Mall Santa

The other night we went to the mall to pick up some stuff from H&M. Basically, Anderson was having an “I have NOTHING to wear moment,” so we had to fix that. We got Kingston one of those car carts to drive and walked quickly past the line to meet Santa. As we were passing the miserable looking parents and kids waiting in the longest line ever we were kinda like, “Why?” We did tell Kingston to wave to Santa as we passed though. (Side note: We’re basically jerks who refuse to wait in long lines for things like that. Our kid will no doubt have a joyless childhood and probably not make it to Disney until he’s 17… even though we live 2 hours away.) I mean, we did get him the cart thing to drive though! ;)

Later after we had made an attempt at helping Anderson’s sad closet, we passed the Santa line again. And we couldn’t believe what we saw. There was only one family waiting. ONE! Of course it was 9:00pm and most of the other preschoolers in town were tucked in bed, but still. No wait for Santa! We were like, “Kingston, it’s a Christmas miracle! You get to meet Santa.” Anderson said we should just take a picture with our phones, and I agreed. We were so not going to buy those pictures. Then we marched up, a weird elf tried to put Kingston in Santa’s lap, he freaked out, the elf snapped some pictures, Kingston got peanut butter M&Ms (how did Santa know?!?), and we were finished. I don’t think we even told Santa what to bring to our house. (It doesn’t matter, because every time we ask Kingston what he wants for Christmas he says, “I don’t need anything.” He’s so my kid!)

Then it was time to look at the pictures. I thought we’d get a good laugh and be finished with the whole magical experience. Nope. We walked out of that mall with the cd of ALL the digital images. Suckers.

Mall Santa 1. Almeidas 0.

December 19, 2013 - 4:58 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Tracy, I thought the same thing… keep meaning to ask him if this was his first visit with Santa. :))

December 18, 2013 - 3:28 pm

Tracy - I love that Anderson looks more excited to be sitting next to Santa than Kingston!

December 17, 2013 - 9:50 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Ha! Yep. I think Santa had a LONG day.

December 16, 2013 - 7:32 pm

grandma Hyatt - I’m with Ginger. Santa looks so tired and the Almeida family looks too HAPPY. This is the cutest picture. of course I love it.

December 16, 2013 - 4:01 pm

Ginger - Poor Santa. He’s got one look and it’s tired.

Christmas at the Farm

Our church has an annual event called “Christmas at the Farm” for families with kids (or not I guess!) and we decided to join the masses for the first time this year. After hearing about pony rides, a petting zoo, roasted hotdogs, s’mores, and a hayride DRIVEN BY SANTA I was sure Kingston would love it! And he did enjoy himself. Just not like I expected. Basically he wanted to run around a baseball field all afternoon where some bigger kids were playing kickball. That’s it! We did make it onto a hayride and had a few marshmallows though!

PS – I know it’s boring to go on and on about the weather, but jeez was it hot! I might be a native Floridian, but I’ll never get used to sweating at Christmas!

*Congrats to Jenny S! You won the Epiphanie Bags giveaway! Check your email. :)

Kingston Rock is 3

Happy Birthday to my favorite THREE year old!
I’m so thankful that I get to be your Mama.

January 14, 2014 - 9:17 am

pinkcoffeephoto - Jackie, I remember some of your old shoots with K. He is a doll, and I can’t believe how big he’s gotten. Total mini-you!!

January 12, 2014 - 3:22 pm

jackie blair - it GOES SO FAST LYNDS. like seriously. I am just going through my blog and pics, and props to you for always posting pics of life! Ive done lots of little shoots with keeg like this and I never blog them! love his outfit :)

December 11, 2013 - 12:15 am

Andrea Worley - Happy Birthday to your boy! He’s a cutie!

December 10, 2013 - 2:50 pm

Rachel - Happy 3rd birthday Kingston!!
What cute photos of him!

December 10, 2013 - 11:30 am

Peggy - Happy birthday!!! He just gets cuter and cuter! You’re going to need a very big stick to beat the girls with when he’s older.

December 10, 2013 - 10:23 am

grandma Hyatt - Happy Birthday! I’m so thankful I get to be your grandma !! love you Mr. 3.

