Well, it's official: Your Dad and I are no longer carless. After five years of not caring about gas prices, becoming way too familiar with CTA, renting cars for out-of-town trips, and being able to feel superior for not adding to our country's dependence on foreign oil, we have now joined the ranks of automobile owners. Our #1 reason: You. Although we admired Jenny and Jon, who trekked their kids around on bikes, we realized it would be more practical to get a car once we have a child.
Thankfully, your Grandma and Grandpa helped us out. They also care about the environment, so they bought a new Toyota Camry Hybrid, which gets 40 mpg in the city. Then they sold their 2001 (non-Hybrid) Camry to us, at a very good price. Then they fixed everything on it, and even had it detailed. It feels like a new car to us.
This is their new car, in the sparkly blue color, with lots of cool amenities. We'll get to ride in it when we visit them, which we will definitely do a lot more often now that we can drive up there so easily.
We're still adjusting to the weird feeling of freedom of having a car. We drove to church on Sunday and did a big grocery shop, but when I went to the thrift store tonight, I still took the el and walked home with my big heavy bags. I hope we will still be cautious in how much we drive places. But we're glad we'll be able to drive you where you need to go, including to Grandma and Grandpa's in Wisconsin.