What I Wore – Summer Uniform

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What I wore more than once last week… and will continue wearing all summer. (Here in Florida that means from now-October!)

Every season I have what I like to call “my uniform.” It’s the outfit I grab when I don’t have time to think about what to wear. And while a t-shirt and jean shorts might not be the most stylish combo, I feel like if I add a hat it suddenly is. Ha! Am I just fooling myself? Also, I once read that Victoria Beckham said she always wears big sunglasses, because they make her look more pulled together. I’m buying into that as well. So a hat AND sunnies with my jean shorts means I’m now a total fashionista. ;)

April 30, 2015 - 9:44 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - I like the way you’re thinking. :)

April 30, 2015 - 8:14 pm

Ashley - Cute! I would wear that all summer also. I just bought a hat like that from the $3 bin at Target and I wasn’t sure how to style it, but I think you are right, it could make any outfit look more pulled together :-)

The Kingston Show

The Kingston Show-Blog

This is what happens when your dad is a video guy… and your mother aspires to be a stage mom.

Kingston loves giving helpful instructions (bossing people around), so we asked if he wanted to do a video series where he told kids how to do things. Of course, he loved the idea. So here goes. The premier of…

The Kingston Show!

Watch here if you want to see it bigger. :)

April 28, 2015 - 9:19 am

Ginger Hardwick Holliday - What a doll. Thank you for sharing. :D

April 27, 2015 - 8:35 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Thank you, Mrs. D!!

April 27, 2015 - 8:35 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - haha! He'd love a kiss. :) Thank you!

April 27, 2015 - 8:35 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Thank you Theresa! Character is a good word for him!

April 27, 2015 - 8:34 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Ha!! Hope he gave you a good laugh today. :)

April 27, 2015 - 4:19 pm

Brenda Hampton - Oh my I just want to kiss his face off! He is so adorable! Love seeing you all loving this sweet boy!

April 27, 2015 - 11:40 am

Carol Sauls - Love this and this little boy!

April 27, 2015 - 3:34 pm

Danielle Thomas - VERY cute!!!!

April 27, 2015 - 2:43 pm

Theresa Lathrop - That. Was. AWESOME!!!! He cracks me up! Such a character!! <3

April 27, 2015 - 2:37 pm

Nancy Lindsay Westbrook - AWSOME!!! kINGmAN rOCKs!!! That was adorable <3 Good job Anderson and Kingston. Now I know my ABC's ha ha

Life Lately via Cell Phone Pics

Well, this is a long one! I always forget to do these posts but love having them here to look back at. So here’s a catch-up of “life lately!”

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It’s beach season! And a beach day is best enjoyed in this order: Beach-Burgers-Donuts.

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Thursday Thrift Day. I met my mom here one morning for a little shopping therapy. We’ve been coming here since I was in high school.
It’s one of our favorites in J-ville!I came home with a vintage school desk and coffee table and some clothes.

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Celebrating 7 years! Anderson has never given me a card for the right occasion. He just buys one he thinks is funny and scratches stuff out/writes all over it.
I save every one. And they make me laugh when I find them in random places! (Found this one in a book.)

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I already shared our anniversary trip last month but forgot to post some of the pictures from our phones. We loved staying at the Jekyll Island Club!

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Left: The view from our room.
Right: We had the pool all to ourselves!

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It’s was a gorgeous day, so we headed out to explore. Anderson asked me why I didn’t bring any “walking shoes.” Seven years in, and he’s still asking that?!

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Do you ever go to the grocery store (even though you hate it) just to get away from your people for a few minutes? Yeah. Me neither.

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It’s a little scary how much my idea of a productive day has changed in just two months. Well played, God.

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After dinner one night we walked down to the beach. It had just stormed, and the clouds were beautiful! Kingston said, “God is so good to make all this stuff.” And we had one of those “Awwww” moments until we realized he wasn’t even looking at the clouds with us. He was staring lovingly at my car.

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Left: “Smells like vinegar and a fart!”
Right: I dress us alike all the time. I figure this is my only chance. Once he starts noticing, it’s all over!

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Left: I got him a yellow Mini Cooper at Goodwill, and he didn’t really put it down for days. He named it Cooper. We’ve read to it, given it snacks, and I even tucked it in bed a few times. I guess it’s the boy version of a baby doll?

Right: We went to a wedding, and my whole family was there! That rarely happens, so it was fun.

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Left: My two favorite men.
Right: We built NYC one day. The tiny building is Little Italy “because it’s little.”

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Left: The secret to contentment from the guy who had every reason not to be, The Apostle Paul. Philippians 4:11-13 Jesus is enough!!!
Right: We’ll be here ’til September.

