Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hubby's Homecoming

Pin It now! Dave is home! I can't even explain how great it is to have him back! I thought I would take a minute to share some of the pictures we got of his homecoming on Friday.

Me, Dawson and Dave's mom, were waiting at the pier to watch the ship pull in. Dawson fell asleep in his stroller while we were waiting which made the morning a lot easier. I think we were at the pier for just under 2 hours when we saw the ship coming. That was such an exciting moment!

Here they come!


We were standing in the perfect spot. (We found a little corner away from the HUGE crowd that seemed to have a better view than where everybody else was.) The ship pulled in right in front of us. And Dave, his dad, his brother-in-law and nephew (the 3 of them joined the ship in WA for the Tiger Cruise) were standing on the flight deck almost right in front us... Dave's mom was waving a welcome home sign and her jacket through the gate so they were able to find us and then we found them...

Can you see them?

You probably can't in that picture...let me zoom in a little more...


We were SO happy to see them!!! Dawson was still napping...


It took a little while before they could start letting people off the ship, but luckily time seemed to be going by pretty quickly. We were excited to see people starting to come off...

Dawson finally woke up, but he wanted to lay down on me for a few more minutes.


And then finally we saw Dada!




Dawson wouldn't let Dave hold him at first...


But he wouldn't take his eyes off him and he had the sweetest smile on his face. I could tell he was happy to see his daddy.


After a few minutes I put Dawson down and he started running around and Dave was chasing after him. After a couple minutes of that he finally let Dave hold him.




By the time we had walked to the truck about 15-20 minutes later, Dawson was saying "mama dada!" We could tell that he was excited that both of us were there now.

It didn't take long for Dawson to warm up to Dave at all. He has been home for a couple of days now and it's as if he was never gone.

47 comments:

danita said...

those are such great pics! they made me cry! i'm so happy for you and your family!

Amanda said...

I am such a cheeseball but homecoming stories and pictures ALWAYS make me tear up! Congrats on having hubby/daddy home!

Christina said...

Awww man, I am bawling now! I am so glad that he's home now.

Jenny in Utah said...

Bless you guys a hundred million times!!!!!!!!!!

Liz said...

Congratulations on having your family back together again, and thank you for sharing your experience with all of us. Your pictures definitely had me crying.

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

OH my god they look exactly alike! What a wonderful day for you all. I'm so happy he's home safe and sound and now he can read to Dawson in person, at least for a little while. Enjoy!!!

Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner
www.mawhats4dinner.com

artsy_momma said...

Your post makes me want to cry! Just look at the smile on your face :) The photos are priceless... especially the one in your sidebar :D

Adriana said...

Beautiful story! I am so happy for you and your family!!

Marilyn (A Lot of Loves) said...

That is so great your son warmed up to Dada so quickly! My daughter is the same age so I know how they can be. How great to be together again.

JamericanSpice said...

This is just precious. So glad he is home safe.

Trudie said...

You looked so beautiful! I love your hair! So glad that Dave is home.

Babes Mami said...

aww these pictures brought tears to my eyes! How sweet!

Debbi said...

Congratulations on your hubby coming home safe. Such an exciting time!!

Rachel said...

Aaaaw. cute kid! and I'm glad your husband is home safe :)

Laura said...

Homecomings are the best!!! =)

~ M ~ said...

Awww such a beautiful precious moments. I'm so glad to know your husband is home safely. You have such a beautiful family and your son is as cute as a button :D

Carrie K said...

Love it! Thank you for sharing!

-CK, SITSta and fellow Navy wife!!!
www.madebybedtimetales.blogspot.com

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

What a sweet post! I love it! Dawson is so cute too! Glad he let his daddy hold him. I love reading about happy events like this.

Congrats on your SITS day!

Julie said...

wow. what a great post and wonderful homecoming. Your son's smile is awesome! Happy SITS Day!

Judy said...

I am so happy for you! I have a giveaway of The Fathers Are Coming Home at my blog...you would love this book!

