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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!

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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Holiday Home Tour 2014

There’s something so magical about having a home decorated for the Christmas holidays… Don’t you agree?  I think w/ the weather being colder and/or snowing, which we hadn’t had much of until after the first of the new year, it adds to the coziness feel.

I was excited to see what the entry way would look this year, since the stairway railings had been updated..

The fireplace wall has changed from last year too.. 

Apparently the kids thought our stockings needed labels… lol

I like to change our tree up a little each year… This time around, we went w/ browns and golds.


I wanted to make our tree a little higher, so I headed out to the garage to use a few pallet pieces that I had lying around… I built each of the 4 “walls separately, using two 1×2′s to connect each of the three pallet pieces.  For the top, I used 1×3′s to create rows across to support a piece of plywood that the tree base would then sit on.  Added a little burlap around, and I think it’s a good DIY tree crate!

So many things in this image cracks me up…. Ladybug pillow pet on the balcony landing above, rubber basketball under the dining table, and Rowen climbing onto the kitchen counter:)

Thanks for “touring” our holiday home for 2014!:)

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