Last Tuesday my sister and I flew from Charleston to Nashville to surprise my mom for her 53rd birthday. We've really missed her lately and decided to book some flights on a whim. Keeping a secret from my mom proved nearly impossible as she is the all-knowing-life-force of our family, but (miraculously) we pulled it off. The moment we casually walked in the kitchen was amazing -- her face lost color and she screamed "NO" on repeat. Then we got to do it all over again with Nan Nan (who fell back against the door and clutched her heart -- we've got some drama queens in this family!).
It was only a 24-hour trip but well worth it -- if only for the endless coffee and chatter session the next morning.