Oh, minivan! Thank you for joining my life. You have turned me into a new kind of mother. A minivan mother. I was hesitant to welcome you into my life but you have officially changed it for the better. Thank you for transporting me all around town. Thank you for having automatic doors and a power life gate. Thank you for having radio control buttons on the steering wheel and especially for the parking assist alarm and backup camera. Now I fear these are things I will never be able to live without.
Oh, minivan! Thank you for keeping my bum warm with your seat warmers on these chilly, chilly days. Thank you for having a television to keep my 2 year old entertained (and especially for your headphones).
Oh, minivan! Thank you for allowing me to transport large things. Thank you for having 17 cup-holders and a Lazy Susan in the under seat storage. Thank you for having separate climate control and ski racks.
Oh, minivan! Thank you for the extra room you have provided for each passenger in my car. Thank you for allowing me to carry more than 1 additional passenger, and not forcing someone to squish between two carseats. Thank you for allowing me to transport more than just my stroller. Thank you for joining our family. Please make yourself at home. Stay awhile!
At the end of September, Jordan totaled his car. He was looking out the window and the 16-year-old driver in front of him stopped super abruptly and he wasn't able to stop before hitting her car. It wasn't a very bad accident, but his car was old and had very sensitive airbags which both deployed causing the car to be totaled in the sense that it would cost more to repair it than it was worth. It was pretty frustrating saying goodbye to this car, because it still ran just fine. You see cars driving around that are way more smashed than his was. (If the airbags hadn't gone off, he might still be driving it.) The most annoying thing is that we only had basic insurance on the Accord because it was so old. So we didn't get any money from our car insurance. (We did end up selling it for $400 on KSL.)
Our plan has always been to have Jordan drive the Accord until it died, and then we'd switch. He'd take the Civic and we'd get a bigger family car. We weren't planning on doing this for like another 2 years. But oh well. Plans changed. After sharing 1 car, Jordan riding his bike/front runner to work, borrowing cars, or staying home cooped for about 2 months, we finally decided and found a van we liked and that checked out with our mechanic.
Life is so interesting. How is it possible that just 11 weeks after paying off the Civic, we total the Accord and have to buy a new car, and get another car payment? So much for enjoying the car payment-less life! (For now!) Even though it's frustrating, I still love this van. It has definitely made my life easier. I love that I can fold the seats down and change diapers or put them up and feed Naomi without ever getting out of my car. I love having the extra seats. The Civic was VERY crowded with two carseats and a stroller. I felt like I was always wishing for more room to transport people or things.
I guess the bottom line is that I'm so thankful that Jordan wasn't hurt in the accident and that we now get to enjoy a larger family car as a result of it.
And for documentation's sake here is the smashed Accord: