St. Louis 6th Grade All Suburban Orchestra

Sonora was recommended by her music teacher to participate in the St. Louis All Suburban Orchestra. This involved her learning new music on her own and going to several practices after hours with the rest of the group. We were lucky that my parents were able to come in from Kansas City for the weekend to see the concert!

It didn’t take dad long to fall asleep ๐Ÿ™‚

And the concert!

Later that evening, we all visited Henry and Carol’s house to play games.

And before they left, mom had some fun with Coat Rack.

A great weekend of music and family!

Hogan Haake

December – 2017

My last post for 2017! Here are a few things that didn’t get their own album.

Corvin dressing up at the meme Dat Boi.

Danelle’s parents making silly faces with me.

Sonora playing Corvin’s bass like a violin.

200,000 miles driven in our van. Now aiming for 300,000.

Carol got her car totaled in an intersection coming to our house to feed the cats.

My sexy wife, Danelle posing while trying on clothes!

Hogan Haake

French Lick New Years – 12/31/2017

Before you get too excited, French Lick is a town in Indiana. We decided to go there for new years for a change. This is the 18th new years we’ve celebrated with the Niemeyers. The plan was to head out Saturday morning. Mason had a birthday party to go to, so we picked up Kelly and Maggie and the 6 of us went out.

After a pleasant drive, we got there and checked in. We had two nights booked, but we didn’t want to waste any time swimming at the indoor water park!

We spent the whole of the first day swimming and the evening playing games in the room together. Sunday morning early, Danelle woke up feeling very sick. She spent all morning and into the evening dealing with sickness that came on suddenly. It wasn’t until the evening that we saw the sign on the left door going into the water park that explained her illness.

Being out of the water park was what made her feel better. It was strange that she was the only one in our group that was affected by this.

During the second day,we took a mini tour of French lick, checking out the West Baden resort. Even having been there before, its still amazing to see the building!

After a few rounds of lazer tag and some pizza, we went back to the hotel for the grand new year’s party. They had supplies and a surprise.

Probably the best thing about this new year’s celebration was that we crossed to the Eastern Time Zone. This meant that us old people could celebrate at our 11pm and get to bed before midnight!

And if there was any doubt that the kids had a good time, here is part of the drive home!

Hogan Haake

 

New Kitchen Cabinet – 12/29/2017

Danelle and I wanted a bit more storage space in our kitchen. We had a space where we put stuff on the floor, but that was just a bit messy. We decided a small cabinet on the end would do the trick.

We went out to a local kitchen and cabinet store. We took a drawer from the kitchen with us to match the color, pattern, and cut of the wood. What we got was a bunch of lets look over here and check. We got a quote for a cabinet that wasn’t a great match and it seemed to be loaded with commission…

On a whim, we tried out Lowes hardware store with the same single drawer. They had a near perfect match that we purchased same day.

Fast forward to today and we got the cabinet in and we’re installing it. It came with a large amount of very large screws, but we were attaching it to another cabinet and I didn’t trust that we wouldn’t mess something up. We ended up putting the whole cabinet up with liquid nails glue. It helps that it was wedged in floor to ceiling by the soffit. The glue held it in place and we’re quite happy with the final look!

If you can’t tell, the new cabinet is the shallow one of the left.

Hogan Haake

Christmas in Kansas City – 12/22/2017

We went to Kansas City for Christmas. We decided to take our timeย  coming into town. We left St. Louis on Friday morning and took a leisurely drive out US Highway 50 stopping in Jefferson City. First stop was the river.

With almost no complaints, Corvin and Sonora put their coats on and walked down to the river to take it all in. And maybe to throw rocks as well ๐Ÿ™‚

After the river, we met Sean and Jennifer for lunch. We don’t get to Jeff City to see them enough, so it was great to stop by and catch up with them!

Eventually, we found our way to Kansas City where the fun began!

If anybody wasn’t sure where I get all of my fun from, the two photos above of my parents should give you some idea!

Peaches on the left and Heidi on the right.

As an extra bonus, Holly and Lindsay were able to come in town for a while! We missed David and Jim, but made the most of the time we had with the girls!

We even made it in time for the annual Christmas party on my dad’s side.

Back at my parents, the presents flowed and the kids glowed.

Henry continued some demolition on his old car engine.

Ohh look, its only 365 days till Christmas!

And most important of all, we have to sing our traditional song before we can open presents!

Hogan Haake