Travis’ Homecoming

Hello everyone! 
Thanks for letting me take a little break the last week so I could spend time with Travis and Miss P. We have definitely enjoyed being a family again. 
I wanted to share some pictures of Travis’ homecoming. 
He got home JUST after midnight on the 9th. 
We got to the Special Events Center (SEC) on post at 930 pm for what was suppose to be a ceremony at 1130 but they landed a few minutes late so the ceremony was backed up to midnight. The SEC was completely packed but we still had a very special reunion! 
Here are pics of our night.
I took this picture with my phone so P moved and made it a little blurry but this is the sign I made for P to have at the homecoming. 
I had a friend of mine and fellow Army wife who is a photographer (Maddox and Co. Photography) come and take pictures of our reunion and I am so glad that she did. Here are some of the shots she took.
 Miss P got all dressed up to meet her daddy and she sure look CUTE! šŸ™‚ 
 Interested in her sign.
 The SEC was all decked out for Christmas so it made for cute pictures. 
Look at those cheeks!
 Here is a shot of the two of us before the ceremony. 
 Have to get a picture with the giant American flag in the background as well. 
This is my friend Kim. Her husband was on the same SFAT team as Travis and we hung out quite a bit during this deployment. Needless to say, we were VERY eager for our boys to come home! 
 I was worried I would be a hot mess that night and I did good! This was the ONLY time I got teary eyed that night and it was when they played “Proud to be an American” right before the ceremony started and our soldiers marched in. 
If you can’t tell, we are eagerly waiting for them to march in. We had a decent place to stand and then all the last minute people got there and we were completely blocked by tons of people and signs so we were having to stand on our tippy toes and around people to see them march in. 
 It took Travis a few minutes to find us but once he did it was great!! 
This was taken RIGHT as he walked up to P and I. 
First kiss! 
 And can I just say- reunion kisses are the BEST! šŸ™‚
Here is a shot of the Miss P meeting daddy for the first time in real life. Love the look at her face! 
 Seeing daddy without his cover on. 
Such a happy smile! 
 Their faces are priceless! 
 We MAY have snuck a few more kisses in. 
Miss P LOVED daddy’s velcro on his uniform!
 This was our first official family.
Again, taken with my phone so it isn’t so great but that’s ok. 
 A family picture that the photographer took. 

 Daddy and P showing off her sign. 
Oh, how I love these smiles!!!! 
We have had a fabulous time the past week and Miss P took to Travis right away! 
She definitely knew that Travis was daddy and has had no issues with him what so ever.
Travis has jumped right into his role as daddy with feedings, diaper changes, getting her up in the morning and more! It’s GREAT! lol
I LOVE seeing them play together and laugh. It is the best sight in the world!
We’ve made a few fun memories already by visiting the Denver Aquarium and then we went to the zoo here in the Springs the other night to see all the Christmas lights.
I am looking forward to all the other fun memories we make along the way! 


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  • _SunHolic_
    December 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Oh my… She so cute and pretty XDā™„
    I want to hug her..

    and look she smile with her dad, aww so sweet >_<

  • Cassie
    December 18, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I'm so happy for you all, Allison! The pictures are wonderful, and you're right…reunion kisses are the absolute best! Enjoy your time, ans enjoy getting to sleep in a little šŸ˜‰

  • Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
    December 18, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Oh Allison, such tender moments! You have a lovely family! Enjoy every moment!

  • @lliE
    December 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    We thank you for your husband's service!

  • Leslie @ Violet Imperfection
    December 18, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Oh my goodness, that last picture of Travis and P just melts my heart, šŸ™‚

  • Michele {The Scrap Shoppe}
    December 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Oh, Allison, these photos are priceless! I have so enjoyed the photos you shared on FB. And Travis looks completely smitten with P (how could he not? she's the cutest little girl ever!). I adore the photo of the two of them with her standing in his hands!! ā™„ I'm so happy for you!!

  • Ali @craftyWImama
    December 18, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Beautiful pictures, I couldn't help but get teary eyed!
    I cannot imagine the strength it takes to have him far away, I applaud both you and him (and your families) for the sacrifices you make on a daily basis for our country. Thank you Travis for your service.
    I wish you many great memories as a family together while he is home šŸ™‚

  • Hi, Im Kelly!
    December 18, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    aw such sweet photos šŸ™‚

  • Bonnie@Creative Decorating
    December 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Oh Allison, I have tears of joy streaming down my cheeks from these pictures and post. How awesome to have him home and what an introduction between Daddy and Daughter! Thank you for sharing your happiness with us.

  • Reduce, Reuse, Renewed
    December 18, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Awwwwwwwww! What a sweet family moment! Really love the pic of your daughter smiling in her daddy's arms. That sign you made ROCKS! Thanks you, Travis,for your service to our country. And thank you Allison and P for your sacrifice, too, as a military family. (we're military, too, but he hasn't deployed yet) Merry Christmas!!!!

  • keri @ shaken together
    December 18, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    What sweet, sweet pictures to document a priceless moment in your lives! Happy holidays, Allison, Travis and Miss P šŸ™‚

  • Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate
    December 18, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    OK I'm totally crying here! So so SO happy for you all that Travis is home safe. The sign you made and Miss P are adorable beyond words. Great pics and such a lovely family! Merry Merry Merry Christmas !

