Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Jr. Year!

Logan started his Jr. year at Milwaukee Lutheran High School a couple weeks ago.
Here's his first semester schedule:
1. Concert Band (Mr. Schmidt)
2. Latin III (Mr. Darien)
3. Jr. Religion (Pastor Harrmann)
4. Interpretation & Persuasion (Mr. Guilford)
5. Probability & Statistics (Mr. Krause)
6. Sports Literature (Mrs. Bauer)
7. Study Hall
8. Chemistry (Mr. Kohrs)

Logan is playing on JV and Varsity Soccer. He scored his first high school goal last Saturday. He is improving a lot and doing a great job helping the younger players!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Homeward Bound!

It was a relaxing Saturday morning at the Cheshire Lodge. Jim and the kids went down to the pool for a couple hours, while I packed our things.
After breakfast we took a few pictures at the hotel and headed out. There were two more stops before leaving St. Louis...we got to see the dorms that Pastor lived in at the Sem., and then stopped at Schnuck's for bottles of Fitz's Rootbeer.

Not far from crossing the Illinois border, it began..."Mama, I have to go to the bathroom!" We stopped at a rest stop. Then Pastor took over the driving for a bit. The plan was to stop in Springfield for lunch. Logan was resting and Brett and Katherine were watching an episode of Doctor Who. They were quiet, so we kept going. Jim closed his eyes for a bit. We were going to stop in Lincoln next, but kept on going. It was decicded that we would, for sure, stop in Bloomington. Pastor showed us his vicarage church and then we found an Olive Garden.
After a late lunch (2:30 P.M.), it was time to finish our journey.

Jim drove the rest of the way home. We made good time, got Pastor to his car, and were home by 7:00 P.M. The windows were rolled down in order to appreciate the cooler air. Thankfully, there was no water in our basement! It was good to be home!

3rd Day in St. Louis!

We met up with Pastor at 9:15 outside of the Seminary's Chapel and stayed for the morning service. There was a group there that was heading home from the National Youth Gathering. Logan recognized a couple of the teens from Milwaukee Lutheran. It was good to know that the leaders were taking time to take the youth to the seminaries on the way home.

We spent some time at the St. Louis Art Museum. Pastor said that he could prove that it was better than our museum in 10 minutes. The Milwaukee Art Museum has a much better Renaissance section, but all in all, he was right.

We drove out west (I think) and had lunch at Steak N Shake. The burgers were good, but the water was disgusting! Logan and Brett sat at a table by themselves, and did just fine.

I got to drive the two blocks to the Concordia Historic Institute. We tried, unsuccessfully, to meet with the president-elect. We knew we weren't going to be able to see him, but we had to try! Pastor showed us the Chapel and the museum. The museum tour was a chronologically history of our LC-MS. It was quite fascinating! On our way out the kids did a little shopping at the gift shop. Katherine bought a turquoise apron with wording, "Taste and see that the Lord is good!" Brett bought a gift for a friend.

It was time to feed the group again, so we stopped at another place that Pastor hadn't been to before...Gus' Pretzels. We all got some pretzels and loved the price and taste!

We drove past Anheuser-Busch and Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, before getting to the Gateway Arch. The security wasn't as bad as Pastor thought it might. We walked around The Museum of Westward Expansion, but unfortunately, the line was too long to go up the Arch.
Pastor and Logan sat outside the Arch while the rest of us walked down the many steps to the riverfront.

Finding a Walmart was imperative to fill our cooler with bottled water. Marilyn, the GPS, was able to locate a Walmart about 15 mintues away. Logan and Katherine ordered subs from Subway and ate them while the rest of us ate at the St. Louis Bread Co. (Panera's).

We got back to the hotel too late for swimming. So we got the kids settled in our room and met up with Pastor at the pub. We talked, laughed, and simply enjoyed hanging out. Jim wanted me to try his Irish Coffee. He knows I like Irish Creme but not coffee. I tried it and did not like the taste it left in my mouth. I took a sip of Pastor's beer. Keep in mind, it was the first beer I have ever had in my life! It was ok...just ok. I took the last drop, also, and decided that beer is not for me, either.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Day 2 of St. Louis!

