Yes, this is my snazzy new set of wheels. We are turning more heads than a Ferrari (though I can't really be sure because I have never owned one). When the doors open and the crew unloads, it's like a SWAT team jumping out.
I put my personalized plates on, removed the dealership decal, and added a stick family that a very sweet reader sent us as a surprise random act of kindness.
My husband in suit and tie with his Bible, me in an apron, baking up a treat, Solomon playing the piano, Isaac riding a horse (he is the only one who takes riding lessons), John our artist with a palette, Miriam holding her dolly (though she likes to think it's baby Stephen), Becky in her apron helping me in the kitchen, Annie with pigtails, and last but not least Stephen in cute little overalls, just starting to walk.
Am I thrilled? You bet! This baby seats 12, though we removed 2 seats in the back row to make more room for cargo and hauling goods. We got the dealership to throw in the tow package, so the hitch mount and all are being installed sometime this week.
Last ride in the Sienna - so many great family memories!
We are not the type to get excited about cars. Nor are we the type to go overly large on them - our family vehicle was a Ford Escort (5 seats) with three car seats in the back until our fourth child was about to be born. Then, for almost 7 years, we had our much loved Toyota Sienna (8 seats). With a family of 9, we were over capacity, but it was not too bad having four kids in the back share the 3-seat row when all of us were riding together. So this is a big step up, with room to grow, and years of heavy duty use ahead. I am especially excited about the V8 engine and the tow package, as it will allow us to pull a trailer or one day possibly even a camper. We will be taking a trailer to the camping trip later this summer, full with bikes, kayaks, and other gear. More than anything, I am thankful to a loving and hard-working husband, who against my protests insisted on buying me the nicest, safest, and most comfortable vehicle option currently available to large families.
Since this type of vehicle is relatively new on the market, I will do a review on it here on the blog once I have driven it for a few thousand miles. In the meantime, you can check out this, this, and this.
Now please excuse me as I drive off into the sunset... :)