Christmas in Kansas City – 12/22/2017

We went to Kansas City for Christmas. We decided to take our time  coming into town. We left St. Louis on Friday morning and took a leisurely drive out US Highway 50 stopping in Jefferson City. First stop was the river.

With almost no complaints, Corvin and Sonora put their coats on and walked down to the river to take it all in. And maybe to throw rocks as well 🙂

After the river, we met Sean and Jennifer for lunch. We don’t get to Jeff City to see them enough, so it was great to stop by and catch up with them!

Eventually, we found our way to Kansas City where the fun began!

If anybody wasn’t sure where I get all of my fun from, the two photos above of my parents should give you some idea!

Peaches on the left and Heidi on the right.

As an extra bonus, Holly and Lindsay were able to come in town for a while! We missed David and Jim, but made the most of the time we had with the girls!

We even made it in time for the annual Christmas party on my dad’s side.

Back at my parents, the presents flowed and the kids glowed.

Henry continued some demolition on his old car engine.

Ohh look, its only 365 days till Christmas!

And most important of all, we have to sing our traditional song before we can open presents!

Hogan Haake

 

Solar Eclipse at Waterfall – 8/21/2017

We took the kids out of school and invited some SLU students to come out to Waterfall to enjoy the event with us. It was away from civilization and promised to have a decent view. Our property was in the path of the totality, making it a perfect viewing spot! We decided to spend the night before at the property and had a few others join us.

With the morning of the eclipse at hand, more people started showing up. All told, we had around 20 people come out to see it, including my parents

We put up a slack line in the only place we had available and made the most of it. I even got my mom up on it.

The eclipse was going to start after lunch, so we all hung around in the shade eating way too much lunch and snacks!

Here is what the eclipse festivities looked like getting ready.

And a few leading up to the eclipse, with a filter on the camera of course…

My favorite photos came during the totality. For about 60 seconds, you could uncover your eyes and get a glimpse directly at the sun. The most important thing was not to wait too long before looking away, cause it ended quick!

And finally if you’re still reading, stop and watch a video of the madness. Its stop motion for the hour leading up to the eclipse. Unfortunately the battery died before it started.

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

Kansas City – 8/30/2014

We came into KC for the weekend to see Holly. This was the last weekend she was going to come into town before she had her baby girl.

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Of course we got to see my parents who seemed quite happy!

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But it wasn’t meant to be, mom wasn’t actually happy. She has been having issues with the dishwasher for some time now. I convinced them to go shopping with me to pick out a new one. I told mom that I would even install it for her that night. Needless to say, mom was much happier!

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I only had minor cursing while I figured out how to install it and it still hasn’t leaked! Then on the way home, we had a random bathroom/meal stop. I found the painting below on the wall in a McDonalds. Makes me want to do that to a wall in my house!

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Hogan Haake

Hayden and Jennifer 10 Years – 7/12/2014

We were on the road by 6 am, which was a feat with the people involved. Even getting our two kids to wake up on time was simple compared with my brothers, Herman and Henry. Much to my surprise, everybody got up with minimal fuss and we were on the road. 3/4 of my passengers returned to their slumber once they were belted into place. I drove on with small talk to Danelle.

As we got close to Fort Campbell, Kentucky we got calls wondering where we were and if we would make it on time. Of course we didn’t dress up for the drive as it was quite early. So we stopped at one of my favorite roadside stops, Flying J Travel Pizza Plaza. In the parking lot, a few of us changed. Others went inside to the bathroom to change. Once changed, we met Hayden and family just outside the fort. There, we did some car switching to have a military person in each vehicle. That makes it easier to get inside.

We drove all across the base until we got to the lodge where the anniversary party was being held. There, the families started to mingle and have a good time. IMG_7149

We had a nice lunch and Hayden and Jennifer played a movie of their wedding anniversary ceremony in Hawaii. They also wore their wedding outfits for the part. Here are photos of the men and ladies.

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And of course, the two most important people, Hayden and Jennifer!

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After the party wrapped up, we went back to their house for more festivities deep into the night. This is the perfect way to celebrate a wedding!

Hogan Haake