Say Goodbye…’Cause You’ve Reached the End of the Line

It was another fast week here at the Scheu abode, as we wrapped up another sports season. Luke had three basketball games – including his year-end tournament, worked hard to make the A/B Honor Roll and contemplated his next move… will it be wrestling, AAU basketball, weight training for football, track or take a break for a while? Abby had a pair of dances, worked at both her jobs and made the A/B Honor Roll yet again. Matt stayed up at school and continued to work hard on his studies. Ann began working on After Prom planning while continuing to struggle with her knees. I came up a little short on my walking goal again this week, totaling only 12 miles as I continue to battle the bulge. I am finally seeing some results from my diet, which is encouraging me to stick with it…but man, I really miss chips, pasta and bread! As for grandparents, Mom O is doing much better and is back to attending games again, Dad B is recovering nicely – back at his Florida home and Ms. Phyllis is finally back home as I write this, which is great news! Hello again and welcome back to the Scheu Family Blog.

We enjoyed a warm start to the week on Monday. Abby was excited to start job-shadowing at Dr. Stradley’s dental practice that morning. After school, she worked at Dixon Dance Studio then had class with Ms. Kuyhlia. She came home late after she finished her homework over at Trevin’s house. We were excited to hear that she is going to attend the Colt’s Cheer class again this year and that she & Kuyhlia are considering trying out for the Colts Cheerleader squad! Ann got her hair done and I walked about 3 miles after a fast day at work. We left to go watch Luke & the 8th grade A team play their final game of the regular season. They squared off with Madison. This was our 1st time playing this group of boys at he junior high level, as last year’s game was snowed-out. Luke enjoyed playing against a couple of his AAU teammates on the Madison squad. The Cubs came ready to play and kept the game close until late in the 4th quarter, when the boys finally pulled away and won by about 15, 51-36. Their record stands at 18-2 and now they have a chance at a 20-win season! Luke started at center and played a lot of minutes that night. Luke’s stats: 6 points on 3-6 shooting from the floor and 0-1 from the stripe. He had 6 rebounds & a tip-out, a forced turnover, 2 steals, a block, 3 deflected passes and a couple fouls. We came home in the pouring rain and spent the night listening to the thunderstorm overnight…that’s right, a t-storm in January!

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Tuesday was a cooler, drab day – between the grey, overcast skies and the brown grass and trees, it was a bit depressing. Abby had Pirateers practice after school. Luke had basketball practice. I walked about 2 miles on a cold, drizzly afternoon in the mid-30s. Ann went out with Ms. Amy for her birthday. I talked to Dad B and he sounded positive as he continues to take it slow and get back his strength. It rained all day until it turned into a wintery mix that evening – including yet more snow!

We woke up to cold, icy conditions on Wednesday. The phone woke us up around 5 am when we got the news that school was on a 2-hour delay. On our way in to work, we weren’t surprised to receive a 2nd one saying that school was cancelled. Ann & I enjoyed a 90-minute, white-knuckle commute in to work. The roads were so slick that we could only drive about 10-20 mph. Any faster and even our car lost traction. We were in a line of about 60 cars on I-46 – it was like a convoy! We saw three cars off the road – one really bad by Pumphrey’s Hill. As is typical when there is weather like this, Ann & I both had fast, hard days. I managed to walk about 3 miles on the icy walks – alternating between a brisk walk and “shoe-skating” into a brutal breeze out of the northeast. Luke spent the day playing basketball on his PS4 and enjoyed the day off from basketball practice. Abby ran a couple errands – including a trip to the courthouse, worked out at the YMCA, and went over to Trevin’s house because dance classes were cancelled that night. Ann had to cancel her After Prom meeting, due to school being closed. So, she made cheesy, broccoli-stuffed chicken for dinner and we both fell asleep watching the X-Files. As promised, here are pictures from Abby’s dance last weekend.

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The kids were on a two-hour delay for school on Thursday morning. I took Ann to the tech center and I walked in to work from there on another chilly morning. It was another fast day for me and before I knew it, I was out walking a 5K before getting Ann and heading to the high school to watch Abby & the Pirateers perform. Luke had basketball practice. Abby & the Pirateers performed at the boys’ basketball game, where they faced Lawrenceburg. The girls performed their pregame routine with the cheerleaders, presented the colors during the National Anthem and then danced to “Right Now” at halftime. The girls looked great and looked like they had a lot of fun. Abby was named Most Valuable Pirateer…way to go, Bu! To celebrate, Ann & I took Abby to ElRep afterwards for dinner. Here are random pictures from our recent adventures.

