Local Love – Castaway Island Preserve

After church on Sunday, we went out to lunch and couldn’t believe what a gorgeous day it was. We had to be outside! So we headed to Castaway Island Preserve, a relaxing spot along the San Pablo River, for some fresh air. The preserve is in a busy neighborhood just a few minutes from our home, but once we drove inside the gates it felt like a little getaway. The area features a mile-long concrete sidewalk through the woods with “animal tracks” (alligators, birds, turtles, snakes) along the way. Kingston loved following the tracks and reading about the animals on the informative signs. We stopped at all the overlooks and enjoyed the gorgeous views of the marsh. There’s also a boardwalk with a place to launch a kayak or canoe, picnic tables and grills, a nature center, and bathrooms. Bathrooms are always a plus. :) Castaway Island is a beautiful place to spend a few hours relaxing outside. Next time, we’re bringing a picnic!

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February 4, 2015 - 7:59 pm

Anderson Almeida - My first time here. best part about this park is that it is about a mile away from home.

Jacksonville Moms Blog Feature – Printable Valentine’s Cards

Hey Hey! It’s February. What? Can you believe it?

So… Happy Love Month!

To celebrate Valentine’s Day (yeah, it’s sneaking up fast) I collaborated with The Jacksonville Mom’s Blog and made some fun little Valentine’s Cards for you! Go here to download them and let the Jax Moms Blog know how much you love me. Just kidding. But you really should grab the cards. One of the designs features a Mini Copper in honor of my boys. :)

I didn’t want to send you over there empty-handed though, so I also made some coordinating cards for you to download right here! Just print on card-stock and embellish to your heart’s desire. The glasses cards were obviously begging for some googly eyes. :) And your little Valentine might enjoy adding some heart or car stickers. Go crazy! Now you’re all set for the big day with almost two weeks to spare. Good job, you over-achiever, you. ;)

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PS – Happy Anniversary to my parents today!!!

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February 3, 2015 - 8:40 am

Christina - Thank you so much for the cards! My little boy loves the car ones and I’m going to give the glasses to my own friends. I really appreciate it.

February 2, 2015 - 10:16 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Thank you!!! We will bring you one… with some candy. :))

February 2, 2015 - 8:14 pm

JoJo - I love these but I love the pictures of my sweet baby K on the other blog even more!(;

3 People. 12 Times. (January)

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This pic was taken at the beginning on the month while we were at the mall spending all of our Christmas gift-cards!

I love January. It always feels like a fresh start. And even though we don’t really do resolutions at our house, there’s still a clean slate. A new beginning!

But this month has also been one of change for us. I resigned from my job a few weeks ago, and we started actively looking for a house in another area of Jacksonville (Riverside.) We’ve been casually searching since November but haven’t found the right place yet. So we’re in that weird phase where we don’t know if we should put our house on the market (homes in our neighborhood are moving pretty fast right now!) when there don’t seem to be a lot of great options where we want to move. Oh, and there’s Kingston’s school and our church that are both in our current neighborhood. Do we move? Do we stay? AHHH!! We’re in limbo for now!

But… in anticipation of selling our house, I started purging the place this month. Like, “Watch out, because Mom’s throwing everything out!” purging. We’re hoping to find a smaller house – in the hood, and if that’s going to work, we have to get rid of a lot of stuff! Last weekend Anderson and I were talking about how that probably sounds crazy to most people, and I get it. But we live with so much more than we need. So much excess, and I’m tired of it. Our home isn’t big, but it’s more than we need! We have a bedroom that is unused unless family or friends are in town. Why?! Plus another bedroom that is used as a drum room. I won’t meddle in that too much though, because I might get myself kicked out along with all the other junk we’re throwing out. :) The more we’ve talked and prayed about it, the more our hearts continue to be stirred towards finding a small place in an area that isn’t quite as nice as the one we’re in now. We want to spend less, so we can give more. And this is the perfect time to get rid of all the extra stuff we’ve been holding onto without even realizing it. Want an example? We have enough bath towels for a family of 25. It’s the strangest thing. There are three people living in our home, and we have at least 50 bath towels. What the heck? Did I register for every towel at Target when we got married? And crystal bowls. Apparently I thought we needed every crystal bowl, vase, and dish that Dillard’s carried in the wedding registry department. (I think I’ll blame my Grandma for that one!) But we aren’t even “crystal around the house” kind of people. It’s ridiculous! I’m just starting to notice little (and big!) things like this all over our house. So our garage is becoming temporary housing for the excess as I sort in into give away, yard sale, and dumpster piles. Do you remember that show on TLC called Clean Sweep? Yeah. I could use them right about now. So if this moving thing works out, great! But if not, we’ll at least have a much less cluttered house!

January has been a wild start to what I know is going to be a good year. Crazy. But good.

I’ll keep you posted!

PS – I forgot to mention what this post title is about. A few years ago I did a little photo project (not my original idea) called 3 People 12 Times. I just took a picture of all 3 of us each month, and it was so fun to look back at all 12 pics at the end of the year! It’s hard for me to remember/make the effort to get pictures of the whole family. And I’m guessing it’s not any easier for those of you with more than one kiddo! This project is a good reminder though, and unlike so many other photo projects out there, this one doesn’t overwhelm me! So I’m doing it again this year, and I think you should join in. :) We can do one picture a month, right?!?

