I have a confession to make. I usually keep you all up to date on the latest happenings in my life, but I have <sort of> kept you in the dark about one thing (unless you read the very bottom of this post a few weeks ago). I’ve joined the dark side of motherhood. I got a new
car minivan 2 weeks ago. A Toyota Sienna to be exact. I traded in my cute little Honda CR-V to become a full-fledged soccer mom in a minivan, BY CHOICE! (I can hear my single, childless friends gasping over the internet right now)
This isn’t even my first minivan either. When I moved to Rhode Island in January of 2005, my first company car was a silver Dodge Caravan. Mind you, I had just moved 1,800 miles away, knowing nobody, to a new state as a single 24 year old. Sure, a minivan was IDEAL *sarcasm*. I didn’t really care though, because part of my job was hauling *tons* of Listerine around to dental offices and that damn Caravan was FUNCTIONAL! I had planned on living in Rhode Island for only 2 years until I got promoted to headquarters in New Jersey. I only had the van for a short while though because I drove a million miles a year and the company replaced their company cars often.
So here I am- still in Rhode Island 7 years later: married with 2 children living the suburban dream. If my sorority girl <<ZTA>> self from 12 years ago could have seen me now, she would have died. That’s ok though, because I’m the happiest I’ve ever been– even if that is driving a minivan.
What I love about my Sienna are the following (in no particular order):
- power sliding doors (so much easier to get the kids in and out of their rear-facing seats)
- all the bells & whistles (because I’m a tech geek, I can’t help that features like streaming Pandora through my phone makes me smile)
- safety features (of course)
- the enormous storage area in the back
- 3rd row seating! I can finally take my parents out to dinner in one car when they visit from Florida!
- dual screen entertainment in the back!
- the swagger wagon video (where my motherfathers at?!)
It’s funny how EVERYONE has a reaction when they see you driving a minivan. It’s almost always negative too (unless they’re a minivan-driving mom too). You know what? Their loss for not loving a swagger wagon Where are my minivan Mamas at?