Tonight after the kids were all in bed John and I hopped in Kimi and Olivier’s car to head to one of the many, many restaurants in northern Wisconsin that do Friday night fish fries. We went to the Hiawatha Supper Club, where they had a small salad bar and chicken and freshly-caught fish. Mmmmmmm!!!! While we ate we looked out at the lovely view over one of the area’s hundreds of lakes. When we got back Kimi and Olivier came into the RV to watch X-3: The Last Stand (the third X-Men movie) with us. It sure is fun to watch it on a digital TV. 🙂
Last night was so great. We spent most of yesterday trying to get children to rest, taking turns occupying children, talking, and checking the internet for Kavi’s flight status. He tried calling during his Milwaukee layover but never managed to connect to anyone. At 9:40 we took off for the Rhinelander airport and when we got there, we spread posters and markers on the floor and tables and the kids decorated them while we paced around and worked out a place to hide as well as our surprise strategy.
We settled on hiding behind a large vending machine wall and split into two groups, one to come out on one side and one on the other. Kaari was the lookout with Joshua on her back in a backpack and we kept whispering to the kids, “Be quiet, guys! Kavi’s coming!”
Finally Kaari whispered “I can see him! Here he comes! He’s hugging Mama…let them have a moment…okay…Ready…Set…Go!”
Screaming “Kavi, we love you!” like banshees, we (17 people) ran out of our hiding place holding our posters high. We had to run about 30 feet and he was just standing there in total surprise. He looked beyond exhausted and the expression on his face was like he couldn’t grasp, understand or believe what he was seeing. I hugged him and he hugged everyone, almost automatically, and then said in total shock, “What are you all doing here?” We all laughed. Kirah was so cute–she hugged him over and over and kept saying “That’s my bruvver. That’s my Kavi, he’s home! I love you, Kav!”
The best part was when she told him she is finally going to be baptized on Sunday. Tears came instantly pouring down his face and came even harder when she told him that he was going to baptize her. They hugged and hugged. A few minutes later she said to me, “That’s my bruvver. I’m so excited! I’m crying” and wiped her eyes. What a cutie.
Well, some tears, lots of hugs and many pictures later, we got into our separate vehicles and drove home. We finally put the kids down at about 1am or so and everyone else went to bed reluctantly at 2. Today we really didn’t get to see Kav much because he was so tired and still recovering from culture/language/mission shock, plus he had to leave early this afternoon for Kirah’s final set of missionary discussions for her baptism and for Kavi’s appointment with the stake president, 2 hours’ drive away, to be released.
It’s nearly 1am now and he still isn’t back. Poor Kav! He must be so tired. I guess Daddy took them out to eat afterward and then did some shopping or something. I hope he gets home soon and gets some rest tonight! It sure is great to have him back, though!
Tomorrow we’re having a ward party at Eagle Lake to welcome Kavi home, and for anyone else who was friends with us growing up and wants more of a chance to talk than in church. Maybe after the party we can watch one of Kavi’s favorite movies, “Napoleon Dynamite,” with him.
Oh, and by the way, Greg: I tried my hardest to get John to write an entry but he refused. He said he would give you “his version” when he gets back to work. Sorry! 🙂