Gotta Go Away from the Place…I Gotta Quit You, Yeah

We hurried through another week as the weather continued its rollercoaster ride. Matt made his coaching debut and Luke had his first wrestling match. Abby played in what was likely her final 6th grade basketball game and continued to prepare for dance competition. On Monday, the kids stayed home for President’s Day. Luke & Abby took advantage of the time off by baking cookies. Boy was the house a mess when Ann & I got home! It was warm and sunny, getting up to about 50 degrees. Abby had tap class but the boys had no wrestling. Luke & I walked the neighborhood for the 1st time in a long while and it felt pretty good. We had cheeseburgers on the grill for dinner – yum!
It rained on and off on Tuesday and was cold and breezy in the afternoon. Matt & Luke had wrestling practice at the junior high. Abby had track and then a basketball game in Batesville. Bu is trying to figure out what she wants to do in track, trying everything from hurdles to long jump to the 440. We picked up the boys and quickly made our way back home and then made the jaunt over to St. Louis catholic school in Batesville. The 6th grade travel team had their final scheduled game. Last game, we blew them out by 20 points, this time it was much closer. Abby was 0-0 from the floor w/ 1 rebound but more good defense and lots of hustle (except up and down the court…we need to work on that…). We initially planned to leave after the 3rd quarter but Bu convinced Ann to let her stay until the game was over. The game was back and forth and the Pirates were actually down by 2 points with a minute to play. They managed to tie the game and had a chance to win it at the end of regulation, but instead it went in to overtime. Our girls pulled it out at the last moment to complete the sweep, winning by only 2 points. We flew back to Greensburg to get Bu out to Dixon Dance studio for her jazz class, making it in an incredible 12 minutes flat! Bu & Bailey are still working out their dance moves and will likely miss the first dance competition…they just won’t be ready in time. We had leftover potato soup from Sunday night and it had sat just the right amount of time and man was it good with a little cheese and bacon on top! :0)

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Abby brought home a cool little memento from school of her time on the academic team – a little brain they hung on her locker. I found lots of cool pictures on Facebook of the lovely Scheu ladies – Abby; along with my cousins Kimmy, Lindsay & Haley. We are looking forward to seeing everyone this Saturday, back in Lafayette for little Haley’s wedding! Luke made me some cool drawings this week of his favorite Hot Wheels. Wednesday was a nice, sunny day in the mid-fifties during the day…but when evening hit and we were headed home from Columbus, the wind was sure whipping and turned it overcast with gusts up to 25 mph. Ann’s heater went out on the Pacifica again on our way in to work. We had the night off, which was very nice. Ann fixed us homemade chicken cordon bleu which everyone ate up – but we had to make sure Abby’s didn’t’ have any ham (which is so strange since she is such a bacon hound). Ann & Bu watched Dance Moms (and I think I saw the Dukester in there checking out the little honeys) while the Hammer & I rooted the Boilers on to their 18th victory of the season with 3 confernece games left before the Big Ten tourney starts. 20 wins should ensure a slot in the Big Dance. Robbie Hummel seems to be finally getting his legs back and is primed to really showcase his talents on a bigger stage. He had 29 points and looked like the Robby I remember. That allowed me time to get more of my scanning project down. I am down to like 4 envelopes left…tonight’s scans had a bunch of Aunt Sue & Uncle Hank’s wedding – I can’t wait to start sharing some of these new ones with everyone in our Waybac feature but I want to hold off until I have the project completed. Hopefully, that will be in March. We dropped off the Pacifica at Acra’s and wouldn’t you know the heater started working again. But this is what it was doing the last time with intermittent issues. Even though this is the same issue they supposedly solved last week, they had the nerve to charge us for looking at it again. I think I need to sick “Shitty Ann” on them. Abby had track practice again and Matt & Luke were at the junior high for wrestling. It was a gorgeous day – 60 degrees in February – who would’ve ever guessed this? It was American Idol night, so we started the DVR early to get in all of the 4 hours of Idol, which is our favorite reality show still. Ann made the complimentary popcorn we have all grown accustomed to on Idol nights. Poor little Muffin (Mo & Poppy’s old dog) had a couple seizures and ended up at the vet’s for the night. As it would turn out, she would continue to have seizures through the night and the next day until they got her started on appropriate medications and is now back at home with Gma and Gigi. NASCAR is back! Last weekend was only the start of Daytona week. Danica had a nasty wreck in the first of the Dual 125s today. The DVR ran out and I didn’t even get the 2nd race, but thankfully Danica was OK.

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Friday was cold and blustery. It was the first of 10 days by myself in the maintenance department. In a sure sign of things to come, during my first work order, I filleted my finger and ripped my pants not 5 minutes in to it! I also had to send a dietary worker to the ER for nearly slicing off her finger tip. It’s going to be a long week and a half… The wind was ferocious – about 30 to 40 mph with rain and snow. Abby had track and froze her butt off. Matt and Luke had their first elementary wresting meet. Luke’s team was the favorite going in to it and lost. Luke himself matched up with an older, larger boy but held his own in his debut at a sport he thinks he might be interested in. He was winning by 3 points entering the 3rd period when he found himself in a bad position with the boy’s elbow in his neck. This kid was a good 30 to 40 pounds heavier than Lukey Duke. Rather than try and fight out of it, he simply gave up, ending the match. He later came over in tears about what had happened. He said he was being choked and felt like he was going to puke. We all encouraged him to fight through it and get rolled over, not to ever give up again. I think he was a little embarrassed and seemed a little awkward before I sent him back to sit with his teammates. There were about 50 or so matches and it took forever (a good 2 ½ to 3 hours). Alex won his match. Oakley wasn’t so lucky, getting pinned in 15 seconds. Luke just needed his Daddy to console him a little. He was fine afterwards and really perked up when he learned that he got to choose where we ate dinner. Matt’s team did very well. He is a natural and the kids really responded well to him. In fact, he ended up winning not only his dual meet but won the overall as well! Congrats to Matt and Luke for a fun first night of elementary wrestling. Despite the other kids trying very hard to talk him out of it, Lukey chose KFC for dinner. We felt sorry for the young workers in there. It was the first Friday of Lent and they had been swamped earlier. I think we were the only ones in there, but they were struggling. When we found the tables sticky, that should’ve been our sign to leave, but it was only the start. They came out and cleaned it for us but then the soda fountain had issues with the Pepsi being out and the Dr. Pepper having the wrong mix. From there it got worse. They shorted us a piece of chicken, gave us the wrong size of sides, shorted us 3 biscuits and flat out forgot Abby’s popcorn chicken (it took them 25 minutes to get it to her so they compensated by getting her a Butterfinger pie on the house!). The kids working were very nice and they worked hard to make things right for us, but it will probably be a long time before we eat there again. All Ann and I could do was laugh several times through our meal and all the way home.

