You’re Sixteen…You’re Beautiful…

We enjoyed a beautiful week here in south-central Indiana. Each morning began in the 50’s and warmed in to the 80s. Abby passed a big milestone in her life. Luke continued in football, though we weren’t sure if we’d even be able to field a team this week. Ann and I continued to hobble around the house. And Matt came home so all was right in the world. We lost more celebrities from our childhood – Mom always said they go in threes: NBA basketball legend Moses Malone, REO Speedwagon guitarist Gary Richrath and long-time baseball announcer (I remember him with the Cubs) Milo Hamilton (“Holy Toledo!’). And it was the return of the Fall Festival on the square this weekend, though it didn’t offer much for us and we ended up not attending this year.
We were all back to school and work on Monday, though it was a slow-moving morning. We all struggled to get out of bed and get moving. After school, Abby went to Chili’s with her buddy Kama and then the two went on to Pirateers practice. Later, Ann ran her to jazz class at Dixon Dance Studio. Luke and the 6th grade football team had a really good practice despite only having eight boys show up at North Park that night. We decided to have a coaches meeting at Messer’s Bar that evening to discuss some changes to our team, our philosophy for the year and our overall game-planning. I felt really good about our decisions that night, though it could’ve been the Sailor I guess…who can tell? Monday Night Football was back with a pair of games that we enjoyed outdoors – it was awesome and I ended up getting home a little later than normal. And it was the 3rd anniversary of Mom’s burial in St. Boniface Cemetery. That was such a blur of a day and seems like it was so long ago… We have lots of new social media pictures to share this week and have sprinkled in a few miscellaneous photos as well. We lead off with Abby and friends; Abby and the Pirateers; several old pictures we found of Bu when we were redecorating her room last weekend; Gigi and the WTRE team at Tee Off for Ta-Tas; Luke at school; several more of Bu and the Pirateers; Abs with Noah; some pix Luke sent me from our visit to the NHRA Nationals; more Pirateers; Lynz & Jack; Katie; Luke & his Pirates football team; Shriver Field on homecoming night; recent deaths: Moses Malone, Gary Richrath and Milo Hamilton; then Bryan & Hannah at the big Taylor Swift show; Stacy & the Guard family; Matthew’s “Deputy Dad” badge that he could use when Ann & I were out of the house and he was in charge! I think she found that in the family room while cleaning last week; Peyton reached 70K yards!; another new Star Wars Hot Wheel car to hunt for; John Force had an awesome tribute to Jeff’s Rainbow Warriors this week; Jeff was at his final race in Chicago this weekend; the new Calvin & Hobbes book coming out; and I hope Ann is reading this and gets me this cool Stargate shirt!

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Tuesday was gorgeous great day. It was a little warmer as temps neared 90. It made for a sweaty football practice for Luke and the Pirates. We had nine boys come out that evening. It was another really good practice. We worked a lot on tackling again. I sure hope it pays off this weekend because we did not tackle well last weekend. It was the return of the Homework Club for Soup Night at the house that evening. Ann made chili that really hit the spot. Britney and Noah joined us for dinner and studying. I was impressed at how much work the girls got actually got done that night.
Wednesday was Abigail’s official sixteenth birthday! It is hard to believe our little Bu has grown in to such a lovely, well-adjusted young lady. She was up early and out of the house for Pirateers practice before school. Abby got to pick her favorite dinner so Ann made a delicious chicken alfredo fettuccini dish, fried pickles and a tossed salad with her homemade Shallo’s dressing. It was amazing! Bu got a couple more presents along with a chocolate pie. We “sang” the Birthday Song to her in death-march style. I don’t think Noah knew what to think… Matt surprised her by coming home for her party before heading back to school. And Luke and I played basketball – but not before he got to pull the car out so we could use the court. He was all excited. Ann didn’t let us play 21 – only HORSE and PIG because I keep hurting my body every time we play on-on-one. Thanks honey.

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Abby had a doctor appointment on Thursday morning. Luke returned to the football field in the afternoon. We took his buddy Alex with us and they enjoyed riding in the back of the pickup on a perfect late-summer night. We scrimmaged against the 5th graders with nine players. We worked on offense the whole time. One of the new adjustments we made was to do a walk through of all our teams that evening (offense, defense and special teams) since many of the children say they can’t remember where they are supposed to play. That is what happens when you have first-year players starting and playing the entire game – even as they are still learning the game of football. And later Abby returned to Dixon for her tap class with Ms. Ann.
Friday morning was another early one for Bu as she was in before school for Jr Optimist Club. It was a long day for both Ann & I at work. It rained in the morning and threatened the rest of the day and night but never let go. It was homecoming for the kids and the alumni of GCHS. Bryan & I again did stats for the varsity football team. It was a pretty good crowd that night and the Pirates won a close one. Matt came home and was on the sidelines for the big win. Gigi wasn’t able to be with us because she was out (as was Angie) participating in the annual charity outing to benefit breast cancer – Tee Off for Ta-Tas (love the name!). Ann was supposed to be on the WTRE team but instead was at the game to watch Bu dance. Abby and the Pirateers danced before and at halftime. She and her teammate Shelby choreographed the big halftime dance! Afterwards Noah & Abby did not want to attend the dance (pretty sad, huh?) so we took all the kids out for a late dinner at Buffalo Wings & Rings.

