That is the question. No, really. Should we get a minivan? Our family has a three row SUV. It’s only a few years old and I planned on driving this SUV for the next ten years at least…like my last SUV. I even really like this car. It’s cute. It’s fine. I am just not a “car person”. I don’t dream of cars that I want. I don’t dream of driving a fancy car. Even if I won the lottery, I would never dream of spending 80 grand on a car. Waste of money. But that’s just me and again…I’m not a car person. I have never gotten upset when someone has rear ended me or say when I rear ended a tree. Yep, actually happened last year. In my neighborhood. In front of like 20 neighbors. But I digress. When I get bumps and bruises on my car, I don’t run to the repair shop to get them fixed right away. I think this all goes back to my philosophy about “stuff” and how we try to teach our kids about not being so consumed with “stuff.” It’s the same reason you don’t see me running to the nail salon every two weeks or buying fancy shoes and bags. I used to be that girl. Not anymore. Experiences and creating memories…that’s where my heart is now. I would much rather focus our family budget on experiences and creating memories.
So speaking of experiences and creating memories. Our family likes to travel. By car, plane or boat. Whatever. We just like to do things together and make memories. Since we recently invested in becoming Annual Pass Holders at Walt Disney World, we have traveled there quite frequently this last year. With a family of five and now a large dog…we need room when we travel. Although, we don’t normally travel with our big ol’ puppy Loki…he does ride in the car with me to take our daughters to school and even he is so squashed in the front seat and back seat. We have suitcases, a stroller, a wheelchair for when mom gets pooped and just stuff that you take on road trips. We like to take road trips to visit our friends who are like family. So whether it’s our family in Nashville or an hour from us here in Georgia…we do a lot of car traveling. So I mentioned to my husband last week when we got back from our Halloween Party/Momma Jane’s Birthday Disney trip that maybe we need to trade over to a mini van. The look on his face was like “whaaaaaat?”
You see, I said for years that I would NEVER and I mean NEVERRRR get a minivan. Me, not him. And not because I find anything wrong with them or anyone who has them. I don’t know, I just felt like maybe we didn’t need alllll of that room and that maybe that would make me officially look like a…wait for it…MOM! Oh em geeeee a MOM????? Like really, as if oh I dunno, the TWO CHILDREN I BIRTHED didn’t do that already!! haha I know, #ImLame.
I am here to tell you…I think we might need a minivan.
I took a ride with my neighbor Rebekah last month in her minivan and was like whooooooa…now, this is a LUXURY vehicle! There is SO MUCH ROOM! My Florida BFF has one too and when I was visiting her for Spring Break, we were riding around in it…like seven of us fit in it. SEVEN! Comfortably!! WITH car seats!
Soooo I turn to you my Surviving Mommy friends and ask…to minivan or not to minivan?
XO Surviving Mommy