Video: Sailor returning home surprises daughters

April 24, 2013 5:24:30 AM PDT
A Navy sailor who had been away for seven months gave his two daughters the best surprise gift ever - himself.

Jesse Chapman, stationed on the U.S.S. Stennis, wasn't supposed to come home to Port Orchard in Washington state for another nine days, but he surprised his daughters by visiting their music class.

Nine-year-old Kylie and 7-year-old Rhiannon were overjoyed to be reunited with their dad at South Colby Elementary School.

"I thought I was dreaming," one of his daughters said. "I thought we had nine more days."

The other students didn't seem to mind, even applauding the emotional reunion.

"Every day away from my family is a long wait," Chapman said. "But seven months is a long time."

The girls say they most look forward to dinner with dad, and sitting on his lap again.