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We woke up Saturday morning to rain, which dampened our plans to work out in the yard. It was Fall Festival weekend so the annual parade was that morning. Abby & the Pirateers planned to dance through the downtown streets on the parade route. However, due to the risk of them slipping on the wet asphalt they decided not to participate at the last minute. So we took it easy that day and enjoyed talking with Matt. Thankfully it stopped raining before Luke’s football game. Luke & I picked up Drew and headed to North Park. Luke was thrilled to have Matt attend his game! We played another East Central team – this time it was the Sunman Trojans. We had 9 of our 10 players suit-up for the game. Unfortunately Luke’s buddy Grayson – also my defensive captain – wasn’t able to go today. We gratefully accepted three of the 5th graders to play with us and they did great. At least with them we were somewhat competitive. As it turned out, it still wasn’t enough. We got down early by three touchdowns in the first half but were able to make some adjustments to hold them to only one more the rest of the game. Still, we weren’t able to score and were shut out for the first time, losing 0-28. Our record now stands at 1-3. Coach Messer wasn’t able to make it due to a prior business commitment. Luke played several positions again on offense: fullback, tight end, center, long-snapper and kicker. On defense, I kept him at linebacker the entire game. He did not have a reception but was thrown to three times. One was uncatchable but two others he could’ve pulled in. He ran the ball three times for about twelve yards. He also recovered an onside kick, caused a fumble, returned a punt and had seven tackles as the new captain of our defense. Afterwards we all went out for dinner at El Reparo. By the time we got home, we were all tired and ended up flopping on the couch for the rest of the night. Luke and I worked on his computer, wiping nearly 3K malware files from his poor computer and Matt worked on some homework before going out with his buddies.
Abby went out early with Megan, on Sunday morning. The girls attended the annual Suicide Awareness benefit softball tourney at the ball diamonds. This is put on by the Dance family as a tribute to Megan’s father. Abby & Megan played in one game and Ann was able to run out watch them. Meanwhile, Luke and I did our weekly household chores, including mowing the lawn. We watched football most of the day along with some Dr Who episodes and some NASCAR. We had Abby’s family birthday party where Mom & Sandy, Dee & Jamie, Phyllis & Dick and Noah were able to attend. Mrs. Ewing again did the cake and it was perfect as usual. We had cake & ice cream after another lovely rendition of the Birthday Song – especially enchanting was her Uncle Jamie’s Elvis impersonation! She opened presents and the boys watched football while the gals chatted. Everyone left but not before we got some good pictures. We will share those and the video next week. Noah stuck around and watched football with Matt & I and then stayed for dinner. Ann cooked chicken on the grill and had a big dinner. The kids played outside for a while. Luke ran around with the neighborhood kids and later went to basketball practice at the junior high. Meanwhile Matt and I yipped and yelled as the Cowboys played their rival Eagles in a tight game. Ann tried to take a nap in the same room…and that didn’t work out too well for her. It was a tough game that saw Tony Romo go down with a broken collar bone and will likely be out for most of the season. Add to that Dez Bryant getting hurt last week and you have a very uncertain future. The only thing that is in their favor is their great offensive line and the much-improved defense. Matt made it safely back to school before Sunday Night Football, Abby worked on her homework and Luke played on his “new” computer until bedtime.

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Next up is our Waybac segment. This week again features our first six photo albums as our family was just beginning in the late nineties. But we lead off with a couple of special items – a newspaper article that Dad Scheu sent us inside Abby’s birthday card of my Grandpaw Brown back in 1955 in a promotional article from the Lafayette newspaper and then a special picture that Mom O found for Ann this weekend – her prom picture with Willard in 1988! What a beauty!! Big thanks to those two for sharing these great pictures. Then we get back to our normal photo albums, beginning in July of 1996 when Keith & Rosie got to meet Matthew at Gma & Gigi’s house; then a special visit by Mom & Dad B to Columbus to see Master Matthew, just before Christmas in December 1996; Then back to Gma & Gigi’s house for Sandy’s birthday (maybe #40??) in July of ’97; next is Matt’s 2nd Christmas morning and our first in Greensburg in December ’97; next a couple that Matt will probably punch me for, but they’re too cute not to share as our little one began potty training in June 1998 and also that same month Matt got to meet our good friend Allen Smith (of Biggest Loser fame) and check out one of his “woo-woo’s” in Columbus. And we end this installment with the Scheu family Christmas in 1998 – which looks to be held at Vicki & Faddi’s house in Indy.

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For the Shit that Luke Says, we have an entry from Abby’s party today. We were all sitting around and I’m not sure how we got on the topic but Luke piped up in the middle of a conversation with everyone in the living room as Abby was opening presents, “How about that one time when you left me at Wal-Mart, Grandma?” “I had to call you and say, ‘Grandma you forgot me!’” MaryAnn told him he could walk home from school tomorrow for telling stories like that! :p

And finally we have our videos. This week, we have three new family home movies and several from around the internet.

Joe Bonamassa on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon from Joe Bonamassa on Vimeo.

And 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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