But I’m just growing old…Hey Nineteen

Well we got all excited at the start of the week when we thought cooler, fall-like weather had finally come to the area…but were disappointed by weeks’ end when we were back in full summer-mode again. Matt had a fun week full of co-teaching, taking over social media for the U-Indy SOE and even going to a theme park. Abby had a busy week of classes, came home twice and spending most of that time with new best buddy, Avery. Luke had a couple football games, a full week of school and spent lots of time with friends in the ‘hood. Ann got her knees shot up and now has an official date set for her knee surgery (finally!). And I met my weekly exercise goal of 15 miles while dropping another couple pounds (I came into the week 7 pounds over from the weekend and dropped 10 by the time I went to my annual physical with Dr. Mungcal). But let’s be honest; this week was really about our beautiful birthday girl as Bu turned nineteen this week!! Hello again and welcome to the latest installment of the Scheu Family Blog.

It was back to work & school on a rainy Monday morning. It was noticeably cooler – in the 50s. Thankfully, the day went fast for both Ann & I. I got in an easy 5K after work in my new shoes. They felt wonderful and my feet felt alive again for the first time in months! I don’t know why I didn’t do this sooner. Luke had a good day at school then Ann & I came to his JV football game against Lawrenceburg. The Tigers were late showing up and when our boys had to wait on them, they got out of their routine and ended up coming out flat and got down early. With only a minute gone in the game, they found themselves down two touchdowns. The young Pirates fought back to make it a game but lost 28-14 to even their record at 2-2. Luke didn’t play any offense and did not kick in this game for whatever reason. He ran down on one kickoff but otherwise was relegated to the defensive team. He did play all the defensive snaps from middle linebacker, making the defensive calls. Luke had 6 tackles (1 solo and 5 assisted) with a pair of QB hurries. It was otherwise a quiet night from him. He is discouraged with the way this year is going. Coach Wheat (last year’s varsity running back coach) had told him after last season that he would be working on developing him and that if he came to all the offseason workouts and hit the weight room hard he would compete for a varsity position. Luke attended all the offseason practices, has packed on muscle mass and yet, here we are at the halfway point of the season and his expectations have all but been dashed. Coach Wheat took a new job out of town and Luke is not only NOT competing for the spot but he’s not even being developed at the JV level. Hell, he hardly plays any offense at all. Add that to the fact that despite being one of the fastest boys in his grade, he is playing a new position on defense that doesn’t even allow him to use that speed (middle linebacker is a power position and although he has a high football IQ and a great nose for the ball, his abilities are limited in this new role) …and you start to understand why he is bored at games and practices. He’s gone from being one of the main contributors and a captain of his past years’ teams to a mere bystander this year. It’s been a huge adjustment for him and he feels lied to and betrayed. The only reason he worked so hard offseason and why he was so thrilled to play football this year was the hope that he’d play meaningful minutes. Believe it or not, he actually wanted to play soccer this year. Many of his close friends are playing that sport this fall and he’s already talked about playing soccer next year…and I don’t know if I can talk him out of it. I shouldn’t be the one motivating him to play football – that should be the job of the coaches. Instead, it seems like they are pushing him away. He and many other boys have told us that the coaches don’t care about the freshmen or junior varsity kids. Hell, we’ve even seen it ourselves…not only was Luke denied access to Hudl (the online repository that houses the game tapes of all the varsity contests), but they don’t even tape the JV / ”C” team games. …And the kicker? When I realized the coaches weren’t taping this year and I volunteered to tape for the team, I was told they weren’t interested. How can a successful program not develop its younger talent? If bad habits aren’t corrected at this level, they persist at the next. These boys are the next team…and that may be why this program continues to struggle year after year. Man, I really hate living in a basketball town… But I digress…after the disappointing game, we watched the Brickyard 400 that we was run earlier today because of the inclement weather yesterday and ended up falling asleep watching Monday Night Football. Here are pictures of Luke at the varsity game in Lawrenceburg last week.

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Tuesday was another cloudy, gloomy day on Patriot’s Day. It was the seventeenth anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. Luke said his teachers didn’t even talk about the terror attacks today but they did hear from a Ground Zero survivor during the morning announcements, which was really cool. He said football was good but that the coaches didn’t say anything at all about last night’s game. Ann & I had a long day at work then I walked 3 miles on a nice afternoon in the upper 60s. I had some of my best times in months but barely broke a sweat. We ran to Best Buy to pick up Abby’s birthday present, got Luke’s new epi pens and went to the funeral home to support Bob & Pam (she lost her brother to cancer last week). We came home and Ann made her Shallos dressing so I could have a big salad for dinner (thanks, babe!). We watched some September 11 memorial shows and Fear the Walking Dead before calling a night. It was fun to read all of Matt’s social media posts today. Matt took over the social media controls for the U-Indy School of Education (SOE). They call it, “Takeover Tuesday” and he had several insightful, funny and of course witty posts today. Good job, kid! It was very heartfelt and we appreciate the effort you put into your young career. We are proud of the job you did today.

