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??!!!?”

Long? Weekend

Really, I had 5 days in a row off? Tomorrow, the Hub and Little Big Man will leave again.

The Hub is heading for Florida. He has a flying student who wants to start on Monday. Actually, his head was still in Florida this whole trip. Understandably it was a short one, but I expected him to be fully here and he just wasn’t. When I pointed it out, he was at least aware he was doing it. His explanation was that he has to go back and be “on”. I get it, it was just a little hard to take.

Little Big Man is going back to school. He appears to be doing well there and we’ll know for sure when grades come out in a couple of weeks. Every time I asked him to do something this weekend, he was there and ready. It was a joy to have him here – he was friendly and engaging and only spent 1 night with friends. I will miss him.

It will be nice to have a houseful of just women again, though. Fewer coffee cups, fewer people sharing the bathroom, more places to go when the insomnia hits. But it will be quiet.

Happy Thanksgiving!

This is not my turkey, you understand. We never put the whole bird on the table. We carve in the kitchen and carry platters to the table.

Everyone is on their way to my house, the turkey is in the oven, cranberry relish is in the fridge, pies are on the sideboard, and the stuffing is in the crock pot (I know, it’s a new technique this year – I’ll let you know how it turns out).

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the US. Enjoy your families and your meal (and your post meal nap)!

Pre-Thanksgiving

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!