In St. Louis, on the days when our apartment seemed painfully small (gosh, was that every day?) we used to go up to this coffee shop called Cafe Nura (now Abode Coffee Shop) and just hang out and sip coffee. When Evelyn was really little, we'd bring her up in her infant car seat and she would nap while we chatted, and when she got bigger we'd stick her in the high chair and give her a few books and toys. I probably wrote about that coffee shop in about 90% of my pre-move blog entries.
Well, when we moved it was one of the hardest places to say goodbye to. It was full of so many great memories for us. So many deep-breath moments, study breaks, and finally-some-adult conversations. It seems impossible to replace.
This morning we woke up early enough to go to a new place in Ripon called Palenque (aka Doomsday Donuts) and have some coffee before I had to get to the office. It's no Cafe Nura, but I like the place a lot. Plus they have these CRAZY specialty donuts (last week I had a root beer float donut!) and Evelyn would do a back-flip if it meant she could share a parfait with her Daddy. Who knows, maybe it will become the new Cafe Nura, in time.