Wednesday, March 31, 2010
I never thought I'd say this, but- we have a minivan, and we feel like rockstars.
When Christopher and I first met, back in 2004, I drove a 2002 Convertible Kia Sportage, a car that I had payed for with nothing other than my very own money. After we married, we upgraded to a 2005 Chevy Tracker, with both of our money. It was our "family car", or so we thought. When we signed the paperwork and purchased it, we had our future in mind. I guess we never really saw ourselves having 3 children, especially not so soon, but- I swear we thought it would carry us through life for the next ten years at least.
When we became pregnant with the bean, it was obvious that the Tracker just wouldn't cut it anymore. We barely fit into it as it was, our knees were pressed into our chests when we sat, we couldn't store both a stroller and a grocery bag at the same time- there was no way we could squeeze in another car seat. We needed to upgrade.
One afternoon, Christopher was browsing around online, looking to see what was available at local dealerships (something he had been doing quite often), when he came across a 2007 maroon colored Honda Odyssey, in our price range. It had to be ours.
Somehow, within just minutes of laying eyes on it, Eleanore had nicknamed our new minivan "The Bob". I don't know where it came from, I think it was maybe a misunderstanding of the word "van", but... 5 hours later, after an exhausting buying process, Christopher and I were the proud owners of The Bob.
The name stuck.