Monday, August 5, 2013

Soccer Mom or Cool Kid?

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How are people who drive minivans classified these days?  As a "soccer mom" or as a "cool kid"?  You see back in the 90s only the soccer moms drove minivans.  (And those children unfortunate enough to have to drive mom's minivan.  Yeah, that was me...)   We had a minivan back in the day and I hated it.  I hated it even more when I had to drive it instead of one of our other cars.  My mom really was a soccer mom.  I played soccer and she hauled me and my teammates to practices, games, and tournaments all over the northeast.  Our minivan truly was a "soccer-mom" car.

But now days you see minivans ALL over the road.  The church parking lot is practically 50% minivans.  So does that make it the cool kid car?  I mean the 2014 Honda Odyssey has a vacuum cleaner in it for heaven's sake- how cool is that?!?

When we got married I swore I would never drive a minivan.  Then we started having kids and friends (who had more kids than me) convinced me that a minivan truly is a good thing.  The selling point for me was the sliding doors.  I tend to struggle with opening my car door into other things (namely Chris' car in the garage) when I am trying to get kids/carseats in and out of the car.  A sliding door eleminates that problem and my potential for damaging things around me.  So we decided we would get a minivan when we had our third kid.

Now I have two kids and a minivan.  What gives?  (And no, I am NOT pregnant again.)   Well, right around the time Haddie Grace was born my car decided to act out.  We have put at least $2K into my car (close to superseeding the actual value of the car...) and it is still having problems and needs more work.  Financially the smart thing was to start looking at a new car (minivan) a couple years earlier than planned.  We walked into the dealership to test drive a Honda Odyssey vs. a Toyota Seinna.  There was a used Odyssey on the lot that met all the criteria we were looking for (and more).  Because it was the end of the month they were willing to negotiate with us and we left with a fully loaded 2010 Honda Odyssey.

It is pretty sweet.  It is a 2010 with 44K miles and new tires.  Leather interior.  Sunroof.  Rear Entertainment System. Navigation System.  It pretty much has the works.

I must admit that although I was skeptical at first, I am now loving my minivan.  It essentially drives like Chris' Honda Accord.  It is SO easy to get the kids in and out of.  It is amazing to be able to open (and close!) the doors and trunk with a click of a button.  The navigation system is pretty nice too and I am excited to link my phone up to the bluetooth feature.  My family was here last week and it was great to be able to fit everyone in one car when we went anywhere.

I am still strugging with my new identity as a minivan driver and the stigma of owning a minivan though.  I told Chris the other night "I don't want to be a soccer mom!"  His reply was "Don't worry.  Your kids aren't old enough to play soccer yet..."  How sweet.  He's such an encourager...

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  1. Well it's like this- high schoolers probably won't look at your car like it's cool. But all the other 20/30 something moms with young children will be like I get it. I definitely have several friends with 2+ kids and the minivan :)

    Pretty awesome you got such a good deal on it. God is such a faithful Provider!

  2. I admit, the sliding doors are appealing but I don't think I will EVER get a mini-van! I'm an SUV girl all the way! Looks like you got a great vehicle though!

  3. I also said I would never drive a minivan but find myself wanting one more and more. Maybe some money will start growing on the trees in our yard & hubs will agree?!

  4. I have always said, if you have to get a minivan, get an Odyssey! My fiance and I drove one while his car was being repaired and we LOVED it!

  5. It sounds like it is NICE inside. I've never driven or owned a mini van... but it does sound tempting!

  6. Once you go minivan you never go back! We got a Toyota Sienna when we had one baby and one on the way. We love it. It is so comfortable and roomy. Who cares if it's not "cool?" Why do we even care about such things? Does it serve your family? Does it make you HAPPY? That's what matters. Congrats on the new addition to your family!

  7. OK, that is a pretty sweet minivan, Jen. I don't think you need to feel like a soccer mom in it. :) Not to mention you're a super official RUF wife now ... I think every RUF family with more than two kids has an Odyssey!

    I hope it lasts y'all a long time and doesn't cause the drama like the old car. :)

  8. Haha! So funny. I think it makes sense. I have a friend here who was so so so excited to get a minivan before her first baby was born. She loves that thing!


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