Local Love

I love the idea of Small Business Saturday! Anyone who runs a small company knows it can be brutal, so the idea of a whole day dedicated to celebrating and supporting them makes me happy! One of the spots we hit on Small Business Saturday was Angie’s Subs in our own neighborhood. It’s one of the quirkiest, weirdest places around. The decorations are really bizarre, the food is really good, and we really like it. :)

Epiphanie Bags & A Giveaway

Okay, let’s be honest for a minute.
Do you carry your big ‘ole DSLR camera around in your purse?
I do. All the time.
I know. It’s terrible. Especially with all the random stuff that ends up in my purse.

I’ve had a great lens bag for about 4 years that I always take to photo-shoots. But I really like to take my camera with me everywhere, and the lens bag just wasn’t practical for that. I wasn’t going to drag my kid, purse, diaper bag, AND a lens bag out to the beach or a family dinner. So my solution was to just throw the camera in my purse. (Don’t do this y’all. It’s bad for your camera!)

Then Epiphanie Bags sent me the perfect camera bag. Seriously. I love it! I picked the Lyric Bag in Mustard, because… it’s mustard! And I consider mustard a neutral. :) It also has a gorgeous braided strap. Now I can throw my wallet in this bag with my camera, and I’m ready to go out with my family. And I don’t look like a crazy paparazzi mom carrying my big dorky lens bag, because this just looks like my purse.

I love the bag so much that I’m giving away a $50 gift certificate to Epiphanie Bags! Put it towards the perfect Christmas present for the photographer in your life… or just treat yourself to one. :) There are several ways to enter below!

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December 9, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Jenna Osborn - I absolutely LOVE the Lola bag in Mustard.. Completely agree Mustard is so a neutral!

December 9, 2013 - 12:20 pm

Rachel Hodges - I love the Lyric in Slate Blue!

December 8, 2013 - 1:29 pm

Meredith - I’ve been lovin’ on the Sydney in gray for a
While now!

December 8, 2013 - 9:39 am

Elyse Morales - AH I’ve been looking for a camera bag for a loooooooong time, but never thought they made them as beautiful as this! I fell in love with the Charlotte bag in burnt orange. It’s big, it’s a satchel, and it has a pocket dedicated to the ipad. I need it!

December 7, 2013 - 7:57 pm

Kristina Ranoa - I absolutely love the Clover in Camel.

December 7, 2013 - 5:52 pm

Tai Badowski - The chevron bag is so nice and they have such a lovely vollection that you can’t go wrong.

December 6, 2013 - 4:19 pm

Hannah D. - I would buy the Charlotte in burnt orange!

December 6, 2013 - 10:44 am

Mary Happymommy - I like the Lyric in Slate Blue.

December 6, 2013 - 2:57 am

rose monier - i would buy charlotte

December 6, 2013 - 2:56 am

Rose - beautiful !

December 6, 2013 - 2:04 am

Jenny Singley - I have been looking at these and love the Lyric one. It is just what I am looking for.

December 5, 2013 - 9:05 pm

Michelle Eisele - I love the Ginger Grey and the Metallic Chevron. Both are so cute and there are so many other pretty ones too! :)

December 5, 2013 - 8:58 pm

Tracy Cruce - I like the chevron and the Belle but they are all cute!

December 5, 2013 - 7:09 pm

Laurie Brinson - Love the Chevron bag.

December 5, 2013 - 7:01 pm

Chris Holland - I want them all! Thanks

December 5, 2013 - 5:03 pm

Desi - I’d go for the Stella bag or Belle, if I still had a DSLR. However, I know the perfect person this would be a great gift for!
I love how your bag looks with that outfit, too!

December 5, 2013 - 4:51 pm

Paula - I hate clothes shopping, just stresses me out. But, I’ve found I love jewelry and purses. My stress free whay to have some fashion in my life. Love it!!

December 5, 2013 - 2:57 pm

Christine - I would love the Charlotte bag in burnt orange! It’s just what I’ve been searching for!

December 5, 2013 - 1:45 pm

Casey - I’d buy ANY OF THEM! I can’t decide. The colors are just perfect though!

December 5, 2013 - 1:37 pm

Ginger D - Love the Ginger in turquoise :-)

December 5, 2013 - 1:29 pm

Amy Bull - ooooo that Lyric Bag in mustard screams Happy photos! Love it! Love it! Love it! My Canon 40D would love to be hangin out in that cuteness!!

December 5, 2013 - 1:27 pm

Whitney m. - They look cute and would be great for when I go out with the kids.

December 5, 2013 - 1:21 pm

Erin - I love the Charlotte- Metallic Chevron!!

December 5, 2013 - 1:06 pm

rosalind - I’d buy the Lola!

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