the bean's last-ever cheer competition fell on the hub's birthday...and it was in phoenix. his friends had already planned to take him out to celebrate, and instead of having us go out by ourselves again we invited the old lady and the old man to join us for a weekend away.
when we got to the airport, we found that our friends were on the very same flight.
because they got to board the plane early they were able to save a seat for the bean right in the first row, so the rest of us found seats a little further back. okay - a LOT further. heh.
we were on a late afternoon flight, so even though it was a short one by the time we landed it was almost dark outside.
the doubletree phoenix-mesa was the preferred hotel for this competition, which was fine since those are always clean and comfortable. plus...cookies.