Christmas Tree – 12/1/2019

We decided to get a real Christmas tree this year. Our first ever. We picked up Danelle’s dad and headed out to one of his friend’s farm in Washington, MO. It was extremely cold outside and we did get snow flurries while we looked for a tree.

Danelle in her coveralls.

Henry was colder than he wanted to admit.

After a long discussion of which tree. And could it support the cats climbing it, this one was picked. Corvin is cutting it down.

After the tree was packaged and we all paid, we took Henry out for lunch. He doesn’t get to eat out much and we wanted him to select. He landed on Mexican and we found a great place in Washington to eat. After we all got back home and settled, the tree was moved back inside. Coatrack had to check it out first!

And eventually we even decorated it. Overall, it was a great choice!

Hogan Haake

Echo Bluff – 11/23/2019

We had a weekend trip planned for Echo Bluff State Park. Echo Bluff is a fairly new state park in Missouri. We were going there to celebrate the Missouri Stream Team’s 30th anniversary. We shared a large cabin with two other couples and had plenty of space!

This is actually a duplex. First floor is one rental. Second and third floor (what we had) is a separate rental.

Danelle had her own activities going on, so the kids and I had plenty of time to hang out together. We did go out for a fantastic group hike!

This overlook was up on top of the bluff looking back on much of the park.

Sonora wanted to pet the wild horses behind her.

The hiking trail had several sections set up for mountain bikers to test their skills. Corvin and I looked longingly thinking about taking our unicycles over this, but both know deep down that we’re not quite skilled enough for this!

Looking from the second floor at the inside of the main lodge. We played several board games and enjoyed the fire.

On our way home, we stopped by nearby Devil’s Well. Since it was very cold outside, the well felt warm.

Looking down into the well.

A quick family selfie.

After this we headed home.

Hogan Haake

Grandma Carol and Corvin Birthday Bash – 10/20/2019

We celebrate birthdays in groups at the extended family level. Its an excuse to get together and enjoy our lives together. Today we’re celebrating Grandma Carol and Corvin’s birthdays.

Corvin and Grandma Carol

And of course, other family silliness.

Hogan (me) and Mark.

 

Brian and Kelly

Grandpa Henry, Corvin, and Sonora

Sonora before she could cover her face.

Hogan Haake