You Better Slow Down

Things are starting to calm down a little for us, here at the Scheu abode. We have a couple weeks’ reprieve before things really get chugging around here again. So, we enjoyed the slower pace to focus on other things. It was a typically long day at work on Monday. That night, as has become the norm, the gals headed down to the Dixon Dance Studio and the boys came home and chilled on the couch, catching up on our DVR’ed programs as Lukey drew portraits of the family. I included the one of me below. 🙂 Matt began wrestling practice after school today. He is sticking with his original plan to not play basketball this year; and instead focus on wrestling. He said he had about 80 kids at the sign-ups last week. Tonight, that number was already down to about 50. The team includes all three grades at the Jr. High. I forgot to mention last week that we welcomed a new member to our ever-expanding Scheu extended family. My lovely cousin, Kimmy, gave birth to yet another boy! I believe that makes 7 boys for her and her husband, Chuck. In addition, I forgot to pass on my congrats to my cousin, Katie and her husband Jake. They are expecting their second one (a little girl)!!

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On Tuesday, we watched Allen on The Biggest Loser. He again did marvelously. I tried to talk with him, but he didn’t pick up his phone. He did answer a text though and he said he is in Alabama (possibly shooting his third and final workout video??). There was a little blub about him on the news that night, but we were disappointed to find that featured more of his fellow firefighters than him. Speaking of his fellow firefighters; Allen is based out of station 2, which is only a block from my work (and three from Ann’s). We had him and his station over for a familiarity tour as a part of my EoC Mgr.’s responsibilities. They recommended fire extinguisher training. So, we had one of their guys come over and do five in-services with us this week. I had never shot one off myself, so even I got in to the action!
First, here is the video from channel 13, WTHR, out of Indy…
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On Wednesday night Ann went scrapbooking with her friends, so the kids and I enjoyed a quiet night at the house. Molly is finally starting to get the idea of potty training (thanks to Ann). We have started keeping her out with Lola more. They have become pretty good friends, although they can be competitive at times. Molly has more than doubled in size since we brought her home. They were licking each other on the couch after wrestling, so they’re starting to come around finally. I received an email that I loved and wanted to share here, on our blog. Enjoy! 😉

Random Thoughts for this Week:
1. I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.
2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.
3. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.
4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.
5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
6. Was learning cursive really necessary?
7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.
8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.
9. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.
10. Bad decisions make good stories.
11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don’t want to have to restart my collection…again.
13. I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.
14. “Do not machine wash or tumble dry” means I will never wash this–ever…
15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Damn it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voicemail. What’d you do after I didn’t answer? Drop the phone and run away?
16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.
17. I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
18. My 4-year old son asked me in the car the other day “Dad what would happen if you ran over a ninja?” How the hell do I respond to that?
19. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.
20. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lites than Kay.

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On Thursday night, Ann went to Basket Bingo…a fund raiser for Tri Kappa, here in town. It was held out at the elementary school. She brought a couple co-workers over from Columbus and met her mom & Sandy out there. Ann won a basket! It wasn’t anything too cool, but it was some limited edition basket (Longaberger Discovery Basket, 1992) with some cookies that were apparently pretty good. After the kids caught wind of what she had won, they didn’t even stick around long enough for me to get a picture of them in it! 😛

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On Friday night, we had Gracie over to spend the night. Ann made baked potatoes and taquitoes. Afterward, we played a game of Yahtzee. I was the big winner this time…with a 420 score and 2 Yahtzees! Luke and Matt also had Yahtzees and good scores. We then settled in for a movie. This time, it was the new Disney/Pixar release, “Up!” It was one of the best animated movies I’d seen in a long while. Don’t get me wrong, I still love all the Disney and Pixar movies and we watch them frequently. I guess I wasn’t expecting a whole lot out of this one – hadn’t seen many trailers and did not know the plot or anything. I highly recommend this one for the entire family. Late that night, Matt joined up with his good friend, Andrew, at his church for a “lock-in.” The boys played ball all night and didn’t sleep a lick…in fact, I doubt those two even laid down! He was sweaty and ready for a shower the next morning when I picked him up at 7. Gracie headed home with Grandma about 9:30. The poor thing wasn’t feeling good and ended up chucking up her tummy contents on our front driveway. She was a little nervous about seeing her Dad and we thought that might have been what did it to her; however, she later had a fever over 100 so now we’re counting the days until we see it crop up in our kids. Abby is already coughing an awful lot and complaining she doesn’t feel 100% most of this past week.

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Later on Saturday, Abby went to a birthday party for her friend, Brooke, in a nearby neighborhood. Ann went with Amy to another crafts show; this time to Shelbyville. While they were gone, I started working on her and Baili’s iPods. They sync their devices to our library and have their own playlists. They had several new ones (about 150 altogether) added and re-synched, so they’re good to go now! We got our Sunday chores done a day early due to Ann receiving Colts tickets from her docs! We are thankful for George & Dan’s generosity!! They have great seats, on the club level. The Colts entered the game with much anticipation, being 7-0 and facing a divisional foe. Christi was kind enough to have both Luke and Abby over to visit and play for the afternoon. This date was the first that Ann and I had been on for quite some time…definitely the first of this year.

