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

Henry and Carol’s 50th Anniversary – 7/14/2019

My in-laws celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Danelle and Brian organized a party at Cyrano’s to celebrate. Many years before, Henry and Carol had one of their first dates at Cyrano’s, making the venue especially appropriate.

We were very excited to have a great turnout.  All of Henry and Carol’s siblings, children, and grandchildren were there, as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

It’s not a party without a little fun influencing the next generation of trouble-makers!

I didn’t catch the joke, but there was a lot of laughing!

With the grandkids….

Brian and Danelle each said a few words talking about their parents.

It seems that the Haake family has not quite cornered the market on goofiness.  Carol with her brother and sister made sure the columns at Cyrano’s would be able to stand up against some massive pressure.

Hogan Haake

 

Webster Groves 4th of July Parade – 7/4/2019

Danelle is on the Webster Groves Sustainability Commission. They had a shared parade float and were walking with a small float. Danelle asked if the family could come along and they said yes. I’m not one to pass up a parade and an excuse to ride a unicycle in it. Corvin and I both got the unicycles out. Just to make sure I was up to it, I scouted the parade on the first. Lots of chairs were already out claiming space!

Since we were riding the parade, we only got one selfie before the riding started. I made a huge number of loops around the parade float, constantly circling so I didn’t go slow enough to dismount. We rode as close as we dared to the sides and got high fives from the kids as we rode by.

I’ve got some ideas for next year if we get the opportunity to do it again. The people organizing the float liked us as we were a big attention grab!

Hogan Haake

Donut Ride – 6/29/2019

I saw an event online that I just didn’t want to pass up. It was an organized Donut Ride. The plan was pretty simple. Bicycle approximately 14 miles and visit 5 different donut shops. We had plans for later in the day, so we were going to visit the first 3 donut shops, then turn tail and head back. We were headed to Kansas City to pick up Sonora after the ride. This also made our ride about 5 miles total!

We had Danelle and Corvin on their bicycles. I was riding the 36″ unicycle for the first half of the trip.

One of the great things about this ride was the people riding. They mentioned before we started that we should have cash ready and consider sharing. At the first donut shop, somebody came out with a box and offered donuts to anybody that wanted one. We of course returned the favor at the next shop.

I’m not as good as I should be riding the 36″ unicycle and it took a bit to mount. When we got to the third donut shop (our last), we got our own donut as we were earlier than most of the crowd.

After we left to head back, Corvin and I switched with him uni-cycling and me riding his bike. Corvin makes me look like a beginner with as strong of a rider as he is. It was a fun event to spend our morning doing and get some exercise. I never though I would say this, but after three donuts in less than an hour, I was stuffed and ready to head home!

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