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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Surprise!

When Joe and I arrived home yesterday, my mom and the kids were out at lunch. When I heard them come home I had Joe hide (so I could get the camera all ready and everything).

I went outside and when Kayla saw me she just kind of looked at me like something wasn't right. I held my arms out for a hug and said, "Kayla!" and she said "Daddy home?" I said "no" and she still had a confused and sad look on her face. Finally she ran up to give me a hug and then asked "pick Daddy up?" I said, "oh no, not yet."

Lucas wanted nothing to do with me...when he saw me he shook his head "no" at me and turned the other way. Little stinker. Guess he was mad at me for leaving for 2 days!

We came in the house and I told Kayla to open the door to the basement:

I thought Lucas would be a little hesitant, shy, and unsure around Joe. I didn't think he would go to him right away.

I'm sure it helped that he sees him on the computer, but also seeing Kayla's reaction to Joe. Lucas didn't seem quite sure of what was going on, or who was suddenly in the house, but because Kayla was happy and excited about it, he was cool with it too; because Lucas is nothing if not a copy cat of all the things Kayla does!

Suffice it to say both kids haven't left his side, they both want to hold his hand, show him things, have him play with them, be held, sit by him etc...it's been wonderful having him back home!




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46 comments:

Mom/MIL said...

Okay I just need to quit watching that video cause I just keep crying!!

I have found some pictures of Joe at the age Lucas is now and OMG can you say little Joe clone! I'll have to scan them and send them to you.

Beth said...

i started crying before kayla even opened the door! so awesome that he's home!

Omaha Mama said...

That video made me cry! Huge tears - but all happy!
Once again, Brenna said - is that me? I wonder how old she'll be before she stops confusing herself with Kayla. They always have similar clothes and toys, it really throws her.
I'm thrown by how huge Lucas is all of the sudden, he's not looking very much like a baby! That happens so fast.

Junior said...

Wonderful video, had me crying happy tears, so special.

Bailey's Leaf said...

I cried, too!

Happy, happy!

Lianna said...

Happy tears, here, too! Your family is so beautiful! Enjoy every minute of having Joe home!♥

Mommy Bee at All The Buzz said...

Typing through my tears...
What a wonderful video! I LOVE the kids' faces...so happy to see their daddy! Enjoy your visit with him!

Ladyblog said...

So sweet!

Kim said...

So cute! Brought tears to my eyes. How happy they must all be!

Bonita said...

You sure know how to make a girl cry! What a happy reunion and thank you so much for letting us in on it. I just love your family!

Karly said...

You need a Kleenex warning for that video! I am so happy for you guys. I hope the remainder of your two weeks just drag on and on.

My name is Sarah said...

Oh how extra, extra sweet!!!

Stewart Family said...

So glad he is home!!! Is this for good?

Tony was here for 2 wks but left again yesterday. Blah!! Three more months and he will be back for good!

Enjoy your time as a complete family again!

Tina said...

That video MADE MY DAY!!

I started crying before Kayla opened the door, too - I'm SO happy he's home for you guys.

Enjoy your time and tell him we said thanks!

Lori said...

I read the comments while the video was loading and said to myself that I would not cry. Here I am sitting here like a blubbering fool!
My cousin just got home a couple days ago too!
Enjoy having him home!

sasha said...

I am over joyed for you and your family. Love the video..you can feel the love just by wathcing it.

Renee said...

That was just beautiful ~ I'm so happy for y'all!

Mer said...

How sweet! So happy for all of you! What a beautiful family!

ABandCsMom said...

Oh this made me cry! Happy tears of course. So, so happy for you all to be together again. The look on Kaylas face was priceless!

The Girls' Mommy said...

I'm crying!!! Her smile..that big hug...oh my goodness.

Carol N. said...

So great to get that on tape - worth putting Joe in the basement to get everything ready.

much more than a mom said...

My husband is asking why I'm crying when I'm just reading blogs. ;-)

Welcome home, Joe!

Cheri said...

That brought tears to my eyes!!! :)

Carolie said...

Oh Michele! Thank you for sharing that video. Yes, I cried too! I loved seeing Kayla's smile, and how tightly she was hugging her daddy. Made me miss my own daddy, back in the U.S. We "Daddy's Girls" never outgrow it!

Jennifer said...

Thanks for making me cry today! I'm so glad both of the kids reacted so well, makes Joe's heart feel good I'm sure. Have fun while he is home...and tell the kids to share him with Mommy a little bit :)

Chrystal said...

Awww, DADDY'S HOME!!

*tears*

Melissa said...

Being a military family ourselves. I have followed your blog from Chelle. That surprise was amazing. Glad that he is home safe and when he goes back I pray for another quick safe 6 months you can do it. You are an amazing mom.

Anonymous said...

awww! i was crying tears of joy! you could tell how much kayla and lucas missed their daddy!
love ya, mimi

my--four--sons said...

I cried too...I am such a sucker for a soldier being reunited with his kiddos :)

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

Michelle, I don't know how you can watch these over and over because if their expressions make ME cry, they must make you bawl. So glad he's home with you guys. Hope it's a long, wonderful visit.

Tara said...

have I told you how cute your kids are? What a beautiful family!!! This video gave me goosebumps and made me cry. Absolutely beautiful!!!

A Captured Reflection said...

This was just fantastic, really moving. Michelle that hubby of yours absolutely adores you and your family it shines in his eyes and Kayla's face at seeing her Daddy - priceless.

Mari said...

Karen from Captured Reflections sent me here and I'm so glad she did!
This video is just precious and made me cry - happy tears!
I have a son who is in the army. He is currently in Colorado, but is scheduled to be deployed to Iraq in February. Please thank your husband for his service - and thanks to you and the kids too!

Tricia said...

Look how happy they all are. Such a cherished visit!

Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

So, so happy! I loved seeing Kayla's face. And how wonderful that Lucas never missed a beat. I am sure that meant the WORLD to Joe.

-Andrea

my family said...

oh how sweet and wonderful to have that captured on video

Corey~living and loving said...

what a wonderful thing. I am just very thrilled that he is home for a visit. :)

Sue said...

Oh my gosh - nothing like making me cry. That was just so sweet.

Christina said...

OMGosh how wonderful!! Look at those smiles! I'm so happy for you!

chelle said...

ok I am CRYING HERE!
So wonderful!

Bethany said...

Aww how cute!!!

Tammy said...

I am also crying...so, so sweet!!!
Amazing how even Lucas was lovin on his daddy too...

Anne and Whitney: Up, Down and All Around said...

YEAH!!!!! so happy for you guys that Joe is home :) :) :)

Michelle said...

What a great surprise!! Enjoy your time together!

Laura said...

Oh my goodness! The video made me cry. Just to see the look of love and adoration for each other on Kayla's and Joe's faces was priceless. Wow!

The Munck Family said...

Trying to catch up...I love the pictures and the beautiful smiles!!!