Sunday, May 31, 2015

Friends & More Friends

The best part of summer is hanging out with friends and all three Heinisch children here have gotten a good start on that.  Cal and Cameron Adams have played golf multiple times and last night Cal went with a group to see the movie Poltergeist.  Meg also went to the movies to see Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 with Preston and Tess last night.  They had frozen yogurt at Honey's while they waited for me to return.  The rest of the evening was spent at our house trying to summon the ghost of "Charlie" to appear.  Today's activity brought Meg to Jared and Jacob's for an end of school year party.  They even went swimming in the less than 60 degree weather!

Cam had Braxton and Evan over for the day yesterday.  They played Pokemon and Cops and Robbers, ate pizza and celebrated their survival of fourth grade.  It was a fun three day weekend for Cal, Meg and Cam.  Tomorrow Cal starts summer school and Meg has basketball and soccer practice.  Even though they will be busy there will still be friends at every turn this summer, maybe even some new ones.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

A Great Start to Summer Vacation

Today was my first full day of summer vacation and it couldn't have gotten much better.  The morning started off at both Cameron and Meg's soccer games.  This was tournament day.  Cam's team had to win Thursday night to make it to this morning's round.  Cam played well at goalie and it was a close game, but in the end his team was defeated which gave us all a chance to watch Meg's games.

Meg played in the second of the U-14 games.  They had played this team twice already, but were nervous anyway.  In the end they didn't need to be as they won easily 6-2.  The highlight for Meg was scoring on Cameron Gillum.  There was a half hour break between games.  We hung out with the Hollar boys while waiting.  The threat of rain held off for the most part and we only had to deal with a couple of small bursts of sprinkles.  Meg's team had a lot of good shots on goal, but until four minutes to go in the game they were tied 1-1.  Meg had one off the post to break the tie, but it came right back out to the goalie.  Finally, Meg got an assist and we scored the go ahead goal.  After that their team let down and we scored right away again.  Meg and Doug were both pleased with the season.  They finished undefeated and champions of the league.  Meg tied for leading scorer for her team. Meg and Doug have now won three different times which is a first for a Heinisch.  Meg ended her LYC career on a high note and is ready for high school soccer.

Friday, May 29, 2015

School's Out for Summer

Today was the last teacher day of the school year and I was able to walk out the door at 2 p.m.  It was a busy one, but I finished everything that I needed to get done before summer started.  My evaluation went well, my walls are barren and all electronics are unplugged.  My year end gift from the union was a Mr. Goodbar which I enjoyed as I drove home.

Cameron and I played two games of croquet before Doug got here.  We also worked on the deck.  It was finished yesterday and will be a wonderful addition to our backyard.  It just needs cleaned from all of their footprints when they put it in.  Once Doug got home the four of us went to Buffalo Wild Wings to celebrate the end of the year.  It was a long year, and I am glad to have a longer than normal summer vacation to recover.  This is the first time since Meg was in first grade that we are getting out in May.  All of the other school years were extended into June because of snow days.  The weather is supposed to be cool and rainy the rest of the week so we made sure to enjoy the outside once we returned.  It hasn't sunk in for everyone yet, but I think it will on Monday.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Last Day

Today was the last day of school for Meg, Cam and Cal.  All three were more than ready to be finished with the school year and start on summer vacation.  Meg's day was by far the most eventful.  The morning started with awards and graduation.  Meg received the PE certification, recognized for winning the Spelling Bee, earned all A's this year, was a two sport academic honors athlete and was given a trophy for being a recipient of The Presidential Excellence Award.  8th graders were also highlighted in a slide show and walked across the gym floor to be recognized as graduates.  The best moment of the program, however, was when Meg realized that she was going to win the Department Award for Band.  The look on her face was priceless.  With all of the grief Mrs. Skow has given her since Spring Break and the fact that she and six of her friends were kicked out of class on Tuesday everyone was as shocked as Meg when her name was announced.  The rest of the afternoon was spent at the Adventure Race at Camp Mack.  Meg's team came in second.  I thought that was awesome as it was a challenging course.

Cam's last day was filled with activities revolving around a Native American speaker.  When I arrived in the gym to check on him they were all busy making wallets out of leather.  He did a nice job on his and did not need any of my help.  I spent time helping a lot of his classmates instead and enjoyed being with him on his last day at Milford.  He was more than ready to be done with school and is really looking forward to trying something new next year.

