Out of my Brain on the Five…Fifteen

It was another typical busy week around here. Luke stayed busy with three sports again this week, playing a couple baseball games, having five football practices, three basketball practices and a pair of basketball games. But it was special for another reason, as he completed another trip around the sun this week. Abby passed another milestone herself, competing in her final dance competition of her high school career. Matt continued to enjoy his summer vacation by working, spending time with Ms. Taylor and prepping to start his summer class next week. Ann received treatment for her knees and got her dance mom thang on one last time. I fell off my diet wagon this week again and really need to double-down this coming week. I fell short of my workout goal again with about 13 miles this week. We kept the house closed up again all week as we said goodbye to spring and hello to summer when the temps soared into the upper 90s, bringing with it that blessed Indiana humidity, making our outdoor activities a little more challenging. Hello again and welcome to the latest entry of the Scheu Family Blog.

I was up early on Monday morning to run Luke out to football practice at the Fieldhouse. After football, Luke walked over to the high school gym where he had basketball practice. Abs cleaned out her car (gasp!) before she went in to work. It was a fast day for Ann & I then I walked about 3 miles in the hottest weather of the year so far (100° at the start). It had only dropped to 98 by the time I finished. Matt stayed up in Indy at his apartment with Taylor then they went to Deer Creek for a concert on a perfect summer night. Meanwhile, Luke & I met up with Bryan & Drew at the complex to play the Batesville Indians baseball team. Luke played 1st base the whole game and batted 2nd in the lineup. He really struggled from the plate against their pitchers, who were throwing only about 40 mph. He went 0-3 with a strikeout and a pair of infield pop-ups. He was awesome in the field, recording 4 assisted putouts and making 3 unassisted putouts. The game was close through 3 innings when we busted it open and held on to win 10-6 and extend our win streak to 4 games! Afterward, he got cleaned up and grabbed dinner before I ran him out to stay the night with Skylar. Bu stayed the night at Trevin’s house. That gave Ann & I a quiet night alone and fell asleep early that night, sleeping better than we had in a long time. We’ll have pictures from the game next week. Here are pictures of Luke’s ball game vs. Milan last week.

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Ann & I were up early on Tuesday morning thanks to the damn dogs. Thankfully, we both fell back asleep and were able to sleep in a couple hours with the dogs outside that morning. With the kids gone, the dogs were out of their element and bugged the crap out of us. Abs came home and we got packed up and headed out to Sandusky, OH for what is likely Abby’s final dance competition of her career. The drive was pretty smooth – we dealt with the normal stuff like construction, storms and those awful Ohio drivers, but was otherwise uneventful. We stopped at Cracker Barrel for lunch at about the halfway point and got into Sandusky in about 5 ½ hours. We got checked in to the Hampton and picked up Laurie and went to dinner at Outback Steakhouse. OMG – we ate so much – to hell with my diet, my little girl only dances her last competition once, right?! It was a delicious 5-course meal. We started with a blooming onion then soup, salad and a big steak. The cheesecake was too much and Abby & I had to walk home to work off some of the calories! We stopped at the Toys R Rus, which only has 9 days left before they permanently go out of business (very sad). Bu and I were interested in buying the cart corral but didn’t know where we’d put it! LOL! We also liked the anti-theft detector and talked about maybe getting a shopping cart. They are getting rid of their infrastructure, so the shelves and everything have to go. We then stopped at Walmart and got Ann a couple Cokes and did a little HW hunting. We walked about 40 minutes, went swimming in the pool when we got to the hotel and then wrapped up our workout with some time in the hot tub. We went up to the room and got cleaned up and turned in early since we had to be up early in the morning. During our walk back to the hotel, I spoke with Bryan. He was stuck coaching the team by himself as Luke, Drew and the Babe Ruth Marlins faced our hometown rival Cubs in the final game of the regular season. Mom & Sandy had planned to go but Gigi had to work late and didn’t get there until the last inning. Thanks to her for snapping off a couple pictures for me that night. He said it was a close game and that we held the slim 1-0 lead heading into the final inning. Drew was pitching well when he got hit by a screaming line drive that caught him on the head and gave him a goose egg. He was tough and stayed in the game, but he was obviously rattled and ended up throwing a few wild pitches that allowed runners to advance and eventually score the tying and winning runs. We lost the game 1-2, snapping our 4-game winning streak. The boys head into the playoffs with a record of 4-8 and officially have no way of salvaging a .500 season. Luke played 1st base and batted 3rd. He went 1-2 with a single. Big thanks to Bryan for running Luke to the game and Gma & Gigi for taking care of our baby afterward, where he stayed the night. Here are pictures of Luke & the Marlins facing the Cubs last week.

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We were up early at the Hampton on Wednesday to get breakfast and get Abby ready for her big day. We met up with Laurie and Kirsten at the Kalahari Resort for the Show Stoppers National Finals competition. They went early and did great – earning a platinum 1st place in their division (duo/trio senior performance category)! The also earned 4th overall for their age group – what a fantastic way to wrap up her career at Dixon Dance Studio! We celebrated with lunch at Olive Garden where we completely over-ate again. I had way too many carbs with their breadsticks and some cool lasagna fettucine alfredo that was amazing. We did a little site seeing by visiting Lake Eerie before leaving the area. We stopped about halfway at a Graeter’s ice cream shop outside Dayton in a nice little town called Oakwood. The drive home was pretty smooth again. Tonya did very well on her long distance trip. Abby got cleaned up and went to Trevin’s house. Matt came back from Indy and went to work. He came home and took a good nap then went out with his buddies to the bar that night. Luke had basketball practice that morning (thanks to Gma for the taxi service) and then travelled to Hauser for the tourney that night. They faced Jac-Cen-Del in the opener and won that one. In game two, they played Hauser and got their butts handed to them. However, he had a great time and hopes he continues to be chosen to play on Wednesdays. I’m sorry I missed his games again. I can’t wait to see him play at this next level. We grabbed takeout from Wendy’s after I picked him up. After eating, he showered and went to bed – worn-out from the day. We’ll have lots of pictures from today next week. Hopefully we’ll have the video back in time as well. Here are pictures of Abby & Megan’s trip to Brown County State Park last week.

