Chill Bumps come up on You

We had a lovely fall week…although it really didn’t seem like early September…more like late October. It was great to have the house open all week. We only saw one day in the 80s and that was early in the week. Each day brought cooler temps and by the weekend we had to close the windows because it was nearly in the 30s. Even I thought it was a little chilly on Saturday morning. But I love this weather – it’s football weather, baby!! Matt continued to live in Indy and enjoy college life. We really missed him this week. Ann had several dreams that featured him and I thought of him daily. Abby continued practice her dance and focus on school. And Luke was loving football as well as school himself this week. Midterms are in for the little ones – Abby and Luke had all A’s & B’s…so we’re off to a great start this year! Hopefully Matt can equal these marks in his classes as well. Mom and Luke worked really hard on getting his room cleaned up (and it really needed it!) and it is looking really good…now if she could help Ann, we’d be in good shape. I need to get out and clean that garage this fall…at least clean off my workbench…I want my workbench back.
It was the first week in a month that I had a full work week as our census began to re-build again now that school is back in session. It was a long day for Bu, that’s for sure. She had a full day of high school classes, went to Kama’s house after school and then on to Pirateers practice and then went on to jazz class at Dixon Studio later. Luke and the boys had a great football practice that night, really working on cardio and endurance as well as blocking/tackling. We enjoyed the opening night of MNF as well – though it wasn’t a good week for the NFL, in terms of image with the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson legal issues, the change in policy during off-season for drug testing and being the butt of jokes by Jon Stewart.
Bu was in early on Tuesday for Student Council and then a full day of freshman classes…and all the drama that comes with it. She dealt with the drama very well and Ann helped her to put it all in to perspective. Luke had football again. Terry & I did the coaching as Bryan was out of town in Chi-Town for business. Luke had fun riding home with Drew & “Chip” in the back of the truck.
Abby was in early for school again on Wednesday – this time for SADD club. Luke & I went for a long walk and bike ride around the neighborhood that evening. Ann cooked out on the grill. I talked to Dad, who sent me a couple pix of him and his good buddy Lynn enjoying their time in New Jersey, on the beach. Luke drew a picture for the first time in a while. And there were several great pictures of Phyllis & Dick’s 60th anniversary last weekend.

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Abby had another big day on Thursday – a full day of college-prep classes followed by Pirateers practice and then on to tap class at Dixon Studios. Terry & I held football practice for Luke and the boys again that evening due to Bryan’s absence again. We had a pretty poor practice as we continued to push the boys’ endurance and harden them up, but it came with a cost as we are now nursing a couple of injuries. The boys again had fun riding home in the back of the pickup on a noticeably cooler night. The truck equally loves this cooler weather and I have enjoyed driving it more here lately.
Friday was a fast day at work and school. Abby did not perform because the football game was away at Lawrenceburg. Bryan got back from his trip but was too busy to do stats so Luke & I stayed home and he had Oakley over to stay the night. We ordered pizzas and the boys played Hot Wheels, Nerf guns and bike rides. Meanwhile Ann went to late night scrapbook and had fun with her other friends. And we have several new social media pictures to share this week: Abby & the Pirateers; Abby in her room, driving and in the cheer block; more Phyllis & Dick pix; Nate & Steph will celebrate an anniversary very soon; Kimmy, Steph & friends; Barney’s oldest with her daughter; words to live by; the Reds 2015 schedule (yes, we are already planning for next year); Robert Plant released a video for his new single; Calvin & Hobbes in a classic panel; Abby and friends; Lynz working out again, Aunt Sharon and grandson; this week saw a big anniversary for one of my childhood heroes, Pete Rose, who set the all-time hits record about 30 years ago…4192 was such a huge number at that time; Rush’s debut LP was released 40 years ago this week; The Beatles released their back catalog in mono this week; more Simpsons panels were released this week; more C&H panels (why do I see Luke when I read these?); the Pirates’ roster (they lost another tough one by 1 point, 47-48, this week; Neil Peart had a birthday; Grace and the Nocturnals played the Grand Point North festival where she debuted her new line of Vermont organic syrup; Aunt June and her family camping at Turkey Run; and an FC alum that went on to become a policeman was killed in the line of duty this week.

