Our friend Laura gave Sonora a “spa day” for Christmas for her and a few friends. Today was the day all of them could come together at our house for their treat. Danelle and Laura set up the stations and prepared for the girls!
After delivering the pizza and getting this group shot, Corvin and I got out of there for our safety 🙂
I can’t even pretend to know all of the random things that were done to the girls, but there was lots of giggling!
There is nothing better than starting the new year off cleaning. Okay, maybe lots of things, but this year we were helping JoJo out. The floor of the warehouse needed cleaning badly and we were smart enough to volunteer. So after showing up, we messed around a bit while we got our act together.
Andy measuring and texting the size of the I-beam for a custom projector mount.
Once the work started, we used a hose on full power to spray water on the floor. Two people with brooms to mix the dirt and water together and two people with shop vacs to get the water out. It was hard work that didn’t lend any time towards taking photos of the actual work. Each bucket of water that was dumped came out a soupy grey color. None of us would have eaten off of the floor when we were done. But the warehouse was much cleaner when we were done!
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!
Danelle’s PhD research involved deploying equipment into storm sewers to measure lots of stuff and make the world a better place. Its best to check out her research website cause I’ll just get it wrong! Anyway, time was getting away from her and she needed to get her equipment deployed. So I took a day off of work and got photos of her doing her good work.
If that truck looks familiar, that is because its the one I bought on my Colorado Motorcycle trip! We were fortunate enough to be able to use this truck as her primary research vehicle. All of the expensive equipment is able to be locked away in the boxes and the sand doesn’t get all over the inside of our main vehicles. Who know things would work out this way.
Climbing down to get to work.
Its hard to tell, but there is a rope attached to the bucket. Its the simplest way to lower supplies and heavy bags of sand. When I wasn’t there, they used a step ladder over the holes with the rope to act as a pulley.
Somebody thought that she was knitting in the hole in a previous photo, so we thought we would help them out.
Safety first, yellow vest is also stylish!
Spreading out all of our equipment for a deployment.
Look, a truck! These trucks are part of her research!