Summerrrrrrr…Time…Time…Time…Child, the Living’s Easy…

Matt is back! Luke and Abby finished up summer sports. We had our end of summer family getaway and enjoyed the gorgeous late-summer weather. It was the final full week of the summer. Lola continued to hobble around the house and we fought with our ISP (Comcast) over our cable modem. I think our modem is going sour as our connectivity has been intermittently down but is getting progressively worse each day. We purchased a new one but when we tried to install it, Comcast said it wouldn’t support our model any longer. Even though I replaced it with a similar model, they wouldn’t allow it to hit the network so we had to send it back and get a new one. It would’ve been nice for them to communicate that to us instead of me having to call them with the already-purchased one in-hand. We’ve really not been happy ever since Insight was bought out by Comcrap. We’ve had countless issues with our cable and internet. We are seriously considering changing to rival ETC just to try something different…and NASCAR was back at the Brickyard this week.
As I mentioned at the top, Matt went to the doctor – first thing on Monday morning, where we finally heard the words we’d been longing to hear for several months now – he is released to make full contact again…He’s back, baby!! He later attended physical therapy with the team trainer for continued work on his back and shoulder. He may continue this through his senior year. He had football practice that night. Luke’s all-star baseball doubleheader in Connersville was unfortunately postponed until Thursday. Abby had a fast-pitch softball game vs. Koplin’s Agnew team. She played all over, defensively: 3rd base (where she made a couple really nice plays but also allowed a ball or two to get passed her), shortstop (very little action) and 1st base. She batted 6th in the order and went 1-1, reaching base the first time on catcher’s interference then got a single. She had 2 stolen bases in a game they didn’t keep score in (but they lost 7-10).

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On Tuesday, Matt was back to football three times a day. That evening, Luke had baseball practice on diamond 5 while Abby had her final softball game of the year on 3, so we could watch both kids playing simultaneously. This time, the girls again faced the Lang travel team, which destroyed us, 3-20. Abby played odd positions again – this time she played 3rd base, right field, and more 3rd base. She had four errors but made three really good plays too. She again batted 6th and went 0-2 with a pop up to short and then reached first on a dropped-third strike. She stole three bases (wait till you see her overrun third base and end up doing the splits!) and scored a run in her final at-bat of the season. Afterwards, the team posed for a team photo and then went over to the Parkside Sweet Shoppe for ice cream and social time. I ran Ann & Luke home and then came back out to pick her up, giving her some downtime with her teammates to reflect on a season where they did not win a game, through they did tie once, going 0-9-1 on the year.

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We were up early on Wednesday morning, as we headed south for the town of Santa Claus, IN for our annual trip to Holiday World. It was again a very pleasant experience as the temps were perfect – no humidity, cool in the morning and about 80 or so in the mid-afternoon, cooling again in the early evening. We took our time and didn’t feel pressured to get everything in. We picked and chose what wanted and only focused on our favorite rides and activities. It continues to be a clean, friendly park that is easy to navigate. It wasn’t extremely busy, but it was still full. We waited about 15 – 30 minutes for rollercoaster rides. As we do every year, the first thing we rode was the Raven. That is a great way to start the day. Matt & Abby had to ride in the front, so Luke & I sat behind them. We would ride in this configuration on all three of the big coasters that day. We stayed in Halloween World and rode the awesome Legend coaster since we were already in the area. Afterwards, we grabbed lunch at the Gobblin Burgers and stopped for our annual pose at the Ghostbusters sign. Next, we were ready for Splashin’ Safari; so we headed in to the water park to cool down. They have completely re-designed the entrance. It is much more open with all-new lockers. Gone is the 2nd lazy river and the old tube rides that were right at the entrance of the park. The have added a new ride – Hyena Falls, but we never did find it. We wanted to ride the Mammoth but didn’t want to wait over an hour to do so – same thing with the Wildebeest. Instead, we rode the Bakuli, the Zoombabwe; the Jungle Racer twice, made two trips in to the Bahari lazy river, and went to the Bahari wave pool (where Luke lost his watch). Next we went to Thanksgiving World and rode our favorite – the Voyage! What a great rollercoaster that one is! We finished up with a walk through 4th of July world, where we played a bunch of games. Luke won a Purdue basketball on the b-ball shooting game. We also played the football throwing game, the ring-toss, and others. Matt won his siblings a couple of Despicable Me Minion dolls by knocking over all the cans in that game. We made our way back to Christmas World and got pictures with Holidog and our annual Santa Claus statue photo. We swung in to St. Nick’s Trading Company to get our annual ornament and headed back home. Overall, it was one of our best experiences at our favorite theme park. It is truly a family-oriented park. We love the free parking, sunscreen and soda. Thanks to Gigi for hooking us up this year.

