Mom’s favorite excursion is a trip to the Missouri Botanical Garden’s, otherwise known as Shaw’s Garden, on the south side of St. Louis. We ventured down early Sunday morning under cloudy skies, hoping that the weather would hold and the crowds would be manageable. We did get wet but it didn’t drive us inside, we were prepared and enjoyed the quiet that descended on the gardens with the rain. Eric (pictured above with his grandparents) enjoys it as much if not more then Mom as the pictures show (click on the photo above). Afterwards I took them by my favorite coffee house, Kaldi’s, located in my old stomping grounds from grad school. Whether espresso or hot cocoa, everyone had something to dip the cookies.