I am, however, happy to report that we were able to cross one major item off that list as of last Saturday:
"Buy a minivan" -- check!!
Yay! This is our new family car, a lovely gray-ish blue 2009 Toyota Sienna, and I LOVE it. It is so spacious and pretty, it has that delicious new car smell, there are lots of really cool features that will most definitely come in handy (such as Bluetooth and a middle seat that slides all the way up for easy access to an infant car seat), and the doors close ALL BY THEMSELVES. I love this feature, really, I do. It's almost weird how much I love it and the fact that I don't have to walk around to close a car door. Hmm, lazy, much?
Thankfully, we were able to get a really great deal on this van-- it was actually cheaper than some of the older models we looked at. Things like mileage and safety features were very important to us, since this is the car we will hopefully be driving for years and years to come. We wanted to be a little bit picky for that very reason, and God was so good to provide us with the perfect vehicle for our growing family. Buying a new vehicle was a necessity for us, as my little Ford Focus simply would not hold three carseats. We're very grateful for our new ride!
It's weird, but having this van and driving it around town has really hit it home to me-- we're going to have three kids. THREE. And something about that seems like a whole new ballgame, so to speak. I don't even know how to properly put my thoughts into words, without them sounding incredibly dumb... it's just this feeling like somehow we're entering a completely different stage of our lives. We're going to be parents to not one, not two, but three kids-- we must be grown up! I mean, I drive a minivan now, for pete's sake!!
See what I mean... That makes no sense at all and doesn't really do my thoughts justice. Do any of you out there have the slightest clue what I'm talking about, moms or otherwise? Or am I just crazypants (as Sarah would say)??
Anyway... I'm quite happy to join the minivan club and joyfully embrace the season of life that is upon us.
Especially since it comes with magical self-closing doors.