April 1, 2015 - 9:51 am

3 People. 12 Times (March) » Pink Coffee Photo Blog - […] of our neighborhood, remember how I told you back in January that we were itching to move to another area of Jacksonville? I thought it was time for a little […]

February 4, 2015 - 9:18 am

pinkcoffeephoto - Hey Teresa! That new baby is gorgeous. :) Hope you are feeling well.

February 4, 2015 - 9:17 am

pinkcoffeephoto - Hey Sally! So sorry it took me forever to write you back, but I did. :))

February 3, 2015 - 2:37 pm

Sally - Hi Lyndsay! I emailed you last week, but my family and I are moving to your city & I just love your little blog here :) Would love to connect as a fellow photographer, mama, & Jesus lover :)

February 3, 2015 - 1:36 pm

Teresa - I LOVE the idea of 3 people 12 times! It’s always so nice to look back and see how your family changes over the year. Also, I’m with you on the purging thing… If it were up to me, I’d throw everything out and live only with the essentials.

January 29, 2015 - 5:20 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Oh, I'll definitely let you know!!

January 29, 2015 - 5:20 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Thanks Cate! Glad I'm not the only one!!!

January 29, 2015 - 5:19 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Me too. We're collectors of wonderful treasures though, not pack-rats. No, really… :)

January 29, 2015 - 3:24 pm

Despina Anna Pappas - I'm going to need to know when this yard sale happens :) Good luck purging, it feels nice when you're done!

January 28, 2015 - 9:11 pm

Cate Lantz Mezyk - My husband and I talk about this all the time – we have so much more than we need! And every time I find something in the kiddos' closet with a tag on it, I want to shake myself for adding to the clutter. Purging sessions are good for the soul. :) Good luck on all your decision making!

January 28, 2015 - 3:57 pm

Jessica Thornton - Love everything in this post. It's hard, too, because I'm a packrat. You're inspiring me!

What I Wore

… pretty much all month. Okay, there were different shirts and pants thrown in, but these tennis shoes with this jacket is my current mom uniform. I love coats. In fact, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that I collect them – ha! And as ridiculous as that sounds, when you add the fact that I live in Florida, it becomes completely absurd! Thankfully this winter has been just cold enough for me to enjoy my “collection.”

You know why this particular coat is so great?
Two reasons, actually:
1. It’s from Gap, but I bought it from a thrift store for $8.
2. I can throw on pretty much anything underneath and just button it up. Win!

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And then this happened. No explanation. :)

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And some style inspiration from around the internet:

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January 28, 2015 - 3:50 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - I'll cook dinner tonight. :)

January 27, 2015 - 12:48 pm

Anderson Almeida - you=hot

January 26, 2015 - 10:23 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Ha! You should, Amanda! Anderson always says he likes my hair that this… no idea why, but I’ll take it. :)

January 27, 2015 - 2:16 am

Peggy Hyatt - those girls just wished they looked as cute as you <3

January 26, 2015 - 8:08 pm

Amanda - I’m copying you tomorrow. Been wanting to try the half up top knot but thought I’d look ridic. Trying it tomorow!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – And College Park

Our Year o’ Disney is coming to a close next month – Wah Wah. So we’re living it up while we can! And as so many of you told me when we started the annual pass journey, each trip gets a little more fun. You were right! Ok? I said it!! We’re learning our way around the parks, and Kingston now knows who some of the Disney characters are. (Our cable company started including Disney Channel in our package last year, so our kid isn’t living so far under a rock anymore.) This time he wanted to meet Mickey Mouse and help him tie his shoes. No idea what that’s about. Then after he met him, he said he wants to go see Mickey again and bring him some cheese. So if we make it down again in the next month, we’re taking string cheese. That’s normal, right? We went to Hollywood Studios this time, because we wanted Kingston to see the cars stunt show. And it was a great, relaxing day. The weather was kind of gross, so there weren’t many people there… just how I like it!

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K. Rock picked this flower for me from one of the beautifully manicured flower beds. Sorry Disney!

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So, aside from Disney, there were two other highlights from this trip. (My favorite parts!)

1. One of Anderson’s college friends was in town, so we got to hang out with him. Here’s the thing: Craig is one of my favorite’s! He’s funny and kind and a super-talented musician, and Anderson loves the guy. So it’s always fun seeing him. We met up with him and his girlfriend one night at Epcot for the fireworks show then spent a morning wandering around College Park together.

2. And that brings me to College Park. Have you been there? Seriously. I have no idea how I’ve lived in Florida forever and taken many trips to Orlando without knowing about this little gem. In case you’re clueless like me, let me help you out. College Park is a quaint little trendy area in Northwest Orlando with great local shops and restaurants. Yes! IN ORLANDO. There are local shops and restaurants! I found some treasures in a vintage store called Dechoes, and we had breakfast at a hole-in-the-wall called Christo’s. If you know of any other places to hit in the area, please let me know! And if this info is new to you, you’re welcome!

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Until next time, Mickey!

January 23, 2015 - 5:35 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Yes. You are terrible. :) Have a great trip!!!

January 22, 2015 - 2:42 pm

Despina Anna Pappas - I'm a terrible friend for not sharing this with you before now! I'm excited to play hookie on Monday for a Disney day!

January 21, 2015 - 7:09 pm
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Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Me too Jessica! I like all the cool building facades everywhere.

January 21, 2015 - 7:08 pm

Anderson Almeida - great pics! we had a great time with Craig Vanderwier

January 21, 2015 - 6:57 pm

Jessica Thornton - Next to Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios is my fave!

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