I’ll Break Away, Yes I’m on my Way…Leavin’ Today

Aaahhhh…Spring Break… What does it remind you of? For me, it evokes memories of simpler times…warm sunshine, beaches, family…fond memories, indeed. While the girls spent the first week of their Spring Break making said memories on the sand and surf of Ft. Walton Beach with Trevin, the boys and I “enjoyed” the cold and snow here at home. Matt worked at the start of the week then took the back half off to spend time with family before heading back up to school. Luke enjoyed the week off from organized sports but still managed to stay in shape by working out with some light weightlifting and playing several hours of basketball at the YMCA. As for me, I found out that although there were some up sides to being alone, overall it really sucked being a single parent. It would’ve been nice to spend time on the beach…but honestly, I’m glad I was able to get caught up on some of my annual stuff at work. Despite the cold temps this week, I still managed to meet and surpass my weekly walking goal of 15 miles. As Gigi healed, Memaw had some work done on her knee and then had some health issues later in the week. Rosie lost her Mom this week and so we made plans to make the trip up to my hometown of LaPorte. It would be only the 2nd time up there in the past twenty years. The last time we were up there was for my Slicer Football Hall of Fame ceremony. Although I’m excited to see the city, I only wish it were under better terms… Hello again and welcome to the latest installment of the Scheu Family Blog.

The first day of Spring Break was on Monday. The girls woke-up to the sand and surf of Ft Walton Beach (near Destin). Matt was the first one up and into work at the old folks’ home. I grudgingly got up and followed suit while Luke slept in. He did a few chores around the house for me then went to the YMCA to play basketball and lift weights. Thankfully, I had a short day at work then left early to pick-up Matt’s new knee brace before walking at the mall for 2.5 miles due to it being so cold. It barely got out of the 20s and snowed on and off all day. When I got back to town, I picked up Bu’s key from the shop and ran to Walmart before walking another mile and a half at the fairgrounds / park / airport. Afterward, I came home and cooked cheeseburgers for the boys & I. I tried to get the grill started, but it was empty so Ann walked me through how to do it on the stovetop. Matt was asleep when I got home so I woke him up for dinner and afterward we picked up Tonya then spent a quiet night watching DVR’ed shows and trying to keep warm. Here are some random pictures from our recent adventures.

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Matt was up and out the door for work at AP on Tuesday morning with me following close behind. It was yet another morning in the 20s and it again snowed on & off again all day. The girls enjoyed a day at the beach in Ft Walton Beach. Bu kayaked in the gulf with Trevin. Luke did a few things around the house, including picking up sticks in the front yard for me today. I walked just under a 5K at the mall after work then ran a few errands before getting home just before dark. The boys went to the Y to play basketball and workout. Matt & I enjoyed a small cocktail with a new bottle of Crown Black and picked up the new Jimi album, “Both Sides of the Sky.” It’s always good to hear “new” tunes from James Marshall Hendrix. And we were saddened to hear of the death of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, likely the smartest person of my lifetime – so far.

Wednesday was Pi Day, 2018 (3/14). It had snowed overnight so we woke-up to a cold, frosty morning with a light dusting on the vehicles. Thankfully, I had a fast day then walked a 5K outdoors. It was definitely chilly…but sunny, which helped. I was just tired of walking indoors and needed to get out! Matt worked at Aspen Place. Luke enjoyed the day off, finding an important power cord (which he had lost) that I needed to install a new TV in the master bedroom. Luke stayed the night at Tyler’s house while Matt & I binge-watched Jessica Jones on Netflix. Meanwhile, the girls enjoyed another beautiful day in Florida. They enjoyed dinner at Margaritaville that night. Ann said it brought back some great memories of our trip there with Mom & Dad, including the signature cocktails, singing the namesake anthem and getting balloon hats from the workers on stilts. Afterward, Abby zip-lined above buildings with Trevin…our little Bu’s all grown up! We have several social media pictures to share this week.

