Money Differences Between Boys & Girls Starts Young

So we all know how boys and girls tend to be different when it comes to dealing with and spending money.  In my family – I tend to be the “low spender” and manager of the money.  My wife on the other hand – finds the ways to spend the money.  Is that the way it is everywhere?

Anyways – my son Drew (8 years old) and my daughter Alyssa (6 years old) had a book fair at school the other day.  I get home from work and my wife asks if I have any cash.  Nothing new here LOL.  So naturally I ask why with the kids sitting right there.  Alyssa jumps right in and starts to explain at a frantic pace about this awesome book fair and how she needs tons of money to buy everything in sight.  Whoa girl.  Slow down.  All I have in my wallet is $20’s, one $10 and one $5…  Sarah said – give them $20 each.  Being the frugal dad I am I fought back on that a little.  That seemed like too much to give each kid for a book fair – right?

Once again – Alyssa jumped right in.  I need $20 because I want this, this, this and this…  Drew calmly said, “$10 would be fine dad.”  I chuckled inside.  After fiddling around with my money for awhile I finally decided to give Drew the $15 and Alyssa the $20.  Unfair?  Maybe?  But I confirmed with both kids that this was ok.  They both were thrilled.

So I get home from work and Alyssa is just smiling ear to ear and happy as can be about her book fair purchases.  All sorts of books, erasers and little treasures.  Spent every last dime and for all I know – had to put some on credit! LOL.  Drew was so pumped too, “Dad, I got a Jeremy Lin – Rising Star book!!!”  Cool dude!  Do you realize Jeremy Lin was a one month wonder?  Oh well – he’s excited.

Now for the real funny part.  Later that night.  Drew comes up to me with a sealed envelope with $9.66 in it.  Here is my leftover book fair money dad!  Oh my goodness.  Not only did he get less money.  But he didn’t even spend half of it.  And on top of that – he gave me back the leftover money.  Wouldn’t most kids have spent it?  Or at minimum – kept it?

I guess this just shows how all kids are different.  Especially when it comes to spending money.  I can already tell I better start a pretty hefty savings account for little Miss Alyssa!  Now the real question – what will Bryce be like?

p.s. – Late last night Alyssa asked if she could keep her book fair receipt because she was going to start keeping receipts.  Really?  You are a kid!!!!!!!

Family update

I promised a little family update so here it is. Our family is doing well – we are super busy – but I know everyone is so that’s no surprise.

Bryce – This little guy is about 15 months now. He has thinned down a little since he was born mostly because he’s so active. Bryce is still a big boy for his age and seems strong as an ox. Wrestling with Drew, running from mom, jumping on the trampoline and throwing food seem to be some of his favorite activities.

Alyssa – She started pre-school at Bethel Lutheran just last week. She goes 2 days a week, Tuesday and Thursday, and really loves it. Alyssa started dance class here in Morton as well and seems pretty pumped about that. She is getting tall and skinny and really getting a nice little attitude (kinda like mommy). She loves to ride her scooter, play with her friends in the neighborhood, play with her makeup, and watch movies.

Drew – I did a school update last week so take a look at that if you like. But other than school, Drew is doing well. He seems to be a tall kid and is starting to take a liking to some sports. For some reason, right now he states that he doesn’t want to play basketball or football because the coaches yell too much. He prefers soccer and baseball. So we’ll see where that all goes. Actually he asked if he could take golf lessons the other day – haha. I’m sure he’ll get into something as he’s a competitive little dude. He loves to ride his scooter and bike, play with the neighborhood kids, chill in his room with his cars and stuffed animals, and watch Disney Channel shows.

Sarah – She is turning into super woman. Sarah decided to watch kids from her home this fall/winter so she could make a little income yet still stay home with Bryce. So she has her hands full with that. Lots of families took her up on this and she has a nice schedule of before school, all day and after school kids. Let me just say, I COULDN’T DO IT! I was home one day while all these kids were around and almost lost my mind 🙂 But she loves it and takes great care of these kids. She has also been doing a lot of stuff with her girl friends as of late. Pedicures, working out at Golds, etc…

Ryan – Same old for me. Working hard and coming home to hang out with the kids. Football started up so I love this time of year. Doing a little recreational sports betting here or there just to make things interesting. I have been going to Gold’s Gym as well trying to workout both my upper and lower body and include some cardio. It’s been awhile since I’ve touched a weight.

So that’s that.  As for pictures, I try to keep Facebook updated with some pictures so check that out if you want to see the family photos.  A Knuppel family update in about 4 paragraphs. How is everyone else?

