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Ashlee is Mama of one darling boy. A 28 week early bird, now 1 and some change, doing beautifully. She lives near Chicago with her sweetheart husband and French Bulldog. She's a thinker not afraid to get her silly on. Babywearer, veggie queen, photography nut. Before the domestic days Ashlee was pursuing a future in developmental psychology but has happily shifted gears in favor of staying at home and couldn't imagine doing anything else. In her free time (ha!) you can find her whipping up babyslings, holding down the fort at Mama Speaks and spotlighting as an Itsy Bitsy Yoga Instructor.

Car Talk

I'm not really a car person. I never really thought much about what I drove as long as it, well, drove. My first car lasted 2 weeks before the engine seized, car number two made it a couple of months and then there was my trusty Plymouth Reliant. Bought at an estate sale for $500 practically in new condition minus an ashtray full of cigarette butts even though it was 15 years old. I really liked that car and parting was a bit sorrowful, but I was happy to liquidate so I could hop on a plane with my new hubby and move to Texas. In Texas we shared an old little Ford Escort (that by the grace of God had made it down there still running!) And it did it's thing well until I was driving home from work late one night and had a tire blow in what the tow truck driver described as "crack alley". Yeah, we decided it might just be time for a new car.

After much research. We had our hearts set on a Mini Cooper and soon after sweet Alice was ours. She's a zippy little thing (I have the speeding tickets to prove it), heated leather seats, moon roof/sun roof combo, climate control, run flat tires.... ahhh. And did I mention brand spanking new? We bought her in Illinois and broke her in by driving back home Texas (great idea, right?) Super cute and really safe, our Mini was a welcome addition to our family. That is until baby came. I soon discovered that there is no room for a stroller, car seat, diaper bag and people. Well, we made it work but things are a bit cozy. I very quickly found myself jonesing for a minivan. Me. A minivan! I never thought I'd say those words. David was horrified.

I have had moments of weakness. Moments I realized how much I love our Mini (have you noticed my referring to the car as "her" and yes, her name is "Alice"- Thanks Timmy!). I found myself saying "Well, I'd be perfectly happy with the Mini, if we had one that's automatic." (shifting while driving and parenting is quite a feat!) Or, "What if they added a third door so I don't have to fold myself into a pretzel to get X in his car seat." Or, "Why don't they make the trunk open differently (it's a teeny tiny hatchback) so that if I have to buy toilet paper and groceries everything will fit!"

Well guess what? David calls me into his office last week with the alluring words, "Hey honey, do you want to buy a new car next year?", "Um, YES!!!". The Mini gods must have heard me because next year they are releasing the "Clubman". A Mini with "reverse opening rear doorlets", split rear doors, extra cargo space and seating for five! Alice will become David's baby and the Clubman our new family sedan. So excited. And now I wait!

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  • Blogger Tracey says so:
    7:46 AM  

    That's a neat development! I've never seen that new version. I've always thought mini Coopers were cute, but not practical. Hence, the reason I drive a van! top

  • Blogger Tracey says so:
    7:46 AM  

    That's a neat development! I've never seen that new version. I've always thought mini Coopers were cute, but not practical. Hence, the reason I drive a van! top

  • Anonymous BEa says so:
    8:11 AM  

    How Cute! I loved the story. Missed ya on Sunday. I was sitting in the balcony. i'll call you soon. top

  • Blogger Adventures In Babywearing says so:
    8:28 AM  

    Ok, this is toooo awesome!

    Steph top

  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    8:38 AM  

    Wow! What a cute car! I think the mini cooper is sooo you! haha. We're probably going to get a minivan soon. 2 car seats and a SlowMo just aren't real comfy for my Nissan. I never EVER wanted a minivan, but what can ya do when you keep having kids? LOL top

  • Blogger Glass Half Full says so:
    12:17 PM  

    Ok, that is just too cool!!! top

  • Blogger JoynerFam says so:
    9:34 PM  

    How cute! If only michael would get me a car........hmmmmmmmmmm maybe i can convince him. top

  • Blogger Goofball says so:
    11:03 AM  

    such a cool car! top

  • Blogger Kerri says so:
    1:44 PM  

    I am so happy to see your post! I have wanted a mini but the space thing was a problem. I'm so excited that they are coming out with the model. Woo Hoo!!!

    And now I can share something with you...I’m reaching out to talk to parents about the Maya & Miguel program as part of a marketing project I’m working on with Scholastic. I don’t know if you’re familiar with Maya & Miguel, a show on PBS in the afternoons -- http://pbskidsgo.org/mayaandmiguel -- that emphasizes cultural diversity and language learning.

    I found your post and thought I’d reach out to say hello and ask if you’d like to receive a free Maya & Miguel DVD. If you’d like to receive the DVD just email me at Kerri at boldmouth.com with your address and I’ll have it shipped it out to you.

    If you do choose to blog about Maya & Miguel show or episodes on the DVD, please make it clear how you received the information. Our goal is to be open and honest with everyone we reach.

    Kerri Roberts, BoldMouth top

  • Anonymous Mama C-ta says so:
    7:43 AM  

    Oh cool!!! I love that car!
    When I first heard you had a mini I immediately wondered how the heck you manage that w/a kid and all the required gear.

    I swear we were separated at birth, my first car was a plymouth reliant (station wagon) which I loved and cried when I had to let it go to the next chump. Drove the hell out of that thing! I briefly drove an escort also (my parent's old one) until it blew up on me - kinda my fault, I didn't really, and still don't, know how to drive a stick correctly.

    I'm not really a car person either. My Xterra was my first "car" car and it's a 2002 and I have no desire to trade in/up unless it blows up. top