My intentions are good, but my delivery can be lacking. At least with the blog these days. I’m sorry. I have a feeling that my writing will return to its previous frequency once more things start happening. Until then, from all of us in the Hayes family, we hope you all have a WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON! May you all get some rest, spend time with love ones, recharge your batteries, and be safe! On to the news….
Since November Katy and I have been going through our new routine. At least it was our routine, but with the kids back I;m sure things will change. Mondays were dealing with paperwork, calls, e-mails, etc involving whatever business was pressing at the time. Tuesdays were more of the same, except we got our weekly date to Smoken’ Joe’s Bar BQ and Blues in Brighton, MA (right next to where we are staying). The people there are amazing! I’ve been invited up to play almost every time we’ve gone, and the band is incredible. Joe, Wendy, Eddie, Randy, CJ, Nate, Al, Cindy, and the rest of the crew have made Katy and I feel at home. Wednesdays were always exciting…LAUNDRY! Thursdays were medical appointments, and Fridays were last minute runs to the grocery store so that we could be back in before everyone gets out and about. It’s funny because it is such a different schedule than I am used to back home. We have missed the kids horribly, but the break was good for them and us. They got to get a normal schedule, school, and routine while we were getting our living arrangements settled. WE ARE SO GLAD THAT THEY ARE BACK!!
Jake and Arielle went to stay with Katy’s sister in Michigan for a few months. We are so grateful that they were able and willing to help us. They were only gone for 10 weeks, but they both grew so much! Jake is still athletic, tall, and skinny, and Arielle is talking more then ever…..I guess my mom’s curse worked-I got kids just like me! Both kids LOVE music! Jake is learning bass and guitar, and he writes music on his tablet. Arielle just HAS to sing, and my mom got her a karaoke machine for Christmas (thanks, MOM!), so we are constantly entertained by what she thinks are the lyrics to the songs…sung at volume!
Amber and her boyfriend got to visit us for a few days. She is so grown up, and doing very well in college. We were able to spend a few days with them, and then the younger kids came back and we got to have all of our kids in the same house for the first time in 6 months!
I am holding up. I miss my band, students, job, friends, house….. It’s funny how much self worth I (and, I guess, everyone else) put on working. I know that what I am doing is for a great purpose. I don’t regret the decision to come here at all. Still, I miss my life, and I cannot wait to get back to it….with Katy and her new arms! As usual, my awesome wife does her best to make sure that I get my music fix, and little trips downstairs to sneak a few minutes to myself. We shot down to my friend’s house for a couple of days (they live close to Boston), and the kids got to play in the snow. They had a blast, and Katy took a sled (with me) down the hill. We stopped in a big snow bank, and got covered in snow…..so much fun! I love finding ways for her to do all of the things that I know she would be doing if she had not gotten sick.
Thank you all for keeping up with us! May 2013 bring you all you wish for!