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.
As my kids get older, I realize what an effort it is to be a family. Everybody has their own agenda and events that are important to them. But Henry and Carol do a great job inviting us to come over and hang out. And they are always fun events! The excess dessert is also fun 🙂
We also celebrated Henry’s birthday, a great get together.
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.
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.