The first celebration

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For the first part of the celebration of Dan’s birthday, we left the daughters at my parents house and took a mini vacation to Saint Louis. This was our first outing (alone) since last year on our anniversary.

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We toured the art museum, and came away with enough thoughts to last a lifetime. Maybe I’ll try to share some of our impressions later on.

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After the art museum, we went to dinner at Modesto, a tapas resturaunt which we have been wanting to try for three years.

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The atmosphere was very pleasant.

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It was quiet, and the waiters displayed just the right amount of attentiveness. We never had to wait for anything, but they didn’t hover too much, either.

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The food was spectacular. The calamari was the best I’ve ever eaten.

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The bread came with an olive dip that was wonderful.

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And the chorizo…mmm…

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All in all, we both agree that this may be the best restaurant we have ever eaten at.

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After that, we walked to a nearby coffee shop. Which was one of the best coffee shops we’ve ever been to.

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We sat in the warm evening sunshine and actually visited over our coffee. It was an amazing sensation. We giggled. And took photos of each other like silly newly weds.

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We agreed that we missed the girls. Then, we went home and gathered up our precious daughters.

Phase two of the birthday celebrations to come tomorrow…

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