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Returning Soldier Surprises Family Members In Denison

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DENISON, TX -- One Texoma family gets the surprise of their life while out to dinner at a restaurant. It was a special night for a couple as they watched their granddaughter, who they thought was half a world away, stroll into the room.

She just got home this week, and she's not sure exactly how long she'll be back in the United States. But on Saturday night, she was enjoying being back home, and she let us in on her second big surprise!

A week after arriving home from Afghanistan, Denison native Kristi Woods is now on a mission to surprise some of her family members.

"She's already come from Afghanistan and she wants to surprise her family, her grandma and grandpa," says Devolli's restaurant owner Frank Devolli.

Based at Fort Hood with the Alpha Company, 15th Brigade Support Battalion, Woods has been stationed at Bagram airfield for nine months, along with her husband, while her kids were back in Denison, she told us on Saturday night before the surprise.

"It's hard being away from your family for long periods of time. I have two girls, a 5-year-old and a 7-year-old and I surprised both of them at school yesterday," says Woods. "They're not expecting me until January or February so I got to come home early."

With KTEN following behind, Woods walked out from the back of the restaurant, and her startled grandmother jumped up from the table to hug her, asking how long she had been back in the U.S.

"Most definitely surprised, yes," says Kristi's grandmother Sheryl Clapp. "I thought maybe it might be after the first of the year, but most definitely surprised."

"I'm speechless right now. We're so glad to get her back. Now her husband is five weeks out, we'll get him home," says grandfather Joe Clapp.

"Anybody over there in that country, it's scary and as grandma and grandpa, they were excited to get her home so we knew that she'd be excited to see her," says mom Letha Frame, who was in on the whole thing.

Woods says she graduated from Denison High School back in 2004, and joined the Army, and that this was her second deployment into Afghanistan.