1. Our euchre score is US: 16 Grandma and Grandpa: 4. I obviously wouldn't be blogging about this if it were the other way around, but as it is...
2. My wonderful friend Quinn from IU and her husband Ben welcomed twin boys on December 25th, Liam Victor and Sam Gordon. They were born at only 29 weeks at 3lbs 14oz and 3lbs 7oz respectively, but are the tough little guys and are really doing great at meeting milestones. She has recently set up a Caring Bridge website with updates of their progress, let me know by leaving a comment or sending an email if you'd like the link and I'll gladly pass it on. Those of you who are friends with her on FB can also find updates and pictures of the sweet babies there. I know she can use all the support she can get, for even though her boys are tough cookies, it will still be a long road.
3. Blaise whistles. He's been doing this for a few months. At first I didn't think he was doing it on purpose, but now at least after he's gotten out one out he immiates the action again. He's a whistler!
4. Over the holidays I decided to read Twilight, and wouldn't you know, I was so fast, I got New Moon in as well. I did really enjoy the books, I have always enjoyed a good vampire story, but I honestly don't understand the hype. She must have been in the right place at the right time with the right story. It surely is a fun read, don't get me wrong, but I don't feel as sucked in as I was for example with Harry Potter. (HP is my benchmark for all books from now on ;) ). And, having said all this, I must also admit that I read New Moon in 2.5 days, so maybe I was more sucked in than I thought? (Please don't excuse my cheesy vampire pun).
5. Can it be possible that we will be celebrating Blaise's birthday this week?
6. As his birthday approaches, I can't help but replay it all in my head and also remember the looming surgery and stint in the NICU. Seriously, was it really a year ago already? My memories are so clear so in somes ways it seems like just yesterday, but in other ways a lifetime ago (which I guess it was, Blaise's lifetime, anyway). These events shaped who I am today. We are planning a trip to the Uniklinik Children's Hospital on Sunday to bring treats to all the teams who took care of Blaise (at least those currently there and representing his medical staff), as well as his surgeon. I think I am looking forward to honoring them more than to his party on Saturday.
7. Lisa left for home on Saturday. It was so nice spending this relaxed time with her - thanks for spending the holidays with us!! and a huge thank you to Jen and Martin for allowing her to stay in their apartment while they were spending the holidays in Indiana with her family!! Can't wait to see you guys and how much Jonah has changed!
8. We've mostly been taking it easy these days "between the years." My Dad has taken some walks, my Mom as well, she also gets a daily dose of Spider Solitare, Jan has been doing his fair share (or more than fair) of cooking, and I've been reading and trying to keep up with my blog. All the while playing with Blaise and taking him out for short walks in the frigid January weather.
9. While my parents are here I really wanted to go see a movie one evening, but NOTHING good is playing. Very disappointing. I even considered seeing a less-than-interesting-looking movie. Maybe some good ones will come out this weekend, but I am not counting on it.
10. My Mom did 12 days of Christmas with me as a child to spread out the onslaught of gifts. Blaise is now also enjoying the 12 days with Grandma Rose. It is all very sweet. He loves his Grandma Rose and Grandpa Lynn.