so, Jason took the two "big" girls camping. they had so much fun with the Earl side of the family, rides in the Jeep, s'mores, sleeping in a tent, getting really dirty, playing with cousins, all in all the weekend was a blast. an extra benefit, Madeline, a dyed in the wool mama's-girl, has developed a deeper bond with dear old dad. she didn't miss me at all, and now joins her sister in request for 5 hugs and kisses, when daddy leaves for work. that is one successful camping trip!