Worth it.

May 20th

Last week, I caught a ridiculously early flight to Phoenix, jumped in a rental car the size of a shoe, and was in Tucson by lunch to surprise this lovely lady for her 82nd birthday:


My Grandmother Maxine is one of my favorite people. It was completely, and totally worth the nonsense it took to get to her in time. Plus, I got to see a bunch of my family and catch up with that glaring ball of gas in the sky that made me sweaty for 48 hours straight.

Seriously, Arizona. I do not miss your heat this time of year.



Oh, AND I got to be there the next day to surprise this one for her birthday too:

Min and Jason

Thanks to stealth planning on the part of her husband Jason, we surprised Mini silly.

Bec and Matt

The girls

Might have been one of the best and most memorable weekends ever.


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8 Responses

  1. SO glad you came!! I had so much fun and was so surprised!!

  2. Totally Like!

  3. Your grandparents are ADORABLE!!!!

  4. tucker May 20, 2012

    I find moments every day that make me feel the same thing about our move back home. In my own grandmother’s face, seeing my kid squeal at the mere sight of his cousins, or a friend with a smile as wide and genuinely gleeful as Minnie’s in your pics. Its the little moments, the small surprises (give or take), and even the red eye road trips that make it all it all so, totally and unmistakably, worth it.

  5. How fun! You got out just in time, though, 109 manana.

  6. Aww, what a great weekend, Kelli! Glad you’re having fun and got to see a few of your favorite faces! Hugs–

  7. Is that your Grandpa next to your Grandma? LOVE his smile!! I’d love to be able to spend time with my Grandmas but they are all gone 🙁 Enjoy them while you have them!

  8. FUN! 🙂