Christmas in STL – 12/24/2018

Christmas in St. Louis started the day before. We thought the kids would be surprised with a transformation, so we worked to paint and prepare the basement for them. They were not as surprised as we had hoped, but having a new space for them to hang out is good.

Painting the wall white is the first step of this transformation.

And its getting closer.

Surprise!

 

Enjoying presents from Santa!

With our warm new “fireplace”

Preparing dessert at Henry and Carols.

Carol is a perfect host and you can tell she enjoys it!

Mom and daughter.

3 generations of sons enjoying time together.

Kelly and Sonora enjoying electronics.

Some evil memory game. With all those brains, I chose to sit out so I wouldn’t feel dumb.

This was the perfect way to end our holiday season by seeing all (most, some of my siblings were not around) of our close family in a short amount of time.

Hogan Haake

Late Thanksgiving – 11/24/2018

Holidays are what you make of them. We were all busy, so we decided to have our family Thanksgiving late. We all met at Henry and Carol’s house. The plan was an evening to eat and hang out. Of course, its a tradition that we play board games.

I learned something interesting today. There is something called “Internet Points”. The idea of Internet Points is that a particular website that you may visit offers points or reputation for contributions that you make from the site. Some of the points are in form of praise for the actual contribution. Many have points that are given from other users of the same site that agree or disagree with your contribution. You can see a person’s points for a site and get a feel if they are a regular contributor and if the community values their contributions. These points can be hard to come by on some sites. But more importantly, they provide no actual value in a person’s regular life…

Why an I talking about Internet Points on a Thanksgiving post? Because I began to better understand them today. I wanted to play the games with the family, but Mark, Brian and Kelly’s youngest, wanted to play with me. I sat out while the others played games. During the games, scores were kept. As the scores were closer together, the competition got a bit heated at times. We’re family fighting over fake points for games.

It seems that the origin of points goes back way before the Internet for people to just find more value in their activities. Why play a game if you don’t know who the winner is and by how much.

Whether any of that makes sense or not, I got some real quality time with my nephew. I think I got the most points today 🙂

Hogan Haake

Park With Mark – 6/5/2016

My nephew Mark came over for a visit. While his parents talked to Danelle, Mark and I took a walk to the nearby park. I talked and got him to laugh and talk back. He rode on my shoulders and pulled my hair. We didn’t stay too long at the park but it was worth every second!

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Hogan Haake