Friday, January 2, 2009

The last few days of 2008

I have lots of pictures (at home), so this picture-less post will have to do for now.

I actually have a really cute story to share. I wish I had a video camera surgically attached to my hand. One that was always charged up and ready to go. Because then I could capture the adorable moments that happen in between the whining, crying, and mess-making that goes on at our house.

Last night near the end of dinner Gage started to get a little fussy. Braeden stepped right in to fix it. He started laughing a silly laugh, and that made Gage smile. Then he talked in a funny voice, and Gage smiled even bigger. Then he made a funny face and blew air at Gage, and Gage started to laugh. Braeden went through a series of things, each more ridiculous than the one before, and Gage laughed at all of them. Mat and I were laughing too. I can't put into words how good I felt watching this exchange. How proud I felt that my little boy (Braeden won't know I called him that) knew immediately that he should step in to help take care of his baby brother. And seeing how happy it made Braeden to be the one to cheer up Gage was the icing on the cake. It was a little slice of heaven at our dinner table!

Tuesday we took the kids to day care. Mat washed my car, then we went to the local Subaru dealer to look at cars. I wanted to downsize from my small SUV to something with better gas mileage that drove like a car. I loved the look of the new Impreza hatchback and was really looking forward to driving one. Unfortunately they look a lot better than they drive! I had a WRX when I lived in Ithaca. It was beautiful (okay, actually it was a little strange looking but that's what made it so beautiful). I knew I liked Subarus, but I guess what I liked was MY WRX not all Subarus. I still think the car is cuter than cute, but I got it out of my system with one small test drive. The sales guy was a bit of a doofus (with the worst comb-forward I've ever seen in person!). He tried to get me into a series of cars that I had no interest in like a Forester (hello! why would I trade in one smallish SUV for another??) and a Volkswagen Rabbit. The Rabbit was adorable, but tiny. I sat in it, though, and remembered all the things I loved about Volkswagens. I had two in Ithaca before the WRX. The sales guy went inside to run numbers on the Subaru, and then I saw it.

A Jetta. A perfectly adorable, silver, Jetta. The Jetta was cheaper than the Subie, bigger, with a bigger trunk, and better gas mileage numbers. He ran the numbers on it, too, but I couldn't make up my mind. Not between the Subie and the Jetta but between trading in my Outlander and keeping it for longer. Lately I've been realizing that I like things the way they are. Not necessarily that everything is perfect in my life, but that I'm happier to leave them alone than I am to switch things up and go through the hassle. Maybe I'm fine with change...I'm just lazy. Whatever.

We left the dealership with no new car and went home. Mat was no help in making a decision. He actually wanted me to decide for myself. Can you believe it?? That night I made a pro/con list. I won't share it with you because it's a little embarrassing. It helped a little. Maybe it was sleeping on it that helped. I don't know. All I do know is that the sales guy called Wednesday morning and I told him yes. :)

We picked up the Jetta at 1:30 that day. And it's adorable. It's a 5-speed manual. Silver with an obnoxious black pinstripe. Who out there likes pinstripes on cars? It's the base model, the S, but it comes with a slate of really cool features that make me smile. Like heated seats! I have always wanted heated seats on a car. I hate the feeling of that dry hot air blowing on my face, drying out my lips and eyes. I never would have paid extra for the heated seats in NC (NY definitely), but they come standard. The car has an auxiliary jack for my iPod so I can get rid of the lame iRiver and the even lamer iTrip that play your iPod through the radio. There's a button to pop the trunk on the clicker...I love that! There's one-touch up and down windows on the driver's side. It's really the little things with me that make all the difference!

I'll have to get some pictures of the car to post. When I picked Braeden up from day care that day he told me my new car was pretty. So I knew I had made the right choice. :)

After I picked him up Wednesday, I took him to see the Tale of Despereaux. It's the first movie he's seen in the theater! I was a little nervous but figured what's the worst that could happen. And he was great! He ate whoppers (aka chocolate balls) and some of my popcorn. He was a little too light for the seat so it popped closed on him the first time he climbed into it. But I helped hold it open for him, and he sat on my lap for part of the movie. He didn't mind the dark, or the huge screen, or that the movie was obnoxiously loud.

Braeden's favorite part was the magical vegetable guy who helps make the soup and helps Despereaux save the day. This is Boldo.

The movie was really very good. It had a lot more plot than I was expecting from a kid's movie. I don't think Braeden followed all of it, but he got that there was a princess to save from bad rats. And he got that Despereaux was a hero. I had fun figuring out who was voicing each of the different characters. I didn't figure out that Stanley Tucci was Boldo until I went looking for the picture. Boldo has a French accent, so it wasn't as easy as some of the other characters.

Anyway, I was glad to take him and glad that he had such a good time and made it through the whole movie.


Me-ma said...

That was such a nice big brother thing that Braeden did to entertain his little brother!! Watching and participating in the silliness is such fun.
Your new car sounds like a lot of fun -- we wish you great luck with it!
Wish we could have seen Braeden at the movies. He'll be that much more ready for the next movie that comes out!

Emily said...

What a great week you had!! I'm dying to see pics of the new car. and of the birthday boy, hint hint.