Thursday, November 28, 2013

Bolted and Conquered

I always love Nashville...but Thanksgiving Day is one of my favorite days of the year to be a Nashvillian.

As the Thanksgiving tradition stands, the Carroll family was decked out in costume and ready to take run The Boulevard Bolt this morning. It was less that 20 degrees, which made for a much smaller crowd, but we still carried on the tradition!

Just some indians stretching in the trees before the five mile race.

Part of the fun of the race is running into friends, old and new! We snapped this pic to tell Ali we we missed her.

Here is the whole crew of Indians. After crossing that finish line, we did not feel so guilty about stuffing our bellies full of delicious turkey!

 And these are the pre-race pictures. Sadly, dogs are not allowed so Aunt Bea and Winston (our house guest for the weekend) had to stay home. And the picture of my dad was texted to the family to show us a preview of what we would be wearing on Thanksgiving morning. We all approved and it was a festive, fun start to the day!

Happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Recently, I have had the luxury of time, which is something I have longed for these past few months. Time in the mountains this weekend. Time at home with my roommates. Time for meals with friends. Time in the car. Time to relax. Time to volunteer. Time to think. Time to be thankful. Time to sleep in. Time to work on my house. Time to enjoy the little things. 

So, as a result of that time, here are some words that I have been inspired by.

I encourage you to take the time to read, take the time to be thankful, and take the time to love others well!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Southern Fall

I have always loved the gorgeous fall colors, but this year I cannot stop admiring all the trees as the leaves change. 

I realize it probably has to do with the fact that Germany goes from hot to snow in about three days, so I totally missed fall last year. But, also, the Peabody side of Vanderbilt's campus is filled with beautifully colored trees! It has been this way for weeks now, and I just can't get over how pretty it is. I have been so amazed that I take pictures every day when I am walking to class, so I thought I'd share a few of them!


Happy Fall, Y'all!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Weekend Bright Spots

This weekend was eclectic, in the best way! It was our first weekend with all four roommates in town...and I cannot wait for many, many more to come!

Friday we hosted our lovely housewarming party. We were all pleased with its success.

Saturday included a lot of laziness, time on the couch, delicious food, storytelling, and capped off by playing a massive game of German Spotlight with my D-Group girls.

Sunday morning I had the pleasure of being a buddy for my precious down syndrome friend, William. He loves music and they let him play his drum in Sunday School.

This weekend my second parents, The Campbells, were in town, so it was fun to catch up with them. I was sad not to have a full Campbell/Carroll reunion...but it was exciting nonetheless.

And now I am on with yet another busy week.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

A Napa Afternoon

While the quick little jaunt to San Francisco last weekend was a fun-filled few days, my favorite part was the trip to Napa. I had never been and its on my 101 things list, so we decided to go on Sunday afternoon. One of the many benefits of San Francisco is that, even though it is a busy and bustling city, is only about 45 minutes from the quiet vineyards of Napa Valley.

First major perk, Ali and Jonny have a convertible so we cruised over The Golden Gate Bridge and all the way to Napa with the top down. It felt like a movie scene.

And here are my attempts at being artsy from the backseat of the convertible.

We tasted wines and soaked in the beautiful views at four vineyards, but it would have been easy to spend days exploring this beautiful part of the country! Here are a few of my favorite snaps.

And after a wonderful afternoon, we climbed back into the convertible and returned to the city.