Twice as Hard as it was the First Time I Said Good-bye

The days are getting noticeably shorter. The leaves are all turning and falling to the ground. We see all the farmers out in their fields, harvesting their crops and even got behind a few of them on the road during our daily commutes to and from work. The weather has officially changed over. We keep holding out for an Indian Summer, but it’s not looking good. Now that we finally have football weather, it was no surprise that it was a big week of pigskin around here – but it was a rollercoaster of emotions. Matt enjoyed his second week of Fall Break, making a quick appearance at home this week. Abby survived the opening half of her first semester at school and enjoyed a couple days of Fall Break. She also made a couple of trips home this week and worked for the first time since going to FC. Luke returned to school this week and had two football games. He was hoping to extend his football season, but instead he will turn in his uniform next week and report to basketball practice. He studied hard each day, doing his Driver’s Ed course online and had some growing pains later in the week. Ann got closer to her knee surgery – it’s less than 90 days away now! She toughed out another week and enjoyed some time with her friends. After gaining a few pounds back in recent weeks, I finally lost a couple as I got in nearly 18 miles of walking this week despite the colder weather conditions. It was another fast week…I can’t believe that we’re about 60 days away from Christmas already and headed into another sport. I’m definitely NOT ready for winter just yet… Hello again and welcome back to the Scheu Family Blog.

We had a nice start to the week on Monday morning, waking up in the 50s…but it only got colder as the day went on. By the time I walked that afternoon, it had already dipped into the 40s. …And at kickoff that night, it dipped into the 30s and then we had a frost warning overnight. Luke went back to school then did his pregame routine with Gma for the final time this season. Abby started her midterm week, which meant she only had class through Wednesday and then had a short Fall Break at the end of the week. Matt enjoyed his 2nd week of Fall Break. He spent it helping out Katie & Jake with childcare. Ann wasn’t feeling well but toughed it out. I had a long day then walked only 2 ½ miles in a bone-chilling breeze before we had to leave early. Ann and I went home to get changed into our football gear and headed out for a cold night at Shriver Field. The JV / “C” Pirates faced the Rushville Lions in their final game of the year. It was another cold one…but at least it was dry! We stayed bundled up and kept fairly warm, all things considered. Luke was one of the tri-captains, chosen to represent the team for the coinflip. What a long way he’s come this year – so proud of him. Luke played on all teams that night: defense as the middle linebacker (and defensive captain), offense as fullback for a few plays, kickoff team as the kicker, punt team as the punter, kickoff return team as the center front line and punt return team as a rusher. The final JV game of the year was a good one…at least for Greensburg. The boys (and coach) have grown a lot this year. The Pirates jumped out to a fast start, kicking off and then forcing a 3-and-out. Luke blocked their punt and setup the offense for a quick score on their opening drive to go up 8-0! On the next possession, the Pirates’ drive stalled out quickly and they had to punt from deep in their own territory. Luke was called-in for his second-ever punt. Unfortunately, the snap sailed way over his head and out the back of the endzone for a safety. Luke then got to kick (punt) his first free-kick of his career. Greensburg lost a little of their mojo for a bit and gave up a TD before answering it with their own, aided by a succession of passes and scoring with only 5 seconds left in the half. The good guys dominated the second half and coasted to an easy victory, 30-8. The young Pirates finish the year with a winning record, at 4-3. Luke’s stats: 12 tackles (3 solo & 9 assisted), 1 blocked punt and a total of 207 kicking yards – 1 punt (40 yds on the free kick) and 5 kick-offs for 167 yds (40, 45, 30, 17 – onside kick, and 35). We ran Luke through McD’s drive thru only I wouldn’t call it fast food. We waited in line for 35 minutes – no kidding. Ann & I grabbed leftovers, blankets, the dogs and settled in to fall asleep while watching some of our favorite TV shows that evening (Last Week Tonight, the Resident, Dr. Who & Tosh.0) while I edited the game film and uploaded it to YouTube for the players and parents. Here are pictures of Luke at his varsity football game in Rushville from last week.

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We had a much colder start to our Tuesday. We had to warm-up the car before work to defrost the windows. Luke had a good day at school and football practice. We did his math homework together that night. Ann had a fast day at work whereas I had another long one. Justin helped make it better by taking me out to eat at China Buffet. I was a good boy, eating only meat and veggies, avoiding the rice. I walked a 5K after work on a much warmer afternoon. After helping Luke with this math homework, I worked on editing pictures and videos from last week and stayed up too late. I find it easy to lose track of time when I’m working on that stuff.

