Chris was working all day, and as he leaves long before anyone else is up and isn't home until it's bedtime, the kids wanted to surprise him at work. To be able to see more of him on a day like this, the motto was - "if the daddy can't be with the kids to celebrate, the kids need to go to the daddy". He would never have thought we would do anything like this, as this isn't a workplace where you just "go and pop by to say hello", we have never been there during work before. I didn't won't to spoil his surprise either by calling ahead, so I said that we take the chance, if he has time for us we are lucky and if he is very busy on call or out and about we might have to wait.
We were lucky though, and he was sitting behind his desk in the office, and we got a little bit embarrassed as he wasn't the only one that got to listen to our beautiful singing voices, but there were about 10 other marines in the office just finishing up some paperwork/brief...Hmm, our little ones got quiet very fast when they saw that he wasn't alone. He was so happy to see us though, surprised, but very happy!! We didn't expect it to be so many people in the office, and therefore I had not brought more than 6 cupcakes for him and maybe for the kids to eat there, but there was no time for us to eat with him, as he soon had to get back to work, but the cupcakes were left at work and he got help to eat them.
He walked us out and that was it. The kids were happy to have seen him, and they were very impressed with his belt with so many attachments. The uniform they see daily, but the gun, teargas and all the other things he of course never takes home.
At home we spent a quiet afternoon and had dinner before Chris came home from work. Then the kids were eager to bring him their bags with presents/gift cards. They had colored so nicely and especially Isabella did great coloring within the lines. Gift cards as: Breakfast in bed, Help clean the garage, Take out the trash, Wash the car etc. Some will be turned in next weekend I'm sure!
After the opening of three bags, I managed to take a few pictures of my love and the kids. As always, there is always someone that isn't looking in the camera lens, but still, I'm happy with the outcome! Ben had been playing knight (what else?) and instead of his swords, he was carrying around his bow and arrows, and he refused to give them up for just a few minutes. So to get him to stay in the pictures, I let him keep his "weapons".
Even if we didn't get to spend more than a few moments with him on his day, they were very much appreciated. He loved the surprise visit and he had already texted earlier after eating. "That Tortellini was AMAZING! Cassie did a GREAT JOB!" That comment made her day!