Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Today was beautiful outside, so we went for a walk. We stopped to play with fallen cherry tree blossoms and admired other flowers in neighborhood yards. At one spot, there was a thick patch of pretty little purple flowers and both kids bent down to smell them. Then Jonah says, "Look mom, they're so pretty - like Elisabeth." I agreed. After returning home, Elisabeth choked on some snacks while they were playing (I thought they were done with the snacks). A little bit later, after I had put Elisabeth down for a nap, Jonah asks, "Will Elisabeth be alright mommy?" I assured him that she was fine now. It is so nice to see him appreciate and show concern for his little sister. What a good big brother.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Looking for shark teeth
My little dinosaur lover
My thoughts exactly
A biologist in the making
In case you are interested, here is the schedule of upcoming events at the museum.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
I love this picture and thought others might appreciate it. It is a great picture of both kids enjoying something together. I love the look on Elisabeth's face. This also happens to be the first time I had ever put her hair up in pig tails.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
I got Jonah a Star Wars or rather Clone Wars playtent for Valentine's day. He loved it as did Elisabeth. They played with it in the living room for a couple of days. It wasn't long though before it ended up as an accessory on Jonah's bed. This didn't surprise me considering he would drive us crazy about attaching a sheet over his bed which kept falling down. So this has turned out to be a good thing for all of us. As you can see he feels right at home in it.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Friday, March 05, 2010
This is what happens when you let Jonah pick out his pajamas. Batman shirt (cape included), Star Wars pants, and Toy Story house slippers. (Note: I pulled this picture up on my computer to blog about it and Jonah sees it over my shoulder and gets all excited - "can I put that on mommy?") There is no accounting for taste especially for 3 year old boys. I hope I don't stifle his unique tastes too much when he's older.
Thursday, March 04, 2010
#4 SUBARU OUTBACK
MPG - 22/29 AWD MSRP= $24,295
We've always like this vehicle, but it's interior space isn't really any bigger than our Hyundai Santa Fe.
#3 KIA SORRENTO
MPG - 21/29 2WD MSRP= $24,595
I like this one because it's comparable in interior space with what we have but perhaps a bit bigger cargo area that includes 3rd Row seats.
#2 CHEVROLET TRAVERSE
MPG - 17/24 4WD MSRP= $34,325
The thing that I loved about this vehicle is that you have all the space of a minivan, without the minivan look or feel. In fact, it would be my #1 pick, except for it's minivan price tag.
MPG - 21/27 2WD MSRP from 17,995
Interestingly, I didn't take any pictures of this one. I suppose that is because I already knew we liked it. We test drove one in 2006 when we were expecting our first baby. It was roomy and my husband's eyes lit up when he drove it. You know that look men get when they like what they're driving. It handled much like his sporty Honda Civic which we were selling in order to get something more family friendly. This Mazda is supposed to be a minivan, but it's smaller and has a sportier feel. It is also more economical than most minivans. The main reason this car is my #1 pick from the auto show is because it's the most attainable for us. Not a new one so much as a used one. Here is a good review compliments of automoblog.
(I will note that Honda was conspicuously absent. It seems like every time the auto show is held at the fairgrounds they don't participate. Perhaps they prefer the convention center as the venue.)
Thoughts on New vs. Used
I have had the good fortune to have owned 3 new cars in my lifetime (although the second was to replace the first after it was totaled in an accident.) As a result, I was rather spoiled to the supposed reliability of new cars and the warranty you get when you buy new. When we bought our 2002 Santa Fe in 2006 it was only the second "pre-owned car" I had ever actually purchased, but not the first I had ever owned. My first car given to me by my parents was a 1983 Pontiac TransAM with T-tops much like the one seen here: My prejudice toward new cars has changed though since having kids. I am so glad we bought our car used. Not only because of the financial reasons, but also because I would be so stressed out every time a diaper overflowed or the kids dropped food in the car or my drink splashed around. Then there was that incident with the Harris Teeter shopping cart - there is still a dent but at least the green is gone. Oh and I forgot about the ladder in the garage - again not a huge deal, but if it had been a new car it would have been. God really blessed us with this car. It has been good to us and hasn't needed much attention. Praise God! May all of our cars be as reliable.
Then there is the dream car:
Here is Kelly's
I don't know if I really have a dream car. But if I was a movie star and had a car guy to take care of it, this is what I would want to pull up to the red carpet in wearing my red velvet dress, diamonds, 30's retro hair, and a white fur stole.
Here are all of our pictures from Raleigh's 2010 International Auto Show.