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  • Welcome!…

    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!

Ten on Tuesday

1.  Really, Michaels?  ”Re-awaken your sweet tooth w/ baking”?… No thank you!  I’m supposed to be starting a sugar detox.. Like as in, I’m on my 4th attempt:P (this Ten on Tuesday was started a couple of months 21 Day Sugar Detox is already complete! lol)


2.  A portrait drawing by Ashlyn on our kitchen chalk wall;

3.  Ashlyn’s 4 year pics were taken at her birthday, but I just blogged them recently.

4.  I am working on another Scour off post…  The uses are endless!

5.  There are no words.. lol

6.  I had a wonderful time visiting the Dallas, TX area.. See some pics here..

7.  I don’t recall exactly where I was (an airport maybe) and I overheard the sales clerk talking about the fact that you can now use Paypal on the check out card reader… Did you know this?  Am I the last to know? lol

8.  Is this normal?  Probably not.. but it is around our house;

9.  Just another day.. Playing princesses & dressing up;

10.  Dusting off the blog for hopefully more updates soon!:)

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Refinished Hardwood Floors!… Sort of..

From day one of walking into this home, we knew the hardwood floors would need some TLC.  I offered to tackle the project, but the Mr said noooooo..  Guess I have to agree w/ him, this one was gonna be a pretty big task.

I could not have been more excited to get started on having our hardwood floors refinished… We had referral contractor lined up and I was so stinking stoked I could’ve hugged him when he walked in that morning to begin the job.

Here’s what we started w/..

He and his helper got started and quickly the floors were already looking better… Just the sanding alone revealed a beautiful wood beneath the yellow orange finish that had been there.

They worked all morning sanding and sanding and by afternoon it was time to start the stain.  The freshly sanded wood looked amazing!

I headed out to do some portrait work, so the guys finished up on their own. We had to wait four hours before going back into the house (and then in socks only), as the stain had to dry without anyone walking on it.  Leave it to us and not really think that far ahead, and we only left ourselves w/ access to enter in the areas that were wet.  Whoops!  Erik had gotten some groceries, so we stashed those in the fridge in the garage.. Thankfully the kids are with grandma.

Once we could finally go back in, we quickly noticed that there were a few issues with the floors. They were much lighter than we had intended the stain to be, and once I stepped into the half-bath I knew it wasn’t going to be good.  Kind of one of those situations that looks okay from a distance, but then the closer you get, the uglier it looks.  A closer look revealed that the stain wasn’t even, they were dark spots, light spots, blotchy spots, and the corners were still an orange-yellow.:( After talking w/ other contractors, it seems to be a combination of a poorly done sanding job, and just inexperience.  The prior finish was still there, so that was part of the cause for the inconsistencies, blotchy spots, and yellow old stain showing through.

Oye.  Believe it or not, it wasn’t even the floors that were the worst part.. When I got on my hands & knees in the half bath, I quickly noticed my baseboards… Yes, my brand-new, white baseboards that were just installed.  They were splattered and bled w/ stain (not too bad, I can touch up w/ paint), but they were also completely nicked, gouged, and just banged up.  I could have cried.  Okay, fine.  I did.  :(  I know it’s petty, I was just SO disappointed that the hard work I had put into the install was ruined.

So anyway, we’re back to square one, and starting from scratch..  I won’t give the original contractors name, out of respect for him, but no one around here would have to worry.. He’s not local, or advertising as a business.

We’re still waiting on the exact start date for the new contractor, but looks to be in a couple of weeks.  We are so excited though, because seeing the floors darker is exactly the look & feel that we were wanting.. Now to just get them evened out, and finished up:)

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jacqueleigh29 - October 21, 2013 - 11:03 AM

Love the color! Can't wait to see what they look like darker!! So excited for you!!

ImaginatePhotography - October 21, 2013 - 11:54 AM

Thanks, Jacque!

Refreshing Grout | DIY Kitchen Grout Project

After looking around the house for my next project to tackle (my husband LOVES when I do this.. NOT).. I decided to tackle refreshing the grout on our tile kitchen & dining room floors.  The grout lines weren’t *horrible* but definitely needed some TLC.  I picked up this product from our local Lowes.  $11.97, and I didn’t even use the entire bottle for quite a large area of tile.

The before & after was a great difference!  I followed the directions on the bottle.. Start w/ clean floors, apply w/ toothbrush, let dry for 30-60mins, then mist w/ water, and wipe tile off.

While a bit tedious, and an “on your hands & knees” kinda job, it was worth it!

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Ashlyn’s 1st Day of Preschool -4 Year Old Class

This girl. was. excited. She even woke up an hour earlier than needed, and got completely dressed. I awoke to big blue eyes peeking over my covers at me, and a four year old whispering, “Mommmmm, I have school today!”  She’s loving it already, and picked right back up from being in the 3 year class last year.  We love the teachers, the learning, and everything else about the preschool.. So thankful!

This is her little friend, Yusuf.. These two are hysterical together.  I can only imagine what their teachers witness:)

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