We had a leisurely morning and met Pastor at the Concordia Seminary Library. He showed us around a bit. Pastor and Jim talked to Mr. Berger. He looked at Jim and said, "You're a Scheuer!" I had to pull them away from their reunion so we could get going with the rest of our day. We found a great street parking spot by Turtle Park for our trip to the St. Louis Zoo. The best part was seeing a lioness napping up in a tree....the tree hugger! I truly thought it was fake, a stuffed lion that a zoo keeper put in the tree, until we saw it move.

I knew that if the kids were going to cooperate the rest of the day, we should feed off to the Olive Garden we went. I don't think Pastor had ever been there. He loved the soup...Chicken & Gnocchi! Our break was a success...everyone was fed, full, and happy!

The St. Louis Cathedral was next on our list. It was not a disappointment. Awesome is such an over-used word, but it definately fits for what we saw on the inside of this church. Brett had many questions for Pastor about various religious and Catholic aspects to the design.

Then we went a little closer to our hotel and stopped at the St. Louis History Museum. The kids had fun playing 'Washers' with Pastor.

Swimming at the Cheshire was next. They have an outdoor pool, and it was very warm. It usually takes me a long time to slowly get myself in a pool...not this time. It was wonderfully refreshing!

After drying off and changing, we piled back into the van and went the couple blocks to Schnuck's Grocery Store. We brought back bags and headed to 'our' round table in the lobby area of The Cheshire. We had rotissiere chicken, wheat dinner rolls, carrots, and apples for a very late supper. It was nice sitting together and enjoying the atmosphere.

It was time to check another site off of my list. Pastor, Brett, Katherine, and I drove to Ted Drewes Custard Stand. What an experience! There was a mass of people standing outside waiting in line or congregating out front eating their treats. It was still so hot that mine and Brett's frozen custard wasn't frozen any more....more like a drippy mess, but it was fun!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Meet Me in St. Louis!

We had a leisurely morning at our hotel in Quincy, IL, stopped at the post office, and started on our next journey...bound for St. Louis. Per our travel agent's recommendation, we took the scenic route along the Mississippi River (via HWY 79). We saw flooding in Louisiana, Missouri and had lunch in Elsberry, Missouri. Although there was a detour on our journey, we made it to the St. Louis Amtrak station with 15 minutes to spare. Uncharacteristically late, the Amtrak arrived 20 minutes past it's arrival time. Katherine and I waited inside for Pastor Wangerin, while Jim and the boys circled the parking lot.
Our first St. Louis site was Union Station. The kids had fun watching 'Paul' make fudge. Jim and Logan bought Milwaukee Brewer t-shirts, Logan looked inside the Hard Rock Cafe, and Katherine fed giant goldfish. Then we took the side streets to our English hotel....The Cheshire Lodge. It is amazing! After relaxing for a bit, we went to Talayna's Pizza. Our waiter was very friendly! We ordered a New York Manhattan-style pizza and a St. Louis-style pizza. The waiter explained how the St. Louis-style thin crust is made. The crust is pressed, not rolled!
There was time left in our evening, so we went to the Delmar Loop...stopping at Blueberry Hill and Fitz's Rootbeer. Surprisingly, Pastor Wangerin had never been to Fitz's. The boys shared a rootbeer float, and the rest of us shared one. We took a drive through the Concordia Seminary grounds before taking the 2 minute drive back to the lodge.
After resting for a bit with the kids, Jim & I joined Pastor down at the pub. The two guys had beers. Jim & I played a game of checkers. Unfortunately, Logan came down to tell us that Brett wasn't feeling well. We got up to the room in time to be with Brett as he got times!
It's 11:32 P.M...Jim & I are in the lobby area on the computer, while our children sleep. I have a busy Thursday so we better head up!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Boyhood home of Mark Twain!

