That New Car Smell

This morning, I told Bart that when he got to work he should ask his co-workers what they got for Thanksgiving. And when they looked confused, he should say, “What, you don’t do Thanksgiving gifts? I got a car!”

One of the reasons our marriage works is because he laughs at my jokes.

And also, he really did a car this weekend.

I think it would be hard to overestimate the glee I feel about this. We’ve been a one car family for nearly all of our marriage (for an eight month period in Boston, we had two cars when Bart was driving out to clients all over the Boston area and I was driving 30 miles each way to work – we sold the CR-V when we moved back to Texas).

We’d discussed getting a second car when we got back to Texas, but Bart works so near our apartment that we could trade the car around as needed, and Ella was taking three naps and then two naps a day, so it wasn’t like I had tons of time to be leaving anyway.

But now, the second nap is a thing of the past, and the afternoons, stuck in a little apartment, were becoming more and more wearing on me. And so we decided that, after Christmas, we would buy a second car.

Except, then, I was all ready to have a car of my own, and Bart was spending all his time looking at cars on Craigslist, going out to test drive cars at dealerships, and reading reviews of cars.

And when we found a car that we both liked (a hard thing, let me tell you) for a price we were happy with, well, we decided not to wait until January.

And frankly, I couldn’t be happier.

It’s a red Mazda Tribute and it has a V6 engine, which pretty much made Bart the happiest man on earth. For now, he’s driving it. When we have more kids, I may take over as primary driver of that vehicle, but for now I don’t care a bit what car I’m driving, as long as I have a car. 

The question is, what’s going to top this NEXT Thanksgiving?

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  • Reply Merrick November 28, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Exciting! What did you get??

  • Reply Karri November 28, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I am not sure what can top that one? A baby? A house? 😉

    We are in the same boat in that we've been car shopping for a car that we both agree on at a price we also agree on. And so far, no dice. Sigh.

  • Reply heidikins November 28, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Looks like ya'll are going to have to have a LOT of pie next year…I mean, a LOT!

    Like how I slipped in a bit of Texan to that phrase? Yeah, me too.

    Happy new car-ing!


  • Reply Creole Wisdom November 28, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    I wanna know what you got!

    I know you got a killer deal. Like, would anyone else? You are the queen of finding good prices!

    I wish I could take two/three naps a day like Ella.

  • Reply Katie Rich November 28, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Awesome car. We are a one car family right now and I dream of the day when we will have two. . . hopefully not a too far off dream 🙂

  • Reply Tina's Blog November 28, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Yay for you! That's a nice looking vehicle and a great Thanksgiving present.

  • Reply Lexilooo November 29, 2011 at 2:16 am

    next thanksgiving? another baby, perhaps?!

  • Reply Packrat November 29, 2011 at 2:20 am

    There comes a time when convenience is of utmost importance. Enjoy.

  • Reply Sammy November 29, 2011 at 3:09 am

    Life changing – we were a one car family till 18 months ago! Enjoy your new found freedom anytime you want it!!

  • Reply Jon and Laura November 29, 2011 at 4:26 am

    Ooh fun! How many seater is it? We have a CR-V- like you mentioned you had- and we LOVE it- but it'll only grow to fit one more kid and only for a while…you'll have to keep us updated on how you like your Mazda!

  • Reply Heather November 29, 2011 at 4:58 am

    This is fantabulous Thanksgiving news! So happy to hear you are not housebound. It's so liberating to have an option to leave, even if you choose not to exercise it. Congrats to you all!

  • Reply lifeofadoctorswife November 29, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    That's so exciting! And I loved your joke, for the record. Very cute.

  • Reply Tara November 30, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Did you pay cash for it or get a loan?

  • Reply Tara November 30, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Did you pay cash for it or get a loan? We plan to get an SUV or a van after Spencer graduates. I would like to save up for it but Spencer doesn't think he can wait cause he won't get his razor until I get my car.

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