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.
Like any good fool, I often volunteer myself for work that I don’t have to do. In this case, my brother Hiatt was talking about his house needing to be painted. I suggested that he schedule it for Labor Day weekend so we had an extra day. He of course obliged and I was not going to paint for my holiday weekend. Anything for family and friends! Danelle and Corvin couldn’t make it due to Corvin’s soccer schedule (and we could have used her help!).
Of course if you’re getting help from me, I’m going to do things my way within reason. Here are some photos of the events.
We had a fun and hard weekend and got most of the house painted.
While we were in KC for Christmas, we realized that we would be coming back a week later for Herman’s Graduation from the police academy. The kids asked if they could stay for the week and I asked mom. She was delighted at having the kids for the week and said she would take care of their laundry and have a great time. Everybody was excited with this arrangement. Danelle and I enjoyed our few days off from being parents, but we were happy to come back and see the kids!
Every good party has great food and cake and this was no exception. The cake was custom made with Herman’s face on it.
The food was quite good too. Dianna, one of Hannah’s friends couldn’t get enough of it!
We came in town in time to be of some help before Herman’s party. Since we’re Haake’s, we have a sense of humor. We got 36 glazed donuts for a game during the party (with Herman’s blessing). Eventually party time came and lots of people came over to celebrate.
Everybody worked down to the basement for the donut/Piñata game. Here, people were handcuffed with real handcuffs and blindfolded. Then they had to eat a donut hanging from a string. Its much harder than it looks. Half the fun was viewing the different methods for eating a moving donut.
And if you still are not sure, watch the video below to see Corvin and Dan Haake try it out.
We made it to Kansas City to have Christmas with my parents. When we got there, my mom was in the middle of painting the hallway. She had much of it taped, but other stuff got in the way. I knew it wouldn’t get done before Christmas, so Danelle and I stepped up. We finished taping and painting in just a few hours. We enjoy working together and accomplishing stuff!
After the painting, my handyman skills didn’t go unnoticed. I was quickly enlisted by dad to help with some LED light fixtures. They did quite a number brightening up the hallways!
Mom is always telling stories to me about the crazy dogs and their antics. Today I got to see this in action. Daisy jumped up on the tall table outside to get a better view of the yard.
I got my parents to pose for a selfie after dinner.
Keep your family close and a box of cookies closer!
I brought my 36″ unicycle to town. I tried to go for an early morning ride, but was stopped by patches of ice on the ground. Eventually I got a short ride in the neighborhood, which is better than nothing.
And of course, the best part of Christmas, burning the wrapping paper in the fireplace!
We came into Kansas City to visit family. It was a rare weekend when Corvin didn’t have a soccer game and we took full advantage of it. Corvin and Sonora were most excited to meet Heidi, the new puppy. Planning ahead, I brought my unicycle and had a nice ride with Herman. I couldn’t get him to ride his, but he biked with me and we had a great time!
Here is Heidi…
And of course, Peaches still gets love!
And what would a trip to KC be without catching my dad sleeping on the sofa!
Don’t worry, I didn’t actually put it in dad’s mouth. As always, the visit ended much too soon!