Third-grader didn't know father had returned from Afghanistan

Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 11:51 PM.

“It went really well. I honestly didn’t know that the surprise would work out because I slipped up the other day, but we managed to make it work,” she said. “I accidentally told him that he was coming home in two days and my sister told him no he’s coming home in 30.

“It’s exciting. We miss him and I know the kids have a hard time dealing with it. But he’s home now.”

The Marine father, who may be redeploying in just six months, says he tries to soak up all of his time at home with family.

“I try to get involved with the homework as much as I can just to take the load off the wife,” he said. “She’s already doing a whole lot with me gone all the time. She’s got both the kids. I try to do what I can.

“Sometime next year I will probably be deploying again. When I’m home, I try to absorb as much as I can.”

He said he son enjoys riding bikes and skateboarding, and that much time would be spent together in those endeavors.

Hayden said he looked forward to playing Call of Duty on Play Station with his dad.

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