MUSTANG, Okla. - An Oklahoma family was reunited on Tuesday, and it came as a big surprise for two elementary students.
Haven and Christian Toombs attend Mustang Valley Elementary and had no idea their father would be a guest at their school.
Their dad, Sgt. 1st Class Charles Toombs, has been stationed in Korea for the past nine months.
He has been active duty for more than 19 years, and he came home early to surprise his family.
“My heart was racing. It was a different kind of nervous, excited, all at the same time,” Charles said.
Charles wasn't the only one who was nervous about the surprise.
His wife, Tara Toombs, planned the whole thing.
"I was a nervous wreck. He was pretty calm for the most part. I panicked, of course. I was running around for several days trying to pull everything off," Tara said.
Fortunately, everything came together in the end.
“Look at me. I love you!” Charles said.
“I love you, too,” Christian said. “He tricked me!”
For the kids, they have big plans ahead for their hero.
“I jump with him and ride on the motorcycle with him, and also I'd like to play to play with him a lot,” Haven said.
Charles is stationed at Fort Sill.
He said he’s happy to be back to play outdoors with his kids, jump on the trampoline, ride scooters and have fun with his family.