There's a lot going on right now, with my mother in the hospital recovering from colorectal surgery, but I wanted to write about something light today, so here goes.
We're proud to announce the newest member of the Urban Mama family. She weighs 4300 pounds and had a slim five miles on her when we got her keys. After deliberating between five minivans, we finally decided on the Honda Odyssey. We liked the Toyota Sienna as well, but it came down to the dealership's willing to negotiate with us. And as my brother Jorge -- the car expert in the family -- told us, "you can't go wrong with either car," so it's not like choosing between a Pinto and a BMW.
Unfortunately, the Ourisman Honda dealer in Bethesda didn't have the Cherry Pearl color in stock, but we didn't want to wait for one to arrive in a couple of weeks, so we went with a grayish blue.
The kids are thrilled about the minivan, as it's basically a limo for the preschool set. There's a DVD player, which we don't plan on using on a daily basis, but which we know will come in handy on long road-trips. And there's also a 115-Volt Power Outlet in the back row, so once the Schmoopadoo arrives and the Schmoop has to sit in the back row, he can can plug in and play his video games. And don't get me started on the cupholders. There are 15! When will a family of five ever need to consume three drinks a piece? Crazy. And did I mention the integrated XM radio? We have it at home, so we're excited to have it on the go now as well. We'll never miss Jonathan Schwartz again!
We didn't think we'd ever need to get a minivan, just like we didn't think we'd have a third child, but there's just no way you can squeeze in a third carseat in our wagon, and the SUVs/crossovers with third rows were way more expensive and had even worse MPG. So here we are, reluctant minivan owners who are quickly realizing this is clearly the right choice for us.
One day far, far away, when the kids are all in high school or college, I will trade in this Mama mobile and get a little sedan that's just for me. For now, though, chauffeuring two (and soon three) kids around is part of my life, and this is my ride.