Why We Bought A Van

Well, not because we're going to have another baby. Not yet!


We are hoping to have baby number three sometime in 2016, so we thought we'd buy a minivan in December of 2015, because we'd heard the end of the year was a great time to score a deal.

We moved our timeline up a year because my parents are moving to Eastern Washington and they are going to buy our car (a 2011 Kia Forte). Adam can bike or take the bus to work, so we knew we only needed one vehicle. Since it's so much simpler to sell a car to family, it just made sense to upgrade to a van earlier than we'd originally planned.

My dad is an engineer and worked in the Houston office of a big oil company until he was assigned to a project in Shanghai for three years. It was originally supposed to be two years, but he negotiated three so that my brother, Scott, could graduate from high school there.

Well, as you've probably heard, oil companies aren't doing so hot right now. At the end of year two, my dad learned there wouldn't be enough work in Shanghai to last all the way until the end of year three. And instead of being sent back to Houston, where there's also not a lot of work at the moment, they offered him a position in Washington State.

His company has a government contract to build a nuclear facility there. Construction should last for seventeen years, but he'll be retired before it's completed. Hopefully they will retire somewhere in Western Washington or British Columbia.

I can't believe we are going to have grandparents a four-hour drive away! My dad will be starting work there sometime this spring, but my mom and Scott will be in Shanghai until he graduates from high school at the end of May.

Besides an earlier-than-expected minivan purchase, this also means that we've stopped talking about maybe moving back to Texas before Claire starts kindergarten and have committed to calling Seattle home for as long it will let us. We just really love it here and are so excited to have family in-state!

P.S. We got a Toyota Sienna. We knew we either wanted that or an Odyssey because they're the only minivans with eight seats. The 2014 Odysseys were sold out already, so it was an easy decision.

P.P.S. I'm sure you've heard many times that it's a bad idea to buy a new car. We weren't prepared to pay cash and we knew that we wanted to have this vehicle for a long, long time. So if we went used we would have wanted relatively low mileage. We got 0% interest by going new, which definitely was not on the table for a used car loan. The couple thousand dollar savings of buying a few years older model would have been negated by interest.  


  1. Wow, that is so exciting!! Having grandparents near by is so nice. :) I hope the van works well for you guys! (Keith is still not on board with getting a minivan ... well, he has some time, at least until we get pregnant again. :-P )

  2. Wow, lots of exciting news! How great it will be to have family so close!

  3. Yay for the new van, and an even bigger YAY for having your parents nearby!! That's wonderful news. Although, I must admit I'm selfishly disappointed that you won't be coming back to Texas! :)

  4. Yay! Mini vans are the way to go when you have kids. I'm glad Adam was on board. Some of us had to really fight our husbands for such "uncool" cars ;-)

  5. How exciting. I have to say I'm a little jealous! I totally want one of those two. Hoping to snag one this time next year. (Finally caught up on reading posts from the last few months!)

  6. It's alright. Don't worry yourself too much about that purchase. Personal vehicles are a necessity in this day and age, where even the economy isn't staying put and is in fact getting more mobile. Better keep up with the times, as well as all its leisure and demands. Anyway, I really think that the van you purchased suits all your needs, especially since you're planning to expand your family. Congratulations on your new purchase! All the best!

    Micheal Miller @ Butler Kia of Fishers

  7. We have an 8-seat odyssey and love it; but my friends with Siennas love theirs 😊 Minivans are happy!

    So exciting about grandparents!!! I wish we had some family out here for sure. And glad it means you guys will be sticking around!

  8. When anyone mentions purchasing a minivan, typically the next two sentences will tell you the number of children they have or are planning to have. Minivans were made for families; they are practically a necessity of life because they hold everything and allow the kids to unwind and enjoy the ride. Enjoying the ride is a necessity of life.

    Douglass @ Viva Kia


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