Christmas in Kansas City – 12/22/2017

We went to Kansas City for Christmas. We decided to take our time  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 🙂

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

 

Mom and Hannah in STL – 11/4/2017

Hannah likes the St.Louis Blues and wants to see them in person. So we got tickets so she could see a game in person. As an added bonus, my mom came in town with her. I wasn’t going to let mom miss a good time, so we had lots of parallel plans to keep us busy!

Hannah and Danelle

Left to Right: Danelle, Hannah, Laura Berlin

Danelle had some things to do, so we took a side trip to Grafton, IL twice. There was an event, something like Tugboat Days going on. So there was a river tug available for tours. We went up Saturday and found out the tickets had sold out.  Not one to let something that get me down, we took a minor tour of Pere Marquette State Park and the fantastic views it offered.

It was decided that we would go back early Sunday morning and see the tug before mom went home. So the next day, we took the ferry out to look at the tug.

And because it was Sunday, we all got the tour. Here are some photos of a tugboat.

Supplies

One of the twin 16 cylinder engines.

Mechanic’s workbench.

Twin generators always on for power.

A few spare parts.

From the pilot house looking back.

Looking from an upper deck down to the front

Wires used to tie the barges together.

Selfie of our group

The boat we’re about to tour

From the tour, it sounds like life as a deckhand is mostly about scraping paint and re-painting all day. Maybe I don’t want that job 🙂

Hogan Haake

Halloween – 10/31/2017

Our family has made it a tradition to do interesting things for Halloween. This year was no exception. Here is the way we left the house in the morning.

Corvin the unicycling clown.

Sonora dressed as a kitty.

Ohh and add in Dad, the unicycling bear to make it complete!

Every day should start this awesome!

Hogan Haake