Phew! We FINALLY bought our new mini-van last night and now we can back to our regular lives! This has been such a project -- I won't even bore you with the details, but suffice it to say, we are now the proud new owners of a Toyota Sienna, and we are all very excited to have a mini-van again! The four of us and all of our "stuff" piled into a Dodge Stratus and driving anywhere for longer than 30 minutes -- not a good time!
For a family on the go, this has a huge amount of storage area, a plethora of cup holders (the saleswoman said to me last night, "If you have a powerful thirst, this is the car for you!" She was joking, I think, but seriously there are at least 8 cup holders in there...), a ton of overhead lights (that will allow my daughter to read in the car without waving her little flashlight around and blinding the rest of us), power sliding door with a sensor to detect when fingers are in the way, and a bunch of other wonderful things that we are excited to discover.
Of course, now we have a new problem to deal with... Our older daughter was apparently throwing a small temper tantrum tonight on the way to dance class, because my husband was driving her there in the "old" car. Apparently she no longer likes the other car and does not want to drive in it any more! Ah, 7 -- it's a delightful age! I'm sure she'll grow out of this by the time she hits her teenage years, right? (Yeah, sure...)