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an unexpected bonus to our “adventure”

October 8, 2009

Obviously, we knew we were going to slow the pace of our lives while we took a “life sabbatical” in South America.  However, one side benefit to our adventure in South America has been our dinner time conversations.  You see, here in Buenos Aires, we rarely eat dinner before 7:30; usually it is closer to 8:00.  While that took some getting used to (not as much as I might have thought), it is a wonderful, liberating experience. We can enjoy this with impunity as our children, given their new school schedule, rarely rise before 8:30 am and “school” begins around 9:30 or 10:00.  Since we start so late in the morning, we have relaxed our otherwise rigid bedtime curfew.

With a wide-open schedule, no TV, and family=friends at this point…we are having wonderful conversations.  I have always thought our family never lacked for conversation but we have all reached new levels. Dan and I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing stories of our college days, previous summer jobs, life aspirations….it runs the gamut.  These days,  I seem to relate to the Ingalls family…schooling at home with Ma, no distraction of television (we do have internet but it is sketchy at best), and we are dependent on one another for much more than we ever used to be.  On the upside….Dan has yet to kill anything for us to eat; however, trips to the grocery store are eerily similar to odd animal parts that I hadn’t realized were edible.

But, isn’t this what it is all about…  I am embarrassed to admit it, but really happily embarrassed, we are really enjoying our children.  They are great kids, they can hold wonderful, enlightening conversations, and seem to rise to almost any occasion.

enough already….i know-


ps….don’t share this with our kids….it will go right to their heads!!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Bea permalink
    October 8, 2009 21:46

    We couldn’t agree more…..after all, with two wonderful parents how could they be any different??? Love you all, B and D

  2. Dick & Carolyn Christensen permalink
    October 8, 2009 21:53

    We are thoroughly enjoying the experience of vicariously following your adventures in Argentina.
    What makes it special is your use of words and pictures describing your activities and surroundings. You both have a real gift for that. Thanks for sharing and making us feel like we’re learning right along with you. You all are building a bond within your family that most of the world would envy!!
    Take care,
    Dick & Carolyn

  3. Debbie B. permalink
    October 8, 2009 22:40

    One of your nicer posts!!! We never doubted for a minute that your children were anything less than wonderful!!!!
    Missing you,

  4. Chris Newton permalink
    October 9, 2009 08:19

    I couldn’t agree more! You and Dan are amazing parents. This experience will shape the future of your kid’s lives in a most positive way!



  5. maylmer permalink
    October 9, 2009 17:38

    It’s a complete agreement by all posters, then! Loved reading this blog – very touching to get a glimpse into your world. You guys are the best ~

  6. Kristi Krauss permalink
    October 9, 2009 18:08

    Hi Hayes family! Uncle David just sent your blog to me and I have been having the BEST time reading about “the year in the life of the Hayes family in South America.” This is just wonderful! I will never forget our years in Australia (I was 8-12 years old). You are giving the ultimate gift to your children, and to yourselves as a result. I am looking forward to reading about the rest of your year. You are an inspiration!

    • Gringos In Argentina permalink*
      October 9, 2009 18:14

      krisit-you are too kind. we had Australia on our short list of places to spend the year. we still want to at least visit it someday! kids seem to be enjoying their time here…new foods, new languages and new friends.
      hope life is treating you well and I am sure you are super busy with kids activities! thanks for checking the blog out!!

  7. Maura Barbour permalink
    October 10, 2009 09:25

    So . . . your kids are talking to you while mine are shushing me as they mindlessly soak up Wizards of Waverly Place marathons. I think it is time for a sabbatical — or time to cut out cable at least. Maura

  8. Allison Whitley permalink
    October 15, 2009 08:23

    I am laughing out loud reading all of your blogs….y’all are so funny! I KNEW you were going to have a good time! The pic in RIO MUST be a Christmas card! It’s hilarious! Thinking of all of you soooooo much! So glad that I fainted with your sister…It finall got a response from you!!! haha!!!
    xoxoxo Ali
    p.s. We have a couple of kids that we’d like to send away, FAR away….Are you interested in doing an exchange program??? It would be really convenient and time perfect for us! xo

  9. Tom Aylmer permalink
    October 15, 2009 10:52

    Dinner is really an important family time…………make the most of it….Its time when parents learn an awful lot…..Dad

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