10/8/09

WHAT am i doing?!!!

Disclaimer: Feel free to judge me, call me names, whatever you like. But, when you have lots of babies, you too will have a similar life.

So, this is the car I have driven for the last 12 years of my life. Many know her as "blueberry." This car is like almost a part of me, so I am very sad to see her go. Any last comments to Blueberry will be appreciated in the end. Blueberry has helped a lot of people out there. Sniff. Well, after having this Toyota 4 Runner with almost 200k miles, it was time for a new(er) car!!
And yes, I was one of those people who always said, "I will never, NEVER, drive a mini-van!"
Well, last night I ate my words. After being married almost 6 years, 2 babies, and a dog, we knew it was coming....especially if there are more babies to come. We caved. We bought a Dodge Caravan. And let me tell you, I am in love.
I know that I am a loser, I had many honest friends tell me ahead of time, but I chose it. Thank you to my honest friends. For the friends that lied to me and told me mini vans are cool, its okay you lied. I have prepared myself mentally to drive an un-cool car. I chose practicality over style. This car was totally made for a mom, I mean completely. You can get away with an SUV with one baby completely, maybe even 2 for while, but with them growing, and all their stuff, and if a # 3 is in the future, you too will cave. Just let me justify it, okay?

I understand if you are not in my life stage and you think I have lost my mind. But, I am telling you, if you were me, this amazing van has already made my life so much easier to get out. All the space, the sliding doors in parking lots with car seats, and enough space between children so they don't fight...... I couldn't be happier.

I am still in shock. It's kind of an identity to embrace. It was hard to give up my 4 Runner for a soccer mom van, but...... that's what I am now so I am embracing it :) And if it makes my life easier, why not???

So, I am in need of names. I am a big car namer....... Let's hear them!!

So, here she is.....Dodge Caravan SE, that's right. Its a sport edition. That means it has a roof rack and fog lights. Watch out. And yes Dave Ramsey, it is a used car, paid in full. We didn't betray your ways....






So, if you need a ride. Just call me. This baby holds 7 comfortably, 8 or 9 if you squeeze. I kinda feel like I have a portable motel. Someone please tell me it's going to be okay. I am 27 and shouldn't be driving a mini van. My mom said she is the one that feels old, her baby (me) is driving a van with babies!!! But, my mom did drive a mini van and now this is her ride......


A white convertible Pontiac Solstice. She says in the end, you win. Thanks, mama! Save that for me! And sorry, I just had to play some JT, we are going to make this van as sexy as possible.

12 comments:

For the Love of Brides said...

LOVE IT! Way to embrace your inner mommy!! I think it's great, and I have no problems with getting one some day. I'm not judging!

I'll think of some names....and get back to you! love you guys, and I LOVE that your representing with the NGCSU sticker already!

laniebethsinclair.com said...

Do it girl! You make that van look GOOD!

natalie said...

Well at least I'm not alone..but I will say I hate minivans! I try to speak life over mine so it won't die on me. But between you and me, part of me was mortified when I got it..and still is. There's just something about the coolness factor. My non minivan self was the last thing I had left :( oh well..enough of my therapy session! Btw..I also drive the caravan se with roof rack and fog lights:) but I will say yours looks cooler!

Greg Sykes said...

ROADTRIP!!!!!!!

Brandon and Jamie said...

yes! i know i talked you into it. can't wait to go for a ride!! i am kind of jealous. (sort of)

The Mauntel's said...

I'm married to a car-namer myself!

I think the rules are: it's supposed to be the opposite sex and the first letter matches the model (i.e. Emily had Felix the Focus).

Cathy said...

Hey Jennifer,I am with you!I drive a mini van too and got made fun of...but I love it and you will too!!

Cecilia said...

I remember the 4 runner! I still have my honda too and I'm hoping it at least makes it another two years. I'm not against driving a minivan one day though. We rode in a friend's a year ago and Brian was sold =)

Calley said...

Congratulations on your new practical car (which I love, by the way!) Can you convince Josh down the road that this will be a great car for us????

Scott and Katie said...

So I totally was the one making fun of Cathy of getting a mini van. Her "Dream Car" was a toyota Sienna and she got it! Well now I'm eating my words. After the last trip to the beach with both girls I said "maybe a minivan wouldn't be so bad afterall". Some suggestions for your car snowflake, cotton ball, whitie!

Mamaw Debbie said...

Hey Jennifer,I am all with you in practicality even though I am a mamaw. Traveling is so much easier with grandkids,family (and hey, isn't that what it is all about. Anyway, as you get older you will care less of what people think as long as you are happy and comfortable. We bought a Honda Odyssey and LOVE it. My youngest even borrowed it to move Minister of Music to NC week after we purchased and his initial response to our purchase was "What are you doing mom???"(it didn't cramp his style-everyone loved it). Daughter borrowed soon after to take all their stuff to beach?? I am liking that Solice that your mom has though, probably going to be similar next car (but keeping the van):) Mamaw Debbie (Sara's mom)

Mary said...

I'm behind on my blog reading so I just saw this post, hilarious! Yes I too have a minivan and I LOVE IT. I guess I'm all about practicality these days. Not to say I haven't gone through mini van identity crisis. There are moments when I would rather have a "cooler" car. And then I realize I have spit up on my shoulder, a portable potty in the back seat and that cool has been totally redefined for me...
oh and I have the rack too and that definitely makes it cooler!

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