Monday Listicles

I have some great news!

We bought a car. Or should I say: I chose a car and husband bought it. I am stuck in the house no more!

Thank you all for helping me decide on the minivan. The results of the poll are in:

Toyota Sienna won. And indeed I am rolling in a Swagger Wagon. I was going to take some great photos to celebrate it, but I am too busy driving it. So standby by!

In the mean time we wrote about all the wonderful things our parents did for us last week as suggested by Lisa. I must say it made me feel a little better about the future and gave me hope my son will one day write a list as sweet as all of yours were! Thank you for celebrating parenthood, it is anything but an easy gig right?

Next week will be a fun one. Anja from Cocalores wrote an adorable list and suggested we all do the same. So we will write about 10 CLUES THAT YOU ARE LIVING IN 2012. Thank you Anja for a great topic and welcome to the listicles!

But first, 10 ABOUT A CAR (anything goes).

Make a list, check it twice, link it up. Read others. Have fun!



1. Babysitter is worth every penny when you go looking for vehicles.

2. Always test drive the actual model you are planning on purchasing.

3. Once you start looking you like them all.

4. Once you must decide which one to spend money on you don’t like any enough.

5. Once you decide which one to buy for certain, you will change your mind.

6. After you negotiate the best deal possible, negotiate more!

7. If they say it takes an hour to pick up your new car, count for three.

8. Make sure your dealership has a kid area, three hours will feel like three days otherwise.

9. No matter how much you thought it through, once you drive off the lot with your new car you will wonder if you should have bought the other one.

10. Your car will be new for 7 hours and 13 minutes. Until the dawn brakes and kid and dog occupy it.

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  1. Runnermom-jen August 19, 2012 at 19:08 #

    Twitter: runnermomjen
    I really REALLY hope this means you’ll be doing the Scavenger Hunt again, because I’m missing your beautiful photos.
    P.S. Congrats on the Swagger Wagon :)
    Runnermom-jen recently posted..A Thought for Every Mile…

    • Stasha August 19, 2012 at 22:43 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      I miss the hunts too. Promise I will get back into it. I have been having such a busy shooting schedule with customers I barely find the time to blog let alone take pictures for myself. Soon…
      And thank you my sweet friend.

  2. hollow tree ventures August 19, 2012 at 19:45 #

    Twitter: RobynHTV
    LOVE your list – it’s painfully true (but funny – probably funny to me because I haven’t had to shop for a car in a while). :) I get stuck on #4 foreevvvvvver!

    • Stasha August 19, 2012 at 22:44 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      I know. It is insane how much a car costs right?? I like them but not $30000 like…

  3. The Sisterhood August 19, 2012 at 19:55 #

    Twitter: SensibleMoms
    Oh, I love that picture! And minivans are the best. You are definitely cool enough to rock a minivan. Ellen
    The Sisterhood recently posted..Ten Things About Our Mom Cars

    • Stasha August 19, 2012 at 22:45 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      I totally wanted a minivan even before I was a mom. But the main reason we had to buy one, my dog is too tall for any other vehicle. It is crazy. Trust me I wanted to cram him into my dream car so bad :)

  4. [email protected] August 19, 2012 at 20:02 #

    Twitter: bestillaminute
    Congrats! Love the photo. :)
    [email protected] recently posted..Saturn with a Sunroof

    • Stasha August 19, 2012 at 22:46 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Thank you. xo

  5. Ally August 19, 2012 at 20:18 #

    Twitter: normalmomally
    I’m glad you decided. And glad you get to get back out of the house!
    Ally recently posted..10 Things About HIS Car – Monday Listicles

    • Stasha August 19, 2012 at 22:47 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      They gave us a deal I could not refuse. I must admit I love driving it but I keep thinking about all the cool features the other one had.

  6. Jen {at} take2mommy August 19, 2012 at 20:30 #

    Same car here and same color too! Sorry if I told you that already. Does yours have the built-in DVD player for the backseat?
    Jen {at} take2mommy recently posted..How To Survive the First Day of Preschool

    • Stasha August 19, 2012 at 22:42 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Don’t be silly! Mine doesn’t even have the front row console. I am stingy 😉

  7. Bridget August 19, 2012 at 20:31 #

    Twitter: twinisms
    Congrats on the new car! I’m sorry I missed that post – I’d have gone with the Routan;)
    Bridget recently posted..Traveling Johnisms

    • Stasha August 19, 2012 at 22:40 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      VW was my choice too. But I caved in to a good deal.

