Sunday, April 26, 2009


We had a great week! Marty accepted a job offer from Dominion Enterprises located in Downtown Norfolk. Here is a picture of Dominion from our porch, no zoom.

It is the tallest white building in the middle, about 3 blocks away. He will be selling software and web services. He is very excited about this new opportunity! We feel very blessed that he was able to find a job that he is excited about, that he believes will challenge and grow his skills.

It is now nice and warm in Norfolk, which means people are out and about. I love the transition between seasons here. One week it is winter and the next week it is summer. In Hampton Roads it just skips spring and hurries right along into 85 degree weather. We had a great weekend with friends this weekend. Friday we got to babysit Marty and Amy's daughter Avery. This is a sweet couple that we know from church, that will sadly be moving far away too soon :( We will miss them a lot, and Avery too!

Saturday we went to a HUGE yard sale and got a brand new, never opened HP photosmart printer for $40.00. We were pretty excited since we have been living without a printer for about 2 years.

Saturday night we celebrated our friends Maria and Topher's marriage. The wedding was beautiful and we had a great time with friends and the reception. Congrats Maria and Topher!!!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Happy Easter!

We had a great Easter with friends here in Norfolk. We went to the Good Friday service at church and enjoyed singing, scripture and preaching. On Sunday morning, we were assigned nursery, so we spent the morning with the babies of our church. A couple of weeks ago, we invited our community group and one other community group from church over to our home for dinner. It turned out to be 19 people total, which was a little scary to me! We borrowed a table and some chairs from church and it turned out to be a great time. Everyone brought a dish, and hung out all day together. The girls and I even decorated eggs! Marty and I really enjoyed opening our home to our friends that are not close to home or in the Navy/Coast Guard and cannot leave for an extended period of time.
While we were preparing for the dinner, I realized how much I am like my own family, especially my Mother and Grandmother. When I was growing up, we always had beautifully decorated tables for holidays, birthdays and special occasions. All the details were addressed; everything from china, flowers, centerpieces, and table linens were beautifully coordinated. In light of this, I attempted to have tables that looked pretty. Marty and I are still collecting our china and everyday dishes, so we were not able to use all matching place settings, yet I tried to have the colors flow from table to table. Here are some pictures from the event...

The egg centerpiece on the first table was a Martha Stewart craft idea. She suggests to use empty egg shells, yet I had a really hard time blowing out the egg, so I used hard boiled eggs (If you want to save them, use just the egg shell). This was such an easy craft I wanted to share it with you in case you would like to create this yourself. Find napkins with a small print on them. Peel the back layer off, so you have just the front pattern.

Cut out small pieces of the pattern from the napkin.

Cover the egg with Modge Podge.

Place a piece of the pattern on the egg and smooth it out with your brush.

Let the eggs dry for 10-15 minutes. Arrange in a vase or on an egg tree. That's it!

I hope you enjoyed Easter with your family or friends!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


One of the big things I have learned in the first couple of years of marriage is how to compromise. I am pretty easy going, I don't ruffle too many feathers, and I like it that way. But... there are a few things I do not like changed. One of these things is my bedtime. As a kindergarten teacher, I cannot survive in the classroom without a good nights sleep, therefore; my current school night bedtime is 9:00. I know you are thinking that is a little early, yet it is what works best for me. This has caused a lot of "discussions" in the Cates household because we live in a loft. There is no bedroom door, no wall separating the rest of our living space from the bedroom, just a book shelf that you can see through. Marty is usually good with our 9:00 bedtime, yet last night was the basketball championship game that started at 9:30 (yay UNC). I tossed, turned and complained because the bright lights of the TV were disturbing my routine. Then we discovered a solution to our problem. Marty hung a towel on our bookcase that perfectly blocked the light from my side of the bed and I slept like a baby through the entire game. This is such a silly and simple solution, yet this is such a picture of compromise in our relationship, it is almost laughable.

Ah, no more bright lights :)

Sunday, April 5, 2009

No news...

Marty has been interviewing, networking, getting advice from professionals, and waiting. He has gotten through most of the interview process with one sales position in the area. We are thinking and praying about the pros and cons of that job for us, and will hopefully have a decision within a week or two. He has also had an interview with a larger company in Richmond, also a sales position, and will move on to anther round of interviews with that company this week. There are many of other possibilities in the works, and we are learning how to wait and be patient for the right opportunity to present itself. We know in this economy we can not be too picky, yet we want a career that Marty enjoys and can grow in.
Other than job searching, we have been leading pretty boring, "normal", lives recently. Kindergarten is still keeping me busy and I am looking forward to Spring Break next week (the week after Easter). We are looking forward to hosting an Easter dinner after church next week for some friends from Trinity, our church. I have been searching for the perfect decorating ideas, that are cheap and easy. Check out some of the cute ideas I found online...

These are so beautiful and creative. I am trying to figure out a way to use some of the things I already have to make some of the centerpieces. We are going to have two tables, so I can choose two different ideas. That is all that we have been up to recently. I will keep you updated with the job search and our plans.