…But You Did…But You Did…But You Did…and I Thank You

We enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving, even though there were many of our family members that weren’t with us this year. It was a fast week and a long weekend. The kids got their midterms: Luke all A’s with one B; Abby same – all A’s with one B – Excellent! Abby got another pin for her letter jacket – she called it a nerd pin. I wasn’t sure what it was and I told her I never got one and how proud I was and she said that’s because I wasn’t a true nerd. LOL It got cold real fast again after a weekend reprieve. And we celebrated Thanksgiving instead of Thanxmas this year. Hello again and welcome to yet another chapter of the Scheu Family Blog.
It was a warm but wet start to the week as we went back to work/school in the pouring rain and howling wind. It was a long day for both Ann & I. Afterwards, Abby had Pirateers before going shopping with Ann and then on to Dixon Studio for jazz class. Luke did not have basketball practice and so went with Drew and Angie to the Y. I came home and ran a few errands before getting in the treadmill and then watching Purdue alum Drew Brees and his Saints take on the Ravens in MNF. We have lots of new social media pictures to share this week, including Phyllis & Dick putting up their huge Christmas trees; Aunt Sharon (Morgan) in CA; the Indy-bound Slicers & Charles Salary, their Mr. Football candidate who has nearly 3K rushing yards this season!; a cool picture of Dez catching the winning TD vs. the Giants; several cute pictures of Uncle John & Aunt June with Barney, Lindsay and their families with Turkey Day props; Metallica swag, including the Enter Santa bulb that I have to get; Grace and the Nocturnals continue to work in the studio on their follow-up LP; the Slicers & New Prairie Cougars held a joint pep rally at LP before they both went to state this year; Smith grandkids; Jack & Lynz celebrated their 1st anniversary; we watched A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving again this year; Luke; Lynz & Jack at the Purdue / IU Old Oaken Bucket game (IU won); Hannah hijacking Ann’s phone; and Slicers at state, including Charles Salary who had another 100 yard rushing effort vs. Cathedral this week.

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Tuesday was a cooler day that barely stayed above freezing. We picked up Luke and met up with Megan at home before heading to the high school for the boys opening basketball game vs. North Decatur. Abby danced many times at the game with several wardrobe changes. I thought the girls looked really good – I especially liked one that they did which featured a mix of classic rock songs. Matt was at the game, home for the holiday weekend. Mom & Gigi also joined us at the game. While Luke ran around with Drew and his girlfriend Olivia, the rest of us watched a pretty good game that was surprisingly close.

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Wednesday went fast. The new dorm that is being built next to us at work is really coming along. Also, we finally got started on our roof project after about a year of delays. We were able to get out of work a little early to start our long weekend. Ann took Abby up to Crawfordsville to meet up with Stacy, Danny & Darby at Devin’s varsity basketball game. Afterwards, they “enjoyed” a long dinner at Applebee’s (Ann said it was the slowest service she has ever experienced). Meanwhile, Matt attended wrestling practice, met his buddies at Pizza King and played cards at Colten’s house where he eventually spent the night. That meant Luke & I had the house to ourselves. I picked him up at Mom’s where Dee & Jamie were helping her prep for the big lunch on Turkey Day. We joked that we may need to bring several extra chairs because her new furniture was delayed until after the long holiday weekend. Even Gracie was home for the holiday. We visited until it got dark and then headed to the house. It was a nice, quiet evening with just the two of us – except for the loud home theater we cranked up because no one was there to tell us to turn it down! We got a couple pizzas and watched movies until the girls got home and made us go to bed.

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Thanksgiving started off chilly, in the twenties but that that didn’t stop us from enjoying the four F’s today – friends, family, food & football! It snowed on and off all day and was bitter cold, which kept everyone inside the whole time. Ann was at it early to start prepping her green bean casserole that she makes each year. She and Gigi went out shopping at Rural King also – as they do annually, looking for early bargains. Matt came home and promptly went to bed. Abby also slept in while Luke & I got up to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on TV. We eventually got ready in the late morning and headed over to Mom & Sandy’s house for our annual Thanksgiving Day meal. Mom & Sandy had an absolute feast for us! There was turkey and ham, noodles and mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing & sweet potatoes, homemade mac & cheese and cheesy potatoes, green bean casserole and dinner rolls, baked beans and cranberry sauce, and of course a ton of desserts – including pumpkin pie, pecan pie, chocolate cake and pumpkin bread…yum!! We were stuffed to say the least. While the girls chatted in the dining room, the boys set up shop in the living room to watch the Lions beat the Bears in the opening football game of the day. Although Keith & Rosie couldn’t make it, we did have Jamie & Deanna with Grace, Aunt Linda & Uncle Dave and Amy from next door and Jamie’s mom drove down from up in the Region. After the game, we said good-bye to everyone and came home to watch the Cowboys face the Eagles in game 2. Ann & Matt took naps while Abby kept warm in the playroom with the dogs while watching Netflix on the Wii. Meanwhile, Luke & I snuck outside to play catch with the football before it got dark (it is getting dark shortly after 5 now), as has been our tradition for many years. Unfortunately we weren’t outside five minutes and Luke was done because he couldn’t feel his fingers any longer so we called it a day. The Cowboys game was a huge disappointment as the Cowboys looked awful and lost to Philly again. I couldn’t make it through the 3rd game and finally fell asleep and got my Turkey Day nap.

