I said Dance…Dance, Little Sister, Dance

We had another busy week at the Scheu household. Luke continued being a two-sport athlete, playing baseball and running track. Abby had her first dance competition of the season, had a full school schedule, worked a few days and even visited her future home-away-from home, if only for a short while. Matt stayed up at school, enjoying student teaching. Ann’s knees slowly started deteriorating this week…and lucky for her, the headaches returned. What did that last, like three weeks maybe? …poor thing… I walked 17 ½ miles this week, despite the erratic weather we endured. I lost another 4 pounds…but may have gained it all back tonight, at dinner in Ohio. We saw snow, frost and sub-freezing temperatures. We had rain, thunderstorms, 40-mph wind gusts and temps in the 80s. Did we miss anything? If you don’t like the weather in Indiana, just wait a day… Hello again and welcome back to the Scheu Family Blog.

It was a cold start to the week on Monday. It was below freezing and had snowed overnight, leaving an inch or so of accumulation on the cars for us to clear off before we headed back to work and school. Luke was scheduled to have a track meet that night vs. Brookville, but it was cancelled due to the cold elements. Abby returned to Stradley’s to job-shadow for school then worked and danced at Dixon, as her high school dance career continues to wind down. After work, Ann ran around town for a couple hours – running After Prom errands. I walked 2.5 miles on a chilly afternoon after a fast day at work. I came home and picked up Luke & Boone for our first baseball practice, out on diamond 1. We had an excellent turnout with 12 of the 13 boys present. In fact, only Baker’s little brother Brogan, who is playing varsity ball for South Decatur this spring, wasn’t there…but he isn’t allowed to practice with us, per IHSAA rules anyhow. Despite the cold temps in the 30s, the boys had a good attitude and worked hard…not bad for a 1st practice. Don’t get me wrong; we have a lot of work to do before we’re ready to play…but not bad. I think we might have a good little team. Luke & I ran to CVS to get half the store’s meds for Ann then stopped at BP to get him a drink and ended up picking up dinner at the adjoining new Chester Chicken. Luke & I liked it, but Ann has a more refined pallet and found the chicken to have a “wang.” We finished dinner and sat down to watch a little TV. We made it through Will & Grace and then we were out before the first commercial during Criminal Minds. Here are random pictures from our recent adventures.

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Tuesday was another cold start under the freezing mark. Abs was in early for Student Council then worked at BWR until late. Luke had track practice then played Fortnight with his buddies until bedtime. He loves that damn game. I walked 4 miles on another cool afternoon, still really sore from last night. In fact, all day my body hurt like never before! My ankles and feet were especially bad during my walk. It all stems to last night when I was running the bases while the boys took infield. I sprinted to first a couple times to prove a point. The boys were surprised by my speed (little, old fat coach). I made my point…but I swear I’ll never do that again!

For the third day in a row, we had to scrape the frost off the cars on Wednesday morning. Luke had track practice after school. Abby job-shadowed at the dentist office again. I walked a 5K on a nice, sunny afternoon…but my legs were still absolutely dead. My muscles strained at every step. My legs hurt so bad…it sucked to walk that night. Abby & Ann went to jazz and tap classes at DDS that night, the last time to clean up the dances before competition season begins. Abby ended up at Trevin’s house that night and got home late.

Ann had the day off on Thursday to go with Amy on their annual trek to Ohio for the Vera Bradley show. They had fun shopping and got some nice things and a good lunch at their favorite spot, Casa Ristorante Italiano. After school, Abby work at Wings & Rings again. I struggled to walk a couple miles after a fast day at work because my legs still hadn’t returned. Good Lord, I’m old… I thankfully got to cut it off early to go watch Luke and the Pirates’ season-opening track meet at Waldron. Luke did very well in the four events he competed in: 4×100 – 1st place (57 sec? – can’t remember); shot put – 2nd place (40’); high jump – 2nd place (4’6”); and discus – 3rd place (91’). I came back and ran some errands before picking up Luke at school, grabbing drive thru and getting home late. I was exhausted from my long day and promptly fell asleep on the couch only a few minutes after finishing my dinner.

