All Suburban Orchestra – 1/11/2020

Sonora tried out for and was accepted for the 8th grade All Suburban Orchestra in St. Louis. This consisted of multiple practice sessions at a local school and many hours of at home practice to master the music. Today was the day they presented their music to the public.

We were lucky enough to have some friends and family show up to hear Sonora play. My parents from KC.

Plus Jeff and Mason.

The music sounded as good to me as a professional orchestra. Its amazing how talented the kids are!

Hogan Haake



Herman’s Wedding – 8/31/2019

My brother Herman is getting married! He lives in Warsaw, Mo, but is getting married in Sedalia. Family of course came in town to see the big day. In traditional Haake fashion, we did it our way. I started off the party of weirdness when the lady at the hotel desk asked for a description of the car. The photo below is what transpired.

I got a very strange look from the lady when she saw what I wrote. Family was already there and we all started getting ready for the wedding.

It didn’t take long before we were all dressed and waiting for the ceremony to start. Before long, Nikki and Herman were up there taking their vows and enjoying their party!

After the ceremony, we retreated indoors to the barn to celebrate more!

Mom getting a little crazy!

Hanging out with uncle Mike.

Mom, Kalie, and Hannah

Dad, Me, and Corvin

Look, a truck. I would guess a Ford, but I don’t see a tow truck.


Everyone except for Hayden.

Nikki and Herman entering the reception.

Somebody wrote on dad’s window…

I love out of town weddings because everybody stays in the same hotel and its a constant party. Here’s to Herman and Nikki!

Hogan Haake


Webster Groves Pops Concert – 2/20/2019

Welcome to the 2019 Webster Groves Pops Concert. Dad was able to come in town to see the concert before making a quick exit the next day.

Corvin on the bass, back row third from right.

Sonora on violin, back row second chair.

What concert would be complete without ice cream or McDonald’s for those not willing to wait in line!

Hogan Haake

Puddles Pity Party – 10/10/2018

I invited my dad to come into St. Louis to see Puddles Pity Party and he accepted. So I purchased 2 tickets and waited for the anointed day. Dad came into town earlier in the day. We started out going out to dinner at dad’s favorite St. Louis restaurant. After a fantastic dinner, we headed out to the Sheldon concert hall.

If you’re still wondering who Puddles Pity Party is, check out this video that got us into his music.

Anyway, now you have an idea what we’re up against. I didn’t know what to expect for the concert, but the stage was set.

Dad and I in our seats.

Interesting props.

The hall is filling up, its gonna start soon!

Look, its Puddles in the upper deck greeting his fans.

The concert was awesome. He went through a wide range of songs from different eras adapting them to his baritone voice. The best part of the concert came when he was singing and took somebody’s phone that was videoing him. From there, he sang into the phone and walked across the stage. He then traded the phone he was holding with another person’s phone. He probably swapped 20 phones before the song was over. It was funny to watch, but I’m glad my phone wasn’t swapped!

I’m very glad dad came in town to see the show with me. Funny thing is that Puddles played the same concert in KC the next night.

Hogan Haake

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 🙂

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