Saturday, January 15, 2011

Oh, you know, I'm just hormonal

I believe it was on our first date (possibly our second) that Brian and I wrote our vows. Well, one vow any way. We said we'd never own a mini-van.

Doh.

Yes it happened. Today, three days before the birth of our second child, we went to the dealership and traded in our only car for a 2009 Chrysler Town and Country.

I cried. But not for the reasons I thought I would.

It was the worst car buying experience. EVER. I'm not going to go into all the details of the five hours we were there. It was too painful then, I've already vented to my mother, and I'm just too tired to explain it now. But really - don't go to the All-Star Jeep-Chrysler-Dodge Dealership on the Rock Road if you need a car.

The highlight of our experience though was when we were signing the paperwork. I was so frustrated with the events of the day - mostly the waiting - that when I was presented with surprising and upsetting news (which should have been divulged when we arrived) that I started crying. Not sobbing, but more tears of frustration. I apologized to the finance manager for my reaction and his response was shocking. He said, "It's okay, I know your hormonal." 

OH MY GOD.

Please tell me that he did not just say that. I think Brian was shocked that I didn't climb across the desk and drop kick the guy. But he squeezed my arm, knowing what I was thinking, and I cooled down.

We did leave with a car and I guess that was our main goal. I honestly never thought I'd be a mini-van owner. Never wanted to be one. But I gotta tell you - I really think my car is better than yours. The safety ratings are fantastic and the amount of room is more than I ever expected.

When you have two kids (or soon will), two dogs, and travel a lot you can't do any better. Really - we could square dance in it if we wanted to. And that means that we'll never need to rent another car for the trips to Kentucky. Big, BIG plus.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm excited. I'm excited that we have a car that will fit our needs and our lifestyle. And my opinion has changed. I thought I would be embarrassing to own a mini-van. But I'm ready to show it off and all it's features.

In a month and a half we went from two compact cars to a mini-van. Go figure.

Brian's Honda Civic after its demise.

My Saturn Ion. Sorry fella, gotta let you go.

The new addition to the family.

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