Cal had a project due in AP History that he also was glad to finally be done with.  He spent a lot of time on it the past few days.  He texted Mom this morning and asked her if she would bring him three large fries from Burger King.  He didn't tell her why he needed them, but something fun must have been going on during Spanish class.  Tonight was the much anticipated match with Columbia City.  Cal got to play #1 and had at least ten members in his gallery.  They almost pulled off the upset losing by only one stroke.  The highlight for us, however, was watching all of his friends there to support him.  They are one close group.  After all of the scores were tallied he and his friends were off to Hacienda to celebrate the end of another successful year and the start of life as seniors.  

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Summer Soccer

Tonight was the first summer soccer practice for Doug and the high school girls.  Meg had several other incoming Freshmen attend this evening with her.  There were also some newcomers in other grades as well.  All told Doug had eighteen girls show up this evening.  He felt that was his best total for a first night so far.  They spent most of the evening scrimmaging.  Doug, the Freshmen and newcomers took on the Varsity.  They lost, but Doug and Meg were happy with their performance.

I am glad that high school activities have started for Meg.  She needs a change from middle school and I will be glad to be done with the girl drama.  Meg has several sophomore friends on the soccer team and she was happy to hang out with her friends from Wawasee Middle School tonight as well.  Although I would love for Doug to have a winning season this year, I'd be most happy if Meg was able to leave behind the negativity of 8th grade and get a fresh start.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Bob Turner Classic

Today was the Bob Turner Classic golf tournament at Tippy Country Club.  I didn't think they would get it in as the forecast called for rain all day and there was a downpour around 4:45.  They were able to finish all 18 holes, however, and the boys finished 3rd beating both Northwood and Warsaw.  Penn finished a close second only two strokes ahead of Wawasee.  No one was touching Bishop Dwenger who finished 21 shots better than Wawasee with a 300.

Cal shot a 78 tonight.  We were all proud of him as the weekend had been a rough one at the NLC and last week's 48 was not the round he wanted.  At first Cal didn't even think he was playing this evening.  Steve had called and said Cal would have to sit out so Maclain could have a turn on varsity.  Maclain, however, in the end wasn't able to make it.  I'm glad Cal got a chance to put in another 18 hole score before sectionals.  He has been working on his game a lot and it is fun to see him reap the benefits of it.  Thursday is a grudge match with Columbia City who is a state ranked team.  Then they only have sectionals to practice for.  The regular season has gone by quickly.  I hope the post season last a little longer.

Monday, May 25, 2015


It was a beautiful weekend, so Cam and I decided to play something outside in the backyard, but weren't quite sure what we wanted to do.  That is when I suggested croquet.  We have had a set for years, but do not play much.  Cam and Meg tried to set it up, but needed some help as they weren't quite sure where the wickets should go or any of the rules.  After a quick tutorial from me they were ready to try it and we even talked Doug into playing.

We ended up playing so many games this weekend that I lost count.  My parents and Preston even joined in for a round or two.  As my Mom and I were talking all of the memories of the croquet games in my own backyard growing up came to mind.  Bunk and I both loved playing and my Mom would take us to croquet tournaments at West Side Park.  All of the strategy, the technique and most of all the fun we had was passed on to a new generation this weekend.  I don't know if my children will enjoy it as much as we did, but I had a great time playing with them.  By the end of the weekend they had even perfected their British accents.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Back Home Again

Brett left this morning for Bloomington.  He had an interview at Village Deli at 4:30 p.m. and wanted to give himself time to get there.  Happily, the trip home was uneventful for him.  He went back the way he came up avoiding I-465 and Indianapolis.  Doug and I weren't sure he was ready for Indy traffic especially on race day.  When Brett left he said that he was ready to go back.  He enjoyed seeing us, but also loves his independence.  It does not hurt my feelings that he feels this way.  I can tell Cal is starting to show the same signs of wanting more independence too.  I remember being that age and felt the same way.  I do not want to hold either of them back.  They know when it is time to soar.  I respect that and can't wait to hear all about their adventures.

Cam went golfing with Mom and Doug and Meg took a six mile bike ride.  Once they returned Doug and I headed to South Bend for the end of Taste of South Bend in honor of the city's 150th birthday celebration.  The crowds were lighter than in the past few days and we enjoyed trying several different foods.  I think both of us really liked the perogies best.