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I had Friday off again due to continued low census at the facility. Abby had a Jr Optimist Club meeting before school. I had plans to go visit Mom O and walk at the fairgrounds, but instead I paid bills, did the dishes, made breakfast, and then watched TV and took a nap. Before I knew it, Ann was home and the day was gone. Why is it that time goes so fast on your day off? Luke had basketball practice then Memaw brought him home. Ann came home and we watched a movie and then went back out to the high school to watch Abs & the Pirateers again. It was Senior Night for the Lady Pirates. At halftime, the girls danced to “Replay Remix” – routine that Abby & Mary choreographed. Abby’s friend (and fellow senior), Kiersten, has been injured all year after blowing her knee out (much like Matt did). In a real classy move, the coaches allowed her to start, allowed Lawrenceburg to control the tip and have an uncontested layup, allow a pass to the other end of the court where Kiersten was alone and was allowed to score an uncontested layup as well. She was taken out of the game afterward. It was so cool that the crowd gave a standing ovation. With the Senior Night festivities and this gesture, it was a very emotional start to the game. The girls won the game easily and ended the regular season undefeated in conference play, winning it outright! They start Sectionals next weekend. We took Abby out to Wings & Rings for dinner afterward, so Ann wouldn’t have to cook on her Birthday Eve. We’ll have pix and vids from tonight’s dance in next week’s blog entry.

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Saturday was Ann’s 48th birthday…and as is typical – she spent it in a gym watching sports! It was another gloomy, overcast day. We were up early for Luke’s basketball tourney. This was the final time the boys will play together for a couple years. Next year, they’ll likely be split between the Freshman team, the JV team and possibly the varsity squad. We watched the 7th graders win a close game then Luke & the 8th grade Pirates A team took the floor to play Shelbyville. The game was never really close and the boys won, going away. The starters didn’t even play the 4th quarter, as Chris rested the boys in preparation for the next game. They ended up winning easily by like 30 points, 53-24. Luke’s stats: 2 points on 1-2 shooting from the floor with a turnover. He also had 6 rebounds & 2 tip-outs, 3 forced turnovers, 3 blocks, 3 fouls and a “header” – you’ll have to watch the video to see it. 😊 After a short break, we played Greenfield Central in the championship game. They gave us quite a game last year. This year was no different. However, unlike last year, we couldn’t buy a bucket this game. We were getting open looks, but the ball just wouldn’t go down. They were very good and gave us a real challenge again this year. In fact, we were down by 9 at the break and that was as close as we would get in the 2nd half. We ended up losing by about 15, 45-59 and the boys ended their season at 19-3. It wasn’t the ending they were hoping for and they didn’t get that 20-win season they had set as a goal, but they went 38-4 as a junior high team, which is awesome. Great job, boys! Luke’s stats: 5 points on 2-3 shooting from the floor (including 1-1 from the arc) and 0-1 from the stripe with a turnover. He had 7 rebounds with 3 tip-outs, 3 blocks and 4 fouls. To celebrate a great season, we took Luke to ElRep for dinner afterwards. Mom & Jamie were able to come watch Luke play, but Gigi was sick in bed – possibly the flu. ☹ Matt was hoping to come down but was bogged down with homework, up at U-Indy. Abby worked a double shift at Buffalo Wings & Rings and couldn’t attend either. Later, Luke went to Corbin’s house to spend the night with Collin and Tyler. Memaw came over to visit the birthday girl and to let her know that we had to postpone her party tomorrow due to Gigi being ill…and Mom possibly being exposed. So, I gave her the rest of her presents and we chilled, watching movies as I uploaded the videos to Hudl and we both ended up falling asleep early. We completely forgot about Mike’s birthday party. We’ll have pictures and videos of today’s games next week. Abby came home early on a foggy night to get some much-needed rest. We have lots of social media pictures to share this week.

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We enjoyed sleeping in on a chilly Sunday morning. We slowly got up and did our weekly household chores. Abby had to work another double at BWR. We eventually got Luke back from Corbin’s house, but he ended up going right back out. This time, he went with Tyler and Grayson to workout at the Fieldhouse. Ann worked on After Prom mailings and I worked on the blog. We got in a nap before the Pro Bowl started. We turned it off to watch the Purdue / IU game. As expected, it was a great game. Of course, it’s hard to win when you are playing 5 on 8. The officials were not very good today…there was some home cookin’ going on! It’s always hard to win on the road in the Big Ten and the PU/IU rivalry game is always a good one. It’s not unusual for the unranked team to be the ranked team. I thought that IU might just pull it off today. The game was back and forth the whole way. Only when there was a minute remaining in the game, were the Boilers able to pull away. They ended up winning and set the school record for 17 straight wins! They will likely remain at #3 in the nation next week! It was a pretty, sunny day and it warmed up to the 50s again. The dogs loved going out and playing for a while this afternoon. We ordered take out from Tarouya for dinner to finish celebrating Ann’s birthday weekend. It was a nice way to wrap up the week. And late tonight, I heard from my cousin David, who had some very exciting news. I hope to share it in next week’s entry…

Next up is our Waybac section, which continues to feature our young family at the turn of the century. We lead off this time with Abby and Ann on the Main St home in November ’00; the kids at the county fair in July ’01; the kids up at Pine Lake on Mom & Dad’s first pontoon in August ’01; the kids going trick-or-treating in Ryle in October ’01; Matt at Washington school during their Christmas presentation in December ’01; Matt’s private birthday party in March ’02; Megan’s baptism in LaPorte in May ’02; Abby’s birthday party at Mom & Sandy’s house in September ’02; the kids playing in the living room in September ’02; and Mom O’s birthday in the Main St house in November ’02.

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We wrap up this week’s entry with our video segment which features five new family home movies as well as several from around the internet.

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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