Buddy & I surprised the family (mainly Heather) with secretly getting my dad here for the holidays. With the exception of me & Lily seeing him last November briefly when we flew to Boston, no one else had seen him since 2004. He has been quite ill with cancer so we were worried he would not be able to make it here. We pulled it off and kept the secret though. He arrived the Friday before Chritmas and on Saturday we had the entire family over. Just about 20 minutes into the party guess who calls? Dad (on his cell phone) He asks to speak to each person in the room and is telling how he wished he could be with us all on Christmas and then in he walks . It was a total shock and we are in tears.