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We took the Pacifica back to Acra’s on Thursday morning as the air conditioning was non-functional again. They can’t seem to find the leak in the system nor why our passenger side floor board is getting saturated. Matt was back at football practice several times throughout the day. That morning at work, we noticed thick, black smoke pouring into the sky above the tree line, just a half mile or so behind our facility. It was also about a half mile from Ann’s work (we work that close to each other in Columbus). Come to find out, a plane had crashed shortly after take off (the airport is only a quarter mile from my facility). It struck a house and of course totaled it. However, the lady who lived there was unharmed and the two occupants in the plane somehow survived as well. They were, of course, injured badly and burned severely – but alive nonetheless. One of Ann’s employees lives in the neighborhood and was on Channel 13 news. There were all sorts of police and fire personnel at the accident scene. There were news vans and helicopters everywhere also. It was very scary and will likely invoke an emergency drill on our part for the Joint Commission standard next year. Luke’s all-star baseball doubleheader that had been postponed until tonight ended up being cancelled again – this time for good. So I mowed the lawn real quick and Ann ran Luke out to Drew’s house and then took Abby to school for the evening. Abby worked at the junior high school during 6th grade orientation that night, as part of the STARS program. Later, I went out to get Luke and Bryan and I ended up having a coach’s meeting out on the dock for a couple hours. The boys ended up going swimming in the pond out there and had a great time, though it was a bit chilly that evening. Because Bryan and Angie are building a new home on the pond, they have it drained down several feet, meaning that by jumping off the dock in the dark, there is a bit of a fall before you hit the water, adding to the thrill of the swim! Abby ended up spending the night at Emma’s house and Matt stayed the night at Andy’s house.

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Friday was Gigi’s birthday. I had made it over to work in Columbus when I received a phone call to “rescue” Ann, who was still in Greensburg. She had gotten gas, but had accidentally locked herself out of the car. Needless to say, we both got a late start at work that day. Matt had football practice. Abby worked at the junior high school with her friend Emma all day for more 6th grade orientation – this time as part of Student Council. Luke had had his first football practice of the year. He got his equipment and ran through a few plays. He practiced as a full back in a wishbone-type offense. We tried to practice PAT’s but no one had a kicking block. We did a few off the ground and off my toe, but it wasn’t the same. We tried to find one all weekend but none could be found.  Wouldn’t you know it; after practice, we went to get in the van and guess what – the keys had been locked in the van. I left the keys in there, fearing I would lose it from my pocket during practice and Luke locked it up after getting out the ball, as we always lock it up. No one answered at home where Ann was asleep and the kids “didn’t hear” the phone ring. The sad thing was that I didn’t know their cell phone numbers – my cell just has them on speed dial, so I never have to remember their numbers. Bryan gave us a ride home and Matt brought me back out to North Park to get the van. We have lots of new Facebook and Instagram photos this week to share, including Barn and his family; Aunt Brenda with Wendy & Brittany; Aunt Karen’s grand daughter, Camille; our friends Wayne, Shannon and Allen; Aunt Dorothy & Uncle Timmie with their daughters; Jamie at the KY Speedway; Barney’s grandson; my friend Rick fishing in Canada; an old one of the city pool at Columbian Park; and several of Abby and her friends.