Wednesday was yet another long day but again enjoyed beautiful weather. Luke had school and football practice again. Abby came home to drop off Tonya at Jerry’s garage that day. She stopped by the house to see the dogs and do some studying before heading over to see Gma & Gigi. Ann missed going to Florida with her girls this year in order to get knees shot up and facilitate Bu’s birthday festivities. I walked a 5K after work on a lovely day in the 70s but the humidity was pretty high and I worked up a good sweat. Abs picked up Luke from football for us then met us at home. After Luke showered, we took the kids out for dinner at Buffalo Wings & Rings. All her coworkers were thrilled to see her and it was the first time any of us had been out there since she went to school. Luke went to Chance’s house afterward and Abby went back to school with old Barney. That night, we fell asleep watching the new Purge series and then the debut of American Horror Story – Apocalypse. Here are random pictures from our recent adventures.

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Luke had trouble getting his ass moving again on Thursday morning and was grounded that night because of it. It was the third time being grounded in the last week. He said he had a long day at school then had football and team dinner before Gma finally brought him home that evening. Abby made it safely back to campus last night and attended classes as normal. She seems to be adjusting very well and already has several friends that she bebops around campus with. Jerry got Tonya fixed today (it turned out to be a bad battery) and Luke & I went and picked it up that evening. It was Luke’s second solo drive and he did great again. After having her knees shot-up one final time, Ann confirmed a date for her replacement surgery today! Ann made one of my Mom’s favorite dinners when I was a kid that night – tuna salad…quick and easy and yummy – gotta love it! Ann’s version is every bit as good as I remember it being when I was a kid and there were no leftovers. That day, it continued to get warmer and warmer. In fact, it was still quite muggy overnight. I got in over a 5K that evening and man, was I a sweaty mess! We stayed in the A/C that evening and watched a few of our favorite summer shows – The Sinner, Elementary and Take Two.

Ann had Friday off due to her girls being on the beach in FLA. She spent the day cleaning Abigail’s bedroom before she came home for the weekend. I test drove Tonya into work then left early for my doctor appointment with Mungcal. It was a six-month checkup and physical that went very well. As it turns out, I lost another ten pounds since my last checkup! He was very happy with my progress and sent me on my way. While I walked a quick mile in the neighborhood to meet my weekly goal, Abby came home from school with her FC BFF, Avery. Matt finished up another week of teaching in Zionsville then surprised Taylor, who had gone with a friend to hotel in Ohio. Luke had a fast day at school then had a varsity football game that night. The girls joined Ann & I as we travelled to South Dearborn to watch the Knights host the Pirates down in Aurora. It was their homecoming on a hot, humid evening. It was a close game through three quarters. With the Pirates holding a slim, 1-point lead, the ball and about ten minutes to play in the game, they turned the ball over. The defense gave up a quick score in like three plays and then special teams coughed up the ball on the ensuing kickoff and the D gave up another quick score. …And just like that, the game was over… The Pirates’ varsity record now stands at 2-3 on the year. Luke was just a spectator on the sidelines again, not even getting in on special teams. I’d love to see them give him a chance on kickoff team so he could run down and make a tackle. The girls and I stopped at Skyline on the way home for a quick dinner and then picked up Luke at the high school. When we got home, we heard the faint sounds of a kitten. We figured out it was in the garage but couldn’t find it so we got Molly out and she was able to find it and bring it out to us. She was very gentle with it and it was a sweet little kitty that appeared to be only a few days old. It was so cute but kitties make Ann sick so we couldn’t keep it…and it couldn’t stay in the garage so Abby called around and found one of her friends that would take it. Unfortunately, her friend lives up in New Castle…so despite it being pretty late – she & Avery road-tripped up to his house and took Luke along for some muscle. 😊 They didn’t get home until the wee hours of the morning so Ann & I went to bed. We have lots of social media pictures to share this week.

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The girls tried to sleep in on Saturday but Avery was sick and ended up puking overnight. She was able to catch a ride back to school with a friend and was doing better by the afternoon. Abby & Ann went shopping then took naps. Matt & Taylor went to Cedar Point for the day (I would love to go one of these days!). Luke & I mowed and trimmed at home. The grass was really long and still a little wet when we got out there. We had to stop several times and clean out the grass from under the decks. Next, Luke drove us to Mom & Sandy’s house in the truck to mow and trim at their house as well. Their grass was long as well but we didn’t have any trouble knocking it out. Afterward, he drove us to Tops to get a few things then he drove us home and we planted Ann’s new mums around the light pole on a hot, sweaty morning near 90. I got cleaned up and cooled down while Luke ran around the neighborhood with his buddies. Ann baked pies then the power went out. Apparently, an animal got into a power station and got electrocuted and actually started a big fire – the outage lasted about six hours. Ann was going to make Abby her birthday meal and then the girls were to attend the Miss Tree City pageant to support Molie. But when the power went out, we decided to take Bu to dinner at one of her favorite restaurants – Ruby Tuesday’s in Columbus. Unfortunately, by the time we got done eating the pageant was beginning so we took Abs shopping at the outlet mall instead and didn’t get back until well after the event had completed. We saw two of her new college friends, who were working at Old Navy. When we got back home, the power was still out so Abby & I went Walmarting for supplies. We no sooner got there that we got the call from Ann that the power had finally been restored a few hours earlier than they had estimated – just as it was getting dark. Luke ended up not going with us that evening, but instead ran around with his buddies and stayed the night at Chance’s house, going swimming with his friends. We settled in and watched Purdue lose a heartbreaker to a very good Missouri team. The referees made a controversial call on a TD catch that not only took the lead away from the Boilers but also turned the momentum in the game and they lost by three on a game-ending field goal. I ended up staying up late, catching up on a few DVR’ed shows before calling it a night.

