In the Summertime – when the Weather is High

It feels like summer now, that’s for sure as we enjoyed THIS Memorial Day weekend – the unofficial kickoff to our favorite season! It was a completely different story than what we experienced a year ago when this area was ravaged by three tornados. We have had near-record heat all week and been out in it most of the time as well. The kids enjoyed the start of their summer vacation. Our Cincinnati Reds are in first place in their division but the Pacers were eliminated by the Heat. Dario Franchitti won his 3rd Indy 500 and Casey Kahne won the Coca-Cola 600 (Jeff finally got a top 10!). We had a busy sports week locally as well and we got to see some old family and friends. All in all, it was a very good week and a great way to kick off the summer!!
We start off all the way back to last Sunday. It was championship Sunday for Luke and his all-star team that were competing in their final tourney of the year. It was here at home, called the Spring Swing. Their first game was early in the morning vs. a very tough Indianapolis Bulls team that dominated us last year. However, this year the Stars would turn the tables on the team that has been playing since last November and had not lost a game yet (41-0). Luke went 4-4 with two doubles, and two singles (he hit one to the fence where Ann & I were sitting out in centerfield to try and beat the heat in the shade), had 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored as he and his teammates took it to the Bulls and beat them in 5 innings, 16-6! We left Luke with his buddy Brendon and his mother, Cecelia and headed to the high school with Abby. Abby and all the girls from Dixon Studios were performing in the season-ending Dixon Dance Revue. Abby was in 4 dances – her two competition dances from this year plus 2 all-star teams, including the opening and closing acts. Matt & I got flowers for Bu, where she was wonderful as always. She is such a natural and we are very proud of her accomplishments in dance this year. Meanwhile, Luke was playing in the championship game of the Spring Swing vs. the Whiteland all-stars. Lukey went 2-3 with a double, single, an RBI and a run scored. He also made a nice defensive play on a long ball that he caught with one hand on the fence! Although the boys hung tough, they ultimately came up a little short and lost 8-3 to bring home 2nd place. This was the final game for this version of the Greensburg all-star team. We will lose a few boys and will likely bring back everyone plus a few new ones, as the all-star team is voted on by all the league coaches. That team will get picked very soon and we look for practices / tourneys to resume in a couple weeks. Thanks to Cecelia for taking the video. Even though it is sideways, it is still better than nothing and we appreciate the effort. Perhaps one day, I will take the time to figure out how to flip it 90 degrees. In the meantime, you can just tilt your head and follow along. LOL! To celebrate the day’s accomplishments, Ann & I took the kids out to Buffalo Wings & Rings for dinner to cap a very busy week…

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Monday was the last day of school and my first day back to work in over a week! It was crazy busy at work for both Ann & I. I was late to work, attending Abby’s awards day at the junior high school, first thing in the morning. She cleaned up by winning 6 awards! Way to go, Bu! She got Top 10 in math for 6th graders, Top 10 FACS, Student Council, Perfect Attendance, Academic Team and A/B Honor Roll. After school, Matt had lifting. I picked up the kids at Mom & Sandy’s house and when we got home Ann had beaten us there…and as we got closer we could see that both of our dogs were standing on the front porch! Someone forgot to close the gait to the backyard fence – we couldn’t believe Lola didn’t run off! Last week, I forgot to mention Luke wrapped up a week-long basketball camp last Friday – thanks to Gigi for the pics and Gma for the transports! That evening, Luke had baseball vs. the Mets – going 3 for 3 with 1 RBI & 3 runs scored – it was a tough game as the boys were very tired from the hot, sunny weekend tourney that concluded yesterday. It was not their best game but somehow pulled squeaked out a win 11-9. The kids were exhausted and all three kids fell asleep on the couches that evening – none cuter than Luke & Bu cuddling all night on the living room small sofa. Rob sent over some great pictures of the final day of Week 19 at the Sand Pebble.

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The kids stayed home on Tuesday. Since I missed (completely forgot!) my appointment yesterday, I got my haircut today. Matt had lifting at the high school that Gma got him back and forth to. Abby had softball (I helped coach 3rd base). We played good enough to win against Bu’s good buddy and dance teammate, Cara and her Eaton Day team (Abby played on this team two years ago). Bu had a decent game, going 2-3 with a run scored but we ended up losing narrowly. Luke was thrilled to see and hang out with Cara’s dad, Derrick – his dance competition buddy. Abby and her ETC team are still winless on the season – which seems to be a pattern lately for Abby’s softball teams. Abby played all over the infield tonight – started at 3rd base before moving to 2nd and finally ending up back home at 1st base.

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The kids were better on Wednesday. Matt has lifting again and Abby had softball that evening. It was picture night and although I refused numerous times, I somehow ended up in the picture. Bu played 1st base the entire game but we still had a mix and match infield. I convinced him to try and keep it consistent for the next few games. Bu struggled a bit at the plate, going 1-3 tonight with a single, ground out and strike out as ETC lost again. It was American Idol night. Ann made popcorn and we saw one of our season-long favorites (Ann picked him during the auditions!), Phillip Phillips, was crowed the 2012 American Idol winner. We can’t wait to hear his first album!

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Thursday night was very warm. Matt had lifting and Abby had softball for the third day in a row. This time it was the late (twilight) game, meaning we got home late as well, so we had dinner before the game. It was a yummy tuna salad sandwich meal that was just right for a hot summer night. The ETC infield was pretty good and Bu did great at first. However, we could do nothing at the plate, including Abby who was 0-2. She seemed to have good swings but the balls were just duds coming off the bat and I wonder if her bat has gone bad for whatever reason. I asked her to try a teammate’s bat for the next couple games and if she does better, we’ll have to get her a new one. Matt mowed the lawn and then ended up spending the night at his good buddy’s house, Joel (ironically, they live two houses down from Maryann & Sandy, in Ann’s childhood home!). We took Abby and Luke to the A&W Root Beer stand for floats after the game. The Pacers were knocked out of the NBA playoffs by the Labron James & Duane Wade’s Miami Heat, 4 games to 2. I was up late that night, working on the scanning project and got almost all of it done.