We played 5 Second Rule with Cameron and Meg after we picked them up from Mom's.  I like the game a lot even though Meg was sure we cheated.  We wanted to go get ice cream, but both Joe's and DQ were packed, so instead we bought ingredients for S'Mores and enjoyed those.  It was a lovely way to end a beautiful day.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

A Day in the Life

Today was a busy day in and around the Heinisch home.  Brett, Mom and I started the day watching Cameron and Meg play soccer.  Cameron did a great job at goalie and added a new position - forward.  He loved playing both, let in one goal, had some nice stops, and made two assists as forward.  They beat Cade's team which was a personal victory to Cam as he watched Cade beat up on him at Field Day on Thursday.  Meg's team also won.  It was nice to watch Meg play.  She is very knowledgeable about the sport and has a lot of skill.  She did not get a lot of action, however, as the other team was weak and Doug rearranged positions after the half since they were up 3-0.

From soccer Brett went to Warsaw to help one of the candidates from District 3 campaign.  He was the chauffeur and enjoyed the afternoon.  He has come to realize that he will have to put in a lot of man hours to get a job in the political field next May.  Once Brett returned he, Meg, Cam and I all went to see Tomorrowland.  Three of us were really looking forward to it, but in the end were disappointed.  It wasn't quite the movie we thought it would be.  It had a lot of action, but no definitive plot.  Brett liked it more as he wasn't expecting much.

Doug cooked out tonight after he got home from the NLC golf tourney.  Cal did not have his best round, but his team did finish third overall which was the best they could do given their place after the regular season matches.  As we were sitting around the fire reflecting on the day we all came to realize that golf is a tough sport to watch and play.  A career round of 75 one day can turn into an 88 the next.  The key is to keep working at it and not to get too discouraged.  Tomorrow is always another day.

Friday, May 22, 2015


Meg's confirmation was this evening at Sacred Heart Church.  We were so pleased with the evening.  Brett was her sponsor and made the trip up last night to be with her.  Doug' Dad, Godmother Jeannette, Pittsburgh Mike and my parents were all able to join us as well.  The Bishop gave a wonderful homily, challenging the students to be strong in their Catholic faith.  He also explained each step of their journey into adulthood in the church.  Meg looked beautiful and wore her Saint name well - St. Germaine Cousin.

Once the service was over and the pictures were taken we all retreated to our house for dinner.  Doug had make brats and chili con queso ahead of time and my Mom brought potato salad, macaroni salad, cheese, deviled eggs and a lot of pickles.  We purchased a beautiful cake for the event which left Meg saying, "This is the best cake I have ever had!"  Her gifts were gorgeous and we were all impressed with the name poem Jeannette had had made for her.  Tonight was a blessing and one I won't soon forget.  I know Meg feels the same way!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Our 22nd Anniversary

Today was our 22nd anniversary and we celebrated it with Doug watching Cal play golf, Meg and I getting ready for confirmation, Cam catching a large bass, and Brett making his first trip home solo. It may sound boring to some, but I wouldn't have it any other way.  Raising a family is what Doug and I wanted most when we said "I do."  I feel incredibly blessed to be on this life journey with him.  Doug is a wonderful father and husband.  He is hard working, but always kind and patient.  He has a beautiful soul and I thank God everyday for bringing us together!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Happy 17th Cal!!

Happy to share Cal's 17th birthday with him this evening.  Cal has grown into a wonderful young man.  His school spirit and support of his friends is second to none.  Whether it is attending track sectionals or cheering on the softball team, he can be heard leading his friends in cheers or seen chest bumping one of the Tuesday Trash Bag crowd.

Cal's at an age where hanging out with the family is not the most exciting thing to do.  That is why I really appreciated him spending the evening with us.  He let me take pictures and I know he truly enjoyed the gifts he got.  Even though he doesn't always need us around we love him very much and are proud of his achievements.  No child is perfect, but Cal's personality seems to fit him perfectly.  He is a loyal member of the junior class and takes his role as friend seriously.  Without him there would not be the Heinisch Family Frat House and life would be a lot less exciting!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


The weather dropped thirty degrees today.  I wasn't quite ready for that.  Cam had his field day outside.  It didn't bother the 4th graders as they were running and having fun, but it was a cold day to watch.  My parents came to cheer his class on.  His class dominated the tug of war which made them the 4th grade champions for all of 4th grade.  Cam had fun although track is not his sport.

