Oh…Oh…Oh…Ohhhhh – Here we Go Again…

It was a week of change for the Scheu abode. We had our final winter sports banquet. We started our first couple spring sports. We saw both snow showers and chilling temps in the low 20s…and the warm sun cause us to find our shades and allow us to wear shorts outside and enjoy temps near 70! We drafted our new baseball team and we got our outside stuff set up for the warmer months around the house and put away our winter stuff, including the last winter-time decoration from the porch. We failed to mention it was Dad B’s birthday last Sunday. We called but only got the answering machine, so we sang to it in hopes that he remembered how to retrieve voicemails from the machine! LOL
It was back to school on Monday. It snowed in the morning but became partly sunny and warmer in the afternoon. After school, Abby went to track practice and Matt had his first football (lifting) practice. Abby tried out for the 100 meter dash, the long jump and the high jump. That evening, we took Matt to the high school for the wrestling awards banquet. It was great to see all the kids and their parents again. I really thought Matt would get some sort of recognition for the strength, heart and courage this year as he battled through his terrible shoulder injury to qualify for Regionals and have a winning record while competing in the 220 lb weight class. Unfortunately, he came home empty-handed. Bryan asked me to be his assistant baseball coach and it was opening day in the MLB. The Reds took on the dangerous California Angels but lost in 13 innings. That evening, the city held a pep rally for the State Champion Pirate basketball team with a parade through town and a rally at the high school. Afterwards, Ann orchestrated an After-Prom meeting w/ Shawna.

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Abby was in early on Tuesday for Student Council. She had track practice afterwards and then a parents meeting (how many is this for us now??). Matt stayed after school to for football practice lifting and then later to watch the girls’ tennis match. He was a little coy about the nature of who was watching. Ann and Abby went tanning while Luke and I stayed home and exercised before going out to the back lot and playing catch. Although it was sunny that evening, it was still pretty chilly, never getting out of the 40s.
Matt had physical therapy on Wednesday. Abby had track after school then tanned with Ann and then it was on to jazz class – which was extra long to make up for lost time since competitions are so close now. Luke & I exercised on the treadmill, finished up the leftover food from Grandma’s house on Easter and then played baseball again in the back lot. We threw for awhile but even though I started him slowly, he still threw way too hard too soon and strained his shoulder. So we switched to batting practice for about a half hour till it was too dark to see. I spoke to Bryan about baseball again – as I said, he finally caved in to peer pressure and signed his life away for one more season of head coaching. I encouraged him to get someone who knows baseball well or get us an instructional tape!  We are going to be the Marlins, which won the league last year. Their coach moved up with his kid to majors. We do have Coach Moore (head varsity football coach)’s son; so hopefully he will have time to help facilitate practices as well. I’m not sure why he isn’t the head coach, to be honest. We haven’t been the Marlins since Matt’s first year in the league. Since neither of us knows much about the kids’ ability at this age other than the ones that we played travel ball with last summer, we discussed drafting by family. That worked out very well for us when I coached Matt’s Devil Rays team years ago. So I suggested we have a coaches meeting with the ladies and let them see who they recognize, family-wise. It made it so nice not to have any trashy people yelling and screaming nasties, unlike most teams we are on. We have lots of new Facebook pictures to share, including several of Abby and her buddies, Parker & the Easter Bunny, Dave w/ Pixie on Easter; our good friends Bryan & Angie taking the famous Bourbon Train through KY (they got to see the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile!); Haley & Ryan; Aunt Brenda and her granddaughter Bethany; Conner and friend; pep rally for the state-champion basketball team; the newest Scheu family addition – Sue’s great grandson (Jackie’s grandchild) and Jazmine’s first child, Jace Grant (congrats gals!!); and we also have Luke’s latest artwork pages.

