Hejsa, Pernille from poorogrich now 33 weeks pregnant and slightly embarrassed over, but fully embracing this week’s diary entry. See this week is the week my husband and I traded in our dearly beloved Jetta diesel wagon and instead became the proud owners of a pre-owned Toyota Sienna minivan. Yes, minivan. Those most dreaded of all vehicles. Those vehicles that no matter how smooth the ride is, no matter how roomy the vehicle is, there’s just no way to make it cool. There is no way…
So what prompted the massive change after dismissing everybody that told us that with three kids, minivans were the only way to go? Car seats. After valiantly trying to get our three year old daughter, Thea, to climb over the infant seats to get to her own booster seat and then realizing that there is no way I would be able to buckle her in anyway, we had to face reality. 3 kids still in car seats, yup, that meant minivan. At least when you add a double stroller for the twins and perhaps a grocery bag or two, the room is simply needed to maintain some level of sanity. So after some deep research, too many hours spent at car dealers, we are proud to present our swagger wagon, the beast as I prefer to call it, the newest addition to our family….our van.
Boasting more than 14 cup holders, 4 of them right by the driver, power sliding doors, huge cushy seats that Thea have so far claimed for all of her teddy bears and even a kid watching mirror, this baby will be our main ride for the next 3 to 4 years at least. Or so we think, no more than that we hope. So I am just going to smile and pretend it is cool, in fact, if I squint a little bit right when I go to our garage I think it is still our Jetta. Reality is all about perception, right?
Being a proud minivan driver now means I pay even more attention to what I wear. No sweats, no sneakers, no khakis. There are just certain cliches I have to refrain from while I am in this vehicle. So simple does it with my favorite men’s Gap denim button down (similar here), my new gold miniskirt from H&M (similar here), green tank from Benetton (similar here ) and even a vintage necklace. And that Hello Kitty clip, yup, courtesy of Thea and a little bit of playing hairdresser.
So until next I would love to hear your stories about your van and when you realized that was the way you had to go. Or what other things have you had to do that you swore you just would never do? I cannot be the only uncool driver out there.