Tortuga said...

Awww, I remember those Navy homecomings, from both the family and sailor perspectives!

Jill said...

Love the photos and the story! Cute pictures of your little guy in Daddy's cover :)

How great that so many people were able to join your hubby for the Tiger cruise! My husband recently finished his service in the Navy.

Sheri Carpetenter said...

Stopping by from SITS. Glad to see a happy homecoming. Hope you have a great week.

TornadoTwos said...

This brought tears to my eyes, that picture of your son smiling at his dad is so precious and sweet. I live in a navy town and see so many pictures of each homecoming and it always touches me to see families reuniting.

Christine Lucas said...

Also from Sits. Those photos are incredible. It's nice that someone got all of you in them, because I am always behind the camera.

Okay-does anyone else think of SITS baths when they see SITS? Yup, just a bunch of gals with hemorrhoids talking about blogs.

jenibo said...

Your post made me tear up, my husband will be deploying soon and it's so sweet to see the pictures of your son and his Daddy together again!

Wendy Kae said...

I love this post, such touching pictures. My husband was deployed several years ago and I can still feel the "take your breath away" moment when I first saw him get off the plane. Thanks for sharing and thanks to you and your husband for your service!

Darcel said...

What sweet pictures!

Mom.Wife.Me said...

GREAT GREAT pictures! I just LOVE homecoming picture.

Dana
Army wife

Amanda said...

Thats is an incredibly sweet story, and I love the picture of Dawson looking at his dad.

Jenny said...

That made me tear up. What great pictures.

Jenny

The Garden Bell said...

Wonderful Posting. I'm crying tears of joy for you. Happy SITS day.

Kate - The Garden Bell

cheri said...

i'm so happy for you both! i can only imagine the difficulty of being alone. you're practically a single parent when dave's offshore! great to have him home.

i love dawson's smile as he out on his dada's sailor hat :)

happy SITS day! :)

Jen said...

I love posts like this. It brought a smile to my heart.

Happy SITS day.

Adriana said...

oh this made me cry! so sweet. happy sits day!

Lori Vann said...

From someone who has done the "big crowd at the pier" - you had a perfect spot! My brother is stationed in SD, at Miramar. We were there for 3 yrs, and then in SC for 4 yrs. Matt's unit went out on the USS Truman.

I love the photos of Dawson looking at his dad, his smile says it all!

Welcome home Dave!

Sarah Ruth said...

This is oh so precious! I'm glad your hubby is home!

Joann Mannix said...

What a touching post.

Happy SITS day.

That little boy of yours is completely scrumptious. Thanks for letting me share in such a beautiful homecoming.

Jude said...

Beautiful post. It is so nice to read GOOD news. Your little boy is a beaut.

Tiffany said...

Aw!

Thank you so much for sharing that moment.

Your little boy is adorable and you all look so happy!

Heidi - D said...

Stopping by from SITS! Hope your day was amazing : )

Wonderful post! Your son's little grin is gonna break hearts! Congrats on the homecoming... I don't know how you do it woman - My hat is off to you. My husband is gone much of the week, but for months at a time... I don't know what I would do!

hotelqueen said...

Also stopping by from SITS. What a wonderful post, and your photos are awesome. Whoever did the photos captured some amazing emotions.

Your little boy is a cutie too!

Anna said...

Happy SITS day! Thanks for sharing your beautiful story.

~Anna

Just Lisa said...

This made me tear up. So sweet!

Keeshia said...

So sweet <3 I'm so glad my husband been on deployment in a long time. It's no fun being apart. Congrats on being back together!

Sandi said...

I am tear-y over your beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing. That pic where your son is smiling at his Dad is definitely frame-worth!

SpitFire said...

I went back and was catching up on some SITS posts, and the title of yours caught my eye. My husband is doing a year long tour overseas right now for the Air Force. So I know how it is miss your man. And dealing with a small child. My husband left 1 week after our daughter was born.