Wednesday, August 14, 2013


This morning, Chip took Charlie to school, so it was just Mary Clare and I for the drive over to St. Louis. There was a lot of singing on her part, and a lot of NPR listening on my part. It was quite peaceful. 

At one point, Mary Clare asked me to get her a book located in the pocket behind my seat. As I patted around for it, pulling out various books in search for the elusive numbers book, she said "No, no, no," until I finally heard a rather effusive, "There you go," she said. "You got it." As I handed her the book, she added "That's a good girl." 

I have to tell you, I didn't quite know how to respond. Still don't. But I do know that those were most definitely my words coming right back at me. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


That's right, friends. We found a house. Team Botanical is homeless no more. Hooray!

We closed on July 26, which is why there has been radio silence ever since. Baby needs a little work in the cosmetics department, so our spare time has been spent either working there or making calls and plans to get work done there.

We are so, so happy. A smidge overwhelmed at times, but very happy.