My Parent’s 50th Anniversary – 8/20/2022

50 years ago [yesterday], my parents were married. They are celebrating 50 years of being together. They planned a grand adventure for kids and grand kids, but COVID got in the way of their plans. Even with the huge list of friends, co-workers, and extended family, they skipped the traditional large party. They opted to … Continue reading “My Parent’s 50th Anniversary – 8/20/2022”

Sonora’s Birthday Weekend – 5/14/2022

Sonora has a birthday tradition where her grandparents from Kansas City come in town and visit. This weekend also included a track meet a ways away, so we offered for the grandparents to skip if they didn’t want to go to the track meet. GPM (Grand Pa Monster) and Grandma Pat came to St. Louis … Continue reading “Sonora’s Birthday Weekend – 5/14/2022”

Christmas in Kansas City – 12/25/2021

We¬† packed up and headed to Kansas City for Christmas this year. We’ve gotten worse at planning, but my parents didn’t mind the last minute surprise. I texted my dad this photo right before we came in the front door. Did I mention the weather seemed extra warm? As an added bonus, Herman came in … Continue reading “Christmas in Kansas City – 12/25/2021”

Thanksgiving At Hannah’s House – 11/25/2021

My sister Hannah purchased her first house this year. We figured the best way to help her celebrate the new house was to invade for a holiday. So without further adieu, we set out to drive to Ottawa Kansas (about an hour south of Kansas City) for Thanksgiving. Of course we called first, but here … Continue reading “Thanksgiving At Hannah’s House – 11/25/2021”

Parents and Hannah come to St. Louis – 7/20/2021

My parents and Hannah came in from Kansas City to visit for the weekend. Like all visits, we spend lots of time in the house talking and catching up on each other’s lives.The came a few days before the weekend so Danelle and I still had to work. On the first evening they arrived, Mom … Continue reading “Parents and Hannah come to St. Louis – 7/20/2021”

2020 MR340 – 8/4/2020

2020 MR340 PRE RACE This year is an exceptionally strange year. COVID-19 has caused lots of social and safety issues. I was thinking about paddling in the MR340 with Jo Jo. Then Melissa Nilson called me and suggested Jo Jo and I join her on a dragon boat for the race. After talking with Jo … Continue reading “2020 MR340 – 8/4/2020”

All Suburban Orchestra – 1/11/2020

Sonora tried out for and was accepted for the 8th grade All Suburban Orchestra in St. Louis. This consisted of multiple practice sessions at a local school and many hours of at home practice to master the music. Today was the day they presented their music to the public. We were lucky enough to have … Continue reading “All Suburban Orchestra – 1/11/2020”

Herman’s Wedding – 8/31/2019

My brother Herman is getting married! He lives in Warsaw, Mo, but is getting married in Sedalia. Family of course came in town to see the big day. In traditional Haake fashion, we did it our way. I started off the party of weirdness when the lady at the hotel desk asked for a description … Continue reading “Herman’s Wedding – 8/31/2019”