Olivia Clendennin and her family planned a pretty awesome surprise after learning that her father, Alby, was deploying to Afghanistan this week. Alby is a logistician for the air force and usually doesn't leave for that long. But this time, he's going for around 100 days and he'll be missing out on Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even his birthday.
So Olivia's mom and the rest of the family quickly hatched a surprise, and this weekend, they celebrated all four events at once.
First came Halloween. The whole family dressed up, and by the looks of it, dad indulged in some drinking.
That was followed by an early birthday celebration, and it wasn't lacking presents or balloons. Olivia told Distractify that they got her father a MacBook so he can stay in touch.
That same night, the family slaved away to make sure dad wouldn't miss Thanksgiving dinner this year.
And on Sunday morning, he discovered that Santa had paid them a visit and left a heated blanket to keep him warm on the cold nights. This is honestly the most adorable thing I've ever witnessed.
Unsurprisingly, people loved the idea when Olivia posted the photos to Twitter. The tweet currently has currently acquired 10,000 retweets and 31,000 likes in less than a day.
My dad just got deployed to Afghanistan, so this weekend we celebrated every holiday he's missing ☺️❤️ pic.twitter.com/7qIZqa6Z48— olivia ッ (@OliviaNoraC) September 21, 2016
Olivia told Distractify that everyone in the family is surprised the tweet has gone so far. "The fact that my tweet is spreading so fast really warms my heart, and my mom thinks it's exciting because people found an interest in what we did for my dad," she said.
And pretty much everyone is crying now.
@OliviaNoraC that is so cute omg ???— Charlie Hamer (@Charleeeeeeee) September 22, 2016
@OliviaNoraC wow this made me so happy but sad:( so well planned out I dig it— masterN8er (@nathunial) September 22, 2016
@OliviaNoraC this is the cutest thing I've seen. May God bless him on his journey ??— Katherine ♔♔♔ (@x_kambaybee27) September 22, 2016
While others fought off the tears to wish the family well.
@OliviaNoraC Prayers go out to your dad and your family, may he be blessed with protection.— LUX (@DADDYLUX_) September 22, 2016
@OliviaNoraC I wish your dad a safe deployment. Stay strong ❤️— Tierra (@erra_mendoza) September 22, 2016
@hunterm754 I'll be sure to!!— olivia ッ (@OliviaNoraC) September 22, 2016
They're not tears, my eyes are just sweating.