Merry Christmas!

Love came…

to save.

to heal.

to redeem.

to restore.

Love. Sacrificial, unconditional love.
That’s what our family is celebrating this week!

Merry Christmas to you and yours. :)
Love, The 3 Almeidas

December 27, 2013 - 11:04 pm

Andrea - Merry Christmas

December 25, 2013 - 10:27 am

Rachel - What a GORGEOUS Christmas card!!
Love the creativity.
Merry Christmas Almeidas!!

December 25, 2013 - 7:50 am

Rebecca - Lyndsay – I love your card. YOu always come up with the best ideas.

December 25, 2013 - 7:49 am

Anna - Merry Christmas, Almeidas!

Merry. Merry.

We do the “Merry and Bright” thing around the Almeida house at Christmas! Here’s a peak at some of my favorite decorations this year. I think we’re ready!!

December 25, 2013 - 7:51 am

Anna - The record and vintage tree are my favorite! My grandma had trees like those.

December 23, 2013 - 2:14 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Thanks JoJo!!

December 23, 2013 - 11:07 am

jojo - I love it all!!!! So fun!

The Varzoni Family

Do you believe that God puts certain people in your life at just the right time? That’s totally how I feel about the Varzoni’s. We’ve known them for a long time but have become close friends over the last couple years, and I’ve learned so much from them. Mainly about having a giving heart. This family has been through it lately, but they continue to be some of the most selfless, giving people I’ve ever met. I’m so thankful for our “Brazilian family” here in Jacksonville!

Kingston’s Donut Party

Anderson and I have this routine. It’s totally predictable. I say something like, “I think I want to redo the _________ room… or host a party… or clean out the closets… or rearrange the furniture…” and he freaks out. I’m talking for real. He’ll sit down and look completely overwhelmed and say, “I just can’t. I can’t handle this right now.” And I DIE laughing every time. He’s such a drama queen about this stuff, and the best part is that I never ask him to help do anything except maybe hang a picture in a new spot or go grab takeout for a party. He just get’s so worked up at the thought. It’s hilarious to watch.

So when I casually mentioned that I wanted to throw a birthday party for Kingston he pretty much laid down on the living room floor and closed his eyes. I wasn’t sure if he was breathing, so I quickly went on to explain that Kingston asked for a donut party, but he only wanted his grandparents and cousins there. Anderson started to breath again. Then I told him we could just cater Chick-fil-A and pick up some Krispy Kreme (Kingston’s favorite), and he was totally on board. Quick turn around!

So that’s what we did last Saturday. We had the lowest low-key 3rd birthday party ever. Anderson picked up the food that morning, my family came over, and we ate, opened presents, then went to the park. And Kingston was in donut-sugar-high-heaven!!!

December 28, 2013 - 10:26 pm

Andrea Worley - Love it!! Happy birthday to your little man!

December 19, 2013 - 5:00 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Love you, Mom!

December 19, 2013 - 3:54 pm

momma - Fun times for sure! Happy Donut day Kingston

December 19, 2013 - 3:15 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - BRice, I think we’ve got this thing figured out, huh?!?

December 19, 2013 - 3:14 pm

Brooke - What a relief!!! I did Courtland’s birthday on the same day and felt so guilty because the only people there were grandparents and a couple of neighborhood kids who happened to wander over. I even rented a giant bounce house – for just my two kids! We had pizza of course because we had a Ninja Turtle themed party and that’s what Ninja Turtles eat.

December 19, 2013 - 3:07 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Thank you Cory! Yes-it totally does!

December 19, 2013 - 3:06 pm

Corinna Hoffman - Happy Belated Birthday, Kingston!! Seems like it was just yesterday when I was at your Mommy’s fun baby shower :)


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.

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