A highschool friend of mine (Lindsey) just recently started a blog with her fiance. A recent post that Nathan wrote asked this question: What makes you say "Ugh - really didn't want to have to experience that!"? This was the comment I left on Thursday: Try buying a Honda Oddysey and 5 minutes after you purchase it...literally 5 minutes down the road from the dealership that you just left - the check engine light comes on. Imagine finding out that the van you just bought has a transmission that's about to fall out....yup,,..that happened to me yesterday. That was definitely an "UGH - REALLY DIDN'T WANT TO EXPERIENCE THAT" kind of a moment. (Don't worry, the dealership gladly and immediately took the vehicle back - returning ALL our money.) And although I'm a huge fan of humor and am sure one day I will look back on that experience and laugh...I haven't so much as smiled about it yet!
Yes folks, that really happened to us on Wednesday. I realize it could've been so much worse - but regardless, it was still such a frustrating day. Chad is working about 80 hours a week and we rarely have any downtime with him...early in the mornings typically and at church on Sunday mornings, but other than that,...he's working. Well, he spent his ENTIRE off day (which he really should've been working on the business), trying to purchase me this Honda Odyssey and then trying to figure out what exactly was wrong with it after we bought it, and then trying to return it and get our money refunded. What a disaster!!! By the end of the day, I was in tears, and very dissapointed. We have needed a larger vehicle for a while now...yes, I said needed. My Mazda 626 has been such a great car, but trying to fit the double stroller in the trunk, keeping the kids from killing eachother in the backseat when they start bickering, trying to fit an entire cartful of groceries in the front seat and the floor board, not being able to bring Shepherd's friends home from church because we have no room for a 3rd car-seat....ok, am I painting a clear picture here? Of course we could've survived without a bigger vehicle, but everyday it was getting more and more difficult to fit all our things in without getting extremely aggravated...and when you become a mom, I think we all learn that there are some things that just need to be a little easier - transportation is one of them!
Which brings me to last night... Chad came home from working around 9:30pm. He walked in and sat down next to me with the laptop on his lap. He looked at our blog and read threw the comments and saw Lindsey's comment on my previous post. He asked if I had told her what had happened and I took him to her blog and read him my comment. That was when he got up, walked in to the kitchen, picked up a key with a clicker and handed it to me - he said "Let's see if this will make you smile about it!". :) I walked outside (yes, of course I had tears in my eyes because I was just so totally surprised)...and sitting in my driveway was a beautiful Honda Odyssey - fully equipped with leather seats, navigational system, power sliding doors, 12 disc c.d. changer, steering wheel controls, climate control (you name it!)...wow - I love my husband and he definitely loves me!! It has captains chairs in the middle row and we currently have the back row folded down in the floor so that I can just roll the jogging stroller in the back without even folding it up!! The kids are loving the rear a.c. and the huge windows to look out at everything!! I jokingly told Chad last night that we now had room enough to have a 3rd child - I wish you could've seen the look on his face...I had compassion on him and quickly assured him I was joking!!!
This is not a pic of our van, but it is the same color as this one...sorry, I didn't feel like going downstairs and doing a photoshoot of it! :)
SO, to all my HU girlfriends who I remember making a pact with that we would never drive a van when we got married and had kids...(Reagan, Haley, Amy, Natalie,...). Sorry girls!!! Maybe in a few years, you too will be eating your words!! :)