Saturday, November 01, 2008

Baby is 15

Yesterday was Halloween, but in our house it was something way more special. It was Baby's 15th birthday!! 15 years ago we went out just to "look at" vans to replace our little Ford Festiva. We had one precious little girl and another baby was on the way. We needed something bigger. I REALLY, REALLY wanted a Dodge Caravan. I had driven them, loved the way they drove, the way they looked and the room inside. Travis was reading the newspaper and saw that a Ford dealer in Portland had a few Aerostars on sale. I told him that I would "look and drive", but I wanted a Caravan. We drove down and took a test drive and went in to buy our new Baby. I LOVED the size, the color, how high up I felt when I was in her.......I WANTED THIS VAN! We drove away in our new van, leaving our little faithful Festiva for someone else to cherish.

Today Baby has 198,500 miles on her. She's been to CA, OR, WA, ID, MT, WY, MN, WI, IL, SD, and ND. She's helped moved friend's households. She's carted kids to soccer games, horse lessons, violin lessons, school, shopping. She is our faithful, old girl and I still love her. I will drive her til her wheels literally fall off. I know, I'm strange, but you all pretty much knew that already. :) tee hee


MichelleB said...

Happy Birthday to Baby! May she be around to cart you places for a long time to come!

happy zombie said...

Happy Birthday Baby! What a cute post, Cindy. Ya know... I think I've only ridden in Baby ONCE. All these years... and only ONE time. I need another ride, that's for sure! xo

Sheri said...

Hi Cindy!
I remember that Halloween night when Baby came home!!! Anisa and Cameron were just tiny. Hard to believe they are both now old enough to drive Baby themselves!!!
Miss you lots. Loved this post, cuz it brought back wonderful memories!!!

Viv said...

Sheri!!?? Wow! Long time, no see or hear!

I, too, vividly remember sitting outside of your house in Vancouver, wondering where the heck you Nolens were! You guys came flying around the corner in the brand new Baby and hopped out, hurrying to get on with the kids' Trick-Or-Treating. I don't remember what Anisa dressed up as, but I have a picture of Cameron (a cat) talking to Devin (the carrot). I bring that pic out every year as part of my Halloween decor. Happy birthday to Baby.

(BTW - you are the only person I know who names their cars, let alone celebrates its birthday...)

Thimbleanna said...

Yay for driving cars until they're dead. Repairs do get expensive though. Our baby is 14 years old and still going strong.

Love the baby quilts you made -- adorable fabrics and patterns!

dlynthomas said...

I use to have a 1995 Ford Aerostar. Loved it! I still see them on the road and when I do, I remember how much I loved the one I had. I am now driving a 1998 Ford Explorer, just rolled over 100,000 miles. It's paid for and I plan to drive it until it won't go another mile! You can't beat a Ford!