Happy Birthday to Sarah

Just a quick post for a couple reasons.  One, because it’s my beautiful wife’s birthday.  And two, to get the picture of the creepy guy off the top of my blog  🙂

I’m back to blogging

My personal blog “knup.net” is back! It’s been way to long since I’ve blogged on here and as all of you know – I love to do this. I’ve been super busy with life and trying to keep up with too many things. One of my current goals is to scale back the number of websites I manage and really only focus on the ones I care about or am passionate about. Obviously, knup.net doesn’t make me a lot of money. But blogging about my family, friends and personal life is something I feel is important. Years down the road my family will have a nice blog of their life with pictures, events, stories and more. So I hope to start making periodic entries if not nightly entries about what is going on. I know, I know, I have said this before. But I’ll give it a try again.

Happy Birthday Bryce

My youngest boy Bryce turned 2 yesterday! I can’t believe he is that big/old already. Bryce is the silliest and funniest kid we have. He’s always egging it up and just loves his brother and sister. You can really tell he looks up to them and loves playing, hugging, wresting, laughing and fighting with them. For his birthday we had a little lunch in the park. Then at night people/kids came over for our “backyard hoops” which I’ll get into later. So Bryce loved the company at night and just played it up! On Saturday we are having a little birthday party for Brycey at the Pekin Park. Should be a good time (unless it rains which it will cause it always does). I thought it was cool that when I posted this entry on Facebook there were TONS of comments and likes wishing Bryce a happy birthday! Love you Bryce and Happy 2nd Birthday.

Backyard Hoops

Ok, I mentioned backyard hoops earlier. I have started a little tradition for the spring/summer/fall where I host backyard basketball at my house every Wednesday night. This is for neighbors or friends that don’t mind traveling. As you might know, we have a basketball court in our backyard. Whoever shows up plays some 3 on 3, 2 on 2, horse, knockout, bags, whatever… Just a time for us guys to hang out, relax, get some exercise and play some hoops. One of these days the rim is coming down to 9 foot with the miniball so we can relive the old days where miniball was a daily practice. Backyard hoops has been a HUGE hit so far. Every Wednesday, 7-9… If you are reading this you have an invite 🙂

Blog Redesign

I’m planning on updating knup.net a lot more going forward. The first step was getting a new look. As you can see I have a new layout and design. Might not be the prettiest but it’s simple, fast loading, and easy to use. The point of a personal blog is to make it easy to read about my life. This accomplishes the goal. I’ll be adding more things as I go but for now enjoy the simplicity of knup.net – also, I mentioned I wanted to scale back my websites I manage to just the ones I care about. I discuss this more on my internet marketing blog but a few of the sites that fit the bill are:

That’s it for now. More to come tomorrow!

I’m 29 and feel like 59 today

Today is my birthday!  Thanks to all of you that sent me a birthday email, call, etc.  I am officially 29 years young.  So why do I feel like 59 you ask? Well, those of you that live in the area know we had an ice storm yesterday.  Everything was coated with ice – everything. I decided I could venture out and be brave, to get the mail!  WRONG MOVE.  I walked out slowly, and at the end of our drive it slopes down a bit.  WHAM! Flat on by back I go. No cushion. No catching myself. Straight on my back/shoulder.  That hurt like ****.  Today my shoulders and neck are killing me and I feel like an injured old man. Hopefully nothing permanent happened  🙂

As for my birthday.  It was great.  We didn’t make it to church this morning as we had to ‘clean the house’ for an Open house today.  Yep, for those that don’t know – our house is for sale. More on that later.  So after the house was clean I got Sarah’s blessing to go watch NFL football all day at Buffalo Wild Wings with the guys.  My dad, brother Rodney, Pip and Carley all met up at BWW in East Peoria for some football.  We had stattracker launched and talked a little trash about our fantasy teams. Lots of wings and diet soda!

At night we had family over for a small birthday party. Was great of everyone to come. We played some WII bowling but the kids decided they wanted in on the action and slowed down that. We ate cake, icecream and other snacks. I opened gifts. Sarah and the kids got me tickets to an Illini basketball game next weekend vs. Arizona at the United Center!!!! YEAH!!! I got a lot of money toward my big birthday present – a treadmill!!!!

We finally got a treadmill. Since CAT is not going to pay for a gym membership anymore we decided to just workout at home and outside. We got a Horizon T900.  Had the brother in laws and parents help me haul it to the basement and got it all setup! The best part about it is that at Dick’s they had a special.  Buy this treadmill and get a free iPod Nano! It’s iPod compatible so the iPod fits right in and plays over the speakers. Great!  I ran for 20 minutes or so just to try out all the features.  I plan on starting my real workouts tomorrow! Nice to watch the big screen, listen to music, and run all in my own home.

Thanks again to everyone!