Friday, July 31, 2009

Summer Reading

There is nothing like spending the day at the beach or in our hammock reading a good book. That is on of my favorite aspects of summertime as a teacher. I have spent a lot of time at the Norfolk Public Library trying new authors that I have never read. Here are some of the books I have read this summer so far...

In August I plan to read some more non-fiction and/or research based books to prepare me to get ready to go back to school. I am sure I will still have some fun reads in the mix as well though :) Enjoy your last day of July!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Marty and I are still renting in Norfolk; therefore, we have not spent much time decorating our condo. We have made it feel "homey", yet there is only so much we can to while renting. With that being said, I have tried to invest some time and little money in making our "bedroom" more functional. We are still using my childhood full bed, and some hand-me-down dressers, yet I got some cute new night stands to add next to the bed. I also got new white linens to complement the sea green tables. It is a work in progress. We still need to figure out what to do with the dressers, whether we buy new or paint and work with what we have. This is a good start, until we find the right home in the area to really make ours.

Before picture...(gotta love the wall of mirrors! Sorry, can't change that)

After shots...

The framed monogram was super easy to create, and I got the idea from Young House Love Blog. I just typed our monogram in word, printed and cut out. Then a choose some cute Martha Stewart tissue paper, and sued double sided tape to keep the letters centered on the tissue paper. Then I put it in a normal white frame, and it is a cute, personalized piece of art.

I still need to find some cute lamps to add height. Any ideas?

I also reorganized our big bookshelf. I read an article in Real Simple that showed bookshelves organized by color, and I wanted to try it. I think it turned out kind of neat.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Lilly Fever!

I am loving Lilly this summer. There is a consignment shop in Norfolk that had a few Lilly dresses and pants earlier this summer, yet I passed them up thinking that I would go back at a more convenient time and try them on. A couple weeks later, I made it to the store and they were gone. Ever since I have been trying to find discounted Lilly pieces. I know there are factory outlet sales in various cities, yet does anyone know where to get Lilly on sale? Until I find out, I will drool over these adorable outfits, enjoy!

And for the little ones...

Living large in larchmont

Marty and I have been living the good life while house-sitting this past week. A sweet family from our church asked us to care for their dogs while they were away, and we quickly jumped on this opportunity. They have a beautiful home on the water, in the desirable neighborhood of Larchmont here in Norfolk. We spent the week enjoying the dogs, enjoying the water views, catching crabs, and I was able to lay out on the dock with friends everyday.

Children at sail boating lessons. The boats were child-sized!

It was a nice little vacation and I learned a lot about dogs as well. I didn't grow up with dogs, so I had no idea what to expect, yet they were great! Marty definitely has puppy fever!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Dum, dum, dum dum...Dum, dum, dum dum...

The title is supposed to be the wedding march song, very hard to accomplish with words. Well, yes wedding season is still here even though there has been a nice break for June and July. One of my roommates from Tech, Amanda, is getting married this October, and we just celebrated her first wedding shower with her this past weekend. It was a beach theme, which is so appropriate for Amanda since she grew up in Virginia Beach. Here are so sweet pictures from the day...

Some of Amanda's Coworkers

The bridesmaids minus Stacy

A competition to see who could make the best wedding gown out of toilet paper!

Sand centerpiece with Amanda+ Jake written in the middle :)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Happy 4th!

Marty and I had a great 4th of July with friends here in Norfolk. We spent Friday morning in Pungo, the southern portion of Virginia Beach. We love to drive down there to get away from city life and buy fresh produce and pick whatever is in season. We picked some yummy blueberries, yet not too many since they are just beginning to ripen.

After our morning in Pungo, we went to Harborfest. This is an annual festival that is held at Town Point Park, which is two blocks from our condo. Boats from all over the country, sail into Norfolk and dock along this park. It is so neat to see the enormous ships and all the details on the older boats. We went back later to see the fireworks.

On Saturday, we went to the beach ALL day. That may be my favorite part about living in this area. We spent the morning and afternoon with friends just lounging on the beach. It was a crowded beach day, yet it was the perfect way to spend the fourth. We left around 3pm and prepared to host a cookout at our place. We had some friends over to eat hamburgers and hot dogs, corn on the cob (from Pungo), salad and such- typical 4th of July food. Then we walked down to Town Point Park to enjoy the fireworks together.

Here is our yummy dessert from Family Fun. I used angel food cake instead of pound cake to cut down on calories/fat.

I have become much more thankful for the people that serve our country since I've lived in Norfolk. The Naval and Air force influence here is great, and I have had many opportunities to become friends with people that serve our country. I am very thankful that men and women sacrifice time with their families and friends, their health and sometimes their lives, to continue to keep America a safe and free country... THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!