We left Springfield in pouring rain. By 11:00 A.M. we were in Hannibal, Missouri and went straight to the Mark Twain Cave. Upon arriving, we witnessed a lot of damage from the recent (overnight) storm. The three guys read in the van while Katherine and I did the one hour tour of the cave. Towards the end, the guide gave Katherine the flashlight and let her lead the other kids to a part of the cave, all by themselves. She was so excited! It was definately worth the price of the tickets to see her so happy about being there.
From there we drove to the riverfront, parked the van, and watched the Mark Twain Riverboat go down the Mississippi River. We left our van there and walked to all the other sites....Mark Twain's boyhood home and museum, the Becky Thatcher house, Huckleberry Finn's house, and J. M. Clemen's Justice of the Peace Office. We got to see and hear 'Mark Twain' for a half hour.
In between all the fun we stopped by Becky's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor & Emporium.
We learned that the levies broke this morning right before we arrived. That was why we so much damage. When we walked back to the riverfront, we saw huge cement walls. The flood gates were closed! So to the top of a grassy hill we walked to see. Our van was the only vehicle in the parking lot. We weren't sure how we were going to get out. Thankfully, there were workers who waited for us before closing the other three flood gates. What an experience! The nightly news is on right now, and we are seeing just how bad Hannibal got hit.
With all our sites checked off my list, we drove to Quincy, Illinois to stay for the night. Chinese for supper and swimming before relaxing in our room.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Learning about Mr. Lincoln!

Amazingly enough, the children were up early and ready for breakfast. We were out the door by 8:40 A.M. and headed back to Oak Ridge Cemetery. Being in the tomb of President Lincoln was an experience we will never forget. From there we drove to downtown Springfield, found a great, free parking spot, on the street, a block from our next destination: The Lincoln Home. Jim got timed tickets for us to tour the house within 15 minutes from when we arrived! After our tour we walked to the Presbyterian Church to see the pew where Mrs. Lincoln sat. Unfortunately, Mr. Lincoln was not a church-going man. There was time for us to go to Mr. Lincoln's law office before moving our van from the two hour parking limited spot.
Using the Downtown Springfield map, we found the train depot where Mr. Lincoln and his family boarded to Washington D.C. There was meter parking on the street....25 cents for 30 minutes!! This is huge! During our visit to Philadelphia last summer, we learned that that city is not vehicle friendly. To pay for parking was outrageous, but not in Springfield!
We stayed long enough to learn a few things and take a couple pictures. By the time we were done, we all had lunch on our minds. Unlimited soup, salad, and breadsticks at The Olive Garden was what we were after. It was delicious! It wouldn't be a Scheuer vacation without rain, and the Lord did not disapoint us (not like He ever would!): a downpour of rain, followed by the power going out. The generator kicked in almost immediately. Katherine was the only one with a rain jacket. So we had her run to the van to get umbrellas. She loved it!
With food in our stomachs, it was time to go the the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum...WOW! There was so much to see and do!
We made supper in our hotel room: sandwiches, fruit, chips, and cookies. We couldn't wait to enjoy the pool. It was cleaner than last night and there were less children.
We had a wonderful day and look forward to what tomorrow brings!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Springfield, Illinois

Our family vacation started this morning after church. Our first stop is Springfield, Illinois. We got to the Oak Ridge Cemetery just as the caretaker was closing. We'll be back in the morning. Katherine is watching Shrek 3 while the three guys are checking out the weight room. The pool is filled with many loud children (obviously a birthday party). We'll go back in an hour. We always look forward to time in a pool!
I'll post pictures soon!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Saturday, July 10, 2010

I am taking a cue from Grace and writing a little bit about each of us. It has been a long time since our last post!

James is ushering at Miller Park. He wasn't supposed to tonight but agreed to come in due to the high volume of tickets sold. He had been busy with summer school, as well, but not any more. Jim is all done with those students until school starts in Septemer.

Child Care has been a big part of my summer. The children are good, and it helps pay for band and tuition. I have been busy planning our family vacation...Springfield, IL-Hannibal, MO-St. Louis, MO. The checklist is set with all the sites to visit and places to eat!

