Hayes’s First Fiesta: The Fiesta Details

We had Hayes's First Fiesta at the historic home where Todd's firm is located. They have some gorgeous grounds around the property and we held the party on the grounds. It was so … [Continue Reading]


Hayes’s Noggin

Thank you all so much for your comments, texts, tweets, emails, and phone calls yesterday. I could really feel them and so much of my worry was taken away. Todd and I have a fairly … [Continue Reading]

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You Are My Sunshine baby shower!

This weekend, with 5 of my friends, I co-hosted a baby shower for a very dear friend. We decided on a You Are My Sunshine theme for the shower. We focused on yellow and orange … [Continue Reading]


battles and wars

Oh, life as a mom of a two-year-old. Is there anything more humbling? This post is not going to be pretty. Lately, I've just been feeling like I'm failing. I know that a lot of … [Continue Reading]

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I’m a boy mom

Boy mom. I hear this title used a lot. It's not a title I ever thought I'd have. I always imagined myself having two girls and then having a baby boy. You know, when I'd play … [Continue Reading]

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4 years of blogging

If you're new to Blue-Eyed Bride, this is a pretty decent recap post to get you all filled in since the beginning. Every September, this date rolls around. I don't celebrate it … [Continue Reading]

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now that I’m a mommy…

I say things like, "Because I said so" and "go to your room." I find myself counting to three and taking deep breaths to avoid confrontation with family members. I know how to … [Continue Reading]


my home organization notebook

A few weeks ago, I mentioned my desire to create a Home Organization Notebook based on the one I saw on Honey We're Home. I was so inspired to have everything all in one place … [Continue Reading]


Green Eggs and Ham birthday party: the details

These posts are going to have to be broken up into two or three parts because there are so many things to see! This post is just going to be the details: decorations, food, … [Continue Reading]

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the night before…

Our lives are going to change tomorrow. There's no way around it. We're checking into the hospital at 5:30 tomorrow morning and the induction begins at 6:30. I have no idea how … [Continue Reading]

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September Goals

First things first! Thank you all SO much for your comments, calls, texts, social media comments offering your congratulations on our big news. We are so appreciative and we are so excited!

I am feeling like I’m ready to get back into the swing of things with blogging. Now that our secret is out and the boys are at school, I have a little time to myself in the morning and I can freely talk about what’s going on in our lives.

So reading was always one of my biggest goals every month. I’ve been reading three books a month since January, and love swapping book recommendations with y’all. But since I got pregnant, I cannot quiet my mind. And it’s like I get motion sickness from reading… even when I’m sitting still. (More on my pregnancy symptoms in another post.) And reading has kind of fallen to the wayside in favor of mindless television and late night episodes of Family Feud with Steve Harvey. (I wish I was kidding.)

But I love fall. And even though it’s still 100 degrees here, there is the promise of fall. The grocery stores are selling those yummy spiced cinnamon pine cones and brooms and I. Am. Ready.

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Let’s get right to it. My September goals. Again, nothing super big, but all stuff that I either need to get done or want to get done.

1. Work on Brother Room

Our original plan was to move the guest room to the finished room over the garage and put the nursery in the guest room. We didn’t think we wanted the boys to share just yet. But now we’ve decided to put them together in Hudson’s current room and put the nursery in Hayes’s current room. We had just finished up getting all of Hayes’s bedding together, so now we’ll just get the same bedding for Hudson. I’m so excited!

2. Set up my DVR for Fall Television

Goodness, I can’t believe I put that in writing. But all of our favorite shows are coming back. Scandal, Homeland, The Newsroom, The Good Wife, Dancing With the Stars, and all the college football we’ll be watching. Again, I’ll be lucky if I read at all this month, but I’m going to try!

3. Read Two Books This Month

I’m cutting it back to one book for the sake of grace. Let’s see if I can jump back in the reading saddle. (I will update y’all with what I did read this summer! I crossed two books off my list.)

4. Host a Family for Supper

We’ve done this at least once a month since January and it has become my favorite goal. We have plans with friends this coming weekend.

5. Get Back Into Our Wednesday Routine

AWANA and children’s choir starts back this week at our church on Wednesday nights. Todd and I like to go early for supper, eat together as a family, take the kids to their classes and then attend our pastor’s Bible study together. And then I go to choir rehearsal. It’s one of my favorite nights every week and I’m so excited it’s starting back. I’m looking forward to having dinner with so many of our favorite families.

So those are my goals for the month. Nothing crazy to tackle. We’re back on track with meal planning. Our house is getting back in order after the low key summer. I’m excited about this season!

How about you? What’s on your agenda this month?


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We’ve all been keeping a little secret since the middle of June, and now we can finally let the cat out of the bag!

We are all so excited to share that little baby Carroll #3 will join our family in March of 2015!

The boys are absolutely thrilled, and Todd and I are just overwhelmed with gratitude. I’m 13 weeks pregnant and pumped for that magical 14 week to get here!

And I just love this sweet photo that Courtney Dox took of our family. It’s one of our last photos of Fiona, and it was taken a couple of days after we found out the great news.

So that’s the big thing that’s been going on around here this summer! I will share more very soon.


First Day of School


Today was the first day of school for Hudson and Hayes. We were one of the last schools to start in our area and we were all ready. Last night when we got home from church, I tucked Hudson in and prayed with him about his first day of kindergarten. He told me that he might be a little bit shy and … [Read More...]

Back to School with Boden and a $250 giveaway!

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I can't believe it's already time for us to head back to school. We are still a week away from Hudson's first day of Kindergarten and Hayes's first day of preschool. We're spending this week at the beach with our family and soaking up the last few days of our long summer. I'll admit that I'm … [Read More...]