Tuesday, October 13, 2009

biting the bullet



We bought a 12 passenger van.
The 16 17 pounds i've put on kinda kept reminding Neil that at some point in the new year, our family would no longer fit either of our vehicles - & so we went out on Monday to test drive the Big Silver Beast.
i'll be honest...
It kind of gave me the giggles...
Maybe it's 'cause i'm a little chubby... & i had a little trouble hoisting my heft into the co-pilot seat...
Maybe it was the sight of Neil - bravely facing the future & calmly saying, 'Yeh, it drives nice...' about a freaking bus...
Maybe it was because the salesman offered to sell us pin stripes to up the coolness factor of our new automobile...
Maybe it's because while mulling over names for our van (a family tradition) i decided that i would like to name the van after Neil - The Silver Fox. Bwahaha...
i turned my head as Neil pulled onto Glenmore & looked far into the backseat... s... imagining our sweet little posse sitting back there singing Kumbaya... or fighting over the dvd of choice... Trying not to cry when i imagined our little grey & orange carseat filled with somebody with silky soft skin & a kitten's cry...
We took it out on Saturday... & the littles thought it was the coolest vehicle on the planet... i think because they weren't smooshed in like sardines... Neil pretended he couldn't hear the back row & they all had to show how close they could come to standing up in the vehicle... impressive.
We piled in on Sunday morning too - to drive the very few blocks from our house to the little community church that we go to. (i know - we're really environmentally friendly like that... *sigh*) Suddenly, Neil started to laugh.
"It's a little embarrassing..."
"i know... it's like going to church with a hickey."
"Why don't we just wear a sign that says, 'we do it a lot'".
He parks on the street - out of eyesight of the front door of the church...
In some ways, i feel like we're breaking out of a mold - we're not your typical small family - & we're not your typical large family... we're just *our family*... imperfectly perfect, chaotic, flying by the seat of our pants, never fitting the mold - far from typical-
*family*.
& now we'll drive a 12 passenger.

8 comments:

Jen said...

I sense that the 'going to church with a hickey' comes from experience ;)
Love the van!

Melissa said...

I love it!! What a fun pleasant post - hilarious - 'we do it a lot'... LOL!

Thank you for this good dose of reality humor - you guys have great perspective!!

deborah said...

We've been wondering when the new van was going to show up on the scene! Ha! I love it! And kudos to you for driving it! :)

Prvbs31Mama said...

hehehe,
love it!! Can't wait to buy our *new to us van* too!
Mind you it won't be quite as big as yours...lol

Mindy said...

"We do it a lot" Ha ha! Thanks for the giggle.

Treasured Grace said...

Oh my goodness you made me laugh out loud this morning. "We do it a lot!" roflol!!!!
I love it. Nice van too!

Kali said...

Oh Paige, you CRACK ME UP! I can so relate to your vehicle emotions. It is the hardest big family factor for me...and just yesterday we had the "I guess it's time..." conversation. SIGH- we'll be moving up soon too. I like the silver bullet :)

L Harris said...

Thanks for linking me here, Paige. We had a 12 pass at one point. The motor went out of it. May have to get another.

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