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Soldier Dressed as Easter Bunny Surprises his Children

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While many soldiers with the 818th were greeted at the airport after their year-long deployment to Afghanistan, Krista Harju captures one soldier's Easter surprise-- that had his kids hopping for joy.

"Right away I was going to surprise them in school- just walk into their classes. So then, we had to come up with a contingency plan on how to surprise him. When she said a bunny suit, I was like, 'why not?'" said Sgt. Kory Twardoski.

Four children received the ultimate Easter gift, but the Easter Bunny wasn't the surprise.

"Hi. Emory. Hi guys! How are you guys doing?"

Sgt. Kory Twardoski and his wife Jessie had to keep their surprise under wraps.

He arrived home on Friday, and it was a hard secret to keep over the weekend.

"It was so nerve-racking.  It took a lot of people and a lot of help from family and friends. And a lot of scheming. And trying to come up with stories for the kids. It was definitely a process." said Jessie Twardoski.

"This morning, she was getting ready and I answered it. And he said, 'Where's mom?' And I said, 'Getting ready.' And he's like, 'Can I talk to her?' Then she just walks into her room. And I just looked at her and I said, 'There's something going on!" said Tiahna Radke.

Once the secret was out...

It was time to hug all four kids, Tiahna, Madison, Tyson, and Emory,

"Give me a big hug, boy! Give me a big hug! "

then to catch up on nine months away from his family.

And it started with an Easter egg hunt.

In an Easter egg hunt for kids--this family found their father, and now, Twardoski has a lot to look forward to.

"Doing what each one of them likes. Flying helicopters with Tyson. Taking him to Boy Scouts Just getting to know them again. That's what I'm going to do," said Twardowski.

"It was pretty surprising," said Madison Twardowski.

(You didn't think he was in there?)

"No..."

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