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We were up early on a rainy Saturday morning to head to Seymour for the end-of-the-summer tournament. We got about half way there and got the text that the tourney had been delayed. We decided to go ahead and run on over and just wait it out at the park. We set up camp with other parents out beyond the right field fence. First up, we faced the Seymour U-9 all-star team. We were very evenly matched. After a two hour delay, we finally got started. Luke batted 4th again and went 2-4 with a double and single. He got robbed by the pitcher on a diving catch and also had a strikeout. He scored 2 runs, had an RBI and had 2 stolen bases. He played 1st base and had several good plays, including 1 unassisted putout and 12 assisted putouts. We actually won our first game, 13-6!! Woo! Hoo! We had a few hours to burn so we went to Tumbleweeds for lunch where I again took the EnFuego Burger Challenge. If you can eat everything on your plate, you get a free t-shirt. Not only did they give me a new shirt for scarfing down my whole meal that today, but also a second one from last year that they never sent to me! I swore afterwards that I would never do that again – whew… We did a little shopping afterwards to walk off the effects of the meal and headed back for the 2nd game. We were paired up against the U-10 Seymour all-stars. Lukey went 0-0 but was on base twice with a pair of walks. He did get doubled off first base and got stranded the other time on. He made a nice unassisted putout on a screamer down the line and had several assisted putouts, letting only one ball get past him the whole day. Although they were in the game in the first couple innings, they eventually went down to the older boys, 4-14.
We headed back to Seymour for the 2nd day of the U10 tourney. Up first, we faced the Kentucky Thunder travel team. It was a close game but we eventually pulled it out a big win! Luke was 1-1 with 2 walks and a single. He had 2 stolen bases and scored a big run where he plowed catcher over and made him drop the ball! That a boy, Scheu!! He played 1st base and had several good plays with one error. He had a huge catch on a screamer down the line that would’ve been a triple to the fence – what a play…but I was feeding my face and missed getting video of it. Ann, too, missed it; sadly. But he made the best play on the final play of the game – he dug the ball out of the dirt to record the final out and seal the victory, 9-7! The boys were so excited!! They played very well but only had a few minutes to relish the win.
Next up they played the #1 seed, Seymour Bats – another true travel team. They were very talented but their coaches were big jerks. They jumped off to a big lead with 10 in the 1st inning and went on to defeat us easily 0-17. Luke played 1st as usual and did a great job, including a slick double play! He also batted clean-up again, going 0-2 with a pair of strikeouts, though he did have one of the longest balls hit all day – the only issue is that it was foul. Sadly, his final K was also the final at-bat of the year for the Greensburg All-Stars U-9 team. They will play again in the spring – likely February or March. To celebrate a fun season, we headed downtown to Red Star Pizza Company, owned by one of the player’s parent’s family members. They opened it up just for us and we had a great time, celebrating the boys’ season. We will have pictures and videos of this tourney next week, as we are out of time for now. Instead, we have a few crops of the new Youth Football banner, featuring Matt and his senior teammates on the varsity team, along with some of Lukey’s buddies currently in the program. We came home tonight and did our weekly chores around the house and watched the recorded Brickyard 400 where Jeff ended up 7th and Indiana native (South Bend, to be precise) took the checked flag for Columbus native, Tony Stewart. We watched a few movies before later before calling it a night.

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Now for a quick video section, including two new family videos along with several from around the internet…

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Next up is our Waybac section. Leading off this time is an old one of Grandpaw Brown, circa 1940, during a trip to Chicago or South Bend, I believe; then Mom in about 1950 at her home on Elmwood Dr with the family car (she is barely taller than the wheel!) – it looks funny to see how much it used to be country out that way. Nowadays it is completely developed across the street, of course, with the mall, etc. Next is Mom a couple years later, about ’52, swimming with the family at the quarry; then Mom and “Aunt” Lou in the summer of ’54; Grandmaw & Grandpaw with Lou and Terry (?), likely in Monticello in the summer of ’55; Mom’s First Communion at St. Bonifice w/ Grandmaw in June of ’57; Grandpaw in the news paper in ’57 and ’58; another shot of the family home on Elmwood – this time with just the slightest hint of development at Market Square across the street in late ’58, along with Aunt Midge doing the hula hoop in the same time period; then the summer cottage in September of ’59; Grandpaw back in the paper in February of ’62; our backyard in LaPorte at our first home, across the street from the Stoewers on Lilly Lake in January of ’81; Robby as a 2-year old in ’81; Rob and I at our first Christmas on Rockwood St in ’81; Granpaw with Great Grandma Brown at her dining room in Rossville in December of ’82 – that house is no longer standing; my high school graduation invitation in June of ’87; Luke’s first night at home in Greensburg in June of 2003; Abby, Rob & I at Mom & Dad’s house on the hill in Rossville in December of 2003; Santa’s goodies just before we went to bed on Christmas Eve of 2006; enjoying the fruits of our labor the following day; and finally a couple pix of Week 19 at the Sand Pebble with Sue & Mike during the welcome party and George & Bob acting silly (huh, never seen them do that before….).

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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 next time. Until then, have a good one. We miss ya, Momma…
Later, Scheu

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