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Thursday was the summer solstice, meaning it was the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. We were up early to run Luke to football practice. Afterward he went to basketball practice. Thanks to Memaw for the taxi ride again. Later, he headed back out in the humidity for a 3 ½ hour football practice. Abby worked at Wings & Rings then took a looooong nap. Matt slept in then worked 2nd shift at Aspen Place. Ann had a fast day at work then had a doctor appointment to get her knees injected again. It rained all day but stopped long enough for me to walk a 5K after a fast day at work. It was a hard walk and had some of my slowest times of the year. Ann & I ran to Best Buy afterwards to pick-up Luke’s birthday presents. When we got back home, Ann went out to the Messers to help peel potatoes in preparation for their big party tomorrow night. I picked up Luke and we grabbed some Chester’s for dinner. Abby went out to dinner with Molie and then the girls all came home and we played some euchre before I headed to bed early.

Friday was another rainy day. Matt & Abby worked then both came home and took lengthy naps that afternoon. Luke was asked to play in a high school-level game at North Decatur. However, just as I left work to take Luke to the game, I got a call from the coach’s wife saying the game had been cancelled due to the field being too soggy, so he enjoyed the day off playing Fortnight. I enjoyed another fast day at work then ran back to Best Buy to pick-up Luke’s last birthday present and walked about 3 ½ miles. Ann had a good day but the shots haven’t kicked in yet for her knees. She left work early that afternoon and went over and helped Angie again – this time it was to help with the pulled pork. When I got home, we got cleaned up and headed over to Mile’s grad party at the Sunken Boat Bar. It was a very nice set-up with a big tent set up in the side yard, overlooking the pond. They had a full bar and a band. They had lots of good food, plenty of booze and all our great friends. Ally and I dominated in corn hole. We ended up out on the dock, smoking cigars late in the evening and got home really late that morning. Luke stayed the night with Drew and was up until after 4 am when Angie made all the kids and the grown-up kids call it a night. Here are random pictures from our recent adventures.

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We slept in really late on Saturday morning for some reason. I eventually got my butt out of bed and got something to eat then ran out to the Messers to pick up Luke. Instead, we ended up spending the day out there. We helped get the place cleaned up and everything put away and then we helped set up a huge floating trampoline in the pond. I even jumped in the pond for a while to cool down and had to try out the trampoline! Someone had slashed Mile’s tire during his party – how shitty is that? We came back home later that afternoon so Luke could get cleaned up. We picked up the mower and ran over to Gma & Gigi’s house to mow real quick then we stopped uptown at the annual Tenderloin Throwdown. Thanks to Amy for letting us park in her driveway! Although we got there an hour before it closed, we had no luck getting any food as all booths were either closed, out of fuel or out of food. The only one still open used peanut oil, so we left empty handed. For compensation, I took Luke through Taco Bell drive through, where we spent the next half hour waiting in line for two cars to get their food. The server was nice enough to give us some free extras for the extra wait. I dropped Luke off at Tyler’s house, where he spent the night. They ran around the neighborhoods on a golf cart and went swimming. I came on home and mowed the yard while Ann made us taco bowls (ala Chipotle) – mine was keto friendly with cauliflower rice. We cleaned up the kitchen after dinner and sat down tot watch some TV and I fell asleep almost instantly. I fought it on the couch for a couple hours before surrendering and taking my butt to bed. We have lots of social media pictures to share this week.

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Sunday was Luke’s 15th birthday. We slept in a little then got up and got right to our weekly household chores of dishes, laundry and vehicles. I watched some classic Sci-Fi (Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate) then racing (trucks, Indy cars and then Cup). Ann & Bu went out to Brittney’s graduation party at the same orchard we held Abby’s party. They ran to the store and Mary delivered Luke’s cake (it was delicious as always). Luke came home from Tyler’s house. Matt got back from working the early shift at the old folks’ home. Mom, Sandy & Pixie came over as well as Dee & Jamie and we celebrated Luke’s birthday. We sang the birthday song (horribly), ate cake & ice cream and then watched him open his presents. We’ll have pix and video next week. After everyone left, Abby & Trevin went to another graduation party, Matt took a long nap and Luke enjoyed playing with his new toys. Ann cooked him his birthday dinner of chicken wings and taquitos (of all things!). Abby went out with Trevin for the night, Matt Face-timed Taylor and Luke went to bed. Ann & I watched some DVR’ed shows (including season premieres of Queen of the South and Preacher) as I wrote the blog and eventually called it a night, wrapping up another busy week and getting ready to do it all over again tomorrow…

Next up is our Waybac segment which features the final pictures of this lot. If I get time this coming week, I need to start in on the next round of photo albums. We end this group of photos with more fun pix from 2002 – including several more of Mom. We begin in May, down in Florida – on the beach of the Gulf of Mexico, outside the Sand Pebble in Treasure Island and then at the afternoon Magic Kingdom parade at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Then we fast forward to December in Indiana – Christmas Morning with Mom & Dad at our house in Ryle and then Dee’s birthday at Mom & Sandy’s house on Main St.

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

Well 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 miss ya, Mom.
Later, Scheu

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