Sunday, December 16, 2012

Starlight Christmas Party and a Special Surprise!

Today was our Starlight Christmas party. The kids have been excited to go to this for weeks, and so have I... for lots of reasons! ;)

 It's a Star Wars Christmas! 

 Darn sun! 

 Kennedy LOVED this guy! LOL They talked forever! 


 Nik totally photo bombed her! hahaha

Silly girl

 Sydney and the girls

 Keeghan and Timmy... writing letters to Santa in hopes of NO lumps of coal this year! ;) 

The kids got to see Santa... and they were the VERY last ones because Santa had a special surprise for them... 

 WHAT could it BE?! 

 It's DADDY!!!!

 Dad!!! You're back!

I got a hug in too!

 They make the same faces lol

 Daddy's girl 

 Even Santa wanted a Welcome Home hug! LOL 

 Santa... Soldier... Storm Troopers... it all fits, right?! LOL 

Back together again! :o)

I almost didn't pull this off! I've been planning this with Robin who runs the Starlight Foundation for a couple weeks now, ever since I knew that Frank was coming home... THEN the powers that be in the Army really got in the way and messed us up with timing. I was so upset!! We had a Plan B scheduled, but thankfully, Frank's plane got in on time, the people running the show at Ft. Carson were short and sweet, and our friend Angel drives FAST!! hahaha It was all perfect timing!!! I have video too but that will have to come later... I'm going to spend time with my family! :) 

Thank you to everyone who helped me make today happen!!! The kids are on cloud 9! :o)


Monicas Mom Musings said...

So happy for you guys Renee. You have no idea how much I have needed something to smile about. It has been a rough weekend to say the least. How great that you got to have Santa give Frank to them. Hey, if there were any disbelievers popping up in Santa there that should have squashed that ;).

Maxie said...

YES!!! So it all worked out in the end! Sooooo happy for you!! :)

Amy said...

Okay, bawling my eyes out at this post! So happy for you, and the kids. Enjoy every moment of this holiday together. <3

Anne B. said...

What a FABULOUS surprise and certainly THE BEST Christmas present ever!!!!! I am crying happy tears for you and your Special K's!!!! ENJOY ENJOY ENJOY!!!! (((BIG HUGS))))!!!!

Kate said...

I am SO happy for you that Frank is home and that the surprise went off without a hitch! Yea! Welcome home, Frank!!! Merry Christmas, Garcias!

Darlene said...

Yes I'm crying too!!! How awesome!! I'm so happy for all of you!! Merry Christmas!

Sewconsult said...

So glad that Plan B wasn't necessary. My favorite picture of all is of "Daddy's girl". Such security is felt when Daddy is back home! I bet it was a hard secret to keep!
Hugs to all of you.

Lynn said...

I keep seeing stories like this on the news and keep thinking, why not Renee and Frank?! And now it was!!!!!!!! So happy for your family!!!!!!!
Checking in to see how you're doing and to let you know I'm still praying!
Psalms 73:23-26 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
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Vivielle said...

So happy for you! I was hoping that was what the special surprise in the title was. So the donut of deployment is all green now?

Once again so happy for you all!

Marsha Cleff said...

Finally tears of happiness after a weekend of sadness! Welcome home Frank!

Marsha :o)

Mama2Kayden said...

Yay!!!! So happy for all of you to be together again and just in time for Christmas!! How much notice are you given for when he can come home ?
Kass is totally Frank's "mini me"!!

Designs by DD said...

So glad you were able to pull this off. Merry Christmas to the WHOLE Garcia family. :)

Nancy said...

Yippee!!! Truthfully, I've been thinking about y'all, and wondered/hoped that Frank would be home for Christmas...I knew his deployed time was getting short, but wasn't sure how short! What a wonderful, perfect Christmas gift!!

Hugs from Nancy in CT...yeah, THAT's sad around here...but glad that Frank is home to hug his kids each night...I don't like letting my girl out of my sight!!!

Notsopc said...

THE BEST WELCOME HOME ON THE INTERNET YET.....OH my gosh I thought I read something at the beginning of you blog about him but I kept going through the pictures and thought maybe not.. and then that picture... as I am crying and trying to explain why I am crying.. I am SO happy Frank got home safe and you are together again.. Enjoy Christmas and hope he gets to stay home ALL of next year.. And Thanks for sharing your reunion....

~just me~ said...

How awesome!! What a great surprise for the kids and a wonderful way for it to come about. I'm glad it worked out. Welcome home to Frank, congrats to all of happy that's he made it home before Christmas! Loved all of the pics...the family ones are awesome!!! Much love and Merry Christmas!

Stephanie B said...

This post made me cry tears of happiness for your family! How wonderful...

Lynn said...

Still smiling about this!
Oh the comfort of knowing that this life isn't all there is! Whatever happens, look to the Lord and His free gift of salvation! Praying hard!
John 14:1-3 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
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Endeavoring Mama said...

100% jealous that he's home lol. Jk Jk My hubby's still over in the sandbox so prayers for him are always welcome. I am so very glad to see Frank is home safe and sound!

my family said...

Omg that picture of kassidy and frank made me tear up... A lot so heartfelt