2 Cellos – 1/29/2018

For Christmas, we got family tickets to see 2 Cellos. With both of the kids in orchestra, we though this would be a nice treat. The concert was at the Fox theater, which is also cool.

Here is a short video near the end of the concert.

I left the concert with mixed feelings. I was hoping for more of an orchestra approach. The concert started with an orchestra and quickly transitioned to the video above with the 2 dudes and a drummer. I’m glad to say I went, but don’t plan to attend any more of their concerts. They did play a minor version of Thunderstruck (the video that made them famous).

Hogan Haake

New Bathroom Light – 1/27/2018

One of the lights in the kids bathroom went out. So I made a trip to Lowe’s to get a replacement bulb. Once I installed the bulb, it didn’t work. I was only halfway surprised as the box didn’t look in great shape. So I returned it and bought two new bulbs, as another would eventually go out and I wanted to have one on hand.

When I put the new bulb in, there was still no light. So I replaced the working light into the broken side and it still didn’t work. I realized at this point that the ballast went out. It was time to get a new light. I had to work fast as my parents were coming in town later that day and I wanted a working light in the bathroom.

Danelle and I picked out a nice fixture that would support standard bulbs to save money. We could then put in LED bulbs and be good for a very long time. We decided to treat the kids and get them a Bluetooth bulb for listening to music.

When we got home, I promptly went to work taking the old fixture down. I figured this would be a 45 minute job to replace the lights. Unfortunately for me, the builder didn’t put a box behind the light, so there was nothing to attach the new light to. Additionally, we didn’t paint behind the light… So off I went to Ace Hardware to get an “Old Box” to install so we would have something to attach the new light to.

One of the fun things of working in a room with no windows or lights is trying to see anything. We deployed two different flashlights to see what was going on.

The project was finally finished and we had a new light installed. Now all we need to do is re-paint the whole bathroom as we don’t have any more of the paint!

On the bright side, when we showed Sonora the new fixture, Danelle was already streaming music from the Bluetooth light bulb. Danelle turned the music up and down on her phone and Sonora could not figure out where it was coming from. The kids were delighted with the upgrade and you can see much better in the bathroom.

Ohh, and per request, the finished product.

Note the light on the right looks different, because its the Bluetooth speaker light.

Hogan Haake

Sioux Passage Park – 1/21/2018

We decided to hang out as a family. So we loaded up the van with too much gear and headed north to Souix Passage park. We started out playing tennis for about 2 hours. We knew it was time to quit when most of the kids hits sent a ball over the tall fences. We also brought equipment for disc golf, but I got them to check out the Missouri river first.

This day was amazing because it was about 60F outside, so we were plenty warm. We drove through the park to the boat ramp and parked. A walk down the boat ramp showed an interesting contrast. Warm day with ice floating down the river.

Winter time means that the river is low. The map below shows the park (which is 211 acres). The red area is where the sand beach is that we played on. The river was low enough to walk all the way across to Pelican Island and explore, but we didn’t make it much farther than the sand.

Map cropped from Google.

It didn’t take long before all of us were all in playing in the sand!

A view of our beach for the day.

The hole got much deeper, but I had too much sand to take any more photos safely.

It got too hot for shoes, so off the came! The sand was as good as any beach on the ocean.

Making a sand sculpture.

Corvin fit in the hole I dug by hand.

Danelle made a butterfly

This cat is harder to see.

Check out the difference in water level, needs to come up about 8 feet before the beach is underwater.

Time to hike over to the ice waterfalls and check them out.

Sonora wasn’t going to let us have all the fun.

Hogan standing on the ice with muddy feet.

Trail of muddy steps.

Only my kids would follow me on freezing mud and ice to make a memory.

Corvin is proud of his tracks.

Sonora is proud of her tracks.

This is how you clean off your feet.

And if you’re still not sure, see the video!

This is one of those days I’ll never forget. The magic of feeling like winter is over and making a mess like a kid!

Hogan Haake




December – 2017

My last post for 2017! Here are a few things that didn’t get their own album.

Corvin dressing up at the meme Dat Boi.

Danelle’s parents making silly faces with me.

Sonora playing Corvin’s bass like a violin.

200,000 miles driven in our van. Now aiming for 300,000.

Carol got her car totaled in an intersection coming to our house to feed the cats.

My sexy wife, Danelle posing while trying on clothes!

Hogan Haake

French Lick New Years – 12/31/2017

Before you get too excited, French Lick is a town in Indiana. We decided to go there for new years for a change. This is the 18th new years we’ve celebrated with the Niemeyers. The plan was to head out Saturday morning. Mason had a birthday party to go to, so we picked up Kelly and Maggie and the 6 of us went out.

After a pleasant drive, we got there and checked in. We had two nights booked, but we didn’t want to waste any time swimming at the indoor water park!

We spent the whole of the first day swimming and the evening playing games in the room together. Sunday morning early, Danelle woke up feeling very sick. She spent all morning and into the evening dealing with sickness that came on suddenly. It wasn’t until the evening that we saw the sign on the left door going into the water park that explained her illness.

Being out of the water park was what made her feel better. It was strange that she was the only one in our group that was affected by this.

During the second day,we took a mini tour of French lick, checking out the West Baden resort. Even having been there before, its still amazing to see the building!

After a few rounds of lazer tag and some pizza, we went back to the hotel for the grand new year’s party. They had supplies and a surprise.

Probably the best thing about this new year’s celebration was that we crossed to the Eastern Time Zone. This meant that us old people could celebrate at our 11pm and get to bed before midnight!

And if there was any doubt that the kids had a good time, here is part of the drive home!

Hogan Haake