Corvin’s First Track Meet – 4/24/2018

Corvin joined track this year and had his first meet. Danelle snapped a few photos of the action.

People watching between events keeps things interesting. There was one mother that was the complete definition of being self absorbed! Two different times, she walked across the track causing a runner to have to slow down not to hit her. I’m not sure she noticed either time. Then later, she walked right in front of the kids performing the softball throw. Danelle and I wished a kid had hit her so she would start paying attention. Drove us crazy for sure!

Hogan Haake

Walking To The Bank – 4/17/2018

Spring is here, and we needed to get out of the house. I had a few checks to take to the bank, so I brought the whole family along. Its a little over a mile walk to the bank. The kids were not completely into the walk, but I found ways to entertain them.

And how did I entertain them? With a phone booth… Not that they really knew what it was.

Hogan Haake

 

Cold Day at Castlewood – 4/1/2018

I needed to get out of the house and Danelle needed some peace and quiet for her school work. So I packed up the kids and drove to Castlewood State Park. There, I wanted to hike a trail that overlooks the Meramec river. We did hike it for a short time, but the kids and flooding river didn’t let it happen quite the way I wanted.

The lower trail was impassable and the kids didn’t want to hike much more, so it was a short out and back. Lucky for Danelle, its a bit of a drive, giving her a 3 hour reprieve from all of us!

Hogan

Unicycles and Water Pipes – 2/18/2018

Sometimes you just have to get out of the house and explore. Corvin and I wanted to go for a unicycle ride and it seemed just warm enough at the house. We packed the unicycles and headed downtown to the Mississippi Riverfront Trail. We got out of the van, unloaded and started to ride.

It didn’t take long to realize that we should have worn pants! The wind made it nearly unbearable to ride, but we didn’t give up. We rode south of the Gateway Arch and back to the van for a grand total of about 1.5 cold miles.

After that, we packed back up in the van and cranked up the heater. But I wasn’t about to let the drive go for nothing, so I decided to just drive north near the river. Corvin learned a new meaning of poverty and “bad” neighborhoods. I tried to use this as a lesson for how fortunate we are in our lives and how the people are not bad.

I found 2 of 3 standpipe water towers in St. Louis. Essentially, they are 100 year old towers that were large tubes for water to rush up to help regulate water pressure. When the pressure went up, water would travel up the tower instead of rushing out of a person’s tap at different rates. They used to be very common and now are extremely rare.

Got to love history right in front of you. Hopefully the city will maintain these 3 historic structures 🙂

Hogan

January – 2018

What a super cold month! So cold in fact, there were pipes bursting all over town. One popped in my office building giving us some unexpected time off…

I tried to turn my driveway into an ice rink.

On a few of the warmer days, I got in some unicycle riding.

My parents came in town for Corvin’s Jazz concert. It was a  pretty decent concert.

Hogan Haake