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We were up early for the kiddos to get haircuts in Columbus. Ann ran the kids over while I stayed home, regretting all the greasy food from the night before. Afterwards, she shopped till she dropped with the kids, getting them new clothes for the big Scheu family wedding next weekend. She got Lukey more jeans. He is going through them faster than even Matt did at this age! He got jeans for school, then more at Christmas, more today and then Ann ordered more over the internet later. That boy is growing fast and playing hard. I stayed home on the couch and watched the truck race from last night and then the Nationwide race in the afternoon. Danica again had a big wreck and Smoke should’ve won again but leave it to a Busch to screw things up and cause a big wreck on the final turn of the race. Mom and Dad enjoyed afternoon naps while the kids played outside until they got too cold. Sunday was more of the same. The kids helped Ann & I clean up around the house and got rewarded with ice cream from Dairy Point. We had more naps in the afternoon instead of the Daytona 500 due to it being rained out for the first time ever. I hope the DVR doesn’t screw it up…or that I don’t screw up setting the recordings! Luke & I worked on our Hot Wheels. He helped me figure out how to get paint 40 year old paint off a classic red line. He had the idea of how to do it and did a good job of helping me to scrub it down and reveal a lovely blue Super Van with flames, a rarity from the 1975 Cut-Off Canyon playset. Thanks again, Luke! Good job buddy. He gets in to the cars nearly as much as I do.

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Next up is the video section, including two home videos this week and several from around the internet:

And finally, our Waybac section has some goodies this week and we lead off with a program of Grandmaw Brown’s (AKA Joan Morgan here) graduation in 1943. Next are a few more the spring of 1968 with some great pictures of Grandmaw & Grandpaw Brown and Mom & Dad Scheu on their wedding day in Lafayette. Next are several classic shots from Mom & Dad Bryan’s wedding in the summer of 1978 at the 40 & 8 in Lafayette with great picture of Mom, Day & I of course but also Dad’s friend Steve from California and his wife; Linda Workman from Mom’s work (I always liked her so much!); a couple crops of a classic of Nathan & I; as well as Aunt Karen with infant Emily and some other folks I don’t recognize. We finish up in November / December of 1979 out in Temple City with a great one of the only visit by Aunt Midge & Uncle Hi out in California. The back cutely reads, “November 24, 1979…Aunt Midge with Ronnie.” 😉 I believe it is in Midge’s handwriting. And finally we have some more of the great pictures from Carol and her significant other at our home on N Soreno Dr. I love the lighting in these…

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

4 comments to Gotta Go Away from the Place…I Gotta Quit You, Yeah

  • Mom

    Let me start by saying…Abby you are getting better, especially defensively, each game. Grandma was impressed..next, it really broke my heart to see my little guy and his opponent really manhandled Luke and I wanted to say “get off of him”!! Isn’t that something that I feel that way and I also felt sorry for him at the end. I think he was disappointed with himself and embarrassed. He really tried in the beginning and it wasn’t till the end that he seemed to run out of gas! Good pics of the kids and their new haircuts! On the oldies but goodies….on the pics from dad and my wedding, the couple that are by themselves were friends of your dads and his name was Steve Hyer and his wife is Rita. The one where dad and I are talking to a couple is a girl and her husband that I worked with during the lunch program at Tecumseh Jr. High. They bought your grannys home on Highland Ave. but were only there a few years and they divorced and sold the property. She was a real sweetheart…I hope she is happy now. It took me awhile to recognize who that was!! The pics of Aunt Midge and Robby were taken about 2 weeks after Robs birth when she and Hi came to California and stayed with us for a few days. They were visiting family and I was glad to have her help as Rob was a very coliky baby. She always called him “Little Ronnie” Funny huh?? Didn’t see any of Carol and her friend??? Take care and again I enjoyed it all!!! Love ya..XXXOOO’s

  • I should’ve been clearer in my description…the last few pictures taken by Carol and her girlfriend. Sorry! Luke gave up less because he was tired and more because he was hurt by the elbow on his sternum. He is a little young for this program and due to his size, is forced to match up with bigger, stronger and older boys. He is struggling in practice and his confidence is shook right now.

  • Mom

    I understand Luke’s point of view…he is young and bless his heart he did try. I remembered the girls name that I worked with at Tecumseh that is in that pic with her husband…her name is Shirley. Don’t know if you remember her or not. It was Carol and Carmen that were our friends in CA that were sooo generous with their time in taking these photos and they also got Rob some really neat clothes and diapers that they liquid painted little caracters on. I used them a burp rags. Takes Tom

  • Mom

    I meant thanks…

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