that precious! Well, they look it at least. :)

August 26, 2014 - 1:26 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Sally Crosby Moore Thank you so much! That means a lot coming from JoJo's mama!! I love your family!!!

August 22, 2014 - 1:42 am

Julie Pickett - Beautiful Family!

August 22, 2014 - 12:41 am

Sarah Overcash Carter - Love this JoJo. Your children are beautiful!!!!!

August 22, 2014 - 12:21 am

Sally Crosby Moore - Love love love these photos!!! Lyndsay has done a miraculous work!!!

August 22, 2014 - 12:15 am

Sally Crosby Moore - Again, I love how you have captured our family! Thank you!

August 21, 2014 - 6:25 pm

Jennifer Grantz Pearce - Be still my heart…I love this family! Precious pictures…great job, Lyndsey. can you make my full grown children look that precious again?

August 21, 2014 - 5:06 pm

Jessica Thornton - These are SO gorgeous!!!!

August 21, 2014 - 3:21 pm

Lauri Holt Greenhaw - A very wise and beautiful friend you have there! Love the lessons she has taught you! It goes without saying that the photos are stunning!

August 21, 2014 - 2:41 pm

JoJo Moore Miller - Clearly I take my Hyppo pops very seriously, haha!! I love these times a thousand! You have a gift and I'm so proud of you.<3 PS. What the heck is "normal" anyway, ha! I love you, too.<3

Here We Go!

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I texted Anderson a picture of K in his classroom this morning, and he thought I was still there – an hour after I dropped him off.
No. But what’s wrong with that anyway?!?

August 26, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - The bribing has begun…

August 26, 2014 - 1:29 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - HA! He's crazy!

August 19, 2014 - 4:39 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Whatever works, right?!?

August 19, 2014 - 2:40 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Love you Mom. Thank you!

August 19, 2014 - 2:29 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Ha! That is always his answer!

August 19, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Lauri Holt Greenhaw - Logan cried for 6 solid weeks! I told Dr. Joe that if he cried again…I could not do it anymore and that he would have to take off work to drop him at school. Eventually, I bribed him with a Winnie the Pooh couch and he never shed another tear. #goodmommy #badparenting #lookathimnow

August 19, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Peggy Hyatt - NOT a thing wrong with that . I had to stay with you everyday for a while because you cried so bad every time I left you .So glad Kingston didn't cry :)
Praying for Him and YOU today <3

August 19, 2014 - 2:19 pm

Candice Whitley Lanning - he wants to be a car…ha! so cute!

60 Reasons We Love Dad

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Happy Birthday, Pops!
I asked the family (all of them!) to help me make this list of some of the reasons we’re thankful for you.
We’ll let you guess who said what!
We love you.

1. He lets me drive the tractor.

2. He always has good advice.

3. He plays soccer with us.

4. He’s not afraid to call Don out.

5. He makes us stuff.

6. He reacts calmly. (Remember when I glued my fingers together, and you calmly went to the hardware store for acetone? Or when I accidentally dyed my hair purple and you took me to the grocery store for another box of color? Or when I had that hit and run and called you from the gas station. Nevermind. Or when I got that tattoo and went to your office to show you? Okay. We’ll stop here.)

7. He’s our friend; not just our dad.

8. He sends us Bible verses everyday.

9. He’s the glue that holds this crazy crew together.

10. He likes fast cars!

11. He’s driven by the gospel.

12. He was OCD before it was a thing.

13. He’s our first phone call in a crisis. And he’s talked us all down off a ledge many times.

14. He’s my best friend.*

15. He’s selfless.

16. He puts his family before his work.

17. He’s down to earth and never sees himself as better than anyone else.

18. He loves Jesus!

19. His stuff is our stuff

20. He encourages me when I’m down.

21. He always takes him time to do a project for me… and it always turns out perfect.

22. He did my science projects.

23. He lets me do whatever I want!

24. He’s generous.

25. He’s my best friend.*

26. He passed down good genes.

27. He has a bunch of sayings. I roll my eyes; but I like them all.

28. He doesn’t talk too much.

29. He knows God’s word.

30. He likes to learn new stuff.

31. He’s a modern day John Wayne.

32. He’s a good listener.

33. He laughs without making any noise.

34. He doesn’t like cats.

35. He takes care of Mom.

36. He’s a planner.

37. He’s patient.

38. He’s loyal and supportive – no matter what!

39. He has a soft heart and isn’t afraid to cry.

40. He’s great in a crisis.

41. He taught us all to shoot.

42. He practices what he preaches.

43. He’s taught us to be “street smart” and some of it stuck.

44. When Mom drags him to the thrift store he finds good stuff for ME!

45. He talks to Jesus on our behalf. From praying for our salvation to some of our big life decisions; he’s relentless and dedicated to interceding for us.

46. He always says, “I’m proud of you.”

47. He’s honest.

48. He’s a good Grandpa.

49. He never asks for anything.

50. He keeps his word. Always.

51. He’s never disappointed me.

52. He was strict when we were young.

53. He buys enough supplies to last 15 years anytime we send him to the store.

54. He knows how to fix stuff.

55. He taught us that life isn’t about being happy, but being holy. And while we might not always understand God’s plan, it’s for his glory and our good.

56. He never pretends to be perfect.

57. He loves his job.

58. He’s respected in the community, and we’re proud to say he’s our Dad.

59. He taught us to live within our means.

60. He’s not afraid of change and knows that even though the Gospel never changes, our methods of sharing it have to.

*Mom and Don can fight it out over the best friend title. :)

August 16, 2014 - 12:35 am

Janet Johnson - Good testimonies from your family! Happy Birthday.

August 15, 2014 - 11:29 pm

Danielle Thomas - Very sweet. Makes me wonder what my kids and grands would say about me. :)

August 15, 2014 - 1:02 pm

JIMMY AND TAMMY SCHRAMM - LOVE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, JIMMY AND TAMMY

August 15, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Juanita Pittman - Good stuff!! Love all

August 15, 2014 - 3:28 pm

Peggy Hyatt - Thank you. I love all of you. You almost make getting old worth it! ;-))

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