So, I promised a picture of our non-human new arrival, so here it is:
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We're now a "Mini-Van Fam!!" It's quite a necessity when you are becoming a family of FIVE! We are really loving this car, already!! It is really so lovely and sleek, and quite wonderful!! I had really been getting used to no car payment, though. We still have our Subaru Forester and will keep it for as long as it wants to run, and had paid it off quite awhile ago, so a car payment is going to be a little shock to the system, but we can handle it! We're prepared!
It was quite a looooooooong night at the car dealership on Friday night and I thought the kids (and myself!!) were going to go out of our minds! I do have to say, though, that Mark and I make a good team for phenagaling a deal!! Mark's good at playing it cool and giving the feeling that we are ready to walk at any moment, and I am good at giving it to them straight and lettting them know EXACTLY what we want to pay and what we will or won't settle for. It was good teamwork and I'm pretty sure we got the deal of the century! Even with some gas cards and other "extras" thrown in! They REALLY wanted to sell us that car!!! We didn't get home until almost midnight, because we missed the 10:05 ferry by seconds........poor Ava and Luke. But, as soon as they hopped in that van, they were all giggles and Luke kept saying, "Come on Mom, let's go!!!"