  8. Southern Angel August 19, 2012 at 20:59 #

    Oh living in the country it is required for me to have wheels. Period. Especially with my hubby’s odd work hours. Nice car, I love that color too.
    Southern Angel recently posted..Reignite the bedroom..let’s talk about it..

    • Stasha August 19, 2012 at 22:48 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Thank you. I always wondered how hard it would be without a car if I would live on my dream farm in the middle of nowhere. maybe saddle up for a Costco run :)

  9. Amanda August 19, 2012 at 21:01 #

    Twitter: lilahbility
    I chuckled as I read this. They are all so true!

    • Stasha August 19, 2012 at 22:50 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      I survived. Also i hope this one lasts me a forever so I don’t have to do this again. loved the newborn list Amanda. thank you for sharing.

  10. Lisa C August 19, 2012 at 21:10 #

    Twitter: spokesmama
    Wow, buying a vehicle sounds complicated! I bought one once, but it was from my brother-in-law, so we kinda skipped all the stuff you mention. :)
    Lisa C recently posted..List #39: 10 Things I Love About Car Sharing

    • Stasha August 19, 2012 at 22:51 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Totally love the idea behind car coop. SO COOL. And thank you again for a great topic last week, really filled me with joy reading everyones lists!

  11. Lisa Corriveau via Facebook August 19, 2012 at 21:14 #

    Or all of the above, as with car sharing. 😉

  12. Anna August 19, 2012 at 21:24 #

    Twitter: mommy_padawan
    Yay – congrats on your new van! Love that new car smell and it’s so nice when they are clean and new. Buying a car in the past was always an all day deal and big hassle but wonderful when you finally get to drive off that lot. Great list – all so true! Hope you have a fun week ahead driving :)
    Anna recently posted..Meditation – Learning to Sit

  13. RoryBore August 19, 2012 at 21:38 #

    Twitter: rorybore
    wish I could know what it’s like buying a new car.
    welcome to the Swagger Wagon club :)
    RoryBore recently posted..Quotable Bits #32: Life’s A Beach

  14. Jenni Hightower via Facebook August 19, 2012 at 22:59 #

    So glad you finally found a new car! Congrats!! Xx

    • Stasha August 19, 2012 at 23:08 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Thank you. Jason was kinda loving it today, I let him drive it. He never said my old one was cool!

  15. Alison August 19, 2012 at 23:19 #

    Twitter: AlisonSWLee
    Congratulations on the new car!!

    Now, I want a minivan because you rock it so well.
    Alison recently posted..My Parenting Style Is Best Described As Flying By The Seat Of My Pants

  16. Anja August 20, 2012 at 00:08 #

    Twitter: cocalores
    Congrats on your new car! I hate shopping for new cars – and it’s all because of your #4! =) xo Anja
    Anja recently posted..Ten things about my car

  17. Diane August 20, 2012 at 00:18 #

    Twitter: dkotucker
    Nice…congrats on the new vehicle!!! =D

    Company leaves tomorrow :( so will get back on the Listicles wagon then. Pretty sure Big M won’t be able to ride in my “late-life crisis” car however. Tee hee.
    Diane recently posted..FOOD…"American Style"

  18. Mark August 20, 2012 at 00:38 #

    I hope you were not composing this post behind the wheel!
    Mark recently posted..Do that to me one more time

  19. BonnyBard August 20, 2012 at 00:39 #

    Twitter: thebonnybard
    YAY! for new cars!!
    BonnyBard recently posted..Monday Listicles – Vroom, vroom

  20. Ducky August 20, 2012 at 00:49 #

    Twitter: batcrapcrazy
    I detest the whole car buying experience. As a result I will absolutely drive Harriet until her wheels fall off and the only other option is to push and make vroom sounds.

    Happy you are mobile again! :)
    Ducky recently posted..Harriet Takes 10

    • Stasha August 20, 2012 at 03:08 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      I have never named my car. I see I have some more decision making in the future. And thank you, I won’t lie to you: it was terrible being stuck at home!

