So, I think I can officially say I'm a member of the Mommy Club. Today, Spencer and I became the proud owners of a minivan. While not the coolest ride on the block, per se, it definitely has some mom-friendly perks to get me all excited about. With our recent car-snafu of a blown head gasket and our surprise third pregnancy, we decided it was time to become one of the legions of oh-so-cool minivan drivers. While I'm not quite ready to trade in my converses and pointy-toed slingbacks for sensible pumps and white tennis shoes nor am I running out to buy a pair of high-waisted, ankle-tapered mom jeans, the minivan was a concession to mommyhood I was more than ready to make.
After searching on more online used-car websites than I knew existed and calling at least 75 dealers personally (apparently import minivans are more than a little scarce in Oklahoma), we found our match out in Broken Arrow (about an hour and a half drive east). It's a 2003 Honda Odyssey with 90,000 miles on it. We got it for the fabulous price of $9,500 (I'm very proud of Spencer who stuck to his guns and got them down from $10,000). It has an automatic sliding door on both sides, rear air (which our Montero did not-our poor kiddies would end up with red faces and their hair so wet with sweat it'd be plastered to their foreheads), a fold-down option for the third row, and you can slide one of the middle captain's chair to the center, so that you can have the aisle on the side or in the center. It's in great condition and looks fabulous, especially considering it's five years old. Overall, we're quite pleased with our recent purchase. WooHoo for family-friendly features!