Thursday, September 11, 2008

We took the plunge...

and finally bought ourselves a minivan.  My transformation to a (future) soccer mom is now complete.


The day after we bought it, my parents congratulated us, and then my Dad jokingly told me to go to McDonald's, order 3 orders of large fries, and then dump them all over the back seat and floor of our minivan, as eventually it will look like that.

I'm not sure why I still cringe a little when I tell people that we bought a minivan.  Seriously, it's completely awesome, and brand new and wonderful in every way.  I read that the Honda Odyssey (which we purchased) is often regarded as the Lexus of minivans, and that couldn't be more true - the ride is smooth, the interior is beautiful, roomy, and comfortable, there are compartments and storage areas for just about everything you can think of, and the car is just built for kids with side curtain airbags, automatic sliding doors, built in sunshades, and tons of other great safety features.  Best of all, Joey can actually drive this car (he was too tall to even get behind the wheel in my old car, as the convertible car seat forced the driver's seat so far forward that his tall legs wouldn't fit).  We've already taken one road trip up to South Bend, IN in the minivan, and it honestly seemed like Anna and Margaret were just more comfortable.  Throw in some snacks and a DVD, and voila - a (somewhat) whine-free road trip.

So I'm getting over that minivan stigma quickly, although strangely enough I still find myself behind an infuriating driver of on Odyssey, Sienna, Town and Country, etc. -  driving 10 miles below the speed limit and changing lanes without even looking - and I find myself mumbling under my breath, "Dang minivan driver."  And a few other words that I cannot print in this blog.  Luckily, I really don't care about the "coolness" aspect (or lack thereof) in driving a minivan - I neither measured my hipness based on the car I drive, nor ever could claim to be hip in the first place.  

I really do feel so lucky to be driving a brand new, completely awesome car that is perfect for our girls - and I'm so thankful to Joey for working so hard to enable us to do this.  Our girls are positively giddy about the car.  I made the mistake on the first day we owned the car of letting them crawl around inside (while parked in the driveway) while I was organizing a few things and setting up the car seats, and I think the thrill of not being strapped into car seats got to them, as they now demand to play in the car every day.  Something about pushing the radio buttons, climbing up and down the seats, sitting behind the steering wheel, and walking from the front seat to the back provides for the world's best indoor playground.  I really should never have started that - but hey, it does kill about an hour of time every day.

I need to update you all on a few cool new things they are doing and saying - so I'll work on that today!  Have a great Thursday!


9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Katie, you will ALWAYS be hip in my book - minivan, mom jeans, and all! :) xo, A

Cheryl Lage said...

Hee hee! I cringed making the minivan move too! But I have to admit, it's great! Enjoy yours! :)

Harris Boys said...

I love it...I would love one, but I don't know if I can take the plunge just yet...great car, my neighbors love their honda!

Annie said...

Hi Katie, congratulations for your new minivan. We have a mazda (MPV) and my girls enjoy it.

Annie
http://santiagotwingirls.blogspot.com/

Sara said...

Oh I am so jealous! It is beautiful! We will be getting one when the girls change out of their infants seat, but we have to make due now with our cramped Kia. I know what you mean about cringing. I think I will too. :-)

Sara

The Wilsons said...

Looks awesome!!! I think we're on our way there. We can't afford a new minivan right now...in fact we need to get rid of our car payment, but a used one might be my new ride. I still think you're hip!

BuckeyeBundle said...

Oh man....another one bites the dust! Just kidding of course. I'm still holding out and since I have 3 girls, I keep justifying it by saying a minivan won't help my situation. I think I need the next size up SUV....lord help me with gas prices. Your new ride is beautiful and it sounds like it is perfect for your family. And for what it's worth...I think your a cool, hip momma!

Amy Brand said...

Congrats on the new wheels! They are very comfortable....but I don't know if I could ever get one. I am dead-set on getting a VW Bus when I have kids. :) That is of course after I get my Mustang Convertible!

Liz said...

I love my Odyssey and I never thought I would say that. Welcome to the minivan club.