Relaxing New Year

I want to wish everyone a very happy new year from the Knuppel’s.   2009 should be both a great and challenging year.  Hope you and your families had a wonderful New Year’s eve.  I know we did.

Our’s was pretty uneventful.  Drew and Alyssa went out and spent the night at Grandma and Grandpa Peterson’s house.  So it was us and Bryce.  We had plans to go to a dinner with B, but he wasn’t having it.  Of course he chose to take his late nap right over dinner time.  Oh well.  Sarah and I ordered in Pizza Hut pasta and just chilled.  Then around 9:30 some friends came by to bring in the new year.  We played WII and some games.  Greg got a kick out of watching the “Pussycat Dolls” and Sarah had some nice comments about Dick Clark.  “Poor Dick”.  Lol.  It was a great night and Bryce didn’t interrupt once.  WOW!

How was your New Years Eve?

Happy Thanksgiving from Knup

Just wanted to take a minute and wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  Have fun and relax with family today.  Enjoy some great food.  Reflect on everything we have to be thankful for!

I’m thankful for (in no order):

  • my wife
  • my kids (and kid to come)
  • my family (parents, brothers, aunts, uncles, etc.)
  • God
  • my church
  • my friends
  • my health
  • the Internet. Blogging and running websites has become such a release for me.
  • my job (CAT)

I’m sure there is much, much more… But the lesson is – just be thankful  🙂

A quick softball league update

This was last week but I forgot to touch on it.  The Peoria Park District league that I played on is now over.  Our team, the DHL team, won our division with only one loss.  We played a team from another league and got beat the first game in the playoffs.  They were just a better team than us.

Funny story, with 1 out in the last inning I come to bat.  I’m using Carley’s metal, old, Easton bat that we had used all year.  I smoke a ball to center field and the bat breaks right in half with the upper half flying toward the shortstop.  Luckily he got out of the way or it woulda caused serious damage.  I had never seen a metal bat do such a thing.  The bat was hollow in the center and luckily no cork or bouncy balls came flying out. That woulda been controversial to say the least.  I claim that the ball woulda been a homerun if the bat would not have broken.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Apple Blossom Farm fun

Our community group had an outing planned for Saturday to go to the Apple Blossom Farm in Peoria. What is that you might say? It’s just a small little farm setting with a fun kids playground, monster truck rides, lots of apple food, hayrack rides, pumpkin picking, a corn maze and much more. We met up with the Norris family and Traci and Seth for the evening. It was a little warm but we had a blast. The kids played on the playground for quite sometime – jumpy in the big jumpy thing/slide and going down the huge slide. As you can see from the pics some of us adults had a blast on the big slide as well. Due to costs we didn’t do the monster truck rides or many other activities. We just went on to Steak and Shake afterwards and enjoyed some food. Yum! The pictures below are just a few snapshots sent to us by Aaron.


Drew sliding down the big slide on his mat.


Ryan and Alyssa heading down the big slide.


Sarah and Alyssa heading down the big slide alongside Aaron and one of his kids.

Friday night out at Cheddar’s

cheddars.JPGBeen a busy weekend so I’ll try to spend tonight catching everyone up on our weekend.  On Friday Sarah and I went out with our church community group to Cheddar’s in Peoria.  That place used to be our favorite place to eat back when we were dating.  Funny, because we never go there now.  I guess the restaurant selection has grown over the years.  But the food was great like it always was and we had an awesome time socializing with friends.

After dinner we hung out at Starbuck’s for a while just to chat some more.  Fun night!

Congrats Justin and Kim

Cole Carley was born on September 5th, 2007 around 6:30 PM.  We missed Justin at our fantasy draft but I guess he had a good excuse  🙂  Everything is good with baby and mommy.  Here are some pictures, congrats!

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