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Adrienne W - December 15, 2011 - 12:39 pm

Is Gabe saying zip-a-dee-hoo-hah? I love it! They are such performers. Sofia definitely has the cheese factor going on. I wonder where she gets it from?! ;)

Karli - December 16, 2011 - 1:44 pm

hahaha, it’s like a cross between Zip-ah-dee-doo-dah and the song that never ends!!! SO VERY AWESOMELY CUTE!

Kara - December 17, 2011 - 12:24 pm

Yes, Adrienne you heard correctly :). No idea where the cheesiness comes from.
I wonder how long it would have gone on if Chris wouldn’t have intervened :)

Car Troubles—-Ask the Mamas: Why did you choose to buy your current vehicle?

I was just talking to my friend Marianne the other day about how grateful I am that we are able to drive a paid off and reliable Honda Odyssey. I was speculating years more of driving it since it only has $122,000 miles, and Honda’s are supposed to last forever. Well friends, let’s roll forward […]

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Katy - December 10, 2011 - 11:00 pm

Hey Kara, Sorry to hear about your car troubles! Never fun! I should tell you that we bought a Mazda5 a year ago and love it. Lemme know if you want to take it for a test spin with your kids and gear. (I understand your concern about fitting all the kids and all of their stuff, so don’t hestitate to take me up on it. :)
–Katy (Harper’s mom)

Liahona - December 10, 2011 - 11:31 pm

I drive a Honda insight amd LOVE it. It was a little spendy but its a hybrid so I get ridiculously awesome mileage (50 mpg). I save so much money in gas and it’s good for the environment.

adrienne w - December 10, 2011 - 11:56 pm

We have a 2007 Odyssey. We bought it when we found out we were expecting our 3rd. At the time, we had some extra income from resident managing and we got amazing financing, which I’m still so grateful for because we’ve had such low monthly payments and have accrued very little interest. So even though it’s an expensive vehicle, the financing kept our payments low. We haven’t had any problems with it in the 4 years we’ve had it and I still love it. I think I’d have a really hard time driving anything smaller at all, because I’m so used to the cargo space. Every time we go on a trip, I’m amazed by what we fit in it! The only issue for me is gas mileage, but as far as vans go, it’s good. And there is only so much you can do when you have 4 kids. I would have loved a big SUV for coolness factor, but I couldn’t justify the gas consumption. I hope you find a good car!

Mondisa - December 11, 2011 - 8:30 am

Luis talked me into an ’05 Dodge Grand Caravan before Kaleb was born. I’m definitely NOT happy that I got a minivan, but functionality wise, it really is a great family vehicle. It fits all of us and all of our stuff. I’m hard on it and other than needing breaks every 25,000 miles, there’s nothing wrong with it and I’ve put about 70,000 miles on it since I got it 4 years ago. I will never, ever, finance another vehicle though. What a complete waste of money.

Last year, we decided that we needed another family-mover with 4WD so we bought a 1999 Expedition. I like it better than the newer van and we prefer to drive it. The only downside is the gas mileage and even then, it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.

We did a lot of research of both vehicles before we bought them. Consumer Reports, online reviews, etc. We wanted something reliable, with plenty of space that wasn’t overpriced and that wouldn’t need a ton of maintenance.

Good luck! I know car shopping can be stressful, but try to enjoy it. :)

camie - December 11, 2011 - 8:48 am

I drive a 2000 Toyota Sienna with leather interior. I love it! I’ve never loved the color (blue) but it was so hard to find a Sienna as they are very popular and we wanted to buy a pre-owned vehicle (it was 2 years old when we bought it and saved a ton of money that way). This car has been a dream when it comes to reliability. We chose a Toyota because I previously drove a 1992 Toyota Camry right into the grave. My grandparents bought it brand new and put close to 200,000 miles on it within several years then gave it to me. I put about 20,000 miles on it without a single problem until everything went wrong at once. We did not have a lot of money and knew we wouldn’t any time soon so we decided to stick with a Toyota because we were so impressed. I can’t say I have had any complaints! I’m sorry about your car problems; such a drag!!
P.S. Buy leather if you can! So great with kids!!

Rachel - December 11, 2011 - 2:21 pm

We also have a 2000 Toyota Sienna. Right after Seamus was born we sold Ryan’s beloved 1991 Toyota Pick-up since it only had 2 seatbelts. In a crazed-irrational-new parent state, we bought the Sienna without even taking it to a mechanic. Thank goodness it was fine. We’ve gone 2 years and done nothing but oil changes and a flat tire. (Lately it has been leaking a bit of oil, though) I love it!

kara - December 11, 2011 - 9:02 pm

I may take you up on that!
You make any ride look sweet girl!
Good to hear about the 2007.
You are going to need a little extra space for your sweet new bundle :)!
So good to hear that you have had it for that long! I am really hoping for leather if possible!
Good to hear also Rachel!!
Thanks for the feedback!!

