Snow – 1/12/2019

We love the snow partly because we don’t get enough of it. Sometimes, we even do crazy things! A look at how deep the snow is.

That is a canoe I forgot to put away before the snow.

I was too lazy to put on socks or shoes, so I went shopping in sandals. There was wet snow everywhere so my feet were a bit cold, but not too bad.

And a video of our poor cats.

Hogan Haake

Snow and the Wrong House! – 1/11/2019

We had a large snow storm hit St. Louis and I decided it would be fun to go out driving in the snow. Corvin was excited to join me as he also wanted to drive in the snow. I picked a decent sized street and started heading west. I had an idea where we might go, but decided to just see where the weather took us.

As it turns out, I found a very well lit parking lot with about 8 inches of snow in it. I started off driving around. Eventually, Corvin got his first turn driving in deep snow. It was great practice for him, but he was not ready for the streets. It turned out to be a great decision as there were at least 100 cars off the road during our drive. I was worried several times about if we would make it or not.

When it felt like we could go no farther west and should o home I decided to risk it and just surprise Steve at his house. So we drove over and parked in his driveway. He wasn’t answering his phone, but that didn’t stop us! Ring on the doorbell a few times and text him some photos.

Eventually we called Jackie, Steve’s wife, who answered her cell from out of town. She suggested that we go around back and knock on the sliding door till the dog barked and made Steve see what was going on. As we were preparing to go around back, a neighbor called to us from the sidewalk with a flashlight to see what was going on.

To make a long story short, we were at the wrong house and he wanted to know what was going on. I apologized and we moved on. I called Jackie and got the right house number and we had a nice laugh about it.

I was glad the neighbor stopped us before we really scared the homeowner of the wrong house. It was a great adventure with Corvin!

Hogan Haake

New Years – 1/1/2019

We celebrated New Years at Kelly and Jeff’s house this year. Jake looks stumped.

Somehow I convinced Kelly that the mess wouldn’t be too bad for this party toy…

Sonora got Maggie to spend the night, so when we went home, we took Maggie with us. Then Maggie and Sonora went ice skating.

Seems like a decent start to a new year!

Hogan Haake

Christmas in STL – 12/24/2018

Christmas in St. Louis started the day before. We thought the kids would be surprised with a transformation, so we worked to paint and prepare the basement for them. They were not as surprised as we had hoped, but having a new space for them to hang out is good.

Painting the wall white is the first step of this transformation.

And its getting closer.

Surprise!

 

Enjoying presents from Santa!

With our warm new “fireplace”

Preparing dessert at Henry and Carols.

Carol is a perfect host and you can tell she enjoys it!

Mom and daughter.

3 generations of sons enjoying time together.

Kelly and Sonora enjoying electronics.

Some evil memory game. With all those brains, I chose to sit out so I wouldn’t feel dumb.

This was the perfect way to end our holiday season by seeing all (most, some of my siblings were not around) of our close family in a short amount of time.

Hogan Haake

Christmas in KC – 12/22/2018

We made it to KC to see my family. Its always a madhouse as there are numerous things going on, but that keeps it all very interesting. Starting off with the least Christmas thing of all, Henry’s car.

Its looking good with the motor back in the engine bay. I’m not sure how he will see around the supercharger, but that is a problem for another day. Maybe it’ll get running in 2019!

Here is dad at Uncle Jerry’s annual holiday party. Like a fool, I never get enough photos, so this is all I have from that party. Part of it is that its full of catching up with family, I’m often too busy to take out my phone.

Back at my parents, they got Hannah a intro violin. She seemed excited to play it. Sonora showed her what its capable of, but I’m not expecting to see her playing in a band any time soon.

Mom is hanging out in the middle enjoying all of the happiness around us!

Here I am hanging out with Dad. I’m not sure if my double neck or my hair is worse… Maybe I should fix them both!

You often hear about mom’s secret recipe. Something about cooking with love, but your food never tastes the same. Turns out, i may have found that secret. See what seems out of place for yourself…

There is a Chiefs game today, so Dad and I dressed up in our jerseys to show our support. Mom also dressed up, but not for the Chiefs. We all have a good time with this!

Hogan Haake