Last night we finally checked a long-standing to-do off the list: Trading in the old van and getting a new one!
Longtime readers may recall that we (meaning mostly my husband) have been on the hunt for a Toyota Sienna with all wheel drive for a while. Due to various supply issues, these vans were pretty much impossible to find for the last two years. Then they were charging a large premium over list price. That has finally come down a lot, and this fall our local dealer could order an actual vehicle (as opposed to vague promises to look for one…). So we took the plunge.
We spent a lot of time this weekend emptying out the old van, vacuuming, and scrubbing. Let’s just say that having a car seat on a particular seat for the vast majority of the last 9 years will do a number on it. The new van is shiny. We shall see how long that lasts. The 8-year-old has been charged with being the enforcer on keeping it neat. He likes using the vacuum, so this may actually work.
Anyway, we’ve taken a lot of trips in that van since 2014 — out to Indiana a few times, down to North Carolina, up to Maine. We drove babies #4 and #5 home from the hospital in that van! It’s fun to think about the miles that will be put on our new one — though also strange to think that if we kept this one 9 years, we wouldn’t really need a van anymore by that time as three of the five kids would be out of the house. The next family car could be small.
But for now, we need all that space. Here’s to lots of minivan adventures….
In other news: In addition to a new van, we also welcomed a Venus flytrap into the family yesterday. The 8-year-old is very excited about this project. We’re trying to figure out how not to kill it given that we are past first frost, and it’s supposed to go outside. If anyone has successfully had a carnivorous plant in your life, I welcome tips.
Photo: The old van, before it departed to new pastures…