Hiatt and Kris in St. Louis for a Braves Game – 8/12/2017

Hiatt bought Kris three tickets to the Atlanta Braves game vs. the Saint Louis Cardinals. This was the weekend of the game so the two of them plus Rylan came in town. Rylan isn’t much of a sportsball fan, so he wanted to stay at my house and hang out, so I went with them to the game. We started out with dinner at Mission Taco.

After dinner, we went out to the stadium for the ball game. They enjoyed the new to them stadium before we found our seats.

While the game was entertaining, the real story was the lady drinking in front of us. She had a moth in her hair for 7 innings of the game before one of her family members alerted her to it. During those 7 innings, the moth moved around a bunch and included a combing!

Overall a great game and good weekend with family visiting!

Hogan Haake

Hiatt and Family in STL – 7/18/2017

On their way to Disney World, Hiatt, Kris, Rylan, Michaela, and Sean stopped by our house. It had the added bonus that it put them closer to Disney and was free 🙂

While they were here, Rylan wanted something to drink, but we didn’t have much to offer. So I suggested that the kids and I walk down to the gas station. There, we got drinks and snacks together. It was cool to spend time with them and treat the kids at the same time. Here are a few snaps from the short visit.

Rylan striking a pose

Hiatt and Sean being best buddies

Hiatt and Kris

Michaela and I getting a photo together.

Michaela trying out the balance board.

Hogan Haake

Kansas City – 7/1/2017

We made a trip to KC to drop Sonora off for the week. She wanted to spend the Independence Day holiday with her uncle and cousins. So we went in town. While we were there Henry invited Corvin and I to the shooting range with him. Corvin had only ever shot a .22 riffle and was excited.

And a short video of Henry firing a round

After the range, we went to Hiatt’s house as it was the reason we came in town. Hiatt was being goofy and I got a shot of him!

Its no Kawasaki Ninja, but it’ll have to do for now.

Hogan Haake

Hiatt and Family Visit – 7/1/2015

Hiatt, Kris, Michaela, Sean, and Rylan came to visit us on their way home from a trip. We were in their path and lucky for us, they stopped for the night. Then again, its always nice to have a free night’s lodging 🙂


For some reason, Sean likes to eat spaghetti with mustard on it, so we provided the food and tried to not get sick while he ate it!

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The best part of the whole visit was watching the cousins playing together. Hopefully next time they can stay for longer than 1 night!

Hogan Haake

Hiatt Attic and Kawoleen – 11/1/2014

Corvin and I decided to participate in the Kawllowleen canoe and kayak race. Its a nice 11 mile race mostly on the Kansas  River near Kansas City. Having family in town helps  for shuttling cars before a race. My parents were not in town, but Hiatt was going to be in town.

Hiatt needed some work done in his attic and I volunteered to help if he would shuttle my van before the race. The timing for both of us worked out and our agreement was set.

Corvin and I drove into town on Saturday morning as Friday night was Halloween. We drove slow as it was windy and the boat was shifting around if we went much faster. We got into town and went straight to Hiatt’s house. We got settled and hung out having pizza for dinner. Corvin and Rylan played and Hiatt and I got to work.

It took us two trips up to the attic. The first one was to see what the issue was. Of course the pipe was worse off than mere duct tape was going to fix and we were coughing from the insulation, so we made a trip to the hardware store for supplies.


I should mention here that the space where the pipe to correct was was extremely small. Hiatt took one look and said never mind. He was a bit claustrophobic… Not to let our recon of the issue go to waste, I told him I would crawl back there.


Here is a view of the nasty pipe. Birds got in from the outside and nested in it. I won’t speak of the smell or stuff that I pulled out of it, but I never want to do it again!


This is after we have finished the job.

I did research at night to understand the ramps for the start and end of the race. I’m glad I did this as the GPS of our phones did not lead us to the correct locations… After things were all set up, this is a short movie Hiatt took of Corvin and I getting ready to start the race.

The race went great. The Kansas River is a hidden gem in its natural beauty. its much harder to navigate as it isn’t channelized, but we made the most and had a great time. Corvin wants to know if there is a shorter race we can do next time 🙂

Hogan Haake