  21. MamaCassie August 20, 2012 at 02:34 #

    Twitter: FotoFriendlyMom
    Congratulations on the new mommy ride! I’m sure it will be nice and “lived in” in no time!
    I know what you mean about leaving the lot wondering if you should’ve went with the other model. I hate that feeling! But let’s just say “no” and you bought the right one for you and the fam :)
    MamaCassie recently posted..10 Things About My Car

  22. Stacie August 20, 2012 at 04:48 #

    Twitter: snapsandbits
    Hooray for no longer being housebound! I agree with you though, it’s quite the process. Glad you survived and have awesome new wheels :)
    Stacie recently posted..10 Things I Love About My Acura MDX

  23. Stacey August 20, 2012 at 05:20 #

    Twitter: staceysmoments
    Congrats on the new car!! It’s always so much fun to drive a new car, but I really hate the buying process. I find it to be painful. I’m glad you survived and came out with a vehicle you are happy about!

    • Stasha August 20, 2012 at 11:11 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Love your new hair color in the profile photo! And thank you.

  24. Jackie August 20, 2012 at 05:52 #

    Twitter: notwifezilla
    What a relief! I can’t imagine what it’s been like stuck at home. It looks like both the dog & the boy are happy with the decision.
    Jackie recently posted..Girl Party

  25. [email protected] August 20, 2012 at 08:36 #

    Congrats, Stasha! I’ve never experience buying a brand new car (I’d rather win them, lol)…hope I can put that off for many more years to come.
    [email protected] recently posted..Murphy’s Law of Parenting: Fashion Edition

  26. [email protected] August 20, 2012 at 10:17 #

    Twitter: southmainmuse
    So happy for you and your NEW car. I didn’t vote because the only mini- I’ve driven pretty regularly is a Quest. Not even sure who makes that. Enjoy that new car smell.
    [email protected] recently posted..Ooh Dreamweaver.

  27. Marie August 20, 2012 at 10:47 #

    Twitter: MarieMiracles
    Congrats on your new purchase. If we had bought our van new, we wouldn’t have ended up with all the perks–I’m stingy like you! As it is, I feel almost guilty that it’s loaded. :) It is truly insane that we have to spend so much money on vehicles, which are really quite utilitarian in my mind–they get us from one place to another.

    I can see why you wanted a van for your dog–that is one big, beautiful dog!
    Marie recently posted..My name is Marie, and I’ve become a minivan person.

  28. Brandee August 20, 2012 at 11:45 #

    Twitter: archaeolemur
    Yay for the new van! I hear you on all the things about new car buying, we just went through it again a few months ago when we got M’s new car. Sadly, our dealership did not have a kid area, so the other cars became the kid area. 😉
    Brandee recently posted..Cars, cars and more cars!

  29. Katie E August 20, 2012 at 13:06 #

    Twitter: euregirlsandboy
    Yay for a new car! I love the Sienna – I’m quite jealous actually :)
    Katie E recently posted..Monday Listicles: 10 Things About My Car

  30. Jessica August 20, 2012 at 14:53 #

    Twitter: Mytimeasmom
    I need to start investing in a babysitter when I go car shopping. It’s always miserable with the little ones.
    Jessica recently posted..Why I {Almost} Made Out With My Soap

  31. Pam August 20, 2012 at 17:06 #

    Twitter: pammlofton
    I thought I had already commented over here but I must have forgotten. Let’s just talk it up to an age issue, shall we? LOL Love your Monday Listicles!
    Pam recently posted..Old vs New

  32. Co-Pilot Mom August 20, 2012 at 18:02 #

    Twitter: copilotmom
    Congratulations on your new van! They really are so versatile. Love that photo!

  33. Audrey August 20, 2012 at 20:34 #

    Congrats on a new van! Its always the best when you get to pick it out and hubby pays for it :) Last time we used Costco and only had to discuss our trade in value
    Audrey recently posted..Monday Listicles – Cars

  34. Wendy Coffman August 20, 2012 at 20:35 #

    Twitter: stampingrules
    Congrats on the new van – it’s awesome!!
    Wendy Coffman recently posted..10 Things…

  35. Recovering Supermom August 20, 2012 at 22:12 #

    Congrats on the new car! I have a deep loyalty to Toyota that runs in my blood. Glad you survived the car buying process!
    Recovering Supermom recently posted..Ten Things I Do In My Car

  36. Barbara August 21, 2012 at 00:26 #

    Twitter: babspinfrance
    Congrats on the new car!!
    Barbara recently posted..Dear Nathan….

  37. My Inner Chick August 21, 2012 at 08:54 #

    Twitter: krrobi
    —I LOVE that photo!!!! Fab.

  38. Deirdre August 21, 2012 at 15:41 #

    Twitter: ladiesholiday
    Hats off to you for being dead accurate on numbers one through ten. So very, very true!

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