Remember when you were younger and you walked around talking about all the things you were going to have when you grew up? I can recall thinking, I’m going to have a house with bright colored walls and a pool. And I’ll definitely get a set of those really cool washers and dryers – you know, the kind that Kelly Ripa advertises for? (if this doesn’t give away how much of a nerd I am, I don’t know what else would! One of my best friends (who has her Masters in Counseling) once asked me to describe myself in one word. My response: (Overly Responsible.)
So then you grow up and realize that if you want those things you’re going to have to pay for them… and that’s when you wake up from the dream you touted in those prior years. Being a responsible adult kind of sucks! My husband opted to sell his prized Jeep Wrangler so we could have two vehicles that safely transport our daughter. Note that I completely and truly left the decision to sell his Jeep up to him.
So we’re currently in the process of buying a second car. And just with the little work I’ve done, I don’t find it all that fun. Which is funny because the commercials on TV always seem to say the opposite. :) And although almost every person with kids tells me to get a minivan – I just can’t do it. So we’ve been shopping and researching these past two weeks – and yesterday we pulled the trigger. Final decision: 2011 Toyota Highlander. My hope is that once I’m hauling a bunch of kids around, the 3rd row seating will come in handy. Plus it comes with bucket seats in the second row (fingers crossed it somewhat provides the convenience of a minivan) I also found it neat that the Highlander can seat 7 or 6 depending on how you set up the second row of seats. In more detail: the middle seat in the second row can come in and out. And when it’s out, it stores UNDER the console of the first row of seats. Confused yet? We’ll see how handy this truly is in the future, but for now I’ll just rejoice in the ability for both my husband and I to take our daughter places.