December – 2017

My last post for 2017! Here are a few things that didn’t get their own album.

Corvin dressing up at the meme Dat Boi.

Danelle’s parents making silly faces with me.

Sonora playing Corvin’s bass like a violin.

200,000 miles driven in our van. Now aiming for 300,000.

Carol got her car totaled in an intersection coming to our house to feed the cats.

My sexy wife, Danelle posing while trying on clothes!

Hogan Haake

French Lick New Years – 12/31/2017

Before you get too excited, French Lick is a town in Indiana. We decided to go there for new years for a change. This is the 18th new years we’ve celebrated with the Niemeyers. The plan was to head out Saturday morning. Mason had a birthday party to go to, so we picked up Kelly and Maggie and the 6 of us went out.

After a pleasant drive, we got there and checked in. We had two nights booked, but we didn’t want to waste any time swimming at the indoor water park!

We spent the whole of the first day swimming and the evening playing games in the room together. Sunday morning early, Danelle woke up feeling very sick. She spent all morning and into the evening dealing with sickness that came on suddenly. It wasn’t until the evening that we saw the sign on the left door going into the water park that explained her illness.

Being out of the water park was what made her feel better. It was strange that she was the only one in our group that was affected by this.

During the second day,we took a mini tour of French lick, checking out the West Baden resort. Even having been there before, its still amazing to see the building!

After a few rounds of lazer tag and some pizza, we went back to the hotel for the grand new year’s party. They had supplies and a surprise.

Probably the best thing about this new year’s celebration was that we crossed to the Eastern Time Zone. This meant that us old people could celebrate at our 11pm and get to bed before midnight!

And if there was any doubt that the kids had a good time, here is part of the drive home!

Hogan Haake

 

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

 

Sonora’s New Floor – 12/2/2018

Earlier in the week, Danelle and I were at Lowes and came across some extremely discounted flooring. Sonora has wanted a wood floor in her room for a while, so we decided to give it a go. We started Friday night ripping out all of the existing carpet in her room. Then we had to remove the tack strips and staples that didn’t come up with the carpet. Now we’re starting from a bare floor in an empty room. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, but we finished by Sunday night and moved all of the furniture back in her room. Also keep in mind we did other things this weekend. It looks hard, but with Danelle, you can do almost anything!

Cats will sit wherever its inconvenient. I think this is a law.

Danelle trimming up a board.

Sonora approves of the first few rows.

Looking rather complete.

Transitions like doors are the hardest part!

Measure once, cut twice?

A look at the gap. The quarter round will cover it all up.

Coatrack is new and the family can’t get enough of him!

Didn’t get any finished photos, but I promise we finished in a weekend!

Hogan Haake