Logan will be busy in August. He was hired to work at the Wisconsin State Fair. He'll be an usher at the Grandstand. We are excited for him! He is playing indoor soccer during the summer....well the games are indoors, but the practices are out in the heat.

Brett has made a decision...he wants to be a veterinarian when he grows up. He has loved playing with so many new dogs this summer, either from the neighbors or relatives. Brett has been watching a lot of movies recently...the A-Team, Night and Day, The Karate Kid, The Losers, The Blind Side plus all the X-Men movies, all the Ultimate Avengers movies, all the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and To Kill a Mockingbird.

Katherine plays on Logan's soccer team. She holds her own and does very well. Katherine does need to work on her boasting. She loves working with Coach Francis and her cousin, Arian. She was upset that we chopped down a dead tree in the front lawn...her climbing tree. Because of her loss, she discovered a bigger tree in the back yard is just as good for climbing.

The three kids have enjoyed our numerous trips to the library. We walk daily with church friends. They even got to babysit Charley for an hour!

Our Independence Day Party was a success! There were 35 relatives and friends over for it, and the Lord provided excellent weather.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Logan is home!

Jim & I, Brett and Katherine left the house this morning on a mission...find an Easter dress for Katherine. We have been to so many stores in the past week: Boston Store, JCPenneys, Kohls, and Target. Today we added Macy's, Crazy Eight (we found her dress shoes here), and Sears. It was decided to leave two dresses on hold at Macy's while we continued on our quest.
While we were out, Logan called to say that the band was about three hours away. We got home and started one of his favorite meals: tacos and then brownies with strawberries for dessert. The phone call came at about 4:00 P.M. saying that he was at the high school. Logan requested we bring Lucy with us. So we loaded up the van and drove to get him and all his gear. He was so happy to see us, and it was good to see him!
Unfortunately he wasn't feeling well. He showered and laid on the sofa while we ate supper. It's been a long night so fever just sick. I pray he will be over whatever he has by the morning.
Dress Update: After supper, Katherine and I met up with our friend, Brownie Lady. Katherine modeled the two dresses at Macy's. I am happy to report that we had an enjoyable time and came home with a dress that Katherine likes!

Friday, March 26, 2010

The Milwaukee Art Museum

Wednesday, March 24th Brett, Katherine, and I went to the Milwaukee Art Museum. Wednesday is the free day at the museum, and I couldn't wait to get there! We parked by Veterans Park and walked over. They were not happy about wearing nice clothes on a 'No School' day. Once they got in to the museum, their attitude changed. They both asked to use the camera.

*Brett checking himself out in the mirror
*Is Brett scared of his sister or the mummy?
*Brett with the painting: Far From Home

*East is the Place
*Campbell's Soup Cans
*Schrank Our take on Lucy Pevensey and the wardrobe!
Katherine's favorites: I liked the big splat one because it was like Jackson Pollock. I was happy to see the Campbell soup cans, because I learned about Andy Warhol in school.
Below are the photos Brett took. Some are typical of Brett: food and animals.
Brett: I took these pictures because they caught my attention. My favorite was the dog catching the hedgehog.
*Still Life With a Crab
*Poultry Park
*Noah and the Animals

*Moses and the Tablests of Law
*Portrait of a Terrier
*Two Young Men in Powdered Wigs
*Flowers in a Terra-Cotta Vase
*Homer and His Guide
*(I forgot to write down the title)
*Winter Scene
*Early Morning
*Young Girl Braiding Wreath
These are my two favorite paintings in the Milwaukee Art Museum.