Tonight we focused on getting the house cleaned and ready for Cal's birthday and confirmation.  It is a very busy week here.  Doug and I decided to not even worry about our anniversary on Thursday.  Still love each other very much, but are at the point where the celebration of our wedding day can wait while we focus on the Heinisch children.

Monday, May 18, 2015


Meg had a horrible experience at school today.  We have been having problems with a couple of different situations and both escalated on the same day.  It didn't help that someone that she doesn't even know randomly took out their frustrations on her.  She did get her high school schedule so that gave her something else to think about.  She has some challenging classes third trimester next year.  Between studying and playing sports she'll be busy enough to forget all about her eighth grade year.   By the end of the day she was feeling better, but in her words the school year can not end fast enough.

Cam had a fun Monday.  His class got to go roller skating as a behavior reward.  He did fall four times on the same elbow, but overall it was a good afternoon.  Mom took him golfing after school.  He enjoyed that as well even though the back played tough for him. 

Cal also had a successful golf day.  He finished with a 39 at Christiana Creek earning him the second low medalist spot.  His team beat Elkhart Memorial and Concord which puts them at 3-3 in the conference with Thursday's match against Warsaw left before the conference tournament on Saturday.  Cal has been playing very well, which has made it all the more exciting.  

Mondays are not my favorite day of the week, but we made it.  

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Heinisch Family Frat House

Last night Doug and I took Meg and Cam to dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings.  Cal decided to go to Hacienda with Alex and Jayce.  When they got back they all left to play basketball.  Close to 10:00 p.m. he and Cameron Adams came back to our house to shower and hang out before Cameron left to go spearfishing with his girlfriend's family.  They visited with Doug and I for awhile, talking about sports, their trip to Cedar Point and Alabama football.  By the time Doug and I went to bed Cameron was getting ready to leave.  The boys had a 7 a.m. tee time and plans to meet up in the morning.

When Doug left for 8 a.m. mass Cameron's car was here, but the truck was gone.  The boys were back around 10:30 for pancakes before they met up with the others for basketball.  We asked Cameron how the spearfishing went and he showed us all pictures of the largest fish one they caught.  As he was talking we asked him what time they were done and where they were fishing.  That's when Cameron said, "Well, actually we got done around 3:30 a.m. and I just came back here to sleep.  No one was on the couch in the basement, so I just slept there."  He was too tired to go all of the way home and back, so he crashed here.  None of us heard him come in.

Doug and I laughed about that all day.  I realized awhile ago that we were running The Heinisch Family Frat House and last night just confirmed it.  Glad that Cal's friends feel comfortable enough to stay here.  They sure are a fun group of boys.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mystic Hills

Dad couldn't go to Cal's golf tournament today as he had his own, so I made the trip to Culver.  I went to this tourney last year as well.  It is a different format from the rest as each team plays together as a fivesome with a four man best ball for scoring.  I arrived late so that I could drop Meg off at soccer.  I was able to watch half of Cam's game and half of Meg's.  They both looked good.

It is a little over an hour to Mystic Hills.  I was impressed when I drove by that I could pick Cal out of all the boys on the course.  He was four holes away from the road, but by watching his walk and seeing the untucked shirt I knew who it was.  I caught up with them and Cal was happy to report that he was 2 over after 7.  Tristen and Jeffrey were also playing well and everyone was in a good mood.

The boys finished the front nine below 150 which was close to the lead if not leading it.  The course was wet from all of the rain and my feet were muddy by the time the round was over.  I had to search in the tall grass several times for the boys' golf balls.  The course was also very hilly.  I rode one of the holes, but walked almost all of it.  I was tired by the end but so very glad that I went.  Cal played very well shooting an 81 which was only 6 away from the leader.  The boys overall did not score as well on the back, but did end up finishing 6th out of 17 teams beating both Northwood and Culver Military Academy who are also in their sectionals.  It was a great day to be a golf Mom.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Spring Planting

Tonight Dad offered to take Meg and Cam to the high school pops show.  Doug and I decided we would use the time to buy flowers for our landscaping.  We started at Ace Hardware, but realized that they didn't quite have what we were looking for so we headed to Lowe's.  They definitely had more of a selection.  We found 3 flats of annuals and a hibiscus plant for the front porch.  I will stop back at Ace Hardware to use my Mother's Day gift card from Mom to buy another plant for the front porch as well.

