Upgrade: Car Edition

Yesterday was my last day at work until I return after maternity leave. It felt kind of weird to leave before my due date, but I felt that taking the week before my due date off would give us some time to spend with Trent and relax before things get cray-cray. I also thought it would be great to not have to heeve-ho myself out of bed so early in the morning.

I also made the decision to take this next week off back when I had to get in and out of a 2 door Civic twice a day…which was becoming hilariously impossible. Now, I don’t have to worry about that…because about 3 weeks ago, I got a new car…a 2014 Honda CR-V!

Honda CR-V 7

You guys…I am beyond excited to upgrade. I have been driving my 2005 Civic for 9 years now and it’s nice to have something new with more upgraded features….and more room for my family. That’s the biggest thing right there…oh and because it’s higher off the ground, I can get my preggo butt in and out easier! High five for not having to grunt when getting in and out of the car!

I loved my Civic…after 9 years, I only had about 56,000 miles on it, it’s still really clean and has been amazing for gas mileage…I only spent $40 a month on gas! I am glad to pass it onto the next person and I hope it gives them many more miles – we actually sold it to a family member, so I hope our niece loves it as her very first car. 🙂

I have always wanted a CR-V. I like Brett’s Pilot, but it’s a little too big for me. I just wanted something higher up and with more than 2 doors. And because I am a Honda fan, a CR-V fit the bill.  Although I had wanted to upgrade for a while, I kept putting it off because I didn’t think I NEEDED it. I surely knew I didn’t need a car payment, but after too many days with Brett out for photography work leaving Trent and I “stranded” at the house, I knew I needed an option that Trent AND Aubrey could fit in in case we needed to go anywhere. So, I played around and looked on online at used CR-Vs, and even presented Brett with a 2008 CR-V that I wouldn’t have to have a car payment on…but we passed since it had so many miles on it already. But that little spark was all it took to start the real car search.

Now, one thing I hate most in this world is car dealerships. Sure, I know most people hate them, but when you’ve had an ex-boyfriend that was a car dealer that would come home and tell you how he extremely overcharged this person and that family in order for us to be ok financially, well…it’s hard not to think they are all out to get you. From the moment we even talked about going to a car dealership, my anxiety took over and I was withholding any excitement. I just didn’t want to deal with it. Brett, on the other hand, was so relaxed about everything. He would talk to them about anything and everything….movies, the origin of our last name and the Swedish/Norway feud, completely random stuff…all while my heart goes 1000 miles an hour because I think the salesman is only talking to Brett about that stuff just to get on his good side and team up against me.

Even while driving away from the dealership in my new car, I couldn’t get excited because, in typical Florida fashion, as soon as I signed on the bottom line, it started storming. Was this a bad sign? Too late now!

But I couldn’t be happier. Even though I was extremely indecisive during the process, I am 100% pleased with the options and colors I picked. We already got another car seat for Trent, so he is set to go in both cars, and we will be getting an extra seat for Aubrey in there, as well. We have already taken advantage of this new scenario, with Brett dropping Trent off at my work so he could go to a photography job early and Trent hangs out with me at work until it’s time to go. I even took my first car-selfie while going to work yesterday!


Ok, so you are probably wanting some photos, right?

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For the interior, I got black leather. Most people would probably think I was crazy getting black leather in Florida, but I wanted the dark, sleek, sporty look with all one color all over (the tan or gray interiors sometimes mixed between the dashboard and the seats and the ceiling). I bought these windshield shades and I park in the shade while at work. So far, I haven’t noticed much of a difference when it comes to the temperature inside after a sunny day in the parking lot.

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I am excited to think about the options that are available now that the kids can fit in my car. I think we should go to Disney World the next time Brett is shooting a wedding all day, what do y’all think? You think he’ll be jealous? hehe


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  • ruth marcavage
    Aug 17, 2014 at 11:45 am

    good for you, I love your car, wish I can get one..now you have plenty of room for everything else too., thanks for sharing.