The first weekend of December (before Greta got sick and massive amounts of snow fell), we stepped away from the painting and Christmas-decking and went car shopping. Like, alllll weekend. Normally, I would say such an event doesn’t exactly fit into the DIY/Home Design thing we got going on here, but some time ago, even before we bought this house, I posted about when I got in a pretty bad car accident here and I thought it would be good to do a follow-up post to that.
Life is scary after you are in a car accident. I didn’t drive for a long time and I still close my eyes frequently as a passenger. We actually went down to one car because I was so convinced there was nowhere that I needed to go that was so important that I wanted to risk my life (!!) on the road again. After a long, long time–maybe a year, I started driving short distances during the day again. But mostly, I was happy to let Chris do the driving and somehow it worked for us. I’d walk places or he’d pick things up on the way home from work. The last few months, Chris has been urging me to get behind the wheel again–my own set of wheels and I wasn’t sure I was ready. And then, just four days shy of exactly two years since my car accident I was nervous but we went out and bought a second car. For me.
Of course, it wasn’t justlikethat. We researched for a long time before we came to the conclusion that something large enough to haul things like lumber and furniture, or even scraps to the dump would be nice since we borrow or rent trucks and vans so often. I liked the idea of a van because of the sliding doors. I know there is some stigma about minivans being not cool or something, but coming from a young (cool!!!) mom to one rambunctious child–worrying about getting her out of the car while simultaneously making sure I don’t hit the car parked next to me with the door I am wedged behind is the worst. Sliding doors were all I wanted. We test drove pretty much every mini-van there ever was.
There were some that had tons of cool features like DVD players and backup cameras (love those) and crazy amounts of cargo space. But they felt like overkill in the seating department. We are a family of three. And while we definitely would love to expand our family
, we have learned over the past two years to live for and enjoy the family we currently are. Then we discovered the Mazda5 which is classified as a microvan but is comparable to the size of a station wagon and…it has sliding doors.
We test drove two and bought the second one. It felt like driving a car–which I was more comfortable with. It got great gas mileage. There was seating for 6 (although it would have to be 4 adults and 2 kids, I don’t know how an adult would sit in the third row of seats. Pretty tight back there) but the seats all stow away so hauling was a perk too. It just felt like the perfect car for us right now. So we snatched it up.
So am I a mini-van mom now? I guess I am. Although I guess technically I would be a “micro-van” mom. Ha! But I’ll answer to either. We have already put the newest member of the family to work several times. She (he? Name has yet to be determined) hauled Greta’s new big-girl bed
home for us:
And I packed her full of decorations for a Christmas party we were asked to decorate for.
And Chris emptied our garage of another round of renovation debris. I have zoomed around town (in true Mazda fashion) with Greta in tow running errands that I hadn’t for the past two years.
After I posted this photo on Instagram, a lot of you asked how I liked our Mazda5. Although it has only been a little over a week, I can confidently say I love it. I love the way it drives, yes, but I also freedom and the confidence it has given back to me. I’m driving again–and that is blog worthy.
P.S. Totally open to car name suggestions. ;)