Friday, October 30, 2009

RIP Ford Escape :(

Thursday, October 22nd was supposed to be a great day! Ian had a half day at work, Grace was exactly three months old so I was all prepared to take her "I'm exactly three months old" picture that afternoon and I had an afternoon outing to Target planned with the family!

Jacob had just started coming down with his THIRD cold of the season and at the last minute Ian suggested he stay home with Jacob. I decided to take Grace with me because she was due to nurse at 5 and I was thinking I would be home between 4:30 and 5. Just in case she got hungry a little earlier I wanted her with me. At the last minute, I decided to run to Target by myself to "save time" and leave some room in the cart (infant seats render a shopping cart useless!).

I was finished and headed home around 4:20 leaving me plenty of time to get home and feed Grace. As I was entering Manomet, near Gellar's, I noticed an "anxious" (read tailgating) fella on my bumper eager to get home. As the traffic ahead slowed for someone turning left, I hit my brakes and looked up in my rear view mirror to see anxious fella fiddling with his radio dial. I knew it was coming before he even looked up and braced myself for the impact and anxious fella slammed into me at approximately 40 mph. I was pushed about 6 feet into the guy in front of me who just so happened to have recently celebrated his 78th birthday....poor guy.

To make a long story short, the police came, accident reports were filled out and cops debated whether or not the gigantic pile of baby stuff I emptied from my 08 Escape could have possibly fit in the vehicle. The car was deemed a total loss which was a blessing in disguise. Thankfully I had left Grace home (don't want to even think about what could have happened), nobody was hurt and we were actually in the market for a minivan, but didn't think we could afford one at the time.

My insurance company settled with us so that we were able to pay off my Escape and have a nice $5,000 down payment on our new 2010 Toyota Sienna LE!! We pick it up Saturday and to say I am excited is an understatement! The lesson of this story is never proclaim that you will never ever become a minivan mom. You will eat your words! :)

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