After Ace we stopped at Target for a few items.  Doug then wanted to try a new place to eat in Goshen.  He really liked it.  I had a baked potato and a salad.  My stomach is still bothering me.  It is hard to eat much, so I have been keeping my meals small.

By the time we got home Meg and Cam were back from the pops show.  It wasn't quite what they expected, so they left at intermission.  Cal ate dinner at Mom's and then hung out at home the rest of the night.  I was whipped from yesterday, but still got their laundry folded before I went to bed.  Brett did call.  He had a great week at his internship and can't wait to go back next week.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Spring Arts Festival

When I met with Cindy last year about my PPD goal we decided that I should undertake heading up the Spring Arts Festival.  During the two years I have been at Milford several parents have complained that the program is too long, lasting at least an hour and a half.  Some parents decided to leave as soon as their child was done performing even though another group was playing or singing.  Cindy thought if one person in the Encore was in charge of the organization of it all we could change the format and make it more audience friendly.  By making this my PPD I would also be able to check off leadership in my teacher evaluation.

We had several meetings during the year and several discussions about the program, but in the end we agreed to try three twenty minute concerts (orchestra, choir and band) with a short break in between for anyone who wanted to leave. This would also allow parents time to walk through the cafeteria to look at the students artwork, FACS, IT and Robotics projects.  The last two years it was barren in that area as everyone was confined to the gym.

There were a few hiccups and orchestra ran late, but other than that the night was a complete success.  I heard from several parents that they really enjoyed this new format.  Doug even heard two administrators from the high school talking about how much they enjoyed the night's activities and appreciated the change.  The parking lot was even accessible which was a problem in the past.  As we cleaned up the cafeteria, Mr. Woodard looked at his watch and said, "This is the earliest we have ever been finished for the evening.  Great job!"  I am glad that everyone seemed to be in favor of the change.  I knew it would work if we tried it.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Projects Galore

This must be the time of the year when all teachers assign projects for their students or at least that is how Meg and Cameron are feeling.  Cameron brought home his rubric for a "fun at home project" for his wax museum character.  Cameron picked Walt Disney and has already ready two of his biographies.  He has written his notes and tonight we bought a three way poster board for all of his pictures, quotes and information.  Cameron is excited about his project, but we may need to wait until the weekend to finish it as it does take time to print everything he needs and to paste it on the board.

Meg wasn't quite as excited about her projects - a leadership one for Language Arts and a prism for Honors Geometry.  She finished up the poster on leadership last night and I was able to help her with her hexagonal prism today.  Both looked nice, but she was still annoyed about being assigned them.  I know she will get a good grade on them at least.

Cal was the lucky one of the three as his project was actually going to Cedar Point with the physics class.  He left at 5:30 this morning and was back close to 11 p.m.  He was tired, but had a great time.  After awhile the rides got to him, but he was able to handle all of them.  Next week he will be going to Chicago with the AP students.  A well deserved reward for making it through the year.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Dutch Touch

Tonight was a cold, rainy one, but according to Cameron it was the best soccer practice of the year.  They played a new game - "Dutch Touch" and he really enjoyed it.  He was tired when I took him to Mom's, but happy.  Doug played the same game with the middle schoolers and by the end of the evening he was tired as well.  Meg was disappointed that more players did not show up for practice, but she had a good time beating Doug and his Dutch Touch team.

Cal had a match at Maplecrest tonight.  It was very cold, windy and wet.  Mom and Dad went to watch, but left as soon as he was done.  The boys lost which was surprising as Goshen isn't very strong.  Cal was second on the team with a 44, but most of the boys on all three teams were in the 40s tonight.  The weather is supposed to start warming up by the end of the week.

After soccer and golf Doug and I went to dinner at Huntington St.  He had a few interesting stories from work.  It has definitely been busy for him the last few weeks there.  It was nice to catch up with him.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Rain and More Rain

It rained off and on all day today and there were several tornado watches for our area.  At 2:45 I texted Cal to see if his golf match was still on.  He said it was so my parents headed out to Tippy.  Theirs was the only high school sports activity tonight, but they did get it in without a problem. It was wet which changed the course conditions, but the course was beautiful and well-maintained.

