Family Day – 4/21/2019

I’ve been out to Don Robinson State park a few times now, but just had the urge to hike it again. I got the whole family packed up and in the car to go out and hike. It can often be hard to get a family together when they have convenient entertainment like NetFlix and phones at their hand. So you have to be creative. The fence below is metal. We took turns gently striking it with different objects (mostly wood) to make sounds as we walked by for our hike.

Somebody made a teepee out on the path and we decided to check it out.

The look I most often get from Sonora when asking her to go out of her convenience (comfort) zone.

We didn’t hike as long as I was interested in but we were all together. When we got home, I went on a unicycle ride to use up a bit more energy!

After my ride, we went over to Henry and Carol’s house for croquette and dessert. A perfect end to a day with my family!

Hogan Haake

Home Repairs – 6/29/2019

Home repairs are a never ending chore. Sometimes you can wait a bit longer, but eventually maintenance is just required. We’ve been in our house for 13 years now and got it new. I noticed that a few of the vents on the outside were falling apart.

The best thing to do was to replace them before birds started flying in and nesting inside them and possibly getting inside of the house. My ladder was just a bit too short to reach and work safely. We went to Home Depot and rented a taller ladder (the orange one) and bought new vents. Now it was a family project!

Corvin preparing to add the new vent back in.

Since I had my ladder and the rented one, I just used both of them! Corvin is working on the lower of the 2 vents.

Both kids are getting comfortable going up and understanding basic maintenance.

This took about 4 hours from rental pickup to return, but worth doing. Its also worth noting to be careful, 2 of the 4 vents that were replaces had large bug nests. Most likely for something that has stingers. Be careful opening them up. Lucky for us they were both abandoned!

Hogan Haake


A Date For Bowling – 4/17/2019

Corvin wanted to take his girlfriend on a date. He chose bowling. Since he’s not 16, he needed a ride. The whole family plus his date went. They got a separate lane and did their own thing while Danelle, Sonora, and I bowled on our lane.

Danelle getting ready to roll a strike!

Sonora sneaking a peek at Corvin and his date.

My lovely date, Danelle!

After bowling, we went out for frozen custard before calling it a night. I don’t think we embarrassed either of them.

Hogan Haake


Hike With Sonora – 3/31/2019

Its been cold outside and we just wanted to get out of the house for a bit. Danelle, Sonora, and I went down to the Meramec river in valley park to hike on the path along the river. Sonora was in a silly mood and didn’t want to walk directly with us. We ended up playing a game where she would maintain a distance behind us. If we stopped, she would. If we turned around, she would freeze.

We tried using the cell phone in selfie mode to view her, but she caught on quick. Still worth it to be outside with the family!

Hogan Haake