Sarah Opened Up an “Arts” Academy in Morton, IL

It’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything on my personal blog. But todays the day ūüôā Today I wanted to talk about my wifes new business – Inspired Arts Academy.

Sarah opened up a new business here in our hometown, Morton Illinois, earlier this year (2012). Inspired Arts offers dance classes, art classes, theatre classes, music classes, spanish, after school clubs, themed birthday parties and more. These programs are for PreK to 8th grade students. It’s been quite the challenge and adventure to say the least.

So we bought a place right downtown Morton that couldn’t be more perfect. Great location. Great space. Good “curb appeal”. A little pricey – but whats new right? We did some mass renovations on the place, put in some walls, painted, put in dance floor and mirrors, and so on… It’s lookin good!

She has now had 2-3 sessions and the response has been great. I think she is up to 250+ total clients between the sessions. I couldn’t imagine it growing this fast but it has. She does a great job running the business and teaching the dance classes. She has a few teachers helping with art and theatre but the rest is her.

So what has been my role? Of course – the IAA website is mine to deal with ūüôā And a lot of the financial things. I guess I call myself the unpaid web and business guy. What a glorious job. But all in all, it’s good. Once things settle down and she can enjoy life again – things will be a little better. But we all know how hard new businesses are in the first year or so. Very hard! IE. Getaway Games debacle…

Hopefully I’ll start blogging on a more regular basis. Lots has changed. I took a new job in Morton Logistics as a black belt (NOT karate). A post about that is in the plans. Drew is in the middle of his first tackle football season. Heat basketball around the corner. We are thinking about converting to ITV3… Bryce is in pre-school! The Cardinals are back in the playoffs hoping for 12 in 12! And so on…

Jam Packed Father’s Day Weekend

Father’s Day weekend proved to be a jam packed weekend for our family. ¬†It was quite the awesome weekend but let’s take a look at some of the highlites.

Friday Tball EGroup

Friday night started off with a late night tball makeup game. ¬†Yeah, we’ve had like 5-6 rainouts this year for Drew’s Thunder tball games (MYBA) but they make them all up. ¬†Because Tuesday’s game was rained out they decided to schedule this game for 6:30 PM on Friday. ¬†Not the most convenient but whatever. ¬†So, we had that game and it was a beautiful night for tball. ¬†Very few kids showed up so we ended up finishing the game in 40 minutes or so. ¬†Bonus!

After Tball we had eGroup at the Norris’s house. ¬†Fun times. ¬†We just chatted and of course ate with our eGroup friends. ¬†The kids watched a couple movies downstairs and Bryce annoyed mommy and daddy as always ūüôā ¬†He ended up being “extra cuddly” with Jamie so that gave us all a good laugh as well.

Saturday Tball and Winery

On Saturday morning we had another Thunder tball game. ¬†It rained, I mean poured, all night so I thought there was no chance of a game. ¬†But it happened. ¬†We played the rival MuckDawgs that had the Stock boys, Broc and some other kids from Drew’s class. ¬†The game went well but took a little longer. ¬†Oh well.

Saturday night we hit up the Mackinaw Valley Winery for the first time of the 2010 summer. ¬†We really enjoy this place. ¬†The band “Loose Shoes” was playing and we went out there with some friends from Morton. ¬†Good times as always and it was the most awesome weather for this event. ¬†No wind. No heat. No rain. ¬†We chatted, drank a little wine and ate some Butch’s Pizza (thanks Tim)!!!

Sunday Father’s Day

Father’s Day on Sunday was very very tiring but a good one. ¬†Let’s recap this day.