We enjoyed sleeping in on Sunday morning before gradually getting up to do our weekly household chores and get the house cleaned-up for company. It was Abby’s 19th birthday and Bu finally got that home-cooked meal she had been Jonesing for. This year, she went with the standard chicken fettucine alfredo. Ann made the chicken on the grill and made my meal keto-friendly with some form of veggie noodles that tasted just like the real thing. I performed monthly preventive maintenance on the vehicles and changed out our annual plates and registrations. When I went out to check the fluids, I noticed that we had been soaped (actually chalked – it was easier to get off). All the vehicles except for the truck had been hit. We think it was some of Luke’s friends since he was named in some of the graffiti artwork. Matt came home and we watched the Colts game and RedZone together as he & Taylor ate their lunch. A little later we had friends and family over for Abby’s party. We enjoyed cake and ice cream, sang to Abby in the one of the best (worst?) death march renditions of the Birthday Song we’ve had in a while and then Abby opened her presents. Mary made the cake again this year and it was both beautiful and delicious as always! This years’ gathering reminded us of parties from years gone by as there were several attendees: Matt & Taylor, Gma & Gigi (with Pixie), Deanna & Jamie and even Phyllis & Dick (and Vicki)! It was great to see Phyllis out again after all she’s been through this past year. We also had Abby’s close friends Mary, Julia & Molie come over as well as her new friends from Franklin – Kelcey, Anna, Grace, Toni and Avery. We had a lot of fun but it went very fast and before we knew it, everyone had to get going. We said goodbye to Abby and sent her back with her buddies to school. Matt went with Gigi to record a new ad for the station. I took Mom back to their house and jump-started the Escape. We ran it to AutoZone to have the battery checked. It showed that the battery was bad but they couldn’t swap it out due to the location of it. In an odd scheme of engineering, the battery is all the way in the back of the engine compartment, up under the dash – on the back side of the instrument panel. So, we ran the car over to Jerry Adams’ garage and dropped it off for him to get it changed out for the girls tomorrow, hopefully. When I got back home, Matt & Taylor were the only ones left. We talked for a little bit then we saw them off as they drove back up to school. Before he left, Matt gave me my birthday present early – a cool autographed football from the Colt’s tight end Jack Doyle! Thanks kiddo! Ann & I cleaned up the house and finished our weekly household chores while watching football and the first round of NASCAR playoffs in Vegas. I couldn’t believe Keselowski won his third straight race and #500 for The Captain. Luke went back over to Chance’s house to go swimming and hang out on another hot day in the 90s. Around the country, they set record highs in many parts of the country. It was especially hard to breathe due to the humidity again today. That night, we watched the Cowboys host their divisional rival Giants on Sunday Night Football. They looked so much better in the first half than last week; so as I write this entry, I am hopeful they can even their record at .500 tonight like the Colts did earlier in the day when they earned Coach Reich his first victory of his head coaching career. Watching your favorite team on national TV is always a cool way to wind down the week before we start it all over again tomorrow…

Next is our Waybac section, which features pictures from our #16 photo album. We lead off with a classic shot of Bu from May 2002 at the Sand Pebble, Matt’s baseball picture from June 2002; an apropos picture of the last stray kitty at our home – Slushy – hanging out in Mom & Sandy’s Christmas tree 😊 in December 2002; more pix of Monster Trucks at the Fieldhouse in January 2003; more pix of Matt’s wresting practice in February 2003; Matt’s birthday in March 2003; Matt’s baseball pic in June 2003; our family welcoming Luke into our lives in June 2003; Independence Day activities in the ‘Burg in July 2003; Abby’s 4th birthday, posing with her BFF Megan at Crysti’s house and then celebrating her birthday at school in the YMCA – all in September 2003; and finally, the Bryan family Christmas at Mom & Dad’s 2nd house in Rossville and the Owens family Christmas at our home on Christmas Eve – both in December, 2003.

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We wrap up with our video section which includes one new home movie this week as well as several from around the internet.

And that does it for this week’s entry on 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 ya Mom.
Later, Scheu

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