Wednesday saw another cold start with frost on our car windows. Ann had a meeting at the Tech Center (the old Arvin’s HQ, over by the Learning Center), so I parked the car there and walked to work (about a half mile). I enjoyed a fast day then I walked over 4 miles on a perfect afternoon, right around 60 degrees! Ann worked a half day then went out with Shawna & Rhonda to Brown County for lunch, scrapbook shopping and ice cream. Luke had a “boring” day at school then enjoyed what would ultimately become his final full-pads football practice of the year. Ann made grilled chicken and roasted broccoli for dinner. It really cooled off that night. We tried to keep warm with the dogs and blankets that night as we watched new episodes of FBI, American Horror Story and then when Ann fell asleep, South Park. Here are random pictures from our recent adventures.

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Thursday was yet another cold day that needed to have the cars warmed up before we left for work. Luke enjoyed his day at school and then was saddened at the possibly of having his final football practice of the year. It was team dinner night, but since it was chili (not his fave) he left early. Ann had a fast day at work that was full of meetings. Abby & Garrett drove down to go to lunch with her and then went back up to school as they enjoyed their first day of Fall Break. I had a busy day that also went fast, including our Fall Festival for the kids and staff then walked 3 miles on a lovely, 60-degree day. Abby & Garrett came down again later, went to Gma & Gigi’s house for a while then picked up Luke and met Ann & I at El Rep for dinner. We enjoyed a yummy meal then when we got back, I went to Bryan’s open house at Mesco for a couple cocktails, hang out with the boys and support Bryan. It was our card night but we cancelled it so Bryan & Angie could spend it with Hannah, as she celebrated her sweet sixteenth birthday. I came on home and watched a scary Netflix show called Hill House with Ann and the kids…OK, who are we kidding? Ann napped while we watched the show. Afterward, the kids went back up to school for the night.

Friday was a fast day, albeit still colder than hell. Ann worked till noon then came home and took a good nap. Abby came home and then went to work at BWR all evening. Matt enjoyed his final day of Fall Break and got Bébé’s roof repaired by Safelight. They had messed it up the last time they replaced his windshield. That evening, he made it home for Luke’s football game. At work, I had a good inspection with the State Fire Marshal, held a new hire orientation class then went to lunch with Justin & Vic at Five Guys, prepped for our annual inventory and walked a 5K on a cooler day in the 50s. I enjoyed catching up with Dad & Lynn, Rob & Sharon & Dad & Barb while I walked that afternoon. I was saddened to hear that Tami was not doing well. Dad & Lynn were headed back to Florida for a while before they travel to Jersey in a few weeks. Rob is settling in nicely at his new job in Philly. And Dad & Barb are enjoying retirement. I met up with Ann & Matt at home then headed over to Shriver Field for another cold evening. It was my 3rd time wearing jeans, a coat and a vest in a week – that’s more than in the previous three years! Luke was playing with the varsity Pirates in the first round of Sectionals vs. Batesville. Obviously, it was his first Sectionals game and his post-season football appearance since the first year of youth league ball. Luke started on special teams that evening, playing middle upback on the kickoff return team and a back / inside gunner on the punt team. Unfortunately, it got ugly early as the Pirates when down 21-0 in the 1st quarter (it was 14-0 with less than two minutes coming off the clock). The boys saved face by fighting back and made it respectable. At one point, they were one play away from making it 28-20…but instead of converting a 4th down on a drive that was down inside the Bulldog 20, they instead lost 20 yards on the play and turned the ball over. One play later, they scored and it was suddenly 35-13…and it just got worse from there. By the end of the game, it was 59-19 and the season was over. Luke did get a lot of action with nine kickoff returns and four punts. He also got in some garbage time on offense, spelling the senior fullback (and season rushing leader), who came out and was hugged by Coach Moore on the field. And just like that, we said goodbye to football season. Moments later it dawned on us, basketball season officially began for Luke and he’ll have practice on Monday. Matt came with us out to Wings & Rings for dinner, but he got his food to go so that he could go see Taylor, who he hasn’t seen all week. Abby waited on us and Luke stayed after to ride home with her while Ann & I came home and promptly fell asleep before the kids even got there… Abby stayed the night with us and Lola slept better than she has in weeks. We have lots of social media pictures to share this week.

