Friday, May 26, 2006
Chauffeuring us into Middle Age....
Dan and I bit the bullet this week and bought our first (of probably many) minivan. Dan's car blew a head gasket about 3 weeks ago and we have been a single car family for the time being. The single car thing worked out fine, almost perfectly perhaps. The only time we ever absolutely needed another vehicle was on Saturday night when both he and I worked. It took away some of our freedom to be confined to one vehicle. I had to wait until he got home from work to do errands and he was stuck at home while I was working. We even considered staying a single car family, which would have worked out fine if our only car was not a teeny, tiny Cavalier. With the Deuce on the way this fall, we knew we needed something a bit bigger. Sure, we could fit both carseats in the back of the Cav, but that would be it. The trunk was puny at best, so long trips were out. And forget about Elvis ever seeing the farm again. He wasn't riding on my lap!
We found a wonderful Nused (new to us used) Chevy Venture on a small lot in Xenia. It was the first van we test drove. We tried a few others, just for argument's sake, but we were sold on the first one. We brought home our minivan on Wednesday, and bid our youth good bye. I guess a small price to pay to ever visit our families again. Now Aveline and the Deuce will have the second row of seats and Elvis with lounge in the third. We even have a little extra space for luggage. Dan and I also like the fact that we will be able to haul larger things, like lumber or carpet. I think it was the right time.