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!!!!!!!

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?

Bryce is getting big and moving

My little baby, Bryce, is now all over the place.  He’s almost 9 months old now and already crawling all over the house.  Pulls himself up on everything and stands there.  I think he’ll be walking fairly early.  Anyways, he just got over a week of sickness and he’s teething as well.  YUCK!  Check out the pictures below of the little fella (that’s what Lissy calls him).