Cal played well.  The team did lose to Penn by four which I felt was a great accomplishment as they are a large school.  Their parents told Dad that 44 boys went out for the team - just to make JV golfers had to shoot 43 or better.  By the end of the evening we realized that even their JV beat us by 1.  The Wawasee boys did beat LaVille by quite a bit and are 7-1 right now.  Tomorrow night is the first NLC match of the year.  Can't believe how fast the month of May is flying by.  

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

Mother's Day started in Bloomington as we spent the morning visiting Parce and then met up with Brett to walk through campus.  We were able to do some shopping.  Meg had gifts to buy and Brett wanted us to help him pick out a gift for Cal's upcoming birthday.  Although it was supposed to rain, it really turned into a beautiful day.  The weather this weekend has been gorgeous.

Lunch was at Buffalouie's and from there we decided to head back home.  Brett had some reading he wanted to catch up on and Doug was tired from all of the driving the past four days.  We stopped at the winery briefly before heading home.  The trip was uneventful.  I was sad as I didn't want the weekend to end.  We had had a lot of fun.

Tonight was quiet at home.  Doug made dinner and we unpacked.  The Heinisch children had gotten an IU purse for my Mom which she really liked.  They also gave her some rhubarb jelly and fresh vegetables from the farmer's market.  The last gift was a gift card from Casey's.  We figured that since she drives everyone everywhere and it will come in handy.

Meg and Cameron were happy to give me their gifts as well.  Cam had made me a coupon book and a calendar.  Both were wonderful and I enjoyed looking at them with him.  Meg and Doug had a lemon plate and bowl from Pier One for me.  I appreciated those as I broke my other lemon plate when we rearranged furniture during the kitchen remodeling.

At the end of the night Brett posted a wonderful tribute to me on Mother's Day that brought tears to my eyes.  I am happy that he feels that I have been an important part of his life.  Although I talk to him by phone quite often, I don't spend a lot of time with him.  It was very nice to be able to do that these past three days.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Moving In

Brett and Doug left for Shelbyville first thing this morning.  I went to the license branch to find out that I still couldn't register the car.  We have to have the physical title with us before we can do that and Jordan Auto Mall just mailed it to us.  Thus, we will have to take care of it on May 22nd, so he has it when he comes up for Meg's confirmation.

Next on the to do list was to drop off the Civic to the Honda dealer to have additional keys made.  It only came with one and we thought it would be best to have a spare.  While that was being taken care of we drove to Brett's new apartment.  We found out last night that it was ready whenever he was, so we were happy to be able to start the move in process.

Brett has a one bedroom apartment a street over from campus.  There is a living room, small bedroom with an open door, full bathroom and small kitchen.  It will be perfect for him this summer.  We unloaded the van fairly quickly and then drove back across town to pick up the Civic.  Once that was unloaded we then had to clean out Brett's dorm.  Even though he doesn't have a lot and all of it was organized, it still took several trips.  I stayed with the van and keep "leap frogging" spots to get closer to the door.  The circle drive was packed with a lot of students, parents and cars today.

Once the van was loaded we went back to the apartment to unload one last load.  Doug set up the bed and the table while Brett and I started to unpack.  We also began a list of all of the items Brett still needed from home or from Kroger.  By 2 Doug was ready for lunch.  I stopped by Parce's on the way out.  He was going to go to Gavin's baseball game, so he didn't make the trip to Oliver Winery with us.

It was another gorgeous afternoon and we had a wonderful lunch.  Doug left for home around 3:30.  Brett and I headed back to the apartment.  Brett did very well driving, especially with all of the graduation and end of the semester traffic.  His parking spot is tight, but once he pulls in and out several times he will get the hang of it.  We decided to walk to the bookstore.  Brett wanted to sell back a clicker from his math class.  I was on the lookout for a new jacket for Cameron as he lost his IU one over Spring Break.

After that Brett went to the dorm to finish vacuuming and to turn in his key.  I spent a couple of hours at the apartment unpacking.  We made a huge dent in it by the time Brett was reading for dinner.  He wanted to go to Logan's Steakhouse and we were able to get a table.  After that we went to Kroger.  It was the nicest Kroger I have ever seen.  We were able to find everything we needed including a broom.  I helped Brett put the groceries away and was absolutely wiped out by the time he dropped me off at 10 p.m. at Parce's.  It was definitely a productive day.