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Left: I’ve been thinking about my relationship with Jesus, and why I love him and talk about him all the time… And I think this kind of sums it up.
To me, worship is my response to this: “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.” (Psalm 40) The same God who created the universe saw me in all my muddy sin, and out of love – the kind of love that a dad has for his daughter – he reached down into the slimy pit, the one I couldn’t claw my way out of, and pulled me out of the darkness and into the light. He saved me from my own mess! And he placed me on a firm foundation. He didn’t wait for me to figure things out on my own or expect me to clean myself up first. Instead, he climbed down into the mud with me! How can my response to this be anything other than a heart overflowing with thanksgiving and praise?! How can I not love someone who loves me so perfectly? This is why I love my Savior. Not because of me, but because of him!

Right: For the first 3 months of the year we studied the book of Exodus at church. It’s been nothing short of life-changing. But as a former cheerleader, (no I usually do not admit that) I have a special appreciation for Moses up there. Can we just take a moment to admire his perfect (half) high V?
Arm straight, tight fist, straight wrist. Great form, Moses!

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Left: Ice cream and candy for dessert at Sweet Pete’s. We like this place a lot more than we should!

Right: I’ve been looking for curtains for our dining room forever and can’t find what I have in mind. (You know, granny chic?!) So I made them from a vintage bed sheet and quilt pieces! I’ve actually been working on a lot of projects around the house lately and realized that it’s starting to look more and more like my parents’ home. They tried to tell me I’d like old stuff one day!

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Left: Brain tumor check-up day a few weeks ago.

Right: A few days later when I got good news from the doctor! My tumor is “stable” so I don’t have to go back for a whole year! Thank you SO much for continuing to pray for me/with me!

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Left: Annual Miller/Almeida egg dyeing eggstravaganza.
Right: Grandma telling Kingston a doozy of a story on the porch. Grandpa looking at me like “She’s crazaaaay!!”

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Left: I love when Kingston brings home artwork. The problem is, I want to display every bit of it. What am I to do? Wallpaper maybe?!
Right: Mr. Almeida’s coconut pancakes.

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Left: Group hug.
Right: DONUTS!!! P.S. They taste better if you’re wearing the hat. :)

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Left: Sometimes working from home feels like to much. Like, I HAVE to get out of the house.
So I’ll go to a coffee shop after preschool drop-off and work around other humans.

Right: K. Rock has mastered the cheesy preschooler smile. :)

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Left: So… if you eat carrots and hummus for dinner you can have these for dessert, right?! (I mean the whole box. Obviously.)

Right: This is a little story about some magic hair potion. Since cutting my hair I’ve used a lot more product in it. (Do you have any idea how much work it takes to get that “I woke up like this” look with short hair? Ha!) The result is a lot of product build-up. So I’ve started doing this treatment about once a month. It gets rid of all the build-up and leaves my hair super soft. I mix 1/4 cup of baking soda with about 4 tsp of water until it turns into a paste. Then I rub it through my hair, concentrating on the roots, and let it sit for a few minutes. Then rinse, shampoo, and condition as usual. It works great!
One word of caution: I stay away from any heat styling for a day or two after the treatment.

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Left: King of the castle.
Right: Decisions. Beach reading season is here!

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Left: “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.” Matthew 7:1-5

Right: “Our” mirror in Neptune Beach!

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Left: Rainy day = perfect for a little crafting while Kingston “naps” (yells random things at me every 30 seconds from his bedroom.)
Right: “Kingston why did you make those crazy faces?” “To make you laugh, Mom!”

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Left: Anderson’s body in 4-yr-old size. #daddylonglegs
Right: Hallelujah for weekends!

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Left: He wore that Krispy Kreme hat for an entire weekend. Even slept in it!
Right: Waiting on our dinner date. Kingston is really into hand signals right now. This one is “V.” :)

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Left: When your kid wants to do the hotdog dance, you do the freakin’ hotdog dance.
Right: Somebody had to do it.

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Left: We met in the Birmingham airport about 5 years ago. It was her birthday, and her mom had hired me to do a photoshoot with her. We hit it off immediately and had the best weekend exploring her city! I’m so happy that she’s finally moved “home” so we can meet up for lunch!

Right: Anderson worked on a video that was shown in church, and I had to take a picture. #proudwife

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Scenes from One Spark. I’ve had so many thoughts about this pom pom covered elk! (I think it’s and elk.) Hmmm. What can I cover in pom poms?!?

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Left: Lazy, rainy morning.
Right: I love having photos printed and hung all over the house! These are from our shoot with Sara Eddy last fall.

 

April 27, 2015 - 2:21 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - That's so sweet, Cass. Thank you!

April 24, 2015 - 3:32 am

Cassidy Miller - Love your heart and all these pics! Such a lovely, colorful life you have! xoxo

The Blocker Family – A Lifestyle Family Shoot

One of the things I love most about Jacksonville is all of the amazing military families that end up in the city. And the Blockers are some of my absolute favorites! Abe and Nicki are a great team – he’s a Marine (once a Marine, always a Marine!), and she’s a drama queen! Ha! Seriously though. She studied drama in college and years later, is now the incredibly talented Drama Director at church. And their kids? The cutest ever. I love how they all perfectly embody the stereotypes of their birth order. The oldest is a little adventurer and quite the protector of his sisters. The middle one marches to her own beat! And the baby – she’s just happy to be there. She smiled the whole time we were shooting! When we were discussing locations, Nicki told me that if we decided on a beach area, we had to wait until the very end to let the kids near the water. And I don’t know if she’s psychic or what :) but sure enough, they all ended up soaked! Good call, Mom!!

