Last night Carrie, Erin "Camille"McNeil, and I got together for our monthly girls night. I have to say, these nights are among my most favorite moments in life. Since we all grew up together, we have TONS to talk about and 4 hours pass when I think we've only been chatting for 30 minutes.
Both Erin and Carrie are "quite pregnant" to put it mildly. Carrie is due to deliver 7/29 and Erin 8/7 [but she is measuring 2 weeks early slated to have a 10+ lb baby - YIKES].
As we decided on an eating venue, Erin cheekily declared "well, we got a new car". She finally took the big step and has been blessed with a minivan. We decided to go to Noodles for dinner which is located near a lot of college student housing; but, it is summer so it seemed unlikely that it would be crowded.
We pulled into the 'overflowing' parking lot. Erin, this is her 4Th WHITE car by the way, busted some tricky moves and sidled into a place beating out another car. There aren't many minivans in Boulder, CO. Now if you go 4 miles east to Rock Creek, the number of such cars quadruples, but Boulder is more of the Subaru genre. So I'm sure onlookers expected a load of kids to jump out of the van. Instead, two pregnant women jumped out and then just me [except I couldn't negotiate the "child locked" door and needed rescuing].
We went into the restaurant which was 95% people between the ages of 17 and 23. It was pretty funny.
Anyway my point is, any woman who is fighting against getting a mini van, GO FOR IT. Don't fight it, embrace such a purchase. I love mini vans and almost bought my brother's when he sold it a couple of years ago when they update to the better version of the Odyssey. When I hang out with Rand's kids I invent places we "have to go" so I can drive them in the van. There is nothing to be ashamed of driving this mechanical miracle. If you think that others look and think "well, there is a stay at home mom"; who cares!!!! Why not paint a sign on the van declaring that you are such?