Friday, February 8, 2013

The Best Day Ever!

He's home! Finally! It was a long 4 1/2 months, but he's home. And what a day it was.

The families were notified that the planes would land between 1:00 and 1:30pm. So, I took the day off work to do a few things beforehand.

I got a manicure with a pretty new polish. If I plan ahead correctly, I like to take my own polish to the nail salon so I can do touch-ups later if necessary. I love the color!

I had scheduled a blowout with my hairdresser so my new hair would be perfect. Thankfully, it wasn't too expensive, because it was super windy! But a good blowout will last a couple of days, so it wasn't a complete waste.

Then, I picked up all the kids from their respective schools. By now, I had been notified that the planes had taken off a half an hour earlier than scheduled. Of course, that means I'm running late now. And it turns out I left the camera and signs back at the house! The best laid plans...

But, we made it with time to spare. There were lots of families waiting to meet their loved ones. And there were airmen everywhere who wanted to greet and welcome home their co-workers and friends.

Our big sign was hanging for all to see! And the kids held on tight to their own signs.

The first plane landed and we waited for the crew to unload and greet their families. And then the loudest sound you ever heard startled everyone. The second plane did a fly-by right overhead! It was amazing! And so exciting.

The second plane landed and we all waited to greet that crew, too. There was applause and screams of joy - there was so much happiness! Daddy was on the second plane, so we had to be extra patient waiting for him. And then we smothered him with love!


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  1. Awww, I had to hold back the tears... I remember that all too well even though it was 13 years ago....

    1. Proof it doesn't ever get easier, right? ;-)

  2. So happy for all of you!
    Glad the big guy is home safe and sound!
    Hope you have a great weekend!

  3. so precious. thank you for sharing this wonderful day with us! and thanks to your family for your service and sacrifices <3

  4. Hi Michiko,

    Thanks for sharing this! My dad was in the military for 20 years. I remember the joyous occasion whenever his ship would come back from 6 months of being deployed. Glad you made it to The Show Off Blog Party! Thanks, again!

    The Wondering Brain