The day Daddy came home.
Mike wasn't scheduled to come in until late Thursday night. So that night, i got the kids to bed like normal. They wore their special shirts we made for Daddy, we celebrated our last night doing bedtime without our Daddy, and i told them that we would go get Daddy in the morning when they woke up.
Daddy, get your Hugs and Kisses HERE!
Dad = Hero
Welcome Home Daddy. Your Princess missed you!
ready for Daddy love and help reading our night night book!
His van pulled up at 1:15 am Friday morning. I was there with a friend, ready to pick up our husbands and get the heck outta there. As expected it was by far the least celebrated homecoming i'd ever been to, but it was so nice to see my husbands sweet face in person and get that first big hug after months of just looking at each over a computer.
Friday morning and went and got the kids up and told them we had to hurry up and go get Daddy. Mike had put his uniform on and went outside to surprise the kiddos. It was a super sweet moment. Nora was excited and clingy. Holden was a hesitant and a little stunned. Davis was a bit confused. You could see him piecing it all together in his head...how the same daddy that was on his doll and on the computer was standing in front of him. In true mom fashion, I may have cried a little ;)
oh how i love that smile
Seeing Daddy for the first time
Welcome Home Husband, Daddy and Our Hero
and then of course we put him right to work making his famous pancakes!
M&M pancakes. How we celebrate around here!
and then it was time to play! Holden went from being hesitant to not leaving Mike's side. It was so sweet to hear all the sounds of fun, imaginative play coming from upstairs. I may have cried a bit more downstairs while listening to them.
The weekend Daddy came home was also beautiful after a ton of rain we had been having so we were able to enjoy a lot of outdoor play as well. Being on the trampoline with my whole family brought back memories of how we spent our last evening together before he left. It was also a beautiful summer evening but i remember being so sad and hurt (PICS HERE). On this day, so happy and peaceful, it felt we'd come full circle-- we made it through.