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Ann & Amy were up early and out the door on Black Friday. They again had their trademark hideous head gear and funny seasonal shirts. They shopped for about 18 hours and got home late that night. Abby was still not feeling well and so I took her in to walk-ins in Columbus. She has a couple new meds that we hope will help. We did a little shopping while we were out. The crowds were large but not rude. I dropped off Bu and grabbed Luke and we ran a few errands, including picking up a few presents. Matt slept much of the day after spending the night with Andy & Colten last night. He eventually went back out with his boys again, enjoying being back home for the long weekend. Luke had Drew over to spend the night and Abby had Kama over as well. As for me, I finished up our playroom / family room clean-up project. The final segment included clearing out my stuff. It took several hours but it looks great in that room…now if we could only keep it that way! Luke and Drew did some drawing and here is one of Luke’s cars. We also heard from Dad this week – both via postcard from Bermuda and phone from NJ.

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Abby and Kama had Pirateers practice early on Saturday morning. Luke had the day off from basketball. Luke, Drew & Abby helped me get all the Christmas stuff out from the garage. Drew solidified his standing as an honorary Scheu child as he helped us set up and decorate the Christmas tree. Luke decided we needed to put the tree back in front of the big window up front. We hadn’t placed it there in about 6 or 7 years. It was Matt’s “privilege” to hang up the ceremonial “Ugly Orange” bulb this year. LOL! Later, Abby went out with Kama to the boys basketball game (they didn’t perform for some reason) and then stayed the night at Kama’s house. Ann brought me a CD that had a mix of two songs that weren’t equalized properly. I reworked it the best I could and normalized it for the girls. I was also asked to be the official videographer for the Pirateers at dance competition. Meanwhile, Matt went back to bed and so Ann & I took the two younger boys to the Messers for dinner. Bryan and Angie had a very nice dinner which featured an amazing prime rib that Bryan cooked for over four hours…mmm… We had fun with those two as well as Rick & Lynn as we stuffed our faces, enjoyed some beverages, laughed a lot and played a couple games of euchre where we crushed Bryan and Rick. During the evening, I kept up with the progress of the young Slicers who were up against the best team in 5A and going for their 5th straight title and 10th overall – Indy Cathedral. Unfortunately the Slicers were never in the game and lost like 56-7 but we are all proud of their accomplishments this year, playing for Jake. They brought excitement back to a football town.

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Ann picked up Abby at Kama’s house on Sunday morning and went out with Mom & Sandy to visit Maryann’s friend who is sick in the hospital in Indy. They also did some shopping for Christmas presents. Before she left, she put a roast with carrots and potatoes in the crock pot for the boys to grab dinner whenever we wanted. Abby no sooner got home and promptly went back to bed. Matt got in late and slept until after the 1st quarter of the Colts game. Luke & Drew got picked up by Bryan and Angie and went up to Indy to attend the Colts/Redskins game. Luke was so pumped! Matt and I watched that game (Colts won) as well as the Pats/Packers game and took it easy before he packed up and headed back to school.

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Next up is our Waybac section, which features two more pictures of Mom. We lead off with a visit to Kokomo to see Uncle Dan & Aunt Sharon, featuring all of us kids (Nathan, Katie, Rob & I) in August 1980; next is Mom, Rob & Nate at the beach in LP, also in Aug ’80; then Rob & I at our birthday party in Lafayette at Grandmaw & Grandpaw’s house in Lafayette in Oct 1980; then a couple of classic photos of the Morgan-side of our family with Uncle Ralph, Aunt Norma, Grandpaw Bob, Grandmaw Connie, Uncle Keith & Aunt Sharon with Great Grandpa Morgan at his home in Attica in October 1980; Rob in Mom’s old rocking chair (we still have that hanging in our garage today) also in 10/1980 at our lakeside home on Kenwood home in LP; then a ton of familiar faces at my college graduation party in our garage on Rockwood in LP in June ‘91: Aunt Sharon (Smith) & I: Mom, Rob, Nathan, Dad, Doc and others; Uncle Kenny & Aunt Marilou and Doc & Bev, “Dad” Dave Stoewer and Uncle Ralph (a video of this day is somewhere…I wonder who got Uncle Ralph’s videos??!!); Paul in Brown County in 1991; week 19 in May 2003 with “Little” Vicki Albrights, Charlie, Evelyn, Bob & Jackie at a restaurant I recognize but cannot remember the name of right now and of course that lovely sunset view from the Sand Pebble; Abby & I in the 4th of July parade in 2003 (she looked good in that convertible…and this summer she could be in another convertible, driving down the street – scary…); and then Christmas Eve/Day in 2003 with Ann, little Bu and baby Lukey.

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While watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on Thursday night, Abby sees the ping pong table set up in the back yard with all the mismatched chairs and exclaimed, “It looks like Grandma’s living room!” 🙂

Next up is our video section which features two new family videos and a few from around the internet this week.

And that does it for this week’s entry on 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 missed ya this week, Mom…
Later, Scheu

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