Hoda Kotb has reunited together with her daughters Haley and Hope after returning residence from Tokyo, and the household celebrated with a spaghetti dinner and loads of fanfare.
The Immediately co-anchor arrived in New York on Wednesday after spending every week and a half overlaying the Olympics, a whirlwind journey that ended together with her coming residence on the identical 14-hour flight from Japan as star gymnast Simone Biles.
Contemporary off her flight, Hoda, 56, opened up about her expertise throughout a behind-the-scenes particular that aired on Today AllDay Thursday. The mother informed Al Roker all in regards to the heartwarming welcome she acquired from her daughters Haley, 4, and Hope, two, when she returned to their Lengthy Island residence.
Particular dinner: Hoda Kotb, pictured together with her two-year-old daughter Hope, had a heartwarming reunion together with her youngsters on Wednesday after returning residence from Tokyo
Aww! The mother, pictured together with her four-year-old daughter Haley, shared spaghetti together with her children Woman and the Tramp-style whereas eating al fresco at restaurant close to their Lengthy Island residence
‘I had a ticker-tape parade. It was like a mini ticker-tape parade with these two children,’ she mentioned. ‘It was wonderful to return residence.’
The journalist’s daughters have been so excited to see her that they made indicators and sat by the entrance door whereas awaiting her arrival.
‘They’d two chairs out, pulled as much as the entrance door, they have been ready once I acquired there,’ Hoda defined. ‘It was the cutest, sweetest … I simply held on final evening. I simply held on tight final evening.’
The mom of two shared images of their candy reunion on Instagram on Thursday, together with snapshots of Haley making her an indication and ready by the door together with her little sister.
Prepared for mother’s arrival! Hoda shared images from the reunion, together with a snapshot of Haley making her an indication
Too cute! Haley and Hope pulled chairs to the entrance door and waited for his or her mother to return residence
After a welcome residence that probably included loads of hugs and kisses, the household loved an al fresco dinner at a close-by restaurant.
Hoda shared images of herself sharing spaghetti noodles Woman and the Tramp-style with every of her daughters
Though Hoda’s fiancé Joel Schiffman did not seem in any of the images, he was probably the one behind the digital camera documenting the reunion.
Haley truly helped her mother pack earlier than she left for Tokyo, and the little woman sweetly added her personal gown into the combo.
Time to depart: Hoda, who spent a few week and half overlaying the Olympics, waved goodbye to Tokyo earlier than flying residence
What luck! The gymnastics fan was thrilled Simone Biles was on her 14-hour flight to New York and snapped a selfie with the Olympian
Candid: Hoda opened up about her reunion together with her daughters throughout a behind-the-scenes particular that aired on Immediately AllDay on Thursday, saying it was ‘a mini ticker-tape parade’
‘When ur daughter packs considered one of her clothes in your bag! Xoxo,’ captioned a photograph of herself holding the shock addition as much as her face.
Hoda thought-about Haley’s star gown to be a superb luck attraction, and he or she carried it round together with her whereas cheering on Group USA.
The Immediately star waved across the gown in pleasure whereas watching U.S. gymnasts Simone, 24, and Sunisa Lee, 18, compete within the girls’s gymnastics steadiness beam finals on Tuesday.
Simone ended up profitable the bronze within the competitors, whereas Suni positioned fifth. Throughout an interview with the staff after the competitors, Hoda confirmed them what she had been waving within the stadium.
‘So that is what I used to be waving. That is my daughter’s gown,’ the mother defined. ‘She put it in my baggage for good luck, so I took it to the meet and I simply began twirling it round and it gave me good luck for all of you.’
So candy: Haley truly helped her mother pack earlier than she left for Tokyo, and the little woman sweetly added her personal gown into the combo
Doting mother: Hoda thought-about Haley’s star gown to be a superb luck attraction, and he or she carried it round together with her whereas cheering on Group USA
Treasured: Hoda confirmed the gown to the U.S. gymnastics staff on Tuesday, explaining that was what she was waving round on the steadiness beam finals that day
The gymnasts have been touched by the story and let loose a collective, ‘Aww.’
Hoda informed Al on Thursday’s particular that Haley would see the gown when she was watching her on TV.
‘I took it in all places with me,’ she mentioned. ‘Haley saved seeing the gown, and he or she was like, “That’s my gown! That’s my gown!” And she or he was asking about if Simone [Biles] acquired to see it, did Simone see her gown, and sure, she did.’
And that wasn’t the one shock Haley had in retailer for her. The little woman additionally took to Hoda’s Instagram account forward of her journey to Tokyo to publish a video of herself saying, ‘Congratulations USA.’
‘She goes, “I’ll have posted on Insta.” Properly, she do not know Insta. She’s 4, so I used to be like ha ha ha,’ Hoda defined on the Immediately present on the time.
Finest mother ever: Hoda mentioned Haley saved asking her if Simone noticed her star gown, and he or she confirmed that the gymnast did
Tech savvy: Haley additionally shocked her mother by taking to Hoda’s Instagram account forward of her journey to Tokyo to publish a video of herself saying, ‘Congratulations USA’
Assist system: Hoda was considered one of Group USA’s greatest cheerleaders in Tokyo, and he or she yelled assist to Simone when she withdrew from the ladies’s gymnastics staff closing final week
It was Hoda’s colleague who alerted her to the cute publish when she arrived on the airport earlier than their departure.
‘I look, she found out to, boop, publish it, so now Mama’s going to must crack down on the cellphone utilization,’ she mentioned, laughing.
Hoda’s unimaginable journey to Tokyo got here to a particular finish when she arrived at Tokyo Worldwide Airport for her return journey to New York and realized she was flying residence with Simone and the remainder of the U.S. gymnastics staff.
‘As I get my bag and getting on there, I see Simone. Simone Biles was on my flight,’ she mentioned on Thursday’s particular, as the gang on the plaza cheered. ‘I see Grace [McCallum]. I see Suni. I see Jade [Carey]. I see Jordan [Chiles].
Again collectively: Hoda and her co-anchor Savannah Guthrie reunited the the U.S. gymnastics staff in Studio 1A on Thursday morning
Emotional: Hoda’s eyes welled up with tears as she watched Sunisa Lee hug her father after seeing her household for the primary time since she received gold within the all-around closing
‘Like the entire crew was on our flight. They have been cute. They have been like little women with enormous baggage getting on the flight. It was wonderful. It was actually enjoyable.’
Hoda took a selfie with Simone on the flight, writing on Instagram: ‘Looky looky who’s on my flight… fortunate me! Welcome residence @simonebiles.’
The Immediately star additionally noticed the staff on Thursday’s present in Studio 1A, the place Suni had an emotional reunion together with her household for the primary time since she received the gold within the all-around closing on the Olympics.
Hoda’s eyes welled up with tears as Suni hugged her mother and father after weeks aside.
‘I have not seen them in so lengthy,’ Suni mentioned. ‘To see them right here with me in New York is totally wonderful. I really feel so proud. I am so glad to see them.’