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It was a new start at the Scheu abode this week. Luke & Abby went back to school. Luke finished up his baseball season as well as basketball camp so he could focus solely on football. The NFL preseason games got underway. Abby got signed up for another season at Dixon for both tap and jazz dance classes. And Matt continued to prep for his fall semester at U Indy while working at MESCO for Bryan.
Monday was the first day of school for the kids in town. Luke & Abby posed for their annual photo with their new clothing and accessories. Luke had his first practice with full pads. We got another couple of kids signed up and now I think we officially have 15 kids on the team. Thankfully they are good kids and I think we can have a better season than we did last year. Later that evening, Matt & I dropped off Bebe to get the front window motor replaced. Ann & I obviously don’t like the fact that we already have to make repairs to this car so soon after purchasing it and hope it is not an omen of things to come.
Luke & I were back at North Park for football practice on Tuesday evening. We had a great practice that night, working on more hitting as well as blocking and tackling – two things near and dear to my heart. As my coaches preached to me years ago, football is an easy game. Whichever team does a better job of these two aspects of the game will win. Abby had Pirateers practice as well that evening. Ann made awesome spaghetti with homemade giant meatballs for dinner that we munched on for a few days this week.
Luke returned to basketball camp with Coach McIntire at the Fieldhouse on Wednesday evening. Abby got her hair cut (thankfully she was talked out of getting bangs cut in to her lovely head). And Matt was happy to get his Bebe back. We have a ton of pictures of Luke’s final baseball tourney of the year from last week in Seymour. The boys wound up 2nd. Luke played very good at first base with one error the whole weekend, recording 2 assists and 16 putouts. He batted .415 on the weekend, going 5-12 with 1 double and 4 singles. He also reached base on 3 walks and 2 hit-by-pitches, bringing his on-base percentage to .705 for the weekend. He also had 4 RBIs, stole 10 bases and scored 4 runs from his clean-up position. Luke also pitched 8 innings. He walked 4 while striking out a whopping 20 batters! He gave up 3 hits and 4 runs, 3 of them earned, brining his ERA to a respectable 2.66. Overall, he had a pretty solid weekend.

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Matt called me on Thursday and told me that one of his turn signals was acting weird – blinking really fast. I told him that meant he had a light burned out. When we got home, we took it all apart and discovered he had two bulbs burned out. We ran to Wal-Mart and picked up a few things and got the lights changed out. Abby had Pirateers practice again that night and Luke got his haircut. He really looks like a football player with his new “buzz.” And Luke worked on his kickoffs at home and was doing a really good job. He had several that went a good 30-40 yards.
On the way to work on Friday, I drove past MESCO and couldn’t resist getting a picture of Bebe by the company sign out front. Luke & I started football practice in the rain that evening. After raining all day, the field should’ve been soaked, but it was so dried out that it soaked it all up. The rain quickly ended as practice started. We did more hitting today – really focused on positioning our bodies and not leading with our heads/helmets. We stayed late and worked on kicking. He is starting to get better but needs more practice. Matt went out with Colton for the night but had to be back somewhat early because he had to get up early for work in the morning. Ann had late night scrapbooking with Shawna at Mrs. B’s. Abby joined the Jr. Optimist club. We had plans to have a coaches meeting at Bryan’s house, but it would’ve been an awfully late start so we decided to push it back a week. We have many new social media pictures this week, including: Abby and friends; Luke’s all-star baseball team; Kate, Jake & kids; Barney & Steph, kids & grandkids; Jason & Erica’s oldest, Tyson, playing in the Colt World Series as part of the Lafayette All-Stars; Tammy’s lovely daughter, Leila; David Scheu’s lovely daughter Monica; Aunt Sharon Morgan, her daughter Angie and Angie’s lovely daughters; our good friends the Nobles; the ol’ FC campus Wellhouse; new Hot Wheels photos; the Reds will be hosing the All-Star game next year and this weekend was the annual Reds Hall of Fame ceremonies with some favorites from my childhood like Ron Oester and Dave Parker as well as one my age – Ken Griffey, Jr…damn, I’m old…; a newly surfaced photo outtake from the Abby Road LP shoot; Rush’s Geddy Lee birthday gig; and a couple Calvin & Hobbes panels.