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Friday was the 13th. Ann took the day off again. Abby went in early for National Honor Society and had job-shadowing at Dr. Stradley’s office again. After school, the girls went to Columbus to get new iPhones. They were so excited. Luke had a date at the movies with Gracie that evening. I walked a 5K after a long day at work on a gorgeous evening in the upper 70s! But by the time I finished, storms had begun moving through. The temperature started dropping and it rained all night. When the girls got back, Abby went out to dinner with friends while Ann & I enjoyed a quiet night of DVR’ed shows.

Ann & I were up early on Saturday morning to run Abby up to Franklin. It continued to precipitate all day, raining-out Luke’s baseball practice. Abby was at FC to attend new-student orientation. We drove up to campus through the rain – only to get up there and find no one there…which was weird. Well…come to find out, we were a week early!! So, we left campus chuckling to ourselves and giving Abby hell (she set all this up!) as went to breakfast downtown at Ann’s Restaurant. We came home to a rainy day, which set the tone perfectly for us to all take naps before we got started on my weekly household chores. Ann & Bu got up and went to Hannah’s (Shawna’s oldest) bridal shower. Meanwhile, Luke went to Corbin’s house to spend the night. When the girls got home, the three of us went to Mom & Sandy’s house for Jamie’s 40th birthday party. Afterward, we grabbed dinner at ElRep then came home to get some rest before our big day tomorrow. We have lots of social media pictures to share this week.

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We were back up before the dawn on Sunday morning. We took Abby to Dayton, OH for a new dance competition for us called Edge National Talent. It was held at their convention center, downtown. We were there for about 12 hours today. Abby was in two dances – the first was a tap duet with her longtime friend and dance teammate, Kirsten. They danced to Jump, Shout, Boogie. They earned a platinum award, won their division and then won the overall in their age category. Way to go, girls! The other was a jazz quartet number with Mary, Kirsten & Regan called Look what you Made Me Do. They won a high-gold and won their division. They also won best overall costume award. Laurie (the owner of DDS) won a few awards, including the highest overall score for the under-13 division. She was very proud of that award. After the girls had finished their second routine, we had a four-hour layover until the awards ceremony. The three of us, the other girls, their parents and the two dance teachers all went to lunch at the adjoining hotel at a bar called View 162 Rooftop Restaurant, which was aptly named as it was on the top floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel. It was nice because hotel, the Convention Center and the parking garage were all connected via skywalks, so we didn’t have to go out in the cold rain. On our way home that night, we stopped in Cincinnati to eat at Buca di Beppo, which is an Italian restaurant. Their portions are huge, and the food was so good. We were all stuffed but still brought home enough food for the whole family to eat two more dinners! We made it home safely (despite the horrible Ohio drivers), shortly before 11 – meaning we were gone 17 hours today and by the time I went to bed, I’d been up for almost 24 hours. Man, I’m glad I took tomorrow off. We wound down the evening watching the season finale of The Walking Dead, the season premier of Fear the Walking Dead and then called it a night after Talking Dead. It was a fun but exhausting week…but next week promises to be more of the same…

Next up is our Waybac section, which continues to feature our dwindling stock of photos from our next three photo albums with our young family at the turn of the century – and has some great pictures of Mom. We lead off this week again in May, 2002: Week 19 welcome party, Walt Disney World in Orlando, swimming at the Sand Pebble in Treasure Island, Moe & Tuffy in Rossville, Dad & friend in FLA; then more in December, 2002: Bryan family Christmas in Indy, Christmas Day in the ’burg, Christmas Eve at Mom & Sandy’s, Matt sans front teeth, Matt playing basketball at the YMCA, downtown Greensburg for the WTRE Christmas parade; and then we wrap up in January, 2003 with a visit to Mom & Dad’s house on the hill.

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We wrap up our entry with our video segment which features one new family home movie from this week as well as a few from around the internet.

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

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