After making sure the whole house was spic and span and ready for his arrival,
I painted the back window of the van,
Hung up his welcome sign outside,
Keenan painted in "Welcome Home" all by himself!
...and we were ready to head to the airport!
We got a special pass that allowed us to go through security and wait for him at his gate, which was pretty cool.
The wait was really starting to drive the kids crazy...
Where IS he??
Our welcome poster and balloons
First glimpse of his plane!
Waiting to catch sight of him (he was in one of the very back rows on the plane!)
Aaahhh! There he is!
A long overdue hug for this boy from his dad
At this point many of the passengers waiting around us burst into applause - it was pretty touching.
Riah gets in on it
First of many kisses for Moriah
... and for Keenan
Carrying both of them!
First family picture!
Happy, happy, happy!
It was so awesome that Philip's boss and several other staff and spouses from the hospital came to welcome him home!!
By this point, Keenan already just wanted to take Daddy home
We had to wait around a bit for his luggage to come and then he had to pass off his guns to someone from base before we could head home.
Tickle fight on our bed =)
Philip brought the kids some authentic Afghani clothing:
Keenan's shirt (man dress) was a little big, we didn't even attempt the pants!
With the embroidered vest
Moriah in her adorable outfit!
Keenan proudly showing Philip the PILE of stuff he has brought home from school so far
Philip was exhausted (he'd been up since 3:30 this morning) and was asleep before 8:45!
After being tucked in by their Daddy, Keenan and Moriah both stayed in their beds tonight for the first time in a long time.... it's good to be a family again. =)