Corvin’s Friend Birthday Party – 10/10/2015

What birthday would be complete without having your friends for a sleepover? So we invited Zach and Henry over to share in the festivities. After dinner, we had to provide dessert. In order to keep things interesting, I served a few scoops of ice cream and cake. But they each got special implements to eat with.


Corvin got chopsticks and a pizza cutter.


Henry got a bib and a baby spoon.


Zach got a baby spoon and a butter knife.

The kids got a great laugh out of trying to eat with what they were given, and eventually got real spoons 🙂

In the morning, we woke them up and got them all packed to be taken home. Then we loaded up in the van for adventure. Don’t they look excited?


We arrived at Go Ape!, a ropes course. We ended up getting Zach’s mom, Christine, to join us so we had a 1 parent to child paring which was good. Once we were checked in, we loaded into safety harness and listened to the safety talk. Then we practiced on the ground doing what we were taught.

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With ground practice out of the way, there was a practice course a few feet off the ground. High enough to use the equipment, but unlikely to kill you if you fell!


This is the start of the challenge. Its going to be interesting! IMG_20151011_102229

The course is set up into 5 sections. The first two are closely monitored by staff for issues from the participants, but they don’t actually go with you. One of the greatest things about this course is that you’re mostly unsupervised, but can whistle for help.


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All queued up for adventure! here comes the end of the first section, a long zipline!

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Hanging off the platform!

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Some random obstacles

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And two videos to round it all out 🙂

It was a fantastic treat and we all had a good time and a workout! If you get a chance, treat yourself to one of their courses!

Hogan Haake


Crazy Birthday – 6/10/2015

Now that all of you know my birthday, I expect presents next year… Anyway, this day started off fantastic. Danelle told me not to leave for work till I talked to her. I was mildly concerned. I got ready slowly can came downstairs to her and the kids singing me happy birthday with my first ever homemade donut cake featuring Strange Donuts!


Then I packed up my supplies for the day. We were having a Chicken and Waffle day at work. That meant at 10:30am, I would go to the kitchen at work with a few others and start cooking for the office. Since its an office, we don’t always have everything a normal kitchen would have. But with creativity, we can re-fill a salt shaker from packets…

Anna Blazer refills the salt from packets.

Anna Blaser refills the salt from packets.

We don’t have a stove, so we had a table with a few waffle irons and a fry daddy!


That large orange bowl is a quadruple of this Alton Brown waffle recipe, which turned out amazing! Here is a sample plate of the chicken and waffles.


Of course, no lunch would be complete without fried Twinkies! I seriously considered a second one it was so good!


Finished Twinkie!

Finished Twinkie!

With a perfect lunch to go with breakfast, I was ready for our weekly softball game. Honeys ‘N Badgers vs some other team lead by Kris Ninnis. The game was going well, but like always we were not winning. I had a ball hit right past me that gave me a scare. The other player apologized for such a close call. Being a nice guy, I said, “As long as you hit me in the head, I’ll be fine.” Two batters later, Nick did just that. There was a line drive right off the bat and it came up and hit me in the face.

The people in the outfield thought I caught the ball based on that satisfying smack the ball makes when it hits your glove just right. However, it was just the ball hitting my face. I didn’t fall down, but took a few steps back to evaluate my health. By the time I decided I was okay, many people had come out to the pitcher’s mound where I was standing. I was bleeding from the inside of my mouth. Somebody thought I lost a tooth, but it was just my bloody gum I was chewing which they insisted I spit out. I wanted to keep pitching and insisted that I was fine, but the other team decided it was worth two outs and promptly ended the inning.

We had one more at bat that went like all the others and the game was over. By this point, I knew that my face was going to HURT for a while. So I downed another beer to help and told Danelle she could drive home. And now, if you’re still reading, you can see the photos.

A selfie right after it happened. Still in enough shock that I didn't know how bad it would hurt.

A selfie right after it happened. Still in enough shock that I didn’t know how bad it would hurt.

Shot in the car. Not stitches, just the seam of the ball.

Shot in the car. Not stitches, just the seam of the ball.

Bruising on my lip the next day.

Bruising on my lip the next day.

Yep, Hogan Haake is still ugly.

Yep, Hogan Haake is still ugly.

Overall, a perfect birthday and I wouldn’t change a thing!

Hogan Haake

Henry’s Birthday – 2/22/2015

Corvin and I happened to be in Kansas City for a quick visit and were able to celebrate my brother Henry’s birthday with family.


Mom did good making him a special cake, and Henry did his part by taking a large strange shaped piece to celebrate.


Hogan Haake


Corvin’s Birthday – 10/9/2012

My boy gets bigger every day. This year, we celebrated his 9th birthday at his grandparents house. they had a cake and he got to open his presents. While he likes toys, he sure knows the value of money!

We were also blessed to have his cousin, Mark over for the celebration. My kids like babies almost as much as I do!