After three weeks of being away, Nicki returned on Monday from her backpacking trip through South America. Mom and I went to the airport with signs and balloons, all excited to surprise her before baggage claim. We waited patiently for her to arrive, but she’s so small that we must have missed her. I got a text message saying that she was waiting for her bag…so we missed her grand arrival down the stairs. I tried to sneak up on her but I think she saw me the instant that I snapped this photo.