Herman Graduation – 12/30/2016

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.

Hogan Haake

KC Visit – 11/5/2016

We came into Kansas City to visit family. It was a rare weekend when Corvin didn’t have a soccer game and we took full advantage of it. Corvin and Sonora were most excited to meet Heidi, the new puppy. Planning ahead, I brought my unicycle and had a nice ride with Herman. I couldn’t get him to ride his, but he biked with me and we had a great time!

Here is Heidi…

 

And of course, Peaches still gets love!

And what would a trip to KC be without catching my dad sleeping on the sofa!

Don’t worry, I didn’t actually put it in dad’s mouth. As always, the visit ended much too soon!

Hogan Haake

St. Louis Mardi Gras – 2/6/2016

Somehow Mardi Gras has become a tradition with my friends and family (the male ones, but they are all invited). Herman and Henry brought their friend Connor Lewis with them from Kansas City. I wanted to make sure that they all had a good time. All we had to do was prepare and we would have a good time. Connor was a great sport, taking in all his surroundings and enjoying being a guest in a new city.

We started off Friday night with a late trip to the grocery (liquor) store followed by White Castle for dinner. We wanted Connor to know the best St. Louis has to offer 🙂

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We drank light cause Saturday was going to be more serious…Mardi Gras is best experienced in costume. It shows that you’re ready to have a great time and is generally fun! So we headed to our local Goodwill store to look for costume ideas. It didn’t take long for a few winners to show up!

Connor Lewis

Notice Connor has something red and interesting on under the bunny suit.

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Our plan per tradition was to meet at the Metrolink station at 1 pm to ride it all the way downtown with our fellow Mardi Gras patrons. We packed the van and got there a bit early and started mixing our drinks. Again per tradition, we get 1L bottles of our favorite drink (Coke, Diet Coke) and drink a bit out. Then we replace the missing fluid with large quantities of Southern Comfort and/or rum. Whatever doesn’t fit in the drink must be chugged from the bottle.

We had a minor snafu and consumed all the Southern Comfort before Jeff and Cory showed up, so Cory had to get more on the way. Here is our group before boarding the train!

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We decided to try our best to be “more fun” on the train, so we practiced and prepared. After every stop of the train, we sang part of 4 Non Blonds, What’s Going On.

And so I cry sometimes
When I’m lying in bed
Just to get it all out
What’s in my head
And I, I am feeling a little peculiar
And so I wake in the morning
And I step outside
And I take a deep breath and I get real high
And I scream from the top of my lungs
What’s going on?

It wasn’t in tune or good, but it was funny. Eventually all the guys got into it. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get our fellow travelers to sing along with us which was a gosh darn shame!

Hanging out at Mardi Gras was amazing due to the beautiful warm weather we had. People were generally cheery and we met tons of colorful people. Speaking of colorful, that Connor has a way with the ladies! Somehow I was talked into not being the designated driver and things went downhill fast for me! We’ll let the photos speak for the rest of our time!20160206_151443 20160206_170928 20160206_171603 20160206_173232 20160206_174053 20160206_175415

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This chick did NOT like us!

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Standing in front of Anna’s house

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Lots of people wanted a photo with me.

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Everyone got home safe and unharmed. But Connor did loose his new IPhone6 which put a bit of a damper on the end of our evening. Even so, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Connor back next year!

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!

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

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

Hogan Haake

Easter KC – 4/3/2015

We went to Kansas City for Easter. This weekend would be a treat for everybody but Danelle… We celebrated mom’s birthday and helped her blow out her candles on her cake.IMG_20150403_232429

During this whole time, Herman and his friends were frantically working on putting his Mustang back together. He got a new engine and has been re-assembling to make it road worthy.

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They worked later into the night than they should have and one neighbor came by to let them know. But the results sounded amazing!

I made a special trip to Ryan Slebos’ house to pick up Jo’s and my boat after he finished re-working them. His work was perfect and we were both quite satisfied with the result!

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The kids got to go on a wild Easter Egg hunt in the backyard!

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Another perfect weekend!

Hogan Haake