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We enjoyed sleeping in on Saturday morning. Ann got up and let me stay in bed until almost 10! Abby got up and returned to school to watch the Grizzlies in their first playoff game of the season – which they won easily and play again next week. Garrett got to play quite a bit, Abby said. I got Luke up so he could go take his Driver’s Permit test. It was really busy there and after waiting about 30 minutes, Luke got his chance to take the test for the first time. Like his sister, he only skimmed through the book, did well on his practice test and felt confident he could pass it. Unfortunately, just like his sister, he didn’t make it past question #30 of 50 before it kicked him out. He’ll try to take it again on Monday or Tuesday of next week with Gma. Despite not getting his permit, Luke still drove us around town that day in the Barney-mobile. After walking out dejectedly with our tails between our legs, we ran a few errands then went to Taco Bell for some comfort food for Lukey (first football ended and now his hopes of having a permit have been put on hold). We grabbed some drive thru at Wendy’s for Ann & I and a frosty for Luke, before we came on home to eat. Afterward, we normally would’ve mowed, but it hasn’t grown enough so we winterized around the house by putting up the hoses, installing the acoustic insulation over the crawl spaces, removing the A/Cs, and draining the water from the truck and putting in antifreeze. I can’t believe it’s that time of year already. Normally we do this stuff in mid-November. Luke went out with his friends and I paid bills while Ann took a nap. Later, we had a little drama in the neighborhood that became a tough life lesson for Luke and caused Ann & I to do some parenting with him. Later, he had Luke (Mitch) over to play Fortnight and then stay the night. Ann ordered Papa John’s pizzas as we watched a couple DVR’ed shows and then excitedly watched the Boilers play #2 Ohio St under the lights at Ross-Aide! Wow; what a game it was – a 49-20 route! Gotta love Coach Brohm!! We had a wind advisory that afternoon and evening, knocking off dozens of limbs but otherwise had no damage. But it was so loud, it felt like the house was going to be blown away! We really thought the half-dead maple in the front yard would surely be blown over but it held tough. We did move Black Betty down the driveway for fear that the basketball goal would be blown over onto it. Ann said that hundreds in the county were without power that evening…

We enjoyed sleeping in on Sunday morning. The dogs got me up before everyone else, so I made breakfast and watched some classic sci-fi. Mitch got up early and went home before Luke and Ann were even awake. I felt bad because I think he & Luke only spent like two hours together before Luke fell asleep. In fact, at one point last night, everyone was napping except Mitch – poor kid. Between being out in the cold on Friday and the stress from yesterday, we were exhausted. Eventually the others got up and we got to our weekly household chores. Luke & I finished up storing the air conditioners and took Molly to Rural King for supplies. She ended up picking out a huge bucket of treats for her and Lola. Abby came home momentarily from school to get dressed and go in to work at BWR. Meanwhile, we settled in to keep warm on a pretty but cool day and watch some football. We all ended up napping for a little while that afternoon. Luke was out for several hours and Ann ended up running errands then went over to visit with Mom and Sandy. The Colts had a big win in the early game and then the Cowboys faced their rival Redskins in the afternoon game, which is always a highly-contested battle. Today was no different. It went right down to the wire. The Cowboys missed a field goal at the end of the game that would’ve sent it into OT. But this loss was really on Jason Garrett again. I love our coach, but he has to go. Surely Jerry can find another position for him because he’s a great guy – but he cannot manage a game. The defense played good enough for us to win, but there are several issues that persist on this team that cannot be solved with player changes. If we want to return to dominance, it will need to be under different leadership. The same can be said about a few teams… It put a cap on a rollercoaster week of football that saw elated highs and disappointing lows. We wrapped up the evening watching The Walking Dead, Talking Dead and Doctor Who. It was a relaxing way to wind down another busy week…

Next up is our Waybac segment which continues to feature pictures of our young family from our photo album # 16. We lead off with a handful of leftovers from 2002, which are also some of our favorites…I wonder if these may have been hung on Ann’s office wall…they are all from our Florida vacation in May – Matt & Bu at Walt Disney World at a character dinner at the Polynesian; the kids and I on the Gulf of Mexico beach at sunset in Treasure Island; Matt & Bu on the John’s Pass pirate ships sunset cruise with Mom & Dad B and us on the Gulf, outside of Madeira Beach; and Bu all gussied-up and ready to go shopping with Mom, on the pool deck at the Sand Pebble. Next, we move on to 2003: more of Matt wresting at the Fieldhouse in February; Luke’s homecoming in June; the Fair Parade down Park Rd in July; and Matt playing basketball at the new YMCA in December.

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We wrap up this entry with our video segment, which includes two new home movies this week as well as several from around the internet.

And that does it for this week’s edition 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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