Thursday, May 7, 2015


I returned my monitor to the hospital GI lab this afternoon and then picked up Meg and Cam.  My goal was to pack everything that they needed for Saturday and head out by 4:40 p.m. I almost made it as it was 4:43 on the clock when I left.  Even with the slight delay I was able to meet up with Doug on US 31 without incident.  He drove Brett's Civic to Bristol and then left from work.  Both the car and the van were completely packed full and there will still be a chair to bring on the next trip.

We reached Bloomington by 8:30 p.m. without a problem.  We parked at Parce's and then walked down to Crazy Horse.  Brett met us there and we had a great dinner with the both of them.  Brett is officially done with the semester and almost has his room cleaned out and packed.  He knows for sure he has an A in one class and more importantly a B in Logic.  He had called me several times yesterday to let me know that he would be getting a C+.  Needless to say he was thrilled with the news.  By ten p.m. we were back at Parce's apartment.  Doug ran to get breadsticks.  I was too tired to move.  Glad that we made it safe and sound.  I didn't know how I would do driving, but all went well.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Relax and ISTEP On

That was my class theme for last year's ISTEP and I tried very hard to remember it today.  It was a struggle, but I made it through.  My stomach hurt a lot today.  I pushed the pain button more times than I could count.  Proctoring the ISTEP game me a lot of quiet time and it was hard to forget how horrible I felt.  By 10:30 a.m. testing was over for the day and our day returned to normal.  As I was busy catching up my 8th graders on all that we had been working on the pain started to subside a little.  During the morning I thought I might have to call in a sub for the afternoon, but once I made it to lunch I knew I could do it.

Tonight Cal had a golf match at South Shore and I knew that would be the perfect way to take my mind off of my stomach.  Cam and I caught them on the fourth hole.  We followed along and also practiced putt.  Doug and Meg returned from a basketball meeting to join us.  My parents had been there all along, so Cal and Cameron Adams had quite the gallery.  It was a beautiful night and Cal's team easily beat Tippy Valley.  Except for one out of bounds Cal had a great round and enjoyed being paired with Cameron.

I was proud to have made it up to 9 p.m. tonight.  I wasn't sure if I would be able to.  I actually have been able to sleep even though they took me off all of my medicines and I have to sleep with a monitor.  Tomorrow is the last day of ISTEP and then we'll be off to Bloomington.  Can't wait!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Doug and I were at the hospital this morning before most of the staff.  We were registered and in the GI department  by 6:45 a.m.  Aunt Vicky was my pre-op nurse and I appreciated having her there.  She was able to make me feel relaxed and have a specialist start my IV.  Doug and I were both surprised that she not only found a vein easily, but actually got it started in my hand.

Earlier this week I had trouble sleeping as I was very nervous about having an endoscope.  I couldn't envision having a tube put down my throat into my stomach.  I was sure that I would panic.  I also had become more and more worried that they would find a mass or the opposite - nothing.  The first would be devastating and the second would be frustrating.

They started the procedure at 7:45 a.m.  Although I felt a lot less anxious my blood pressure was still pretty high.  Overall, however, the scope was nothing like I expected it to be.  The worst part was the spray in the back of the throat to numb the passageway.  It tasted terrible, but soon after that the medicine to help me relax kicked in and I do not remember much about the procedure.  I do know I coughed several times, but mostly just remember waking up to the sound of, "Do you want your Diet Coke now?"

The doctor had already talked to Doug by the time I returned.  The nurse relayed the same information to me, but it didn't really register until later in the afternoon.  They had given me a medicine that causes amnesia, so it took awhile to process the day.  The doctor found gastritis and polyps related to the gastritis.  He took a biopsy so that he will know best how to treat it.  He also found a hiatal hernia.  He had not decided what he would do about that until the Bravo testing is done.  The Bravo is a small capsule that is left in my esophagus for forty-eight hours.  It collects data while I push buttons on a transmitter that monitors my symptoms.

It was nice to get some answers today.  I know that there will still be testing to go through, but at least we have a place to start.  I slept off and on today.  I felt rotten, but the sleep did help.  I plan to go to school tomorrow as we have ISTEP testing.  I may have to have Mom take me, but I think once I get there I will be fine.

Monday, May 4, 2015


We have already spent quite a bit of time working on our backyard this Spring.  The weather this weekend was absolutely gorgeous, so we were out there once again.  I have made it my goal this summer to be outside more and it is a lot easier to keep that commitment if I have a project to work on or if Doug and the Heinisch children want to be out there too.

