And as It was, then again It will Be…

It was another blur of a week here at the Scheu abode. Even though it was a long one, there was so much that it went really fast. It was hot, humid and rainy for a lot of the week. We could tell it was the end of summer as the sounds of locusts permeated the air. Luke and Abby kept us busy running here and there; Matt had a big surprise for Ann; and we continued to enjoy all 552 episodes of the Simpsons marathon being aired on FXX this week.
Matt finally had his first day of classes at U Indy on Monday morning. Luke had football in the heat and humidity. It was like playing in a giant armpit that night! Bryan decided to go no pads for the practice, having the boys in just helmets and shorts. We worked primarily on conditioning since that was the major shortcoming last week. Ann took Abby to jazz class that night as well. We picked up an extra player that had quit earlier in the year. Bryan had to pull some strings, but got him reinstated in the league. Later I found out that his step-father pulled him out again after practice. So all the work that was done behind the scenes was all for naught…some people just don’t get it. And that is the frustration of coaching kids at this age. We cannot control what happens with their families. I even took the boy home after practice last night and offered to do it each practice/game…even offered to pick him up. He is a good kid and a really good player but with all the other circumstances, we won’t see him again. We have several new social media pictures to share this week: Lola on National Dog Day; Wendy’s daughter; Phyllis & Dick; my old friend Mark Kosior; Grace and the boys out of the studio for one show in Aspen; Old Ben getting a facelift; the new Darth Vader Hot Wheel car; a few Calvin & Hobbes panels; Abby driving the Pacifica; Lynz at her BFF’s wedding; Abby and the Pirateers; a classic of Gracie; Phyllis & Dick’s 60th anniversary announcement; and the Sword & Shield.

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Abby had Pirateers practice before school on Tuesday. She also had Pirateers practice after school also as they continue to prepare for their opening night performance on Friday. Luke & I had football practice with Bryan and Drew. After having such an outstanding practice on the previous night, the boys had a lousy performance this evening. The boys are too old to continue holding their hands and so we are going to try a new approach. At times we are working harder than the boys and seem to care more than them too. We need them to encourage each other and find motivation from the inside.
Abby was in to school early on Wednesday morning for Student Council. Luke had basketball practice that evening. I worked really late that night to complete the first phase of our XP to 7 computer conversion. There has been more of a focus on this project since this past weekend when a major healthcare facility was hacked and compromised. I finally got home just as the sun was setting. Abby was kind enough to exercise with me so we went for a sunset walk around the neighborhood before calling it a day.

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On Thursday, Luke and I returned to North Park for football practice. The team was a little banged up from Tuesday, so we worked with pads only and did very little hitting. We have a pair of bad knees and a swollen ankle to nurse until Saturday. We had only eleven kids that evening and one got hurt, so we were sweating it for this weekend’s game. Abby had her final Pirateers practice before her big gig at Shriver Field the next night.
I took the day off on Friday to allow one of my employees to get some hours due to our low census. I took advantage of the extra time at home to get our lawn mowed and trimmed. They have broken ground on two more homes in the back addition. Initially we thought someone had bought the lot behind us, but it turns out to be down a couple lots. I took some extra time and pulled the truck around to the back to clean up some things behind our back fence. I figured I better get back there before someone starts building and I can’t drive back there any longer. I picked up Luke. Abby went home with her Pirateers friend. Ann came home and Luke went over to Oakley’s house. Before long, we heard a knock at the door. I had talked to Matthew earlier in the week and so I knew he was coming home, but he asked me not to say anything to his mom. She was so excited, she started crying. It was a beautiful moment. Matt was back and all was right in the world again. It instantly felt like he never left. The dogs were glad to see him, that’s for sure! They’ve been driving us nuts since he went to school. It was so good to spend time with him again. It sounds stupid, but it felt like he was gone for months, not days. It wasn’t long before I headed over to the game to meet up with Bryan. He and I were doing stats again for the varsity football team. Thankfully, the coaches took our advice and upgraded to a different version of the software from last week. We did much, much better this week. Abby and the Pirateers performed before the game and again at halftime with the soundtrack provided by Bryan’s oldest (Myles) and the high school band. It was very cool to see Matt back on the field during warm-ups and was excited to see several of last years’ seniors back on the sidelines to support the football team. The game itself was ugly. Jennings County had their way with the Pirates and it was really never close. Afterwards we stayed afterwards and talked to several folks we hadn’t seen since last football season. We tried to go to Pizza King but it was a madhouse so we ended up at Mancino’s for dinner with Bryan, Drew, Myles and his friend, our three kids, Megan, Ann & I. We had the place pretty much to ourselves. We had pizzas and couple pitchers before calling it a night.

