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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), 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!

Rowen’s 3rd Birthday…

So hard to believe our youngest just turned three… Wasn’t he a newborn like yesterday?…   He has become such a silly little guy, with lots of laughter & silliness.  He loves matchbox cars, tractors, balls, and coins.  We started calling him “Clutch” several months ago, because he has something clutched in at least one hand, at all times..  He’s been obsessed w/ “monies” (coins) over the last few weeks and empties my wallet every chance he gets.  Loves taking them in and out of his piggy bank, and I can always count on (lol… yes, lame pun!) finding change in his pants pockets too.

We always do a small birthday celebration w/ our family of five before the actual party for our family.

I just love this…. So sweetly wishing as he blows out the candles.. 

My son could care less what his cake looks like… His only request, “I want cake!”

We did a race car theme for his party this year… This boy LOVES his matchbox cars.. Don’t worry, the antifreeze was totally safe to drink 😉

Such a blessed little boy, w/ so many that love him!

My father seems to be on a kick of buying the kids rather interesting really loud toys lately…

I’ll be the first to admit.. I can make some beautiful cupcakes, but cakes?  No way, jose!  It did however taste wonderful.. just not ideal for looks. lol

Happy 3rd birthday, Rowen Zane!  We sure do love you so much!


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Ashlyn’s 5th Birthday | La La Loopsy

FIVE years old!  This girl loves her LaLa Loopsies.. It’s so fun doing girly birthday parties for her, and she just loves it.  Everything PINK.  Ashlyn is still every bit full of sass, but also lots of giggles & laughter too.  Gosh, I love this girl!We gathered up Ashlyn’s LaLa Loopsies to add to the decorations.. I also found these little wood spools and wrapped some yarn around them.  Things started to get a little crazy once a nerf gun was opened up…. The adults had to “test it out”… 

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DIY Half Bath Re-Do | Bathroom Before & After

Our half bath had a re-do..uh.. again!  lol  In hindsight, I probably should have held off on doing the board & batten diy the first time, but alas, practice never hurt anyone, right?  When it was time to have our new hardwood installed, we had to remove the toilet as well as vanity.  We decided that we wouldn’t put back in the same ones, so a new toilet, vanity, sink, and mirror it was..  I love how much it updated the look.

I tore out the first board & batten, and moved up about a foot above where it was before.  The original ran too close to the new sink, and faucet handles.  It also helps feel the true 9ft ceiling height in the space.

It’s not a huge bathroom, see my arm in the mirror? 😉

New light fixture I installed..

I am in LOVE w/ our new hardwood floors.  We went w/ 5in plank, handscraped Armstrong hardwood, called brown bear.  So, so happy w/ our choice.  The imperfections and scrapes add just the right amount of rustic, worn in feel to our home.


And how about those honey-orange wood floors before?  Bleh!  Much better now…
And back to the what the half bath looked like at move in… Definitely loving the new look today.

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Kelly - August 6, 2014 - 10:18 AM

Just read your first update and love this one! Where is the vanity from? thanks!

ImaginatePhotography - August 6, 2014 - 10:22 AM

Thanks! Vanity is from Lowes 🙂

Kelly - August 7, 2014 - 9:41 AM

Thanks!! what are the dimensions of the half bath?

Kelly - August 7, 2014 - 11:59 AM

thanks! what is the dimensions of the half bath? thx again

ImaginatePhotography - August 7, 2014 - 7:25 PM

Half bath is 7\’4 by 3\’7..

Ten on Tuesday

1.  This is Ashlyn’s kitty, Bianca.  She was a gift I received from Erik, just a month or so after we started dating on Mother’s Day.  Ashlyn found her a couple of years ago, and immediately snagged her for her own.  Ever since, they’ve been inseparable.  Kaylor even teasingly put Bianca on a light fixture once and caught her tail on fire!  Singed it darn near in half.. Poor Bianca, was battered, but still beautiful to Ashlyn.  She went missing for a couple of months, and even missed our family vacation to Disney World.  We have no idea how, but we finally found her stuck between our bed frame & mattress.  Ashlyn was ECSTATIC that she was found.. (Photo from 9/25/13)

2.  Yep.. Playing a game in their swimsuits.  Picture taken on 12/21.. They are always warm in spirit!
3.  Flooring project is almost finished up… I’ve been touching up baseboards, and the 1/2 bath, I had to completely tear out the board & batten and start fresh.. A blog post w/ details on that soon!

4.  Silly pup.. He LOVES stretching his legs sprawled out like a frog like this.. Gah!  He’s too stinking cute!

5.  I love these snowy, winter images I shared on my Imaginate Photography site a couple of weeks ago.. I figure if it’s this cold out, we may as well embrace the beauty of it!
6.  Ashlyn was embracing the “new do'” a little more after a couple of days… At first, she wasn’t too sure!

(iPhone pics)

7.  A client & friend’s little girl had some play time w/ Ashlyn recently… They are up to the same ole’, playing dress up..  They did this last summer too!
8.  This is up year round on our family room built-ins, but I love the way it looks behind the twinkling lights of our Christmas tree;
9.  So proud of her Clyde the Elf drawing;
10.  Hope those of you in Central IL are enjoying your snowed/froze in days!!

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