Yesterday we worked on cleaning the outside furniture, weeding, and watering.  Doug planted a new Norwegian Pine and several draft roses that needed some attention as did the new grass seed that he planted several weeks ago.  A lot of of is coming up strong, but there are still some patchy areas.  I finally saw a couple of birds in the feeders that I put out a couple of weeks ago.  

We ended the beautiful night with a bonfire while Cam played catch with the new baseball he bought at the South Bend Cubs game.  He had spent the afternoon there yesterday with Evan and the Knights of Columbus.  My parents stopped by to catch up and enjoy the backyard as well.  Can't wait for the new deck and a new swing chair.  It is going to be a great summer - ready to start now.  

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Match of the Decade

Last night was the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao boxing match that had been hyped as the "Match of the Decade."   Cal and Reider called from the golf course around 8 to see if they could have friends over to watch it.  As it was on Pay Per View we weren't exactly sure how to get it live, but we told them they could try and see.  Once they got home and realized it was $90 they decided to call a couple of friends and have everyone chip in to share the expense and the experience.

They were able to get enough people here to pay for all except for $10.  Doug was ok with that as he wanted to watch it as well and this gave him the perfect excuse to pay for it.  The fight didn't start until 11:00 p.m. I was fast asleep by then, but those that made it up had a lot of fun watching it together.  They did also make a Taco Bell run around 9:45 p.m. and downed a gallon of Gatorade before the night was over.  I woke up a couple of times to the sound of cheering that only a group of friends can make.

The fight was not quite as good as the hype made everyone believe it would be.  Both Doug and Cal felt that Pacquiao controlled the fight, but the judges and announcers all felt differently as Mayweather was crowned the champion.  I am not a fan of boxing, but I did enjoy knowing that Cal and his friends had created a great memory.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Heinisch Sports Trio

Today was a day of endless activity for the Heinisch sports trio.  Cam started the day with an 8 a.m. soccer game.  His team won easily 4-1.  Cam made the play of the day at goalie.  He put his body in front of a hard shot on goal.  The ball flew straight up and he caught it over his head.  He was able to hold onto it as he fell backwards saving the goal.  Everyone cheered.

Meg had the next soccer game and despite hurting her back in the first couple of minutes stopping an approaching opponent, she was able to score two goals in their 5-3 victory.  My Mom said her favorite was when Meg took the ball from the defense to score.  Meg was extremely excited as she has never scored two goals in one game.

Cal had the longest sporting event of the day as he teed off around 9 a.m. and did not finish until close to 2 p.m.  Because his invitational was at South Shore we were all able to join in his gallery at different times.  I started out the day, Dad and Mom came out halfway through the first nine and then Doug, Meg and Cam were able to end the match.  We were all extremely proud of Cal.  He shot an 84 which probably doesn't sound like a great round, but the fact that he overcame a first nine 46 to shoot a 38 on the back was just awesome.  It would have been easy to throw in the towel and give up, but he didn't.  Except for one challenging hole and an errant drive on the back he played almost flawlessly.  The team did not finish as high as they hoped in the end - 8th out of 16, but we all left feeling that Tuesday will be a different night at the Joe Harris shootout in Warsaw.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Haphazardly Ever After

Tonight Doug and I dropped Cam off for the last Bruin Club of the year.  The activity revolved around the middle school play.  It was longer than usual and I didn't know if Cam would like it.  I should have never doubted it.  He had a wonderful time and is now thinking that he would like to be part of drama in middle school.  He talked about it all the way home and was proud of the new flashlight they gave him.

After this week we are all getting excited about Cameron attending Bethany Christian next year.  We had a meeting with the admissions director on Wednesday and were able to ask any questions that we wanted.  Cameron asked several that surprised me.  He had put a lot of thought into them and she gave him some reassuring responses that set his mind at ease.  Cam is ready to be challenged and to go to school with students a lot like him.  He likes their discipline plan and now knows that his classroom should be more of a quiet, engaging learning environment.

Doug and I asked a lot of logistics questions - where does he keep his inhaler, what time can we drop him off, what is the daily schedule, etc.  She explained their mentoring program and their extracurricular philosophy.  All of these sounded wonderful to us.  Tonight he said to me, "Eighteen more days, Mom and then I move on."  Glad that he is so excited about it.