  • 8:30 AM – drove¬†out to Manito to pick up the kiddos. ¬†They spent the night at grandma and grandpa’s house but I wanted them to go to Church with us on Fathers day.
  • 10:00 AM – Went to Elevate Church. ¬†Funny story. ¬†They played a game for fathers where they had 8 fathers on stage. ¬†Of course, I was one that got picked. ¬†Now, each person faced off heads up with another guy on some male trivia. ¬†The first question was a hockey question that I struggled with, but won. ¬†Now I’m in the final four. ¬†The 2nd question was what is the most expensive car in the world. ¬†They had 3 choices. ¬†I chose A. ¬†He chose C. ¬†Of course, the answer was B. ¬†So how do we break the tie. ¬†Matthew Bennett was one of the guys asking questions and running it. ¬†The Bennett’s know me very well and he decided to put me to the “test”. ¬†He goes, “Who is the BEST team in Major League Baseball.” ¬†Without hesitation I answered, “The St. Louis Cardinals“. ¬†DUH. ¬†EASY. ¬†He quickly says, “NO, You lose.” ¬†See, they are huge Cubs fans and he wanted to see how faithful to my Redbirds I was. ¬†I past that test but lost the contest. ¬†It was a HUGE blessing in disguise though. ¬†The championship round the guys had to see who could chug a “Happy Shake” the fastest. ¬†What’s a happy shake? ¬†A Happy Shake is a full McDonalds Happy Meal blended up into a drink. ¬†EWWWWW. ¬†Thank goodness I didn’t even have to attempt that. ¬†They also provided Red Bull and Texas Roadhouse bread as a snack during service. ¬†Elevate Church in Morton ROCKS!
  • 12:00 PM – Went to my brother, Rodney Knuppel, house in Pekin. ¬†We had some KFC for lunch and just hung out. ¬†The kids got tired very quickly so we went home for some rest.
  • 2:00 PM – rest time! ¬†Nap for the father!
  • 4:00 PM – Headed out to Green Valley to Sarah’s parents house. ¬†Fun grilling out night. ¬†Had some steaks and great food. ¬†The kids played in the kiddie pool and gave us all some entertainment.
  • 9:00 PM – BED

So that is that.  The weekend was crazy busy but lots of fun.  The kids and Sarah treated me great on Fathers Day and made me realize why I love being a daddy sooooo much!

Our move from Riverside to Elevate Church

Back a few months ago we decided that our family needed a “church change”. We have loved Riverside. We met some of our closest friends at Riverside and have really had a great experience. But honestly, it feels like it is getting “too big”. Can a church get too big? Is that even possible? Well, thats another debate but for our families purposes, we needed something a little smaller. We felt that as our kids get older we want them to have that true “family” feel to their church class. At Riverside, the classes are so large and different teachers/kids every week that it just never seemed like they could connect with other kids.

So we tried out Elevate Church here in Morton and loved it.   Actually we visited Elevate back in 2008 once just to see what it was all about.  Elevate is a branch off church from Riverside and some of our old friends from Riverside are actually leaders so that really excited us. Our kids already knew several kids in their Sunday School class as they are some of the same kids they go to school with. This made it a little easier transition. We are really looking forward to getting more involved at Elevate as the years go on. This summer was crazy busy but as things slow down hopefully we will find more time to really get ourselves involved.

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 ūüôā 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?

Drew starts Kindergarten at Grundy

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve blogged on here. ¬†Months and months. ¬†Sorry for the lack of updates. ¬†In this day and age of Twitter and Facebook, sometimes personal blogs take a beating. ¬†Oh well, I’ll post here or there.
So Drew started Kindergarden a few weeks back and he loves it.  He is at Grundy school here in Morton which is less than a mile down the road.  His class has many familiar faces and friends in it РJacob, Rylee, Jenna and London from our neighborhood.  He comes home everyday with something fun and something he learned from that day.  I try to make it a point to ask him these two questions for a couple reasons: 1) So I make sure I stay engaged in his school life.  2) To really make him think about what he learned at school.
Check out the picture below of Drew and his best buddy Jacob holding their Cardinals and Cubs backpacks. ¬†Showing off their team allegiance at a young age. ¬†Love it! ¬†I do feel a little sorry for Jacob though as he is subjected to carrying a “losing” backpack at such a young age. ¬†Hehe ¬†ūüôā
Anyways, I’ll try to have some more family updates soon.

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve blogged on here. ¬†Months and months. ¬†Sorry for the lack of updates. ¬†In this day and age of Twitter and Facebook, sometimes personal blogs take a beating. ¬†Oh well, I’ll post here or there.

So Drew started Kindergarten a few weeks back and he loves it.  He is at Grundy school here in Morton which is less than a mile down the road.  His class has many familiar faces and friends in it РJacob, Rylee, Jenna and London from our neighborhood.  He comes home everyday with something fun and something he learned from that day.  I try to make it a point to ask him these two questions for a couple reasons: 1) So I make sure I stay engaged in his school life.  2) To really make him think about what he learned at school.

Check out the picture below of Drew and his best buddy Jacob holding their Cardinals and Cubs backpacks. ¬†Showing off their team allegiance at a young age. ¬†Love it! ¬†I do feel a little sorry for Jacob though as he is subjected to carrying a “losing” backpack at such a young age. ¬†Hehe ¬†ūüôā

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Anyways, I’ll try to have some more family updates soon.