Chad, Jessica, Jet and Aijiahlyn

Sunday, September 30, 2012

I can ride a bike!

Last week, I sneaked out the house early (you have to be sneaky when you don't want the dogs to whine that you're not taking them) and went on my first bike ride since being pregnant.  Glorious!  It was beautiful and the air was crispy.  I went through whatever landscape or trail felt like it needed exploring: meadow, a business's path, and some rugged land labeled, "FOR SALE," and ofcourse the path behind the hospital.  It was a very free feeling, especially when I came across a rope swing and hopped on.  I swung and twirled.  I leaned back as far as I could, letting my hair hang, and watched the tree leaves spin above me.  It felt so good, I even dorky.  I can ride a bike!  I can swing on a rope!  It feels wonderful to have my baby out of me!  So much better than in!  I can snuggle her, and see her, and love her. 

When I got home, I noshed on the grapes in our backyard.  Yum!  I had this routine last October, that after every run, walk or bike around the neighborhood, Jet and I would come back and chow down on fresh grapes.  Once again, it felt so good.  Welcome Oregon in autumn!  You are my dream come true; crisp, dry and not too hot.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Coast Trips

At the end of August, we were able to fit in two coast trips.  For the first one, Jet and I went with my Mom-in-law, Hailey and Kacy.  Jet was acting cranky in the car, and we and HE didn't realize it until the last while, that he was car sick.  Once we got out of the car at Florence, he puked.  Poor kid.  He inherited my queasiness.  After a half hour, he was back to being Jet again.  Phew!  At the restaurant for lunch, we all dared each other to do something dorky.  Mom's fake coughing attack definitely got everyone's  Hailey had to pretend the waitress brought her the wrong food.  Kacy enthusiastically said, "Yummy in my tummy!" when her food came.  I was supposed to burp REALLY loud, but all my burps were pretty quiet. Lame-o...Sawry.  I tried!

At the coast, Jet went crazy.  He didn't stop running because he was so excited.  Wow!  It was so fun to be with him...well, it is most of the time, but at the coast, he was just joyful the WHOLE time.  We laughed when we put our feet in the water, we ran back and forth, flew a kite, buried our feet in the sand, and frolicked.

Chad had to work, and after I told him how much Jet loved it, we went on his next day off with the dogs.     
Dogs are REALLY funny at the coast.  Dogs always get excited to go out and play, but at the coast, they are so crazy thrilled, they grin from ear to ear the whole time, and are so energetic that they collapse for the rest of the day when you leave, because they were having so much fun, they couldn't even stop themselves.  Pretty much the same state Jet was in.  I love witnessing their glee.  Trigger chased birds for the whole 2 hours.

Playing dead.
Apparently Chad used to take loose railroad spikes from the RR behind his grandparents' backyard as a kid, and it was this fond memory.  So, he thought Jet would love the same experience.  LOL.  Um....okay.  Well, if Dad thinks it's cool, it's cool.  

Aijah was born one week later.  I'm so glad we fit these trips in!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Good Morning

Good Morning.  I love mornings.  Before Aijah was born, I didn't have the gusto to get up early, but now, she wakes me up for long enough to get past the groggy stage.  When she's done eating, she goes back to sleep with every one else, and I have some morning goodness.  It's getting just chilly enough for some hot tea.  Heaven, I tell ya.  (Herbal, of course)

This girl is awesome.  We couldn't ask for a better baby, besides the fact that she grunts REALLY loud in her sleep, well, and when she's awake too.  We still don't understand why.  It just seems to be her noise of choice.  I'm getting used to taking 2 kids everywhere.  Luckily, she's been sleeping on most every trip, so it's been easy.  I've gone on a few adventures with both of them.  Jet goes in the stroller, and I carry her in the bjorn.  She loves it.  Yahoo.  Jet was a hit or miss with the bjorn; if I ever stopped walking, he would cry.  So far, the transition has been a bit too smooth, and her pediatrician said I was a freak for being so easy goin' after 2 weeks.  I just feel great.  I have enough of energy, I'm getting enough sleep, I feel like things are pretty under control.  We didn't even forget to put out the garbage this morning.  I think the garbage man is the guy who's seen me at my worst, most often.  I hear the truck across the street, it wakes me up, I scramble in my pj's, bedhead, and racoon-eyes to get the garbage to the curb.  I like to think it makes his morning more enjoyable.  lol.    

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A little backtrack

I can't believe summer is over.  Ahhh!  Let's play catch-up.  First, the Springfield Cruz.  We had never been, and I thought at least Chad would like it since he's in the car industry.  We all loved it.  It was so fun to see all the decked-out cars of yesteryear parading their personality.  I have to admit, my favorite was a 60's woodie, reminds me of Santa Cruz.  Chad liked this crazy military Jeep, and ofcourse the Mustang fastback!  He calls that his mid-life crisis car...because he's planning on getting one by then.  : )   The Cruz will definitely be a new tradition.    
 Kara and the family got to come visit a few times.  Loved it!  Cousins are the best!  Jet is so lucky to have such great cousins.  We went to BRING recycling center.  Jared and Jet chased each other around most of the time.
 Here is me trying to document the pregnancy and not doing a very good job.  I was pregnant, and I'm SO GLAD it's over!  Hurrah!  So many people say the hard part really starts once they're born....but seriously, i hate being pregnant.  Give me a newborn over a big belly any day.  I am SO excited to start exercising!  Get me on some trails...I'm already planning a mountain biking trip.  FINALLY!!!! 
RAR!!!!!   We got to go to the Scandinavian Festival with Kacy and Hailey.  
He's really a sweetheart, just a bit fierce when he's in "fighting mode," trying to prove to everyone how strong and tough he is.  He also has "goofball mode" where he's totally loopy.  Love him to death! 
 Lucky boy, with wonderful aunts.  Thanks Kacy for holding Midas.  (Jet is obsessed with robots...the fighting kind.  Such a boy.)
This isn't Mr. Siegle.  Crazy, huh?  I didn't ask if they were related.  Loved the get-up!  Jet was scared.  LOL!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


                  Aijahlyn Marie Durfee
                                             Born August 26th, 2012    12:06 pm
                                                6 lbs. 15 oz.     20 in.

You're probably wondering how to pronounce her name.  It's easy.  Take the name Elijah.  Take off the get IJAH.  That's exactly how you say it, then add LYN.  IJAH-LYN.  We just added the A because we liked the look of it.  Chad learned the name on his mission to Argentina...where he met a 3-year-old named Aijiahlyn, and he's loved that little girl and the name ever since.  We looked for other names to be sure, but none of them felt right.

So, these photos aren't the greatest but they're better than nothing right now.  She's an absolute angel.  I admit, I was planning for a feisty one, but so far, she's an easy-goin' gal.  Hurrah!  Things are so much easier this time that I know what I'm  Chad got a week off work and it was heaven.  It has been such a wonderful time soaking in all her loveliness and staring at her half the day.  Jet is doing great and so are the doggies.  We feel so blessed.

She's already been on her first adventure, with many more to come.