Day 4: Glass Marble Magnets

The purple paper stash

I cannot take the credit for this idea. As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I have become addicted to Pinterest. I kept seeing people repin this blog post and figured it would be fun for the girls to have a go at it. We went to Michael’s yesterday and picked up the flat bottom marbles, glue, and magnets. After homework was done tonight, they sat down and started. I still have a ton of paper from my scrapbooking days, so they’ve raided the paper stash and are having fun comparing what they’ve done.

I was pleased with the flat bottomed marbles. I expected to get the small ones (even though I think they’re too small). Then I found these. They’re about 1.75 inches across and not perfectly round. I think they have a little character to them more than the smaller ones. Apparently, glass is sold by the pound. There were giant bags of small marbles for $6.99. These bags were something like $2.59 and there are approximately 18-20 in each little bag.

Here are Sassy’s first few pieces (purple):

And these are Hens’ (green):
They’re branching out now and trying colors that aren’t their favorites. I asked what who they’re going to give these to and they both looked stricken. “We have to give them away??!!!?”


My whole family will be in the same house tomorrow. I’ll be picking Little Big Man up from university at noon. His one class on Wednesday has been cancelled. I would have picked him up tonight, but he had to work. He hasn’t been home since we took him up there and moved him in. On one hand, I’m proud of him for finally finding his place (after 2 years). On the other hand, I’ve missed him this fall. We’ve seen him a couple of times, but it’s not the same as having him actually in the house.

Hub left Florida today to meet his brother in North Carolina. They are driving up and will also arrive sometime tomorrow afternoon. We’ll all be in the same place!

Then the rest of the family will descend on Thursday. We’ll eat too much, drink too much, and laugh a lot.  It’s going to be a good day!

Holiday Shopping

We have an exchange student staying with us this year. She’s a lovely girl and has settled into our family nicely. Here’s my dilemma, what do I get the kid for Christmas? I want to give her something similar to what I would give my own kids, but honestly I haven’t known her for that long.

Sassy’s getting an iPod – will it cause hurt feelings if I get the same thing for our student? Little Big Man doesn’t want an iPod (he usually wants $$$). I think gift cards are fine for filling in or as stocking stuffers, but they’re a little impersonal. When I ask her what she’d like, she says, “Oh, it’s enough that you choosed me to stay with you. I don’t need any gifts.” Not helpful.

Has anyone else had a student they’ve had to buy for? Any suggestions?

Campus Visit

Tomorrow I take my youngest for her first campus visit. It’s a small, liberal arts college here in the midwest. She doesn’t want anything too big and eventually (thinks she) wants to do physical therapy. It seems like a good place to get a well-rounded education that will set her up right for graduate school. The other couple bonuses are, it has a field hockey team and it’s only about 1.5 hours away. I just want to get a feel for the campus – see how the kids interact with each other, how much a part of the surrounding community it is, how big it is, are the buildings old and covered with ivy or brand new and all glass, etc.

When it came time for my son to look – he wasn’t interested. He wanted Big 10 and as soon as he got accepted to MSU, he was done applying (he was fortunate enough to be invited to apply early, so got the acceptance early). I wasn’t convinced such a big place was good for him. Turns out, I was half right. He stumbled and fell during his first 3 semesters, but realized what he had done and took some summer classes to make up for it. He seems to have turned it around and is making huge efforts to get back on track.

My daughter never had it as easy as my son. She struggled early to get the hang of reading and it took her so long that she struggled with everything else as well. The bonus here is that she got some terrific help and created some lifelong study habits that she’ll take with her when she goes to college. I don’t worry that she can do it (I know she can). I worry that I can’t do without her.

I find these last couple of high school years bittersweet. She’s a fabulous kid and has been since we brought her home from the hospital. She’s ready to go now and while she hasn’t hit the “terrible teens”, I’m sure we’ll have some trying times ahead. She’s my Sassy girl and even when we’re on each other’s last nerve, at the end of the day, she’s the only one I want.