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!!!!!!!

Did I Just Have a Pleasant Experience at Wrigley Field?

WARNING: This post may surprise many of you as it has some POSITIVE things to say about the Stadium that we like to call, “The Dump”. The title of this post says it all. Did I really just have a pleasant experience watching a Cub game at Wrigley Field? Nearly every single time I’ve been to Wrigley Field I come away just disgusted. Obnoxious fans, terrible seats, traffic all over the place, drunks wandering around everywhere, and on and on and on. I often times schedule a couple trips to Wrigley Field just for the entertainment value – NOT for the baseball experience. Every year I say I will never do it again – but I always do.

I went to last nights Cub / Cardinal Sunday Night Baseball game and had an absolute blast. To my amazement, it was one of the most pleasant games I’ve been to in a while. I was bringing my 8 year old son (diehard Cardinal fan) to the game. This was to be his first game at Wrigley Field. It was his birthday and what better to do than take in a Cardinals game with him and some of his buddies. I had prepared him all week long for “THE DUMP”. Told him he has to see Wrigley Field once in his life before they tear that crap down. Warned him about the horse trough urinals. Warned him about the poles. Warned him about the STUPID “Go Cubs Go” song. Warned him about the Cub fans who really don’t care about baseball. Warned him about the bumper to bumper traffic we’d likely experience. And so on……. He was definitely prepared for the worst. But to our surprise – we got very little negative out of this game.

He and his friends had a blast. At one point during the game I asked my son, so what do you think of Wrigley Field? He said, “I’m having a blast.” I immediately questioned him and said – well – is it better than Busch Stadium? He was quick to say, “well, ummm, I guess what I mean is this place is a dump – but i’m still having a lot of fun.” There we go. Now my 8 year old son has taken on the attitude you Cub fans have. Accept the fact that the place sucks just because it’s a fun atmosphere. Haha! Back to the story. The kids had a blast. I didn’t have any obnoxious fans in my ear. Our traffic out wasn’t bad. All in all, it was a great game and experience. Helped that the Cardinals put up some runs and tons of hits and got the win. The kids even got to head down to the Cardinals bullpen area before the game and snag some autographs. Corey Patters, Skip Schumaker, Octavio Dotel and Mitchell Boggs were the brave few to sign autographs. Classy!

Reasons Why This Cubs Game May Not Have Sucked?

Kids

When you have kids with you at a Cubs game – does it shelter you from the obnoxiousness? People half heartedly joked around with the 3 little 8 year old Cardinal fans in my group. But all in fun. Nothing obnoxious. I was pleasantly surprised with the lack of cursing and loud mouthing going on. I think having kids with me helped avoid those situations.

Sunday Night vs. Friday or Saturday Night

This played a big part as well. It was a Sunday Night Baseball game. People had to work in the morning. Maybe Cubs fans were smart enough not to get absolutely plastered at this game. Made for a much more “fan friendly” environment to say the least.

Cubs Fans are Just Simply – Done

Another big part of my pleasant Wrigley Field experience simply lies with the fact that Cubs fans are done. They have moved on. This team sucks and they know it. It is football season to 95% of them. To prove this, two guys walked up our section with Packers jerseys on. The whole section started booing them and chanting, “Lets go Bears, Lets go Bears.” They are done with the Cubs and ready for the Bears. Being done with the Cubs means I don’t have to hear all the “we are awesome – you suck” comments.  Point to take away is – Cubs Suck!

Now for the Sucky Dumpness

Just because I had a positive Wrigley Field experience didn’t mean some things didn’t suck. It is still a dump. Don’t get me wrong.

Travel Into the Game

Our travel into the game was horrendous. This is more due to the massiveness of Chicago and the fact that the Air and Water show was going on. But still – just getting in and out of Cubs games is NO FUN. Period.

Kid Friendly Pre-Game Environment

We made several comments before the game about the entertainment around the stadium. Wrigley Field has a lot. They had bands, beer tents, booths and more. All in all a great time – FOR ADULTS. They had very little kid entertainment. It’s more of an adult playground if you would. Our kids were bored out of their mind up until the game starts. That is one flaw of Wrigleyville in my opinion.

Still Got the Pole

Yep. Never seems to fail me. Every time I go to Wrigley I have the darn poles somewhere in between me and the field. Oh well. That’s Wrigley.

All in all this was probably the best experience I’ve ever had at Wrigley Field. Let’s hope it happens again in 2012.

Dodgers Baseball Has Begun for Drew and I

Last night was the first game of the 2011 season for Drew’s “Dodgers” team in the MYBA (Morton Youth Baseball Association).  This year is coach pitch which is exciting for both myself and Drew.  Yes, I’m coaching the Dodgers as well.  I have some awesome coaches working along with me as well.  So last night we played the Yankees.  I was definitely nervous myself, as I had never been involved in a coach pitch game at the “Maverick” level.  The other team’s coaches were very helpful and made the game a breeze.  I was also nervous because I had to pitch to these kids.  Most of our Dodger team have never played coach pitch before.  They are a great group of kids but I didn’t know how they would respond.

Let me say – they did GREAT.  These kids seemed like they have been playing coach pitch for years.  They knew when and where to run, they knew where to throw the ball, they were respectful and listened to our coaches.  All in all and great first game.  The games last 1:30 or 6 innings.  We played from 7:00 to 8:30 which is a long time for these kids.  We have 14 games throughout the summer.  This week we play M-W-F and next week we play Tu-Th-Sat… So you get the idea – it’s going to be a LONG SUMMER!

Drew did great.  I was proud of him.  He hit the ball well and played the field well.  I give him a hard time because he didn’t catch the liner back up the middle.  But I guess I really didn’t expect him to catch it (just hoped he did).  Most of all, Drew and all of the kids seemed to have a great time.  They enjoyed it and were smiles the whole night.  I truly can’t wait for our game on Wednesday.

If you are in Morton and want to watch some kids playing a game they love.  5:30 on field 3 on Wednesday!!! Dodgers vs. Reds  🙂

p.s. – We aren’t supposed to keep “score” but you know me.  What’s a game without a score, right?  Haha.  So don’t tell the kids but we lost to the Yankees 29-21 in our opener.

Knuppel Christmas (unedited story)

So yesterday I posted my 7 year old son, Drew’s, first ever short story.  He is in the writing zone apparently because he has another one to publish.  This time around I didn’t edit it at all so it’s kind of humorous some of the tiny mistakes a 7 year old makes when writing.  Check it out…

Knuppel Christmas

One night it was Christmas eve and the Knuppel were going to bed. they were all in Drew’s room To read the animal book .when they were done, Bryce and mom went in his room to go to bed. Dad was putting Alyssa and Drew to bed when it was prayer time Dad just reemembered that we forgot to put the cookise out for santa. So they went downstairs Drew helped get the mug and the cookise Alyssa helped get the coco Dad got the plate then we put the cookise on the plate and Dad made the coco. then we went to bed. in the morning they saw presents under the tree Drew and Alyssa said ahhhhhh then they went over to the cookise and coco it was gon then they said Dad wakeup it’s Christmas Dad said ill be down in a minit when evreybudy was down we opin presents then Drew and Alyssa got a DSIXL’s for Christmas Bryce got alfy then we all pict up

THE END

By Drew Knuppel (7 Year Old)

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?