Corvin’s Friend Birthday Party – 10/10/2015

What birthday would be complete without having your friends for a sleepover? So we invited Zach and Henry over to share in the festivities. After dinner, we had to provide dessert. In order to keep things interesting, I served a few scoops of ice cream and cake. But they each got special implements to eat with.


Corvin got chopsticks and a pizza cutter.


Henry got a bib and a baby spoon.


Zach got a baby spoon and a butter knife.

The kids got a great laugh out of trying to eat with what they were given, and eventually got real spoons 🙂

In the morning, we woke them up and got them all packed to be taken home. Then we loaded up in the van for adventure. Don’t they look excited?


We arrived at Go Ape!, a ropes course. We ended up getting Zach’s mom, Christine, to join us so we had a 1 parent to child paring which was good. Once we were checked in, we loaded into safety harness and listened to the safety talk. Then we practiced on the ground doing what we were taught.

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With ground practice out of the way, there was a practice course a few feet off the ground. High enough to use the equipment, but unlikely to kill you if you fell!


This is the start of the challenge. Its going to be interesting! IMG_20151011_102229

The course is set up into 5 sections. The first two are closely monitored by staff for issues from the participants, but they don’t actually go with you. One of the greatest things about this course is that you’re mostly unsupervised, but can whistle for help.


Henry is all hooked up and ready to tackle this section.IMG_20151011_105539

All queued up for adventure! here comes the end of the first section, a long zipline!

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Hanging off the platform!

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Some random obstacles

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And two videos to round it all out 🙂

It was a fantastic treat and we all had a good time and a workout! If you get a chance, treat yourself to one of their courses!

Hogan Haake


Colorado Motorcycle Trip – 9/22/2015

The first half of this day was the most frustrating day of my whole trip. I started with me waking up and trying my best to sleep in. The motel was nice.


When I couldn’t take sleep anymore, I went to Dairy  Queen for breakfast. I then walked to a hardware store and picked up straps for later and returned them to my room.I walked around town waiting for the bank to open and found some people moving a whole building.


At promptly 9am, I walked into First National Bank to see about getting cash for my new truck. It turns out that getting your money out of a bank account is rather difficult if you’re not starting at you’re own bank. While I had the cash, they didn’t know it and did not trust me. They were not interested in giving me a loan. It was suggested that I go to Western Union for the money. After lots of frustrating and waiting, I ended up setting up a new account for one deposit and withdraw. Then I had my mother-in-law go to the bank and transfer money to me. Thanks Carol!

With cash in hand, I was much happier! I called the owner of the truck. For the second time he said he needed to put a shirt on and then would come over. Once he arrived, we moved the motorcycle over and tried a simple test run and decided we needed help. We were going to the office of the motel when the proprietor came out smiling and said he saw us on camera and wanted to come out to help.

In the end, I started the bike and stood next to it and drove it up into the truck. I relaxed once I got the kickstand down and we started tying it down.

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With my new fancy truck, I made my first stop at Napa to get a new headlight for the burnt out one. Then I started a very slow drive home. Windows were down and the radio was on. I attempted to roll the driver’s window up and it came off track and was stuck 1/4 of the way up for the rest of the trip. I stopped in a small town farm store to purchase an additional tie down as it was quite windy in western Kansas. So windy in fact, look at the dust obscuring the grain elevator!


I almost forgot to mention, I never made it to see Holly. Since the truck was an unknown, I wanted to drive on I-70 as much as possible in case it broke down. Along the way, I was able to see Henry in his apartment in Manhattan, KS. Then I made a quick stop at Hannah’s college dorm before stopping in KC for the night at my parents house before a final push home to St. Louis.


I did make it all the way home the following day in time to have lunch with Danelle. Then I drove to Flying Tiger Motorcycles to drop off my bike for repairs. I left them a long list of repairs and had the shop guys unload it from the truck.

It was a perfect if not slightly expensive trip. I hope to travel solo again in the future but with better results!

Hogan Haake

Picking up the Kids In KC – 5/29/2015

After an amazing but short week without the kids after dropping them off for the South Dakota Kayak Challenge, we were missing them! So we drove back to KC to pick them up. As always, there is something going on at my parent’s house.

Herman, Cole, Jen, and Henry were back working on Herman’s mustang again. They got it running and put it all together. I ended going out with them later that night to test drive it all over the city and didn’t get back till 2 am.

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While the madness outside was going on, Hanna and Kalie were making some sort of cake pop dessert that looked like poop!

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Sonora got to ride in the Herman’s mustang!


And my parents were wore out from us generally being so crazy!


I’m quite happy to have times like this with my family and to get my kiddos back!

Hogan Haake

Henry’s Birthday – 2/22/2015

Corvin and I happened to be in Kansas City for a quick visit and were able to celebrate my brother Henry’s birthday with family.


Mom did good making him a special cake, and Henry did his part by taking a large strange shaped piece to celebrate.


Hogan Haake


Pecan Tree Shake – 12/14/2014


Danelle’s parents planted some pecan trees in their front yard many years ago. The trees have had many years to grow up and now product pecans. They have spent quite a bit of effort keeping the squirrels off of the trees to protect the nuts.

Because they did a good job protecting the pecans from the animals, the crop of pecans was quite large. Unfortunately, with them up in the tree, the nuts drop randomly and they don’t end up getting nearly as many as available.

In order to combat this year, Danelle had one of her co-worker’s husband Gee (or it could be Guy pronounced as Gee. Sorry if I got it wrong.) came out to help. Gee is a trained tree climber with proper gear to make it safe. We laid out tarps on the ground before Gee got there to ensure that we wouldn’t have to pick up every pecan that fell on the ground.

Gee wasted little time getting out his gear and securing a safety line to assist him  climbing up the trees. IMG_20141214_141621


Once up in the tree, he used a combination of his safety equipment and agility to shake the branches, dropping the majority of the pecans of each tree down on the tarp. While this sounds easy, it took quite some time for him to get all of the trees cleared of their pecans. I felt guilty just watching, but that was remedied by having to crawl on all fours and pick up pecans that didn’t make it on the tarp. IMG_20141214_153055

Thankfully, the weather was great and lots of family made it less work, as we all did our part and had great conversation. Thanks to Dianna and Gee for helping make this task fun!

Hogan Haake