Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Welcome Home, Mini!

Alternative title - My Mini is BA!

I have a very important announcement to make: we have a new family member! She’s beautiful, and I fell in love with her the day we brought her home. She is our brand new Chrysler Town and Country Minivan! I named her Mini for short. Now, for the record, I don’t usually fall in love with cars. If it gets me from Point A to Point B, it’s good enough for me. But things were starting to get cramped in our Trailblazer. There were books and toys and garbage everywhere! Not to mention, the space in the back was not big enough to accommodate the double stroller AND groceries. So Harrington and I talked long and hard about it. We decided to have the dealership buy his car and get the minivan. And two days later, I officially became a SAHM-y that drives a minivan.

Let me tell you, this vehicle is effin sweet (said like Napoleon Dynamite)! The doors open up and the car turns on at the push of a button. I feel like I have my own personal assistant that is always being really sweet by making sure that the car is ready for me. It’s awesome! My wrists are saved from yanking down on the trunk since I can close it at the push of a button, too. We got the upgrade on the center console so all my sunglasses and coupons can be stored neatly. Not to mention all the cup holders – water and coffee and sippies for everyone! I have secret trapped doors to store stuff like a portable high chair, umbrellas, and an ice scraper. The third row seating is now down so I can fit my double stroller and groceries, but when I want it up, like if I want to go to my aunt and uncle’s summer home with my parents, I can. Plus, Mini glows at night. It’s pretty sweet. Like I said, I am in l-o-v-e.*

Now, I understand that not everyone loves a minivan. I had one friend say that she doesn’t want to drive one because it’s the last piece of her that she is holding onto. I get that. I had someone else actually laugh that I got one. She backpedaled saying that she wasn’t laughing at me, she was just laughing because she never thought she’d drive one. I was confused by all that, but whatever. My Mini makes me feel like a BAMF. (For all you Dane Cook fans out there, you know what I am saying).

I understand why there are Haters out there. I didn’t think I’d ever want to drive one, either. I thought minivans were for the Uncool. That was before I had two kids and all the crap gear that comes along with them. But hey, that’s my life right now. My house is never totally clean all at one time. My yard is never perfect. I have young kids, that’s what happens. I have happily and blissfully given in to the minivan. So much so, I felt all light and cheery pulling out of the Target parking lot with Mini while listening to Marie’s Disney Princess CD. I will rebel in other ways, like blogging and tweeting and watching my reality TV shows and listening to my old Weezer and Beastie Boys CDs. That is when I am not rocking out to Disney Princesses. Either way, I feel bad ass with Mini. And as my good friend Ann says, “I never identified myself with my car so I never had a problem driving a minivan. I have one, and I am never going back.” True that, Ann, true that.

So now for the big reveal of Mini:


Isn’t she beautiful? (sigh)


*Chrysler has not paid me to write this. I don’t even think Chrysler knows I exist except in the form of a monthly payment.

So, Friends, anything new and lovely you want to talk about?

10 comments:

Kim Murray said...

I love my minivan. Always have. Always will. I have driven one for seven years. Those who pooh-pooh the minivan have no idea what they are missing!

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

New cars are the best. I have a RAV4, but not the kind that is being recalled. I always said I wouldn't have a minivan until i rode in one. OMG the space!!!! I do like them.

Congratulations!!!!!

Put on some SuperTramp and "Take the long way home!"

Laura said...

The dirty little secret about minivans is that they totally rock when you have little kids. Who wants to try to shove a car seat into the back of a two door car? I think your friend said it the best -- if you don't identify your personality with a certain type of car, it doesn't really matter what you drive. I totally agree. This is the phase of life we are in, why fight it? Congratulations on the sweet new ride!

carrie said...

It's pretty! My husband has a strict "no minivan" policy...but I lust after them! Enjoy!

Mom et al said...

Hi, I'm Maria from Mom et al. Laura @ The Girl Next Door Grows Up sent me your way. I'm another lonely soul going to BlogHer for the first time! Please stop by my blog for a visit or send me an email if you would like to connect.

I have a Honda Odyssey, and I bought it BEFORE I had my kids for football tailgating! Well, we knew the kids would follow eventually. LOVE my minivan. You have a great blog!

~Laura said...

Congrats on Mini! She sounds great! I have fought tooth and nail against the minivan. So, I drive the biggest SUV on the planet and am slowly killing the environment one soccer run at a time. Sigh...

Kendra said...

I love the minivan! We have a Hyundai Entourage (which looks just like that; I think these car companies just steal all one another's plans and give them different names) and don't know what we'd do without it. I can fit all the groceries behind the third row, we can fold or remove seats to bring home whatever oversized crap we got from Menard's this week, and we can all fit in the car! With three kids and my FIL living with us, when the entire family goes anywhere, we fill the car. I figure that my entire personality screams "Mom," though I have stayed away from the Mom jeans. But if my car tells people I have kids, it's only because they missed the fact that my head swivels at every shriek in Target, my purse is full of sippy cups and action figures, and I don't remember the last time I wore makeup without having to pretent to put it on my 2-year-old as well.

Moonspun said...

Ooo...pretty! I love minivans..they are great. We bought a new-to-us-used one last year after me convincing my hubby that that three kids were ONLY going to get BIGGER, NOT smaller. It works for us.
Your Mini is a LOVElY color...congrats!

Zoe said...

Mini! I love it. We call ours The Golden Hippo or Hip for short. So glad you've got "pride in your ride, cause it's a swagger wagon." Have you seen the Sienna music video yet? I think you'll love it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql-N3F1FhW4

Carol @NYCityMama said...

Love the minivan!! Nice and RED! Rawr! Love it. Enjoy! May it lead you to many adventures!