  • Ali Rockwell
    December 18, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I don't know how you held it together so well, you've got me crying over here just looking at pictures šŸ™‚ So happy for your family!

  • Jessica Pelasky
    December 18, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Oh my!! This post totally got me and now I'm blubbering like a baby! So happy for you all!

  • nest of posies
    December 18, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    oh Allison! i am a teary eyed mess! you KNOW i loved being able to see all these photos on fb. thank you so much for sharing these to everyone.


  • cropmom66
    December 18, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Such beautiful pictures. I am all teary-eyed just looking through them. So glad you get some time together. Merry Christmas!

  • Jen
    December 18, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    I don't even know you guys but this post made me cry like a big fat baby! SO glad your family is back together for the holidays!

  • LeAnn
    December 18, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Oh Allison – thank you so much sharing this part of your life. Wonderful, happy tears. I love the picture of the three of looking for your fellas – its like Ms. P knew what was going on and looking for her daddy.

    I hope your first Christmas as a family is wonderful and blessed. Tell your husband "Thank You" and welcome home.

  • Jen
    December 18, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    So sweet these pics make me tear up! It reminds me of when my Dad came home from the gulf war, I was elementary age then. My sisters husband is leaving for a year and it's so sad, I'm so glad you guys are together again! Send a big Thank-You to your husband for serving our country!!

  • Creative Raisins
    December 18, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    This is the most touching post. I love all the pictures, I am sure this was such a special day.


    Creative Raisins

  • Kathy@DandelionsandDustBunnies
    December 18, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Such great photos of such a happy reunion. Thanks for sharing. So glad you are a family again. It's so hard to be a "single" mom. Kudos to you for all your hard work on your own – your daughter is adorable! Merry Christmas.

  • Anonymous
    December 18, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing these pictures with all of us! And like some of the other commenters – I don't know you personally but am so happy for you all that you are together for the holidays. The joy, love, and happiness in your faces is priceless! Merry Christmas!

  • Amy @ Positively Splendid
    December 19, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Precious! God bless you all as you share Christmas as a family!

  • Maureen Hayes
    December 19, 2012 at 2:06 am


    Thanks for sharing these special family moments with us all. We all feel we know you, Travis and Miss P through your blog, so it was kind of you to share with us. I am beyond thrilled that Travis is home safely and got to meet your adorable baby girl! I wish you all nothing but happiness, health and peace this holiday and through the coming year. Thank you again for serving our country and giving us the freedom to celebrate this special time of year.

    Gob bless you,

  • ShirleyC
    December 19, 2012 at 2:07 am

    Oh my gosh! How precious! I'm so glad he got home for Christmas!

  • coocoopegion
    December 19, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this special family event. I am so happy for you and your gorgeous little girl. Your pictures are so perfect and sweet. I cried with joy for your family! Please thank your husband for his service and protection! God Bless your family and Merry Christmas!!

  • Natalie
    December 19, 2012 at 3:09 am

    Oh Allison! I'm crying again! So happy for the three of you!! What a beautiful family!

  • Kristol Faucheux
    December 19, 2012 at 3:09 am

    Allison, I'm crying all over again! I'm so happy he made it home, to you and Miss P, safely. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to your happy little family of three. I predict, that by next Christmas, you'll be a happy little family of FOUR!!

  • Francine
    December 19, 2012 at 5:01 am

    Congratulations to your family!! I absolutely love the very last pic the best! Baby doll sure knew who daddy was :).. Thanks to your hubs for his service – we are very fortunate.

  • Randi~Dukes and Duchesses
    December 19, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Those pictures are so beautiful … what an awesome reunion.

  • Diane | An Extraordinary Day
    December 19, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Oh my! This is just tooo sweet! I especially love the first photos of your husband and baby doll together…those are priceless!! So happy for you to all be together as family. Enjoy and savor every single moment! šŸ˜€ I know you will!

  • Neiksha
    December 19, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Absolutely wonderful! What great family you have.

  • CC
    December 20, 2012 at 3:26 am

    What an incredible post. Thank you so much for sharing your joy with us. You brought me a smile today. And I know you are so glad to have him home. Thank you and him both for everything he does and God bless you both.

  • Our Pinteresting Family
    December 20, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Such a beautiful post, Allison. Thank you so much for sharing. I love that you have such great pictures of that first meeting. šŸ™‚ Enjoy your Christmas.

  • Kathryn Ferguson Griffin
    December 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Allison, I hope you don't mind; my husband, who is a former Marine loved this post so much that he is posting the link on his Facebook page. So, you might get visits and comments from non-bloggy people. Tell Travis a big "Thank You from Greg, Kathy, and Chloe for all he is doing to keep America safe". Wishing you guys a very Merry Christmas! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  • Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta
    December 25, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Tears… rolling down my face… sweetest post ever! I just discovered you from the SNAP post and I can't wait to look around, Merry Christmas!

  • Mel the Crafty Scientist
    December 27, 2012 at 5:51 am

    That's so amazing and wonderful and great and I'm so so SOOOO happy for you guys! Love that you got a photographer to capture these incredible moments too. Super-thrilled for you and hoping many more amazing moments are coming your way! (And I apologize if a version of this posts about 12 times… Blogger kept eating it… or so I thought!)

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

  • Ninha
    December 27, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    how beautiful!