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Good. Not So Good.

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Good:

– The never ending battle over food continues in our house. Sometimes Kingston still has no interest in eating, and when he does, his list of approved foods is really small. I’m convinced he loves the drama of it all. He even holds his nose at the dinner table and dramatically declares that our food is “Grossing him out.” Some days it stresses me out and some days I don’t even care. Then there are the days when we’re sitting in a restaurant, and I watch as the kid at the table next to us DRINKS KETCHUP WITH A STRAW. I like those days. Those are the ones that remind me that while we might not have it all together, we could be dealing with a ketchup drinker.

– Have you  seen the Advanced Style documentary on Netflix? Oh, it’s a good one! The documentary “profiles seven stylish New York City seniors who disprove the notion that advanced years and glamor are mutually exclusive.” I loved watching each woman confidently describe her style, specially the one who used her own bright red hair to make her fake eyelashes! For even more inspiration (and laughs!), there’s also an Advanced Style blog that features these fabulous women along with a lot of others.

– I asked Kingston if he needed anything (meaning a drink, snack), and he said, “Yes. I need a fist-bump.” And speaking of drink, every time he has a drink that he really enjoys he smacks his lips and says, “Mmmm. Tastes Presbyterian!” I have NO idea.

Not-So-Good:

– I always wear a hat and sunglasses when we’re out in the sun. If not, I get a killer headache. But I forgot my hat when we went to the beach last week, so I came home with a headache and a sunburn right along my hairline. Did you know that when the sunburn along your hairline starts to peel it looks like dandruff? Indeed!

– The IRS says we didn’t pay enough taxes last year. Which is weird, because I say we did. I think we should be able to settle these types of issues with a good ‘ole debate. I’m certain I would win this one.

– Kingston told us, “It smells like vegan lasagna in my shoe. Seriously. I picked it up, and it smelled like vegan lasagna.” That kid has no idea what lasagna smells like, vegan or not. All I know is I don’t want to smell that shoe.

– If Anderson ever gets a tattoo it will be the dimensions of the filters for our air conditioner. Is it 18x20x1? Is it 17x21x1? UGH! We can never remember!

April 21, 2015 - 9:47 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Hey Ashli! I usually get them at H&M or Forever 21. ASOS and Target have some cute ones too. Hope you have a great vacation!!

April 21, 2015 - 2:04 pm

Ashli Hall - Where do you get your beach hats from? I need a cute floppy hat for an upcoming vaca! :)

April 21, 2015 - 3:12 pm

Anderson Almeida - he's a funny kid! how bout when he says that it tastes like a tree branch?

April 20, 2015 - 11:52 pm

Nancy Lindsay Westbrook - Thank you for sharing all this today. I sure did need a good laugh. I love the "tastes Presbyterian" LOL Its a good thing he didn't smell my shoe LOL I really like your red shoes. Do they come in "wide". :) ha ha ha

April 20, 2015 - 7:02 pm

Lyndsay Hyatt- Almeida - Sarah, That might be fun!

April 20, 2015 - 1:15 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Thank you, Rhonda!!

April 20, 2015 - 1:12 pm

Rhonda @Cultivatingahome.com - That was a fun read. :)

April 20, 2015 - 1:00 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Ha!! Good advice, Milton. :) I’ll tell him to try out the tattoo first!

April 20, 2015 - 12:52 pm

Milton Almeida - WOW! I lot in your “plate”!
Thanks for the tip on the documentary; I think I need to see it!
Just remind Anderson that a tatoo is forever… have one of those bubble gun ones and keep it for a week to check and see if that’s what he really wants… (LOL).

Kingston is a genius!

Love you all,

Milt

April 20, 2015 - 4:29 pm

Sarah Poole Korus - I feel like you need to get snap chat and to share Kingston"s shenanigans with us :) Y'all are too funny!

April 20, 2015 - 12:13 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Andrea, Everyone says it gets better as they get older? We can only hope, right?!

April 20, 2015 - 12:11 pm

Andrea - I’ve got one of those picky esters too! And boo for the IRS!

April 20, 2015 - 11:07 am

pinkcoffeephoto - Yes! I like the idea of future blackmail. hahaha!!

April 20, 2015 - 11:05 am

Danielle Thomas - Girl, I actually LOL’D at this! Yes, you must keep these posts for a future book to embarrass your kid with when he grows up. Or perhaps when he is a teenager. HA!

April 20, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Lauri Holt Greenhaw - My oldest ate Fruit Loops and Eggo Waffles for his first 5 years. My dad banned him from going out to eat with him in public at age 2. On a dare, my youngest took his diaper off in his sisters first grade class and danced on the table. Thankfully it wasn't "loaded". Glad you are writing this stuff down because it makes for great stories for now and later! Love you!

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