Pinewood Derby 2009

Check out the pictures below of the 2009 Pinewood Derby.  Both Drew and Alyssa had cars in the event.  They both proved to be fairly slow cars, but Alyssa ended up winning most unique design.  Her car was “Ham” from the Cars movie.  Drew’s was Boost from Cars.  They both had fun and I was proud of them for being good sports for not “winning”.

Knuppel and Meeker Christmas

Three more down.  Two to go.  We enjoyed the “Knuppel Christmas” out at my mom and dad’s on Christmas Eve.  We traveled out to Manito in the morning and stayed all day.  Enjoyed a brunch of some of my favorite foods (mom makes that great coffee cake every Xmas).  The kids were just itching to get presents so after the brunch we had some opening to do.

The gift opening was a little stressful as the kids didn’t understand the concept of, 1) you go pick a gift under the tree, pass it out, then the person opening picks the next gift.  Drew understood it ok, but Alyssa just thought every time she picked a gift it should be for her.  And they are both impatient and didn’t like waiting to see where “their” gifts were.  Grrrr… Oh well, we made it through and kids will be kids I guess.  Some of the key gifts.

  • Rodney got a new Nintendo WII…
  • Sarah and Carlye got each other the exact same gift. Great minds think alike – or something like that.
  • Bryce got a sweet little horsey rocker.  He loves it.
  • Drew and Alyssa got several toys that they both love.
  • Ryan brought out the “hat grab bag” this year to extend all the guys gifts.
  • Mom got the buffet warmer from dad.
  • Randy with his external hard drive.
  • Sarah and I got our extra bar stools we needed.

Lots of great stuff.  After presents it was game mania the rest of the day.  Played some WII first.  Many of the regular games along with some of the new Xmas gifts (Celebrity Sports, WII Music, Princess something, etc).  Finally headed home after dinner.  Kids relaxed in the van and when we got home prepared the house for Santa.  We did the regular things, put out cookies/milk, put reindeer food on the front grass, read Night before Christmas, and more.  The kids went to bed early thankfully and they were so excited for the morning.

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Christmas morning awoke me with Drew screaming in my ear and running in circles, “It’s Christmas, It’s Christmas, Santa came!!!”  I guess I had to wake up.  Santa surprised the kids with several toys and clothes.  Drew got some of the Cars he’d been wanting and Alyssa got some more princess makeup.  The family got WII Mario Cart!  Sarah and I decided not to really exchange this year to save some money.  Seems like we get what we need during the year.  I did end up getting Sarah a new “Envy 2” phone and the texting package.  So all you texters – she can now text with you  🙂 After gifts we sang Happy Birthday to Jesus over lighted cupcakes.  Fun!  The kids did realize the true meaning of Christmas so that was neat to see and get on video.

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After our own little Christ we headed to Grandma and Grandpa Meeker’s house for the big Meeker Christmas.  Talk about packed.  Their house had nearly 50 people in it.  Ridiculous!  The food was unreal as always.  Adults voted to not do a gift exchange this year but the kids still did.  Drew got a sweet Cardinals pennant and a Redbird deck of cards.  Alyssa got a book and some nurses gear.  And Bryce, I missed what he got cause I was chasing Lissy around the house for some reason.  We did not stay long after lunch and gifts.  Our kids had been through enough.  Alyssa with no nap for 3 straight days is a recipe for disaster.  We made it home before 3:30 and got the kids some rest.  Luckily, today is a day to rest as well.  Time to enjoy some games with the family and just chill out.

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Two more Christmas gatherings to go on Saturday and early next week.  Yikes.  Check out my Facebook profile for a full gallery of pics.

In other news, Joel and Ashley are scheduled to have their baby on Sunday night!!!!!!  Keep them in your prayers as it’s a few weeks early still.

First Christmas in the books

The first of like 6 Christmas get togethers is in the books.  We had the immediate Peterson Christmas on Sunday.  The family all met for Church and then went out to Steve and Darla’s for lunch and fun.  It was awesome because we just did pizza, chicken and other appetizer stuff.  Lots and lots of great food and very low stress on the day.

They did a new tradition where each family had to do an “activity”.  We sang the J-E-S-U-S song as a family.  Drew, Alyssa and Bryce got tons and tons of presents.  Great, just what we need.  A couple of the hot items were Drew’s spy gear and his “cot”.  And Alyssa really loved her dress up kit and makeup.  Bryce liked his stack up cars/trains.

Enjoy the pictures.