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Matt stayed home with Luke on Thursday. They spent the day with Memaw & Gigi, enjoying cheeseburgers and visiting. After spending the afternoon with Gma, they went back to the YMCA, where they again played several hours of basketball and did a little lifting. I had another fast day at work then walked 4 ½ miles on a gorgeous afternoon in the lower 60s. The boys grabbed takeout for dinner and we watched more of the Jessica Jones series. The girls enjoyed another cool day on Okaloosa Island in Florida. They enjoyed dinner at a neat place called McGuire’s Irish Pub, which had over one million dollar bills stapled to the ceiling. We were saddened to hear of the passing of Rosie’s mother, who had been in declining health recently. Not sure of when services will be, but we’ll want to go up and support Rosie & Keith in their time of mourning. Mrs. Kanney was still living up in LaPorte, in the same house (next door to St. Joe) I went past a hundred times on my way to Kiwanis Field from Boston Jr High.

I took the day off on Friday to spend time with the boys, watching the Big Dance with Jamie at their house. We had a ton of food and adult beverages to go along with our overdose of basketball. Jamie had two screens set up, which was great. Unfortunately for the girls, they spent the day on the road, travelling back north. They got hung up in Alabama, sitting in traffic. To add salt to that wound, the GPS found an alternate route that ended up being a dead end! They couldn’t catch a break and ended up getting home really, really late. Purdue won big vs. Cal State Fullerton…but it came at a steep price – it cost them Isaac Haas, their dominating senior center, who was fouled and pulled down awkwardly to the floor (again). It fractured his elbow – and now they are saying that he is out for the rest of the tournament. ☹ That’s a tough break for such a great kid. There were several crazy games, but there was one that was historical. #16 UMBC beat not only the #1 seed (UVA) in the region, but the #1 seed overall! And it wasn’t a heartbreaking loss as some of the others have been in this tourney…no; it was a beat-down, butt-whopping. It was the first time a 16-seed beat a 1-seed in the history of the tournament! Here is the first batch of pictures from the girls’ vacation. We should have more next week.

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We had another cool start on St. Patrick’s Day. It never really got about the freezing mark all day. Ann & I were up early. She put stuff away and then we returned the rental car while the kids slept in. We picked up Matt’s cake then met up with the kids at ElRep for an early lunch. Afterward, we had family over to celebrate Matt’s 22nd birthday party – even though his birthday isn’t until next week. We talked about doing it next week, but he’ll be too busy with school to come home…and I think he wants to spend that night with his buddies! We had Mom & Sandy as well Dee & Jamie over. We sang the death-march version of the Bday song to him and enjoyed another of Mary’s cakes. I hope she never fully retires! He opened presents then we visited for a couple hours. He got a little frustrated trying to set-up his new Apple watch, but he eventually got it before heading back up to school. We’ll have pix and vids of today next week. Later, Abby got her nails done then she & Luke went to BWR for dinner. We ended up doing our weekly household chores a day early, as we were making plans to go up to LaPorte tomorrow. However, Abby was unable to get off work, so we’ll end up going up early on Monday morning for the funeral. Later, Bu went to Trevin’s until late and Luke ended up spending the night at a friend’s house. That left Ann & I to enjoy a quiet night at the house. We watched a couple movies and stayed warm with the dogs.

We enjoyed sleeping in on Sunday morning. It was a gorgeous, sunny day. We took it easy, watching Purdue play Butler in the round of 32 in the NCAA tourney – sans Mr. Haas. There was a cool special on ESPN called E60 that aired before the game and featured Isaac and his sister that was really neat. It was a great game that was too close for comfort. My old heart can’t take many more of these! It was nice to see Vince back to 100% and he played great. PJ also stepped up big time. Haarms had a good game and held his own, being thrown into the starting lineup for the first time this year. But the star of the show was their captain, Dakota Mathias. Not only was his defense outstanding (as was Vince’s), but he hit big shot after big shot, including the game-winner. The Bulldogs had a chance to tie at the horn, but a half-court heave went off the iron. The Boilers survive and move on to the Sweet 16 to play Texas Tech in Boston on Friday. Ann talked to Mom, who is likely not going to make the trip up to LP due to some BP issues. And now Keith apparently has the flu and may miss the funeral as well. We watched basketball and NASCAR all afternoon until the Walking Dead / Talking Dead came on. Afterwards we turned in early so we could be up before the dawn for a long day that will begin with us heading up to LP in the morning…

Next up is our Waybac section which continues to feature our young family’s next three photo albums

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We end with our video segment, which features one new family movie from this week as well as several from around the internet.

And that does it for this week’s episode of the Scheu Family Blog. Thanks for keeping up with us this time out and we’ll catch up with you again next time. Until then, have a good one. We miss you, Mom.
Later, Scheu

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