Well, we did it. About one week ago we became (drumroll please ... ) a family with a minivan! A shiny, new, charcoal-colored Honda Odyssey now finds its home in our driveway. Oh yeah.
With another baby (and baby gear) on the way, and hopefully more to come, we needed a vehicle that could comfortably seat an armful of carseats. And with Josh's commute to work, including a ride through a very large tunnel where vehicle breakdowns are strongly discouraged, he needed a much more reliable vehicle. So after much research on his part, we decided to buy an Odyssey, he would get our current Yaris, and we would sell his '92 Camry, which proudly boasted over 250,000 miles, for a whole whopping dollar to our friends with rapidly growing vehicular needs (teenagers, anyone?).
My absolute favorite thing about the van? The rearview and right side mirror cameras that make backing up and changing lanes foolproof. There happens to be no left side mirror camera, a fact that I wasn't aware of and had a mini freakout panic moment on the way to the library one morning trying to figure out how on earth I had broken/disabled/deactivated the left mirror camera in the two minutes I had been driving the van, and how on earth I was going to explain this to my husband. But after thumbing through the manual (yes, I was so desperate I whipped out the manual), and seeing no mention of a left camera, I determined that all was well. And maybe I should have been checking my blind spots a little more thoroughly ...
The first time I drove the van Micah was all buckled in his carseat and looking at me with raised eyebrows.
"Mom, are you excited?"
"Yeah buddy, I'm pretty excited."
"I think you're a little nervous ..."
Haha, he was right. I was sightly anxious about making the jump from my zippy little Yaris to a bigger, less agile vehicle, but the Odyssey drives so smoothly that it really has been completely fine.
So there you have it. The end of my era with the car that used to drive me and my sassy black heels to work, and the beginning of my career as a minivan-driving soccer mom. Or baseball mom. Or whatever sport type of mom. The only thing missing?
Mom jeans ;)
How about you? What gets you around town these days? Do you love it or less than love it?