Brent fixed the internet on our photo computer, so you get PHOTOS!!!!!!!!!! Hurrah! Next few posts I will have to pepper you with pictures to make up for the months' long dry text post trend...
First, here is our new van:
So dorky, I know. But I think I'm actually pretty sold on the Grand Caravan--it may be dorky but it sure is practical! The older boys can do up and undo their own seatbelts, no one FIGHTS anymore because they have so much space between them, and the rear seat has a 60/40 split with stow and go seats, so we flip down the 40 and put the dog's bed there, and there is still room behind the 60 for luggage for five people. Seriously! The trunk in the GC is two feet larger than the trunk in a normal van.
David Suzuki says that to make an environmentally friendly vehicle choice, to drive a vehicle that is appropriate for the size of your family. The GC is certainly no Matrix when it comes to fuel efficiency, but it is definitely appropriate for the current size of our family. We rarely drive it empty, and almost never drive it to work unless we're both working and one of us needs to pick up the kids at grandma's. That's rare. Once every three or four months? So, just around town with the kids, and road trips. We have a nice, small, reliable, 1996 standard Toyota Corolla for commuting. It is very fuel efficient.
So, that's the van! I love it and I disdain it at the same time. People can stereotype me now, as a run of the mill middle class mom with kids. BOring. I guess I just have to buy some purple hats or something to shake things up a bit! And who cares what other people think anyways, right?
Anyone want to buy a Matrix? It's for sale!!