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.

Groomsmen

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

 

Onondaga Cave With Hannah – 7/28/2019

Yesterday we were at the annual Stream Team Picnic. Hannah won a few prizes during the raffle and one of the prizes she got was 4 tickets to Onondaga cave. We didn’t have time to visit the cave on Saturday, but we realized that if we didn’t use them on Sunday, they would probably expire before Hannah got a chance to use her prize.

Hogan decided to stay behind while Danelle, Hannah, Sonora, and Corvin drove out to see the cave early in the morning. When we got to the park, we had to drive around a bit before we could find the cave. Once it was found, we went inside and all used the bathroom and got drinks before entering the cave.

This is the lily pad room. Its called the lily pad room because the water forms stalagmites that look like lily pads.

I think that in this room they made a man made pond to create the amazing reflection we’re looking at. In this room, they turned off the lights because its one of the rooms you can experience total darkness. When the lights went out, one of the babies on the tour started crying and they had to leave the room because the baby was scared.

 

I had a lot of fun with Hannah and I think she enjoyed seeing the cave.

Sonora Haake

Stream Team Picnic – 7/27/2019

My sister Hannah was in town for the weekend. We took her to the annual Stream Team picnic held on the last Saturday in July. Danelle is involved, so we had work to do, but Hannah didn’t mind. During the drive down, I wanted to impress my baby sister by showing her how cool I am! I sure hope it worked.

Sonora tried to impress her aunt with a more subtle style.

Once at the picnic, I went off to cook a few hundred hamburgers and hot dogs on a massive grill. Hannah made herself at home.

A look at some of the festivities.

Eventually, after lunch, I switched roles and turned into the shuttle driver for the tube float. I put a few tubes on top of the van to maximize the passengers I could take. I’m proud to say I didn’t loose a single tube after all of the trips!

Later that night when we were back at home, Hannah, Danelle, and I walked up to the VFW hall near my house to get a few beers. Talk about a great finish to an already great day!

Hogan Haake

Holly Moving – 6/21/2019

My sister Holly is moving to Kansas City after being in Wichita for about 10 years. This is super exiting for me as i don’t often see her as its a very long drive from St. Louis. Now she will be closer and we can see her and her family.

This moving journey starts out on Friday evening in St. Louis though. I wanted to change the air filter in my van before we left. This requires tools and reaching back in the engine by the firewall to get the screws out. I had done this successfully and had it mostly put back together. Sonora came out and was checking out what I was doing.

I work hard at being a good father and I was in the groove. I asked her if she was interested in helping. I got a resounding yes. Before long, Sonora was leaning over working on tightening the screws to get the cover back on. That was when I heard the fateful sound of her dropping the socket deep into the engine.

On the photo above, I had to take out a majority of the plastic parts behind the battery before I found the socket. It took about 45 minutes, but I got it all fixed. I was glad to get if fixed up as we needed to take the van the next day to help with the move.

Holly said not to come too early as they were still packing the truck in Wichita, but we didn’t listen. She had lots of stuff pre-moved at my parents house. We got to KC before lunch and didn’t waste any time gathering the troops and starting the move. Hiatt, Tom, Kathy, Matt, Lauren, Mom, Dad, and Sonora.

We packed up Tom’s Expedition, Dad’s Flex, and my Sienna and headed out to Holly’s new house to unload without her. Along the way, I made some modifications to the boxes to help them find their stuff.

We just finished unloading the second load when they showed up!

Lots of trips in and out of the house trying to put things where they were supposed to go.

But it wasn’t all business, we did stop to have some fun! I taped David’s mouth shut.

Lindsay didn’t want to be left out of the fun.

And before long, it was family fun!

Henry wanted to help, but he had to work. Eventually he did get off work and we make sure to visit. His mustang is coming along nicely!

Moving was a lot of hard work and I can tell I’m getting older. By the end, I was going much slower. The hard work was worth it helping Holly and Jim out.

Hogan Haake