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Well I Did It…

June 30, 2008

On Saturday night I did it. I did the one thing that I said I would NEVER do. With the Husband by my side, we did it together. I am still a bit shocked that we did it, but the proof is right there in front of my face.

We traded in my Jeep and bought a minivan. Yes, that’s right, we bough a mom-mobile, I said I would never drive one, but damnit the thing is practical and really nice to drive. I cannot believe that I just wrote that.

You see my mom had one of the first ever created minivans when I was in Junior High. She would drive me to school in the hideous, faux-wood paneled gold Caravan. I vowed from those early days to never drive a minivan.

I don’t know exactly what happened in my brain. Well I suppose it was the fact that gas for my 14-MPG Jeep costs about a jillion dollars each month. And that every other week I cuss and yell as I try to load up all of the junk that we take down to San Diego when we visit. {Not to mention the nails that I invariably break while trying to pack said stuff in the Jeep}.

The Husband’s been trying to convince me to get another Mazda5 like he drives. Yes, the 26-MPG is inviting. The problem with the Mazda5 is that it’s a bit small when it comes to the distance between the Big One’s feet and the back of the passenger seat. Her incessant kicking drives me batty.

The minivan solves most of our problems. It’s got cargo space up the wazoo, the Big One’s legs don’t reach the back of the passenger seat {yes I know they will someday, but I’m not ready for it yet}. It’s supposed to get about 17 and 23 MPG, so that helps a little bit. And honestly it’s about 800 times more comfortable than the Jeep. So yes, we did it.

By the way, we got a 2008 Toyota Sienna. Now all I need to do is go get a DVD player installed {another thing I said I would never do} and then maybe the 3.5 hour drive to San Diego won’t seem to painful. I love visiting the family, but man that’s a long drive with my kids.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. June 30, 2008 1:08 pm

    lol. It’s okay. I broke down and bought one back in November with only one kid. 🙂 Although we have two dogs that we like to bring with us, so that’s what the real reason is for us. ha!

    Oh, and you never do have to feel the kicks through your seat since there is a 3rd row seat… 😉

  2. June 30, 2008 1:18 pm

    OH NO! Not a MINI VAN!

    just kidding. Congratulations on your new van! You’ll love the space!!!

  3. June 30, 2008 4:16 pm

    Wow – i can’t believe you did it. lol. I also swore it would never happen. We have 3 boys now and unless we can afford a hybrid Tahoe, i fear every day that we are drawing nearer and nearer to minivan-dom. Congrats on the new ride though! Paint some flames on it or something! 🙂

  4. June 30, 2008 5:10 pm

    Ha! IKWYM! I have a ‘passenger van’ one size LARGER than the minivan…I must say I’m jealous!! LOL Have fun with that van! I wanna see a pic of your new ride!

  5. July 2, 2008 6:03 am

    After swearing in my deluded days I would never own a minivan, I now secretly want one. I’ve decided it’s not what you drive, but how you drive it, and I can be swank even in a minivan. So, I’m totally jealous. It’s a secret though, shhhhhh.

  6. Laura C permalink
    July 2, 2008 9:52 pm

    Oh… J….. I am so disappointed…. but more importantly, are you still in SD?

  7. Elaine permalink
    October 11, 2008 8:40 pm

    I am 45, and just got a minivan this summer. Swore I’d never drive one, but hey, it’s NICE. I got leather seats, sunroof, xm stereo, and the dvd player. I told DH it would have to be loaded, or I’d have to pierce a nipple or something to offset the mom-wagon karma!


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