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On Thursday, Matt went in early Leadership Academy for football. Also, Abby went in early for Student Council again. She also stayed late for a practice track meet but she has no idea how she did. She did make the varsity team for Monday’s opening track meet though and will travel to Brookville. Matt had physical therapy, football practice and then watched opening day of baseball where we won like 21-0 over Waldron. Ann and Abby prepped for dance again, this time working on hair then tanning then getting on to tap class. Luke & I exercised (I am up to a mile and a half now on the treadmill) then practiced baseball again. Luke’s shoulder was still sore, so we did some stretching but threw only lightly for a few minutes then did batting practice for a about an hour till dark again. It was too late to make dinner, so I had Matt go to Taco Bell for us boys and we all fell asleep on the couches. I know I saw the girls come home, but that’s about all I remember…
Both of my maintenance guys started their vacation today. I asked our old buddy JT to help fill in, so it will be good to see him, but it was weird being at work without Philip or Dennis around. Abby again had track practice. Matt attended the high school baseball game then was supposed to go out with his buddies but ended up coming home and hanging out at home w/ Bu. I went with Luke after work to his first all-star baseball practice. Afterwards, we came home for Luke to get a shower and change, pick up Ann and went out to Bryan & Angie’s house for a coaches’ meeting and dinner. We were expecting to buy a pizzas but Bryan ended up cooking out steaks on the grill! It was a gorgeous afternoon and evening in the 60’s. We had a great time. We came up with a good plan for the draft the next day. The steaks were amazing; the bourbon was top notch and the cigars topped it off. The boys’ victory over the gals in euchre was just the icing on the cake. We had to call it an early evening as we all had to be up early the next morning. Luke stayed the night with Drew. And sadly Phi Delt brother and famous film critic, Roger Ebert, died at age 70 of cancer today. Abby brought home her basketball pictures finally. I’m not sure where these have been or if she just got them – it’s hard telling with our kids. Abby was also in the paper again this week. This time it was for the All-A Honor Roll. There was also a really cool edition of the newspaper that featured the basketball team.

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I got up fairly early to take Bu in to town for a Student Council function, but she was confused and said that wasn’t sure it was actually occurring and she ended up missing it. Later, I met up with Bryan at the Armory, where we held the minor league draft. I picked up Luke and we went out to the ball diamonds and picked up our league gear. We came home and de-winterized our house. We got out our chair cushions, put away the snow shovels, got out the hoses, set up the tree swing, opened up the crawlspace vents and straightened up the shed. Ann & Bu went tanning, Abby had track practice in the late afternoon and Ann went scrapbooking all evening. Matt picked up take-out from Koch’s for us for dinner and we watched the Final Four basketball games that evening. Wichita State almost pulled off the upset but Louisville prevailed in an exciting first game. And in a near repeat, Syracuse nearly knocked off Michigan in another game that went right down to the final minute. So it will be Louisville against Michigan in the final next week.
We slept in on Sunday morning before doing our weekly chores around the house, catching up on our DVR’ed shows and watching the NASCAR race. In the early evening, Luke had all-star baseball practice again. This week, we also celebrated the 40th anniversary of one of the greatest albums of all time and a definite desert island pick for me – Led Zeppelin’s class, “Houses of the Holy.” My radio station (WJAA) honored it by playing all 8 of the album tracks many times throughout the week. IN fact, they were on such a roll this week that at one point, I thought I had my iPod playing as they played Blue Cheer, Iron Butterfly, Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, The Who, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC and Rush within an hour and a half stretch – how many stations out there can say they play a line up like this still? Outstanding!!

Next up is our video section which features one new family video and several from around the internet.

I actually had a couple entries for the Shit that Luke Says section, but as usual; I forgot to write them down and forgot them. 

Our final section is also my favorite – our Waybac photos. Leading off this week, we have a bunch from the summers of 1958 & 1959 with some absolutely classic photos that I’ve never seen before, featuring Mom (aged 9 & 10), Grandmaw (33 & 34 years old), Grandpaw (35 & 36 years old), Aunt Midge and her first husband and Mom’s dog, Rusty. That is followed by several newspaper clips of Grandpaw from 1963, 1965 & 1971 as well as a couple of pictures that would end up in the newspaper of Grandpaw driving an old Galaxie (this is not like my ’64 – but similar, so maybe a ’65?) and working security downtown while the courthouse was under renovation in ’71. Next is a picture of me in about ’71, the 1972 St Boniface Church directory and Nathan with Sharon & Dan in about 1977. Next up is a picture of Grandmaw & Grandpaw’s trip to DC with a picture of the White House in September of 1980; Thanksgiving in 1980 in LP on Kenwood St., New Year’s Eve a month later (nice outfit, Dad!); Grandpaw & Schnapps at home in June of ’81; Grandpaw’s 58th birthday about a month later, up at our new Rockwood St. home in LP – out on the screened-in front porch; and Rob at our birthday party in Kokomo in October of ’81. Next is Dad sleeping during our birthday party in LP in October of ’86; Rob dressed in his football gear on Halloween a couple days later; Tammie & Brett’s wedding in June of ’88; Matt, Bu, Keith, Megan and I at our annual 4th of July party in our backyard in 2002; Matt & Bu during the Fair Parade a couple week later (with a ’64 Galaxie 500!); Matt holding Luke w/ Bu looking on in June of 2003; Abby’s birthday party in September of ’03; and finally the kids with Mom up at their Rossville home in December of the same year for the Bryan Christmas.

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Well that does it for this week’s episode of the Scheu Family Blog. If you are still reading at this point – thank you for keeping up with us this time out and we’ll catch up with you again next week. Until then, have a good one. We miss you, Mom and still think of you daily…
Later, Scheu

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