I hope you enjoyed your long weekend, if you did indeed have one. I took a half-day off on Friday and then was off yesterday. I’d like to say it was glorious, but unfortunately it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. We did have some great moments though.
We found out at the end of last week that our van was totaled from the wreck. We’ve been on a major hunt for the right next car. I’ve mentioned a time or two how indecisive I am and such a big purchase is weighing heavy on me. It’s probably part of the reason we had our van for 9 years with no end in sight.
We’re looking at several options, all with upsides and downsides. We’ve looked at everything from a used 4-door sedan to a brand new van. We spent hours at several dealerships this weekend, coming very close to purchasing a van, only to walk away when the numbers just didn’t work.
We spent hours scouring Craigslist and AutoTrader and calling and texting and test driving cars. The kids are tired of hearing, “We’re going to look at a car.” We spent hours discussing every single angle to each purchase.
It’s been exhausting and tear-inducing.
I’m so thankful for choices, but it’s so stressful trying to make the wisest choice while trying to factor in everyone’s happiness, comfort, security and financial peace all while trying to predict maintenance problems of a used vehicle. With no decision in sight, I suppose what I’m saying is we’d appreciate your prayers. We finally found this Jaguar XF for Sale in Portsmouth and many other cars that were in perfect condition for us.
In the midst of all our car drama, we enjoyed a family day at EdVenture in Columbia, SC. EdVenture is the South’s largest children’s museum. The girls were most excited about their World of Work exhibit. Basically, the entire downstairs is sectioned into rooms, each featuring a job they can explore hands-on.
Emma was most excited about the grocery store which included a working scanner and register.
Lexi was most excited about the veterinary clinic.
Emma also loved the dentist.
And Lexi loved the surgery area.
I only wish we had gone years ago. While they clearly had fun, most of the activities were geared towards younger children. We bypassed several areas because the girls felt like it was too childish. Five or six years ago we wouldn’t have been able to tear them away. If you have preschoolers or early elementary aged kids, you should high-tail it Columbia.
Still, it was a nice road-trip for us and as a bonus, we got to have dinner on the way home with our friends David and Dani who moved near Columbia last year.
Highs and lows, it still was a nice break from work with lots of time together. How was your weekend?