VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) – Three kids got a big surprise at Centerville Elementary School on Thursday morning.

The Captain America they saw at their Comic-Con Field Day was their dad, Brian Mabey. He surprised his kids with an early return from deployment. He was serving on the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

Isaac said, "When he took off the mask, I was like 'am I dreaming?'"

Mabey returned Wednesday and has been in hiding to surprise his kids.

"I was surprised because he found me. I thought he was a superhero but he wasn't," said his daughter Grace.

Mabey said he missed out on a lot in seven months, and he can’t believe how fast his children grew up.

"Joey is riding his bike without training wheels, Grace is doing monkey bars. I've learned something that he's done, so it will be nice to catch up," Mabey said.

This family said they feel complete and are ready to get back to their family outings.

"Now we can go fishing together, and we can have lots of fun instead of me just sitting in my house bored with nothing to do," Isaac said.

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