That could mean a million different things.
Some interpret it as any car that is safe. Some say it's any car with four doors to easily to get the babies buckled into their backseat thrones. Some just want something that is reliable and will get up and zoom when you turn the key of magic.
Some immediately jump to the concept of a mini van with seats for many kids, a dvd player, room to store snacks and gear, and an extra set of arms that does whatever you need.
I am not such a person. If you are a mini van person- great. There is nothing wrong with a mini van. I especially understand that with a certain number of children your options are limited (and no doubt eventually I will get there too, just not now) Truth be told, I am not a good enough driver to immediately upgrade to something as large as a mini van...we'll just leave it at that. ahem
With two kids, I wanted something
-with more room to haul strollers and such (but small enough for me to be able to drive comfortably)
-higher off the ground so I didn't have to bend over so far to get the kids into their car seats (the curse of being tall)
-a little bit newer than what I had (because everything was starting to fail, and to me that screamed unreliable)
Let's put it this way, in the car that I was driving- when I went to the grocery store, I had to carry groceries on my lap to get the kids plus the food home (because with two babies, you ALWAYS need a stroller in the trunk just in case you have to get out and walk somewhere and if you put the bags between the two carseats, someone IS going to eat a plastic bag). Also the exhaust kept going out. The other day I passed by a group of 10 motorcyclists, and my car was louder. Oh, and I also got pulled over once (when the exhaust was out again) BECAUSE of my car's misfit vibe (well sort of)
A mom-mobile was due.
Now, in the (almost) 6 years that we've been married, we've paid for 2 graduate level degrees, a move across the country, a house, and a baby with very expensive medical needs. (as well as taken a small part-time business into a full time our-only-income).
A car was very much last on our list as long as it kept running.
So you can imagine my delight when this past week we upgraded from this: (I'm deliberately not posting pics of the bumper. trust me, it's embarrassing.)
(It's a Chevy Equinox)At first I felt silly posting about this because it made me feel like a 16 year old girl. But then I realized it wouldn't be true to myself or my claim to honest posting to NOT say something.
I'm pretty excited.
It's amazing how much more fun it is to take two babies places when it's EASIER to load up all their gear and settle in for a more comfortable ride- thus the babies are happy and quiet. Plus I feel more myself in my "dream car" rather than frustrated with the same car that I bought in college and drove into the ground with many, many many many many adventures. One level of my stress lifts every time I slide behind the wheel of that bad boy. (Should I name him???)
I have a feeling that with my new ability to get out with the kids, some of the stir crazy that I've been posting about will turn to posts about exciting outings and such. (I hope!)
To the old car: It's been real. Thank you for many, many good years of faithful service.
To Morrisville Used Auto: You completely rock. Thank you for the awesome new vehicle that is my new
To the new car: Let's be friends.