Which is a place where you prep meals for storage in the freezer. Maddie was very proud, and said, "Mom, this is the first time I have ever helped you "make" dinner. (Quotes added by Jess and meant for Jess' dinner making skills, not Maddie's fine work.)
Maddie has a jar from Girl Scouts, where eveytime she does something especially helpful, she places a stone in said jar. When the jar is full, she gets to pick a special activity. She picked a sleepover with Ellie. And then asked everyday, multiple times a day, for 2 weeks when that sleepover would come.
To make the evening more special, Jess pulled a Mimi and took them to a McDonalds with a play space where they stayed for just under 2 hours.
Pre-bedtime stories tea time.
And bedtime - all 3 were actually out by 9:30, and then up at 5:45.
Jess has always remembered summer as being down at the Leonia pool. When she found out that the YMCA offered a summer camp where there was swimming twice a week, she was sold. Here are the 2 on the morning of their first day. So far - they totally dig it.