We set out last weekend searching car lots looking for a new car to replace my tired, 12 year old Honda. We had a few ideas of what we wanted, and then had a few cars that we just wanted to test drive. We spent all day Saturday out looking and driving and by the end of the day, I was very much undecided. We drove the Nissan Pathfinder, which we loved, but the backseat wasn’t very comfortable and didn’t have much leg room, so we weren’t quite sold. We sat in the Nissan Murano and instantly LOVED it…it felt like you were sitting in the most comfortable leather chair EVER. Unfortunately…it had very little cargo space in the back, so we knew that wouldn’t work for us. We drove the Honda Pilot and it was truly awful. Matt is the only one who drove the Pilot, but it was uncomfortable for me to ride in and he hated driving it. We got away from the Honda dealership as quickly as possible. We also drove the Mazda CX-9, which was AWESOME, but we weren’t quite sure it had the space we were looking for. It had 3 rows of seating, just like the Pathfinder, but the front seats and driver compartment felt really cramped. When we left the lots Saturday, we really weren’t much closer to a decision than we were when we set out that morning. We went to dinner and talked it over and made plans to go back out the next afternoon. Sunday afternoon brought us to the Chevy dealership. We were both extremely interested in pricing the Tahoe and test driving one. They pulled it around, we gave it the once over, and then took it for a spin. We fell in love! The seats were comfortable…in Matt’s words, they were made by fat Americans, for fat Americans…it had the space we wanted…and even better, the price was right! After HOURS (& I do mean HOURS) of negotiating, the dealer finally saw things our way and we drove off in our new 2009 Chevy Tahoe! At one point in the negotiations, they were refusing to come down any further on the price of the car, so Matt and I just got up and left…we hadn’t even gotten out of the parking lot on our way to lunch when they called Matt’s phone to make another offer…still too high. We went back and forth for a few more phone calls and eventually ended up back at the dealer signing on the dotted line. I am totally LOVING my new car!
Matt and I have had two wonderfully relaxing weekends the last couple of weeks. Last weekend, after a few crazy weeks, we both took Friday off from work and drove out there early Friday morning so we would have an extra day to enjoy the serenity. We have spent both weekends in the Hill country with my family at the ranch and it was so nice to get away for a few days and just relax. We didn’t do a whole lot…the guys hunted, the ladies sat with them in the deer stands, we rode 4wheelers, ate LOTS of tasty food, and enjoyed some wonderful weather. Us gals ventured into Fredericksburg to do some shopping one morning, but other than that, we steered clear of civilization for the weekend. The guys didn’t come home with much meat…only 1 deer and 1 hog were shot, but it was great to get out there before things get busy with the holidays. We won’t be going back until the day after Christmas, which we are so excited about!
Fall has just barely begun and Matt and I are already well on our way to planning our summer vacation. We have always talked about wanting to visit all of the Major League Baseball Stadiums for a game. With that in mind, for a few years now, we have been trying to plan a trip to the East Coast to see games in New York and Boston. The catch was finding a weekend where all three teams had home games. We check the schedules every year and when the 2010 schedule was released a few weeks ago, our dreams came true! We started planning a weekend trip to NYC to see both the Yankees and the Mets play and then take the train to Boston to see the Red Sox play. We decided to go for it and just for grins, I decided to see if any of the other East Coast teams had games around that same weekend. It turns out that we will be able to see the Orioles play in Baltimore, the Phillies play in Philadelphia, the Yankees & Mets play in NYC, and finally the Red Sox play in Boston. We will be gone for 8 days, spending 3 days in NYC to include a few of the hot tourist spots while we’re there. AND…the Yankess game we are planning to see…is the series against our home team, the Astros! How cool to see the Astros play in Yankee stadium.
After waiting for so long, the stars have finally aligned! We are so excited about our vacation next summer! After this trip it will bring our total of MLB parks to 7…not too bad for only being about 2.5 years into our quest. My brother and one of my cousins will also be joining us on our dream vacation since they too share our love for baseball.