Laurie Smithwick and Laura Mayes were here the weekend before Halloween. We were having a little retreat to talk about what’s next for Kirtsy, the site we started years and years ago. They have been my business partners for ages, but this was the first time they had met my kids. I was so happy to have them in my home! Laura brought her 5-year-old son, Harry, and he got along famously with Oscar and Betty.

Basically, we sat around all weekend by the cozy fire and did two things:

1) Passed around iphones and downloaded the apps Laura and Laurie recommended. Talking Carl was a particular favorite.

2) There were lots of jam sessions. Every one had to play something. Harry was especially fond of the trombone and he played it so well that Oscar and Betty wanted to get in on that as well. At one point, Laurie was playing one of the tiny guitars and Laura Mayes was strumming a quarter size cello. We didn’t get enough photos!

Also. I don’t think Oscar put a shirt on the entire weekend.

I love these ladies so much! I can’t believe how lucky I am to work with them and to have them in my life. It’s hard to feel more inspired than I do after time spent with Laura and Laurie.