Almost A Lemon

Not the car but fun pic.

Almost But Not Quite a Lemon.

When we first made the move to the suburbs from the city, my husband and I prided ourselves on the proximity of our house to public transportation – I took the T into Boston, and it was fine to share a car. We were mobile, young, and both worked outside of the home.

Fast forward to the birth of our first child, my husband was gone all day – most importantly, with the car – and we realized we needed a second car. We went to our local auto dealership with our three month old (always a good idea for maximum focus) and negotiated a deal for a lovely used station wagon with low mileage and a pesky engine light that seemingly always flickered and then stayed on. The dealership promised to fix the light, and while I may have had a fair amount of spit up on my shirt by the time we signed the papers, sign we did.

That night at home during the usual 3 AM feeding, I realized I was concerned about the cost and the dependability of the car. What about that engine light? What if something was really wrong with the car? Would I know or just assume the engine light was faulty? I grabbed a legal pad and began scribbling. Finally, exhausted, I finished my work and baby and I went back to bed.

When my husband woke up the next morning (both baby and I were still fast asleep), he found a three page analysis of why we should buy out the lease of our existing car instead of the station wagon with the wonky engine light. It was in a Pro/Con format (as I was taught, thank you Dad), and I even ran numbers. And because I never run numbers, or even really, make lists, my husband knew this was serious. Pretty much I had reasoned that our existing car was a known entity with a known record, and the newish car a sort of scary unknown vortex of breakdowns and hefty repair costs (this was before sites like CarFax, people).

My husband agreed with me and while we were a little embarrassed (well, I was), we cancelled the sale of the car (which you can legally do – here is the info) and bought out the lease of our car.

That car ran like a top and was great until we had two little ones, a more often than not messy dog, and needed more room, and we finally did end up with a station wagon (named Mommy Car) IMG_0758which I drove for the next eleven years. So my #switchersremorse was buying a car and then un-buying the same car within 24 hours. You can change your mind. Sometimes it’s easier than you think.

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Family Car Trips

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Yes, it’s true – car rides with your family can start out like the opera and quickly switch up to a bouncy dance tune. Sometimes you are up for it and sometimes not so much.

How do you manage long car rides? Pack entertaining and distracting things (some of us can read in the car, some cannot).I found this great Kid Kit which I wish I had when my kids were younger -back in the day I made my own and it was not this adorable, engaging and easy to pack up. So smart!

No surprise, here, I make sure to have plenty of snacks on hand. I tend to favor salty snacks on the road but make sure to balance them out with fresh fruit, trail mix and something sweet. I tend to over pack but it works for us! Pack a small collapsible cooler with a cold pack and drinks, water is a must – drink it, clean up small spills, faces and hands, too.

Favorite Snacks

1. Crackers -Saltines, Graham, Goldfish, pretzels – good for queasy tummies.

2. Fruit and veggies – cut-up, whole, dried.

3. Something sweet – cookies, power bars, mini candies (mints or gum).

4. Lunch if it is a long ride – pack up sandwiches and label with names (you’ll be happy you did).

5. Juice boxes, milk boxes (if you are feeling brave. Personally, never again after one incredible spill that soaked child and car seat).

I also pack napkins or paper towels and a few plastic bags for trash. Wipes and hand sanitizer, books, music, and a change of clothes (for everyone) if they are young. First aid kit,drawing or coloring stuff, car games, pillows, blankets, raincoats, sweaters and sometimes extra shoes. How do I fit it all in my car? It does take a while for me to pack up…

How do you travel? Light? Over-prepared?

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