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    to “A Step Inside”… our personal family blog, documenting the craziness of our every day life.. Sit back, enjoy, laugh, and share in the road we travel..

    I'm Bridget.. A SAHM (stay at home mom), wife, mother of 3, and a follower of Christ. I'm also a photographer, and passionate about life.. I hope to share that w/ you too! Life isn't always perfect, but it's perfectly created in His plan. I'm beyond thankful for God's grace and His many blessings!

2014 Girls’ Trip to Arizona

What an incredible time we had while visiting Arizona…  Tons of girl time, delicious food (and drinks), plenty of shopping, an entire day of spa pampering, and countless laughs.  I seriously could not be more thankful and grateful for the friendships of these girls!… We missed our sweet friend Kayla, but she had to stay home snuggling on her brand new baby boy:)

We started out by grabbing a quick brunch at the airport restaurant..

Funny story about our plane ride… While taxi-ing on the runway, I all of a sudden felt a flood of water down my back.. This kept happening, and the flight attendant quickly got us a roll of paper towels.  We were using them and then a huge long piece that ran down the length of the plane started to fall on our heads!  We couldn’t not stop laughing… Tears ran down our faces.  Oh the memories.. lol
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Upon our arrival, we were greeted by beautiful sunshine..  This was my very first time in AZ and the heat felt wonderful!  I agree when everyone says “it’s warm, but not humid & sticky”…


We stayed at a villa in Fountain Hills, AZ (near Scottsdale) that our friend’s parents own.  It was a beautiful place, and every where you looked the views were just stunning!..


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Once we were settled in, we headed to a nearby BBQ place for dinner… The bandanas were actually our napkins, but they were much more fun to be worn!
Who knew we would make a sweet friend as well… This is Betty!  She came over w/ a bandana on as well and told us she just had to say hello because we were having too much fun.  Turns out, she is from central IL too!  Even graduated from a local HS in our city!  87 years old, and hilarious!

After dinner we headed towards Scottsdale to do a little shopping…

Saturday was an ENTIRE day dedicated to spa treatments… We were pampered w/ a whirlpool sauna, facials, body wraps, deep tissue massages, pedicures, and lunch by the pool.  Honestly a dream day!  It was also a surprise that a very special person treated us to our spa day AND dinner that evening… We were blown away and beyond grateful!

After plenty of relaxation and pampering, we took our sweet time getting ready for dinner that night.. It was a blast to have vanities at the clubhouse lined up that we could all get ready together.  Hey, you’re never too old for hair & make-up w/ your girlfriends!

 

That balcony is where we had dinner… The food was beyond amazing, fantastic service, and just an awesome evening.  

Sunday we had a quick breakfast and headed down to the pool to relax for a bit… Then we had the entire day free to shop & stroll around the area, and I’m quite sure we shopped ourselves out.. I have to admit that I was guilty of filling the OTHER girls’ luggage w/ my shopping goodies for the flight home because I ran out of room in my own suitcase.
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The shopping areas were just beautiful!  I had no idea there were palm trees in AZ!  

My kiddos would have loved this store… Nothing but SWEETS!

I didn’t really buy this, but had to send a pic to my husband teasing him… 

When we walked into this store I saw this vintage uniform looking jacket and dared Nanc to try it on… Who knew she could make something that initially looked a bit over the top adorable!:)

Thankfully the car truck was plenty big for our shopping… 4 women and a day to roam from store to store can get dangerous!;)

Our final stop was to a well known part of Fountain Hills… It was incredibly beautiful, and so peaceful & relaxing.  We spent some time just sitting by the water taking it all in.. If I lived in AZ it would definitely be a must visit spot for laying in the grass reading a book and picnics w/ my fam.. 

 

Before we knew it, it was time to pack up and say goodbye to our 4 day girls’ weekend… Memories made to last a lifetime! <3

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