Sunday, March 02, 2008


Abby Kate and I left KY around noon on Friday. It's always hard to leave my mom and dad. I cried as usual and kissed them goodbye to start the 8-hour journey back to MS. Knowing we were coming home to Mike made driving 6 of those hours through rain and wind worth it. I kept telling AK that we were going to see Daddy. So when we made our stop for gas somewhere in Alabama, she was looking out the windows saying, "Daddy? Daddy?!" So I hated myself for saying d-a-d-d-y too soon.

As we crossed the MS state line, I started getting her all excited again about seeing Mike. We drove directly to Key Field to pick Mike up. As he walked in from the plane, Abby Kate spotted him and started half giggling, half shrieking. I put her down as Mike came closer and she just fell into him soaking up his hugs and kisses with a huge grin and laughter. When he picked her up, she poked his chest repeatedly saying, "Daddy. Daddy. There she is!" (She says 'there she is' with perfect inflection whenever we ask where anything is. No matter the gender. It's hilarious.)

Abby Kate wasn't the only giddy one, I must add. I may not have been shrieking, but I felt like it! I was so happy to see Mike and couldn't hug and kiss him enough! It was so wonderful to see him walk off that plane and to see him greet Abby Kate.

Mike was amazed at how much bigger Abby Kate had gotten and how she has become more coordinated and talks more clearly. She had dozens more words to say to him, and continues to surprise him with her language as a couple days have passed.

Abby Kate has had a great time getting reacquainted with her toys as well. But there are a few things she starting to miss... namely Mimi, Pawpaw and of course Cody (my parents' dog). She says "No, no, Co-co!" randomly throughout the day.

We are doing great and have been enjoying the 75-degree weather. In fact, I've got to go now as I have three lovely faces staring at me waiting to go outside and play!


Anonymous said...

So glad you are all back together! And, I am VERY jealous of your 75 degree temperature!!
Carrie Taylor

Sara said...

Yay! You made it home safely. Love the photos of Abby Kate and Mike. Too cute. It is supposed to be 70 here tomorrow and I am giddy! Oh how I have missed the sun!
Again, thanks for coming over while you were home. It was so good to see you both.

Lori said...

I don't know if it is my hormones and this pesky sinus infection, or your combination of the photos and retelling of AK's reaction, but I am sitting here crying over this post.

I am so happy that your sweet family is together again. Hooray for Daddy!!!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad you and Abby Kate came to stay with us while Mike was away. We so enjoyed having you and AK here. I miss you all and Junah of course. However, I'm just as glad that you, Mike and AK are together again. The pictures are just precious. Love you all.


The Moremans said...

glad mike is home safe and sound! i love the pictures of abby kate with him...i am such a daddy's girl myself!

The Adventures of Maverick & the Mrs. said...

Awesome! I'm gearing up for a big homecoming myself!!!!!!!!!!! I can't say the exact day, but think the beginning of April!!! The closer it gets, the more anxious I become! I've been scrubbing everything, and have painted a huge sheet to hang from the front of our house. I'll post a pic after Patrick gets back, as it's a surprise for him, and since he reads our blog page, I can't post it yet. So glad you and your family are back together!