I must say it was a very enjoyable trip to the museum. I had the most fun watching Katherine look at the art work. She would look at every angle and actually study each piece...quite fascinating!
When we were done, we walked back to the van and drove to Whole Foods. Their pizza is on sale on Wednesdays. We ordered one and did some shopping while waiting for it to be done in the stone oven. It was a wonderful day!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Oshkosh and Sherwood

Tuesday, March 23rd found the three of us traveling to different parts of Wisconsin. We were in Oshkosh in the morning and got to Aunt Esther at a perfect time. She had just finished breakfast. We wheeled her to the game room and started playing cards...Rummy 500.
I had taught Brett and Katherine so they could play with Aunt Esther, too. Brett got to watch a dog show (It's Me or the Dog) on the big TV. It's always an added bonus to be able to watch cable TV! We stayed until it was time for Aunt Esther to go the dining room for lunch.
After grabbing a quick lunch we drove to Sherwood. We were met by a very happy 3 year old. Andrew was especially excited to see Katherine. It was a sunny, beautiful day! We took advantage of the nice weather and walked to a park. The kids (and Nathan) had so much fun playing. I even climbed up this interesting ropes climber.
*Katherine, Nathan, Andrew, and Brett on the climber
*Katherine, Fatime, and Nathan
*Katherine, Brett, Andrew, and Nathan on the swings
After a while we left the park and drove to High Cliff State Park. Nathan & Chrissy are blessed to live so close to it. We walked up the steps to the observation deck and then played at the playground.
*Brett giving Andrew and Katherine a ride
*Nathan playing with Andrew, Brett, and Katherine
It was getting late in the day, and Brett was getting a headache. We drove back to their house. Brett took two Advil and took a nap. Katherine and Andrew played while we worked on supper. Nathan made great burgers, but my favorite was the broccoli/coleslaw salad! Nathan and Brett played basketball, Andrew and Katherine played in the basement, and Chrissy and I sat in the kitchen talking. It was a wonderful day that had to come to a close. We said our goodbyes and told Andrew that we would be back this summer.
*Katherine with Wangerin and Andrew
*Katherine, Brett, and Andrew with DD
*Nathan, Katherine, Brett, Chrissy (and the twins), and Andrew
*A tired Andrew and Katherine

Visit to the Domes, and Witness the Battle of the Books

Monday of our Spring Break was filled with fun. Brett and Katherine went walking with me. They didn't walk so much as play with the other children...Charley, Norah, Conall, and Thalia. Then we spent time at the Domes. The kids didn't want to go because it is boring, but they sure seemed to have fun. We met up with friends and saw others when we were there.
*Snail #1
*Snail #2
*Palm tree
*Brett, Katherine, Ethan, Thalia, Lauren, Conall in the Arid Dome
*Ethan, Benjamin, Lauren, Thalia, Brett, Conall, and Katherine
*Brett's monster
*Brett and Ethan staring off
*Katherine and Brett in the Show Dome (which was being worked on)

In the afternoon we drove to Lamb of God Lutheran Church for the Battle of the Books. Our friend, Anna was in first place entering today's finals. It was interesting and fun to watch. Anna's team won! Afterwards there was ice cream (and all the toppings you could imagine) for everyone. Definately a good time!
*The team listening to a question
*Conferring the answer
*The winners

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Kyle's birthday party

Today we went to the Rupes' house to celebrate Kyle's 9th birthday. Lisa made a special cake for herself and Kyle, a white bundt cake with chocolate frosting and sinful brownies for the rest of us. We drank tea from a Russian tea set that Lisa bought in 1994 and had never used. They were so beautiful...I'll have to take a picture of the set the next time I stop over. The grownups talked politics and/or Army stories while the kids played.
The coffee table was filled with chips, salsa, guacamole, and a tray full of veggies. Kyle took many chips, but did eat a couple carrots and some broccoli. It was a cold first day of Spring, with snow covering the grass, but it was nice being together with the Rupes.

*Ella and Katherine having drinks
*Brett and Kyle

*Kyle looking at his new Nerf gun set from his grandparents
*Kyle and Fatime
*singing "Happy Birthday"
*Kyle blowing out the candles

*two nine year olds
*cousins: Maddie and Ella
*Ella and Katherine playing with the marble game

*Kyle and his Uncle Jeff
*siblings: Lisa and Jeff
*cousins: Brianna, Ella, Maddie

*Brett and Kyle
*Ella, Fatime, Lisa, Katherine

Happy birthday, Kyle!