(Thinking about my friends, both bloggy and 'real', facing the difficulties of the hurricane. Praying for you guys!!)
Well folks, this happened:
I am now in a whole different league all together...
...the league of van owners.
I have to tell you that I am 100%, positively, completely in love with this thing. I know, I know. What is happening?! Never thought I'd say it, but I do love the van. Could be because it is the nicest, newest, most luxurious car I've ever owned (even though it's a van). Could be because of the unbelievable convenience provided through design and tech-y awesomeness. Could be because we wrote the biggest check of our lives in order to bring this sucker home. Could be because we hope to fill up those roomy rows with one (maybe two...) more car seats in time. Could be because it is just plain AWESOME.
Could be any or all of the above. ;)
I said a sad farewell to my trusty ol' Honda CRV, and I was actually pretty bummed to see it go. The CRV was my very first car purchase, and we have made many memories that involve that little white SUV. A road trip to Chicago, road trips to Dallas (where we conceived our first baby...TMI??). Russell drove me to the hospital twice while I was in the throes of labor, and that car ushered our two little ladies home from the hospital days later. Little car. Big memories.
Alas, after pouring waaaaay more money than we ever wanted to into fixing the air conditioning system (which still wasn't really working) plus the need for new tires, it was time to take the plunge. We waited until the 2012 year-end clearances began, and that ended up saving us a lot of money on the specific model that we wanted. We'd waited, saved and planned, and we were ready.
In all honesty, I kind of can't believe I own a van. If you know me in real life, you'd have heard MANY proclamations of "I will never drive a van...EVER!", and so on and so forth. Not sure what it is about a minivan that is so, well, uncool. My best friend (also a van owner) has compared the stigma of van ownership to sort of losing one of the last shreds of your hip, cool, sexy pre-Mom self. It is the final plunge, if you will. And I TOTALLY AGREE. And she helpfully reminded me that van ownership, along with so many other things, is just a season of life. Not here to argue that vans are 'cool'...
...but they ARE awesome.
Love my swagger wagon. Very grateful.
PS: On the same day we purchased the van, I found out I needed glasses. That'll give your 'youth' a swift kick in the pants. Minivan and glasses. Cool City, right here!! ;)
So, I have to know...in which camp are you??
Anti-Van or Swagger-Wagon-All-The-Way?!