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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!

Ashlyn’s 6th Birthday…

When you have a Frozen themed birthday party, and the forecast calls for a snowstorm… Perfect!  At least in a newly 6 year old’s eyes:)

The party invitation I found here, and customized it using Photoshop.


It was so much fun to put together the details for her Frozen party… Olaf’s snowman noses, Olaf’s snowman arms, melted snow..  You can check out the printables from this site

I scattered some snow & snowflakes along the island too.. 

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Happy 6th birthday, Ashlyn Ray Emilie! We love you so much!

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First Loose Tooth- Ashlyn

When you’re a kindergartner, there is lots of talk about losing your first tooth… We often know all the details of who, what, when, as far as other kiddos & classmates that have lost teeth.  Ashlyn has been eagerly waiting for her own tooth extravaganza..

Last night after brushing her teeth, I asked if her if any teeth were loose and she said, “nope!”.. I checked each one, and one of her bottom front IS actually loose.  When I told her of this, her eyes went huge!  She was so excited…

This morning when she awoke and came into our room, she whispered into my ear, “mom, I have TWO wiggly teeth now!”… I couldn’t help but laugh.  She really doesn’t, but is now in full swing of the process.  She added an apple to her lunch because, “apples will always make your teeth fall out, mom”… lol

Gotta love the mind of a 5 (almost 6) year old!:)

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Ebates | FREE Cash Back

Shop online?  As much as I try to buy local, there are still times when shopping online is the best option for our family… We are Amazon Prime members, so free shipping is the bomb-diggity.  I also use Ebates to get cash back… It’s a super simple process and anytime you go directly to a store site online, you stop by Ebates first, type in the shop name, and it then takes you to that site… All the while, earning you a given percentage of cash back on the amount that you’re spending.

1) Sign up for an Ebates account, it’s free!

2) Search for the store of your choice

3) Check out the current offers for that specific store, and click on it to be directly transferred.

4) Start shopping and earn cash back while you do!

It’s that simple…. who doesn’t like to earn free money while they’re buying something they would already have been buying anyhow:)

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8th Grade Volleyball

This was the girls’ second game this season, but first home game… They did great!  Won 2 of 2 games.. As 8th graders you can really see that they are learning to sync & work together on the court.  We’re so proud of Kaylor.. she is setting this year, so a little bit of a different zone, and she’s getting it down well.  Can’t wait to see the season progress.

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Christmas 2014

“It’s the most wonderful time, of the year”….. I’m sure my kiddos would agree too!  They were totally into the countdown until Jesus’ birth this year.. Both of the littles brought home construction paper chains from school:)

We started off our Christmases w/ my sister & niece… My poor brother-in-law was super sick, so he wasn’t able to make it:( It was a wonderful night though.. We had dinner, made homemade hot chocolate, and drove around looking at Christmas lights.  The girls had a sleepover w/ us too.

Christmas Eve service at our church was once again, a great one!  If you don’t have a church home, there is always an open invitation to come along w/ us!  (not just on Christmas, but any Sunday morning too!)

The littles LOVE making treats (and sneaking ones to eat too)!.. 
Christmas morning; 

Rowen was SO proud to give us the gifts that he bought at the pre-school “gift shop”… Kaylor received soap, Ashlyn a butterfly night-light, daddy a mini stapler, and an 2012 ornament for mommy :) 

Aren’t these cute?  My mom made them w/ the kids.. 

Christmas w/ my dad’s side;

Our Christmas w/ my mom’s side… 

Christmas at my in-laws.. 

Another awesome Christmas season for our family… We’re so thankful for God, our health, family, and friends.  <3

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