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Luke was up early for his final session of basketball training on Saturday morning. Coach McIntire invited him to return for session 2. Luke wasn’t sure if he wanted to continue in the program, so we are focusing on football for the time being. Abby attended a Student Council fundraiser at the high school. Don Meyer Ford donated $20 to the high school for each test drive the kids were able to drum up. They had a dozen new cars at the school and Abby & Emma tracked down Luke & I the second we parked the truck. Luke was thrilled to ride in the 2015 convertible Mustang! We had fun test driving it but it went far too fast. Next, we walked over to Shiver Field where all of the boys in the football program were beginning to arrive for the annual Blue / White games. Our 5th graders took on the 6th graders in a controlled scrimmage where we had 20 minutes of offense and then 20 minutes of defense. Our offense looked good at times but struggled to reach paydirt. Defensively, we looked really good. We made a couple of mistakes and gave up two long runs – one that we stopped and one we didn’t. They scored 1 TD on us and that was it. This was the first time we even had the defense on the field all at one time. We were missing a couple key kids but we pulled together and did a nice job overall. We still have a few things we need to get better at and you can bet we will address them at practice this next week. Luke had about 10 tackles and helped lead the defense from the defensive end and middle linebacker positions. Offensively he started at halfback and then moved to fullback. He later moved to guard and did well for his first time running the ball. Ann and Abby volunteered in the concession stand. Matt even made a guest appearance. It was great to see him back on Shriver Field with the flags flying (indicating it was game day). He had a lot of fun talking with the boys of all ages, coaches and was even on the field to help us warm up and then take video of the defense while I was on-field giving instructions. Ann said I was a little loud on the field, but I say it was just enthusiasm for the first game. Afterwards, Abby went to a dinner party at El Reparo with her Pirateers friends. Luke came back and played basketball (he did that after the morning practice as well) and had Alex over to play for a few hours. Ann talked to Gary Bailey about Abby taking tennis lessons. And Matt, Ann & I took naps on the couches during the NASCAR race.
Sunday was a sleep-in day (finally!). We did lots of clean-up around the house. We got our weekly chores done and the kids got their rooms picked up (finally!). We watched our DVR’ed shows as well as the race – Jeff dropped out early after an electrical issue despite the fact that he led the most laps. The big news of the day was the tragic accident at a dirt track race last night, involving Tony Stewart. A driver had gotten out of his car and jumped in front of Tony’s car and was struck and killed. Smoke did the classy thing and sat out the race at Watkins Glenn in respect to the family mourning their loss…

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Next up is our Waybac section, featuring a few good pictures of my dear old mother, among others. We lead off this week with a funeral photo of Great Grandpa Brown in October of ’53; then move on to my birthday party in our basement in Lafayette in October of ’76; then Dad & Rob in Temple City in December ’79; Rob at the Brown’s home Lafayette in January ’80 and Rob, Nathan & I a few days later in Kokomo; Rob & I’s birthday in October ’82; Christmas in ’82 with Grandpaw, Dad, Rob & I; then a fish fry/family reunion in September ’83 at Kenny & Marilou’s (with Dad, Grandpaw & Mom); Great Grandma Brown’s old house in Rossville (next door to Kenny & Marilou), which no longer stands in October ’83; Rob at Grandmaw & Grandpaw’s dining room in October ’83; Great Grandpa Morgan’s funeral card in January ’85; Christmas in LaPorte in ’85 with Dad, Rob, Grandpaw/Grandmaw and Mom; Grandmaw Brown’s funeral in September ’88 with Norma, Ralph, Brenda & Steve; Paul & I in college in about ’91; Week 19 friends in the hot tub (Mike, Rose and family); Abby’s 4th birthday in Greensburg in September ’03; Bryan Family Xmas in Rossville with Mom & Bu; Matt & Heidi doing a Xmas play in ’03; and Abby’s first Dixon Dance Revue in May of 2004.

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Next up is our video section, which includes 6 new home movies and several vids from around the internet this week…

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

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