Monday, June 20, 2011

Not a Minivan Kind of Girl....

In 2004, a few months before our wedding, iKeith bought me a brand new car.  It was a Murano and I'd never, ever had a brand new car before.  I loved it! I used to roll around in the back of it...breathing in the new car smell and thought I would drive it until the wheels came off. 

In 2009, I convinced iKeith to have a 3rd baby with me.  It took a long time to get to this point because he had family in his ear telling him that we didn't need a 3rd baby and that he was getting too old.  Those people should just shut the hell up and leave us alone.  And stop borrowing money from us and not paying it back. Anyway...he agreed and then we decided that our little Murano was too small for three kids.  Another carseat just wouldn't fit.

We went to look at a bigger vehicle.  I told him I would never ever drive a minivan.  I'm just not that kind of girl.  I'm fun and sporty.  Minivans are not fun or sporty.  They look like a hearse.

Exhibit A

Exhibit B
We ended up trading in my precious Murano and getting the Nissan Armada.  It was big enough for SIX car seats and had tons of room for storing all kinds of crap groceries.  But then...Obama cancelled the space program....and iKeith changed his mind about having a third baby.  It's an understatement to say that I was devastated.

Now the Armada was a constant reminder of my dream that would never come true and now I was stuck with it for 5 and a half years.

While iKeith was in California recently, an ad junk mail arrived that I let Mallory open. It was a advertisement for the Nissan Quest and their new super air scrubber and came with a popcorn scented air freshener.  It suggested you should come test drive a van and see for yourself that you can not smell the popcorn.

Mallory was a girl obsessed!!  As soon as iKeith got home she told him they must go to the dealership and test drive a van.

And so we did.

We sat in the van and you couldn't smell the popcorn.  Then we looked at the Murano's and I lusted after one that was bright silver.  It looked like a silver bullet.  We sat in it and Nate Pool showed us all of the cool features that had been invented since we had owned a Murano.

I told Nate that if there was a way to get out of our lease I would buy another Murano.  He said he'd see what he could do for us.  Did I mention that Nate was tall and funny and kind of cute?

pic i snuck of nate
 Those of you on twitter that called me a Cougar and said you didn't know 12 year old's were allowed to work at should know that Nate is old enough to have a girlfriend and he votes. He votes for the wrong people even though he's a Republican but we didn't hold that against him.

Everyone at Empire Nissan in Lakewood  was incredibly helpful and wanted so badly to make my dream of owning another Murano come true.  They worked tirelessly for 6 hours and they helped entertain our children.

Tent and Campfire in the showroom

One amazing lady even made them a bag of popcorn that she had in her desk.  Another set Alex up with a computer to play Nick Jr games and listened to him tell lies stories about how we go to Chuck E Cheese every Sunday....but just for the pizza.

Thank you Empire Nissan and Nate Pool.  We're very happy with our new purchase!

Hey just got a new car...where are you going next?

I'm going to Target! 

And thank you Nissan for the slick advertising campaign that got us in the door.

To the people that have to clean out my old Armada....I am so so sorry.  Please remember that we have children and they are gross little monsters. 


  1. YAY CONNIE!!!! There's nothing more thrilling than a new car IMO - I'm itching to get rid of my junker myself because I hate, hate, HATE it.

    And seriously? I'm with the people who said they didn't think 12 year olds could work at a car dealership, he looks like he's at least 10 years younger than me! I'm only 25!!!! But I love that you snuck a pic of him, I hate that you can't silence the shutter sound on BlackBerry. Anyway...I hope he was able to get you a good deal!

  2. High Five!! That looks like a real sporty model!!

  3. I SO want a new car. But you sort of need money and good credit for that. LOL!
    Glad you got great service! Sometimes dealerships aren't that nice. And that car rocks! A total score!

  4. I test drove one of those once when I was a mystery shopper-they are very nice. Though I must admit I do love my mini-van even though I never was going to be a mini-van girl.

  5. I love my silver Murano too! So glad it worked out for you!

  6. I LOVE getting new cars. I totally wish that I could get one every other week.

    Sadly, I am going to be stuck with a mini van until....

    well, forever.

  7. I love the smell of a new car. I'm so glad they make that in a air freshener too.

    I'm soooo glad you didn't get a van. I will NEVER own a van. Ever.

  8. I love new car smell. I'm a little confused on the popcorn smell thing. Maybe I'm just slow today because of the heat?

    I'm definitely not a minivan type of girl either. I've never heard of a Murano but it's cute and not at all hearse like so yay! I've got my eyes on a Subaru Forester if and when we need a family car. Enjoy that new car smell!

  9. I'm not a minivan girl either....and yet I drive one. An ulgy one. Because I'm not careful with it because I hate it because I'm not a minivan girl. You're vehicle is NIIIICE! As for Nate, puleeeze, I'd never call you a cougar. I just tweeted Justin Bieber today. Whose the real cougar? I love that you snuck that pic of him. So stealth of you.

  10. congrats! I love it! I'm with you anti-minivan :) My MIL just got a Murano and I love it!

  11. Congrats on the new car! When I'm happy with a brand I stick with it too.

  12. Congrats!! It is so pretty!! Did you buy or lease this time? :)

  13. That is a sweet ride. You're one lucky girl!!!

    I'm all for the stealth photos, as you know. Good job on that. :)

  14. Aw yay!! I am jealous!! A NEW CAR!! My hubs and I are both driving 1997 &1998 vehicles until the wheels fall off.. I would LOVE TO have a Nissan Armada.. looks so cool but your Murano looks nice too!! Nate was a cutie.. hah!
    I am anti van, so glad you didn't go that route!

  15. I LOVE the Muranos! I also have to admit I love the way the Armadas look, but ended up with a Tahoe (3rd seat and all). I did have a minivan and I hated driving it. Hated it. Now though, we just rented one for vacation and it was so practical, nice inside and so much easier to get the kids in and out. I must admit I'm considering one again. Meanwhile I have never had a new car and am so envious! I always ask for the new car smell spray when we get ours washed. :) Never quite covers up the "aroma" of forgotten things under and in the seats. Gotta love kids, don't ya?


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