Made of Gray

4th Recap + The Van

Holly D Gray8 Comments

We had a great 4th of July this year. Flash back to this time last year and we were being discharged from the hospital, after a month long stay. So our festivities were pretty much nonexistent in 2008. So this year already had a huge advantage as being the best 4th of July ever for Caleigh...

We started the morning with a parade. Apparently, the largest 4th of July parade in Texas, but I'm just going off of what the announcer said. She also said that we participated in the largest National Anthem in the World....I don't know about that one.
Caleigh did well. We picked out a great shade spot by the firetrucks. She loved the high school bands the best, smiling as she heard the drums bop by. Caleigh lasted about an hour and a half and probably would have lasted longer, but we decided that our shade was going away and the temperature was going up so it was a good time to split. We headed home and took our naps.

After we were well rested we headed over to Kendall's house to say hi on our way out to Eric's Aunt and Uncle's house for their annual 4th party. Visiting with everyone was a lot of fun. Caleigh was ready for her usual bedtime at 6:30 though; so we had to go home fairly early. Eric and I got her down to bed and then spent the rest of the night hanging out in the pool listening to illegal fireworks cracking in the distance.

A busy day, but it was really a holiday to remember. Caleigh did really well with all the noise and shuffling back and forth between people. We really couldn't ask for more.

The Van

Back in May, while away at The Institutes, Eric decided to sell my beloved car, Rolla the Corolla. Now, it wasn't like I didn't know it was going to happen. We had talked about it. Noting the need for something 'larger' because it was getting increasingly difficult to maneuver Caleigh in and out, and don't even get me started on packing all of her 'to go' items in my beautiful white cloud on wheels...
Just our luck, Eric's parents were ready to buy a new vehicle and they happened to own a bright, shiny and large mini-van. Yes, you guessed it...we are the proud owners of a baby blue Chrysler Town & Country. Equipped with a removable 3rd row seat and enough space for me to put Caleigh in her car seat without hitting her head or mine. Both the umbrella stroller with Special Tomato seat installed, and our BOB jogging stroller slides right into the back without even collapsing them down.
I was welcomed home from Philly by this baby blue miracle. Granted I was and still am saddened by the loss of Rolla, but honestly everything else in my life has changed...why not my ride too?
A sweet Chinese family, who had only been in America for 5 months, bought it. They live about an hour away so there is no fear of accidentally running into my dear sweet Rolla. I hope they are truly enjoying my 40 miles per gallon dream of a ride....
Ok, yea my coolness, at the ripe age of 27, is forever gone with a fleeting moment. Not that I was ever that cool anyways. The amount of space in that big blue bird makes up for it. We are very grateful to have the van and honestly I'm not sure how we made it without it. I am now a mini-van mama in the market for a set of those forever stylish stick figure families that you can view on only the coolest of mini-vans. And yes, I will forever be nostalgic towards my Rolla.

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