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We enjoyed sleeping in on Saturday morning. Megan spent the night. Luke & I left before the girls even got up. We headed out to North Park for the football games vs. Batesville. It was raining when we got there to watch the 3rd grade battle. Paul was coaching Conner and the Bulldogs to a win. Afterwards we got lunch at Burger King and then set up the gazebo due to the heavy rain. Paul again coached when the Bulldogs with Cayden and the 1st graders, right before our game. We saw Cayden score at least two TD’s! We had a good warm-up and felt good going in to the game. We had 13 kids for this game. We still miss our best player, who will miss at least two more games yet. Our injured players all came out and played significant time in the game. Thanks to Matt for taking video for me this week. Luke played kicker, having several good kickoffs, a successful onside kick and made 1 of 2 extra points. The one he missed was when the ground / ball were still wet. The one he made was kicked so hard it actually went in to the creek by the baseball field! He played tight end, tackle and center on shotgun snaps as well. He ran the ball once and may have made it in if not for being brought down by an illegal facemask. Defensively he played defensive end. He had several great tackles, caused a fumble and recovered a fumble. Our defense had 5 turnovers altogether! We had a pick-six and four fumble recoveries. They had zero yards passing and very few yards rushing. We had several tackles for loss and got our first shutout of the year on our way to our first victory of the year, 27-0! We planned to go to Paul & Dayla’s afterwards. We went home and got showers and took Luke out to stay the night at Bryan & Angie’s house. However, once we got there, we ended up drinking a couple brews, took a tour of the new house and before we knew it, we were sitting down watching the boys jump in the lake and really didn’t feel like going to a party. So we ended up playing cards (boys ruled Euchre – winning best of 5 series), drinking some Sailor and grilling out (Bryan had some great steaks and burgers) before calling it an early night. Abby & Myles practiced their driving skills (both will get their licenses soon), going for an hour or more around the neighborhood. Hopefully we can catch up with Paul, Dayla and the boys soon…

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We slept in again on Sunday. We were lazy bones all day. Drew ended up coming home with Luke and they played all day/night and he spent the night with us. We did our weekly household chores and enjoyed movies and naps most of the day. Ann made a great dinner and Matt went back to school. We had fewer tears this time, but they were still there. He said he really enjoyed the first week of school. He ended up dropping a class because he already earned credit for it thanks to taking it in high school last year. In fact, he is already a 2nd semester freshman due to the dual credit classes he endured last year. Hopefully he will come home again soon. Ann took Abby driving while the boys played outdoors on the big dirt hill out back. Boy, were they muddy afterwards! Meanwhile, I watched the NASCAR race in Atlanta enjoyed the rest of the night. It was Tony Stewart’s first race back in a few weeks and the investigation in to his accident is ongoing. The start of the race was great – Gordon was in 2nd and challenged for the lead for 100 laps. Tony charged towards the front, passing 10 cars in the opening laps alone and running in the top 5 before disaster struck. Jeff blew a front left tire and ended up in the wall, went two laps down and had to battle the whole night just to get back on the lead lap, finishing 17th eventually. Tony was put in the wall and then blew a tire later, ending his night – finishing near the bottom. We turned it off and got caught up on our DVR shows, falling asleep on the couches.

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We enjoyed sleeping in again on Monday morning. It was Labor Day and the fourth day off in a row for me. It has been a great weekend. Ann ran Luke to basketball practice and took Drew home. Abby had her new boyfriend, Kirk, come over to meet me so they could go on a date to the movies. He made a good first impression and we have heard nothing but good things about him. I heard from Luke’s all-star baseball coaches today out of the blue. They want us to move away from the league next year and become strictly a travel team this spring. I’m not sure how I feel about that – I did not care for it when Abby played softball every weekend, so we may pass on it. Ann made tacos for dinner and we took it easy all day, enjoying the day off and getting ready for the short week coming at us tomorrow.
Next up is our Waybac section, which features four great pictures of Mom as well as several from our family over the past 25 years. We lead off with Thanksgiving in 1979 out in Temple City; then Rob & Grandpaw in April ’80; our young family back in Indiana – standing in the backyard of our Kenwood home in LP and then looking out at Lilly Lake from the side yard at the same home; Grandmaw & Grandpaw in Elmira, MI with Norma & Ralph after getting 312 mushrooms in May of ’80; Uncle Dan’s new play set in Kokomo in September ’81; Katie with Justin Paul (Vird & Belinda’s first child) with Katie in October ’82 (he would die shortly hereafter); a great photo of Mom, Rob & I with Grandmaw Brown, her father and her Aunt – circa ’82; Grandpaw with wig in April ’83 (both of those taken on Elmwood Ave in Lafayette; Grandpaw & Rob in the Rockwood home in LP in May ’83; Rob and then Dan & Sharon at Christmas in ’83; Grandmaw playing cards on our front porch on Rockwood on Grandpaw’s birthday in July ’84 – note that lovely ’64 Galaxie 500 parked behind her (she looks a little tipsy); Mom at Christmas in ’85; Dad on vacation in April ’86 in Orlando; Mom & Rob and then Dad & Rob in July ’86; Rob at Christmas in ’86; Paul & I playing Frisbee in Brown Co. State Park in ’91; Paul & I with Chopper at Tommy Jobe’s apartment in Franklin in ’91; Abby & Ann at Christmas in 2002; Dad parasailing in May ’03; Matt, Grandmaw & Gigi pushing newborn Luke & young Megan and then Abby driving the Hot Wheels Lamborghini with me in the 4th of July Fair parade in ’03; and finally our good friend George “The Don” Yokum posing with his new car in FL in November ’03.

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For the Shit that Luke Says, we had several this week but only one I can remember as I write this evening. It was today while Abby had her new boyfriend come over to meet me. As she and Kirk were sitting and chatting with Ann & I in the living room, in comes Luke. He proceeds to sit down and say, “Dad, I’ll go with them for you. I’ll have my clipboard and will check off the boxes for when they hold hands…kiss…and take notes.” I quickly shooed him out of the room while the three of us laughed and Abby hung her head in embarrassment. What a ham!
Next up is our video section, which includes three family videos and several from around the internet this week.

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

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