I’ve been to Mardi Gras too many times, and this is just one more. I’m the bridge between two groups that all come together to get drunk and walk the streets. This year, Hanna’s friend Jen came to join our crew. The first step is always getting in costume. After the pink suit I wore last year, most of the group wanted in. Cory came to the rescue getting us jump suits and iron on patches so we could become the Ghost Busters.
With costumes on, we went for lunch before heading out to the party. Its fun to go in costume and gets looks!
Once properly fed, we took the Metrolink down to the party. This gave us a chance to mingle and warm up to the party, and time to sober up on the way home. Here are a few photos from Mardi Gras itself. We got a lot of “Who ya gonna call” yelled to our group and requests for photos.
Towards the end of the evening after a few too many libations, Cory bet us he could walk right up on a stage and touch the balloons. We didn’t think he could/would.
He is in the orange jacket going up the stairs in the photo. Not only did he go up and touch the balloons, he got them to play the (our) theme song for the movie Ghostbusters!
It got dark and cold quickly and our group was loosing conscious thought quickly. A stop to the bathrooms, then we could leave.
Every year when I write up my thoughts and recap the event, I wonder why I do it. But every January, I start asking my group who is coming with me.
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.
Hannah is near the end of her stay for this visit. Danelle was busy with a prior commitment, so I thought I would take her and the kids out for an adventure. We started the day at the Melvin Price Lock and Dam and the associated National Great Rivers Museum. We were hoping to get a full tour of the Dam.
We got started on the tour, but found out we couldn’t go out across the dam like I’ve done before due to a high security level. We did get to walk out closer to look at it.
The white and black bags are sand bags as there was a recent threat of flooding.
We didn’t stay as long as we wanted to due to the shortened tour, so we headed down the river road. We made a few pit stops along the way including stopping at the site of the old lock and dam. Then we back tracked hoping to go to the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Again our luck was low as the roads were closed due to flooding issues. We did get to see a turtle in the road if that counts…
By some miracle, I was able to get Hannah to wake up early when she was visiting for an early morning paddle. While the official wake up time was 5 am, we didn’t get out for another thirty minutes as she acclimated to the morning! In a short while, we were at the ramp getting ready for a nice morning paddle.
I did most of the paddling which was fine by me as Hannah took it all in. The water was up enough to take her up some side channels to keep it interesting!
And while she may not look like she is having fun in this next photo, she had a blast the whole time!
I love sharing my hobbies with family and friends and this morning paddle hit the spot!
So the real reason Hannah and mom came into St. Louis for the weekend was for a school project. Hannah needed to observe a small child for her teaching. Of course I offered Nathan up with his Steve and Jackie’s permission. So we “rented” him for a few hours at the science center. Kalie and Shelby tagged along but did their own thing while we were in there.
Hannah split her time between interacting with Nathan and taking notes and photos for class. Of course, it wasn’t all work, we made sure to have fun while there!