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We got up to Lucas Oil Stadium (our first time there) about 11:30 to meet George, Dan (the docs that Ann works with) and their wives and get our tickets. We had a great experience. We had our picture taken by their staff photographer. It will take a couple weeks to get the good picture in, but you could do different previews on their website. We saw lots of sites, including Mr. Colt…complete make-up, blue Mohawk and full garb! 😛 The docs showed up shortly afterward and we made our way inside. It was amazing when you first walk in the north gate! You are greeted by a wide-open area with a giant hanging horseshoe, 2 full-size dragsters up on their ends and an open view of the stadium from the north end zone…breathtaking! There were dozens of other race cars and the like (I guess it has something to do with the sponsor?). The facility was huge and still like-new clean. That was all fine and dandy…but then we entered the club level and as we passed through the security checkpoint, it was like stepping in to a whole new realm. Gone were all the public areas…this was definitely a step-up. The cuisine wasn’t just the run-of-the-mill dogs & nachos, beer & fountain soda. That was replaced with a pasta bar, Tai pan, and the largest turkey sandwiches you’ve ever seen! My favorite attractions were the Bloody Mary bar and the Margarita station that were just outside, in the foyer.

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Our seats were amazing! It was like watching it on television. You could see and hear everything. We sat on the east side of the field, behind the visitor’s bench. We were just off the 50 yard line, about 40 rows up…beautiful! The video doesn’t do it credit…it was so loud and electric. The game itself was really good. Payton Manning was amazing to watch in person, as was Dallas Clark, Reggie Wayne & Joseph Adai. But it was on the defensive side of the ball that I enjoyed the most. I am a big fan of Gary Brackett and he did not disappoint with a couple big plays and lots of tackles. The crowd was really behind the defense and ultimately, that is what won the game. The Colts came from behind to take the lead in the 4th quarter and then held on as the Titans missed a field goal as time ran out to preserve a 3-point victory. It was pretty easy to get in and out as well. We parked in the Pan Am Plaza lot and came right out on I-74. We just wanted to say thanks again to George & Dan; we had a great day out…

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…and here’s a video from the game…

OK; we have lots of Waybac photos to get to, so let’s do it.
Leading off, we have a couple from the sixties. The first is Mom w/ Grandpaw Brown in August of ’64. I don’t have any other info as to where they are or who the people are, pictured with them. The second one is from February, 1968. It is from Brenda & Steve’s wedding and features Mom when she was about 19. Mom, is this St. Boniface in Lafayette?

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The next two are from the early seventies and feature me at my Grandpaw Brown’s house in Lafayette. The first is the two of us in their living room in ’72. The second one is with their last dog, Schnapps in their dining room in 1974.

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The next two feature my cousin, Nathan. The first one is with Dad B. at the Smith house in Kokomo in about ’78. The second one is with me (and Rob behind Nathan, as well as Mom leaning out of the frame) at the LaPorte 4th of July parade in 1980…which is a fairly large event.

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The next three feature my little brother, Rob. The first one is with our cousin, Katie at Showbiz Pizza in the fall of ’83 in Kokomo. The second one is with Grandmaw Brown at Christmas, circa ’83-’84 with his Castle Greystone for his He-Man action figures. 😛 The final one is with our cat, Tuffy, when she was still a sweet kitten. This was taken in our living room of our home in LaPorte, circa ’86.

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Here is a picture of Señior Bryan taking a siesta in the basement family room at the “dream house” in Rossville, circa 1994.

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We finish off this edition with three from our first born, Matt, during his birth year of 1996. The first one is with a pair of grandmas at our apartment in Columbus on September 8th. The second one is with Dad B. at the Hauser Fish Fry reunion, a week later, on September 15th. The final one is with Mom O. at her then new house (our current one) on Halloween evening.

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Thanks as always for keeping up with the Scheu family this week. We’ll catch up with you next time. Until then, have a good one.
Later, Scheu

8 comments to You Better Slow Down

  • Mom

    The first picture is one from a Police Conference and it is Grandpa and me and the lady was the Chief of Police’s wife, Mrs. Dean Henderson and their daughter Abby. I can’t remember her first namde. Brenda was married in Big Rapids, Michigan. This was the church they belonged to. I was only 18 at the time. Oh my, how time does fly!!! Good pictures Tom. They bring back such fun memories. The game video was great, however, the Channel 13 video said it was not available to view. So….until next week, we love you all and give the kiddo’s a hug and kiss from us. Love you lots!!!!

  • Really? I just opened the page and it didn’t even load on the laptop. Then I refreshed the page and it played just fine… Please try that and LMK if it works. Thanks for the insight on the pictures!! Miss ya, Ma.

  • Robby

    Sounds like you had a decent week and going to Colts game looked great. The old pictures were great I am so glad you do what you do thanks alot brother. Take care and tell everyone hello. The yatzee games look fun hope I can get there for one sometime.

  • Mom

    I refreshed but it did not let me play….just told me it was unavailable. This is the one above Alan and Abby’s picture. Right?????

  • scheu

    Well; you’re correct, the link is dead now. Bummer; I just watched it two nights ago. Perhaps I’ll try adding a link instead to see if it works. Hang on a minute, let me find the page…
    OK; here it is: http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=11439559
    Not sure if that will hyperlink when I post it. If not, just highlight, copy and paste right in to the address line of your browser and it should go…

  • scheu

    Yeah; the link works…goes to the page where the video was posted. Looks like they took it down. Doesn’t even show up on a search of the site. Too bad, but you didn’t miss too much. Like I said, it was nothing new; just some footage from the show itself and then a couple co-workers at station 2… Anyhow, thanks for the feedback. If you ever find any other missing links here or at the main site (now that Geocities is defunct), please LMK so I can fix them.
    Thanks!! Love ya guys. Tell Mr. Bryan we miss him and Luke wants him to come visit sometime.
    BTW, the rest of us might enjoy it a little too. 🙂
    Later, Tommy

  • Mom

    You are all welcome anytime my son….anytime!!!!! We sure are pulling for Alan. I think they are gunning for him. We are very proud of him also!!!!!!!

  • Aunt Sharon

    Love the memories Thanks!! Love Aunt Sharon

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