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It was an absolute scorcher in the 90’s on Friday. Today was the one year anniversary of the unmerciful weather that tore through Bartholomew and Decatur County and blew apart our home and yard – along with so many of our neighbors. What a difference a year makes, eh? Today, things were much calmer and instead of devastation, Abby went with her friends to the pool, though I hear she had boys flocking around her the whole time instead. Matt ended up staying all day and again that night at Joel’s house, stopping by momentarily to pick up his airsoft rifle and ammo. Luke had baseball that evening versus the Cubs, which had two of his buddies on the team – Jeremy (“Germie” and Luke Hellmich – Phyllis & Dick’s grandson). Luke and the Sox had recovered with the several days off and came out like gang busters! They jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Luke was again the lead-off hitter (he has been all year) and went 2-3 with and early strike-out (coach admitted he was throwing much too slow to start the game) but followed up with a triple and then another home run! It was his 5th homer of the season (I think). The Sox had one inning where they had back to back to back homers with Luke and his friends Drew and Brendan. Way to go, boys!! They really put a hurting on the Cubs, winning 16-4 in 5 innings – but it was the defense where the Sox really looked good. Defensively, they can play with anyone. After the game, the three homer buddies stayed the night at Drew’s house after going to the movies. Meanwhile, Ann & I took Abby out to our favorite Chinese restaurant, the Panda Garden for dinner. That night, Vicky’s youngest son Seth had his high school graduation. We were hopeful that we could make it up to see them but we didn’t get done with dinner until well after nine, so we called it a night and headed on home.

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We were up early to get a head start on working outside before it heated up again – which it did…up in to the mid-90s! Abby went to Gma & Gigi’s with me to mow (though Dee had done it earlier in the week!). We were still able to trim and clean-up the yard to make it look real nice. We took Molly with us in the truck and she seemed to really enjoy it. We then came home and did yard work here as well, including mowing (though Matt had done most of it earlier in the week), trimming, as well as some tree trimming and general clean-up of the yard. We grabbed some lunch and headed back out with Luke & Bu to get oil changes and car washes in all three of our family vehicles. Afterwards went returned to A&W for more root beer floats! That evening, I finally finished up the scanning project and will resume our Waybac features. Thanks to Gigi, I have photos from the week I was in Florida with Luke playing against the Blue Jays. Thanks Gigi, these pictures are wonderful!!

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We woke to race day coverage on the news on Sunday morning. I love watching all the people come in to the city and all the happenings. Late in the morning, we headed up to Fishers to Uncle Chuck & Aunt Cindy’s house for an Indy 500 race party. It was our first visit to their lovely home which is situated in an upscale neighborhood on a lovely private lake. The kids played outside by the dock while the adults gathered around Chuck’s bar in the basement and listened to the race with their favorite beverage. We entered in to one of the race pools and Abby won $20! We had a nice big lunch which included a bunch of KFC! We played football, baseball and slip n’ slide with the kids… There were several Scheu’s in attendance, including: Dad & Barb, Sally & Scott, Vicky, Kimmy & Chuck w/ their kiddos Braden & Gavin, Billy & Blancha, Chris & Trish w/ their kids Carson, Jack & Joey; plus several of Cindy’s family members. It was a nice, laid-back party that featured an exciting race that saw Dario Franchitti win his 3rd race at the Brickyard in the 96th running of the greatest spectacle in racing! We left shortly after the race and headed down to Batesville to meet up with our friends at Paul & Dayla’s house. We played pool volleyball and cornhole late in to the evening. It was great to see our old friends Paul & Dayla as well as Gino and his kids. Matt drove us home that night and did a great job. It was a night of several firsts for this young driver. It was his first real night drive. It was his first interstate drive. It was the first time he went 70 miles per hour (and the first time he went over 70 mph)…and it was the first time he drove through McDonald’s drive through after midnight. 😉 It was a long day but it was a great way to end the week…

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Next up, we have 4 new family videos as well as several from around the net that I have enjoyed this week:

Today we have our first batch of the next section of Waybac photos. Leading off is Aunt Sue from April of ’61 at a photo shoot and then a week later on April 15th at St. Mary’s cathedral where she married Hank Funkhouser. Also included are several from 1964, including 4 generations with Aunt Judy and my cousin, Cathy in January; Cathy at 11 months in September, and again at 14 months in December and finally Cathy with Aunt Judy outdoors in the summertime. Next up is David at 1 month old and Cathy at 1 year and 11 months in September of 1965.

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Also in this batch, we have a few from John & June’s wedding at St. Mary’s in Lafayette in December of 1968 and also includes Uncle Hank. Next up are a few from another photo session in June of 1970 and feature Cathy at 6 ½ years old and David was 5. We also have Cathy & David riding a horse in October of 1970 and finally Steven at 8 months of age in November of 1978.

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What a wonderful week it was and we sincerely hope that this week is indicative of what’s to come this summer – lots of sun, heat, family, friends, sports and fun! Thoughts and prayers remain with Mom & Dad down in Florida. Stay strong, mama…we all love you very, very much!!
Thanks as always for keeping up with us this time out and we’ll catch up with you next time. Until then, have a good one.
Later, Scheu

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