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The boys were up early on Saturday morning. Oakley went home and Luke & I headed outside to work in the yard. We mowed together until the old mower started acting up and wouldn’t keep running. I will have to take it back to Philip on Monday because I think that new carburetor is the culprit. Ann ran Abby over to hang out with Megan as they again participated in a walk-a-thon for suicide prevention. She promptly returned to scrapbooking at Mrs. B’s. Meanwhile Luke & I finished up mowing and filled some holes in the back yard created by our digger dogs before coming in to relax for a little while and getting geared up for our game against Franklin County. We picked up Alex and headed over to North Park. We had a very poor warm-up, which foreshadowed our day. We started off on a positive note by running the opening kickoff back for a TD. It was the only time we would lead in the game. Luke missed the extra point but had a whale of a kick off. In fact, he kicked off 3 times today and they were all boomers. Our defense gave up a 60-yard run on the first play from scrimmage and ran in the extra point to go up, 6-8. We couldn’t do anything offensively and turned the ball over on downs. Their 2nd play from scrimmage turned out to be another 50+ yard run for another TD. We turned the ball over again on downs, going the wrong way. We held for a couple plays and actually forced a turnover where Alex stripped the ball and Luke recovered it! We turned the ball over ourselves and they put together another scoring drive as we suddenly forgot how to tackle. The boys started their crying and whining and excuses again and Bryan and I knew we were in for a long, long day. We were down 6-22 at halftime. Bryan & I both changed up things a little for the 2nd half and moved Luke and another lineman to the backfield and put the backs up on the line, which actually worked. I moved Luke to the inside and put 9 men in the box to stop the run, focusing on the c & d gaps and the outside sweeps. However, I was disgusted when they ran their first play in for another 50+ yard TD run. The kids refused to tackle! We were finally able to move the ball on offense (they probably had their starters out or something) we still couldn’t find paydirt and turned the ball over on a fumble. We gave up yet another TD on a long run of about 50 yards to go down 6-34. It was the most points our defense has ever given up under my tutelage. We finally put together a scoring drive at the end of the game for a little bit of pride building and painfully ended the game with yet another loss – 12-34. Luke played several positions today: tackle, tight end, center (for long snaps), running back, defensive end, middle linebacker, kick returner, kicker (tee) and place kicker (block). He had four and a half tackles (two for loss), ran the ball twice on kickoffs for a total of 35 yards, recovered a fumble, averaged about 40 yards on his kickoffs, and had a couple pancakes, but also missed two tackles, had a holding penalty and missed an extra point. It was pretty simple – they blocked tackled better than us…a LOT better than us. We have a lot of work to do next week. We have to have our kids come to every practice, have them get there on-time and have them put forth effort. Those are the things plaguing us this year. We still only have 13 kids activated for game play. Our 14th and best player was a no-show all week and I didn’t see him at the game either. We were actually expecting him to be released this week, so we’re not sure what happened. Still, there were some positive signs today and we will try and build off of them this week as we gear up for a much tougher game this week.

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After the game, Drew came home with Luke. We went to BK for an early dinner and then to Dairy Point for dessert. They played outside for hours at our house. Abby had Megan over after the walk-a-thon. They played with the boys for a while, playing football out in the street. The boys were picked up by Angie and Luke stayed the night with them. Megan stayed for a while before going to Christy and Terry’s house for the night.
Sunday was our relax day. It was the two year anniversary of Mom’s burial in Lafayette. Abby & I ran out to the new Verizon store that just opened this week, here in town. It replaced a little rinky-dink store that was basically useless. We have always used the Columbus store for our phones for two decades now. So we walk in and I should’ve know something was off about this place when both employees were dressed in Bengals gear. Of course it smelled like any newly-built building and it was really messing with Abby whose eyes started watering, her skin was itchy and she got light headed twice. The gal that helped us was nice enough but had zero personality which made the whole interaction very uncomfortable. Abby decided she wanted the new iPhone 6 for her birthday next week. Of course, they didn’t have any so we went through all the paperwork to get it pre-ordered but at the end, the gal refused to let me charge it to our account as we had always done. It wasn’t that we couldn’t pay for it there; it was just the convenience of putting it within our budget next month. But this gal wouldn’t have any of it (working on commission, I would assume). So we left and picked up a few things at Wal-Mart before coming home where we just ordered the darn thing online and had it charged to our bill. We will never do business with that store again. Afterwards, Abby practice driving in the Pacifica with me while Ann made a great lunch of chicken corn chowder and pretzel rolls! Luke did not play basketball with his travel team, which is now starting to play in a fall league. Ann & I are torn with having him play in the league. We’ve done two sports with him before, but it really puts a strain on us. So I told Trevor that we would like to pass unless he really needed him and he was cool with it. He said if he was short kids for a game, he would give us a call and we’d just see him for the normal winter league. Also, Luke was supposed to go to a party for the all-star baseball team, but we cancelled thinking he would be playing basketball. As it turned out, Luke came back from Drew’s house too late to go anyhow. We watched football and racing in between naps while doing our weekly chores around the house and generally taking it easy for the first time this week and got our bodies rested up in preparation for another busy week ahead of us.

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Next up is our Waybac section which features three and a half pictures of Mom. Leading off this week are four pictures of Rob, Mom & Dad out in Temple City in November of 1979; then on to 1983: Grandpaw wearing a wig in March, Rob with Aunt Midge at Easter; Grandpaw on Father’s Day in June; Grandmaw & Grandpaw at a 40 & 8 convention in Terre Haute in June; Aunt Norma & Uncle Keith saying goodbye to Aunt Louise Morgan, who lived in Arizona in July; then Grandpaw’s new ’83 Cadillac Sedan deVille in October of 1985; on to 1986: more pix from our Florida vacation in April of Rob & I; Mom after planting new shrubs with Grandpaw & Grandmaw’s house in May; Grandmaw & Grandpaw up in Cadillac, Michigan going mushroom hunting with Aunt Norma & Uncle Ralph in May; and Rob with his Cabbage Patch kid at G & G’s house in June; then we fast forward to December of 2002: Rob, Gigi, Ann, Rosie, Matt, Abby, Grace and I having Christmas at Memaw & Gigi’s house; the Bryan Christmas at Vird & Belinda’s with Belinda, Ann, Katie, Jake, Vird, Sharon & Dan; then 2003: Week 19 fun in May at the Sand Pebble; little Lukey in our hosue with Rob’s girlfriend’s daughter in December and then a few pictures from Nathan’s swearing-in ceremony in Kokomo in June of 2004.

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For our Shit that Luke Says section, we have a story relayed to me from Memaw this weekend. She and Luke were cleaning his room on Wednesday. She went to put away his socks that were setting on top of his dresser when he stopped her real quick, saying, “No Grandma; that’s my sock drawer!”

Next up is our video section, which includes one new family video and a few from around the internet this week.

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 week. Until then, have a good one.
Later, Scheu

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