Katy - December 11, 2011 - 9:32 pm

Sure thing! Just lemme know via FB if/when you want to try it out. :)

Katy - December 11, 2011 - 9:43 pm

Oh, and for the record, we used to get an AMAZING price on our Mazda5 when they were rolling out the ’11 and trying to get rid of the ’10 models. We got it for a few thousand dollars BELOW INVOICE from Murray Mazda in Gresham. Well worth the drive. They might have similar offers now since it was about this time of year last year we got ours. Check out:

“She Works Hard For Her Money…..”

Last night I did some late night grocery shopping. I am assuming that I am not the only one who does late night shopping sometimes to avoid having to take the kids with me. I was at Winco around 10:00 when I started chatting with the checker who was probably in her early 50s. I […]

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Wendy M. - December 2, 2011 - 6:51 am

I agree…what a wonderful mom, but I hope my kids are the ones working late at night when they are in college, not me! (For the record, I worked many late nights at Albertsons to help pay for college- my mom sacrificed a lot to make up the rest, so we both did our part.)
I also feel really blessed to be able to stay home full-time with my kids…I think it’s given me perspective on our finances and what we can live without. I’m happy to be able to teach those lessons to the kids (especially as Christmas is approaching!)

adrienne w - December 3, 2011 - 8:47 am

That’s rough. I agree that she is making a wonderful sacrifice, but more realistically there are people working like that to just meet their basic needs, not pay for college and weddings. I feel very blessed in many ways, but I look forward to the day when we are not having to take extra odd jobs and such to make ends meet and maybe even start to save. As we speak, Denver is off to ref basketball for the day. I just think it’s slightly amusing that a government employed designated accountant has to ref basketball too. But I’m sure glad he can and will. That’s more than some people have. We can’t AFFORD for me to work, because I’d never make anything after paying for child care for 4 kids, so that is a blessing in itself that I can stay home.

4 going on 40

Doesn’t Gabe look like a little man in these pictures? Gabe’s cousin Jackson is kind enough to share his hand me downs with Gabe. Well, I should actually say that my sister Kim is kind enough to share. Gabe is always very excited when a package comes and even more excited to wear all of […]

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adrienne w - December 3, 2011 - 8:40 am

Aw, so cute. I know he looks a lot like Chris, but in the second picture, I can totally see you! What a little sweetie.

Would you rather……

Last summer when my sister Kris and I were traveling together, we started playing the “would you rather” game, and it amused us for a long amount of time. I thought that it would be fun to play the would your rather game on the blog. I have been listening to the local radio station […]

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Kris - November 29, 2011 - 9:13 pm

Michael Bolton concert for sure…best remedy for cheese is to close your eyes, put a fist in the air, and sing at the top of your lungs.

kara - November 29, 2011 - 9:28 pm

I would totally pick Michael Bolton as well. You could totally go with the cheesiness, but I fear that a Kenny G concert would be just plain awkward.

Rose - November 29, 2011 - 10:06 pm

Kenny G….sounds of saxophone is better than Michael Bolton’s voice :p

christa - November 30, 2011 - 12:01 am

i totally pick michael bolton- did you see his recent digital short on snl? it was the best. if i picked kenny g i’d be tempted to shove his clarinet down his throat…that thing gets annoying after like 5 notes.

candice ashment - November 30, 2011 - 8:50 am

Oh darn… It’s a tough one Kara… My mom killed Kenny G while I was growing up by playing his music tape too many times every day-so Micky for sure.

Although, I thought this was going to be a Dr. Seuss book that asks “would you rather be a bat or a ball..?” and so on. I love reading that book with my kids!

Hope you are doing well!


chris - November 30, 2011 - 4:40 pm

Would you rather live in Winnemucca, Nevada or Fairbanks, Alaska?

kara - November 30, 2011 - 10:53 pm

Haaa. love the comments. Chris, I have been thinking about this all day, and it was tough, but I would rather live in Winemucca. I just couldn’t do -30 degree weather, and that is the breaker for me.

Marianne - December 1, 2011 - 10:53 am

Um seriously, Where’s the love for the man who can hold a note for a world record of 45 minutes? Please people keep the love for the G!

Katrina - December 1, 2011 - 11:42 am

Ha ha! I’ve actually BEEN to Kenny G concert! Even better – it’s the only concert I’ve ever been to unless you count the free ones at the county fair.

Holly B - December 1, 2011 - 4:57 pm

I’m for Kenny G too! Every once in awhile we have a Kenny G day, it’s a rainy day, go figure, pajamas, usually painting or some craft and lots of sax. I hope I’m not killing Kenny G for the girls like Candice’s mom did!:-)

kara - December 1, 2011 - 8:13 pm

I love that you never comment on the blog, and when you do, it is to defend Kenny G. That is love my dear :). I didn’t know he held any such record. That is impressive… not that I would want to sit through him playing that note.
I love you. I truly love that your only concert experience has been Kenny G :). How was it??
Haaa… I fear that anything we do as moms will not be looked at as cool by our daughters, so you can’t be doing any harm :).

adrienne w - December 3, 2011 - 8:39 am

Michael Bolton, only because I could sing along to some of it and that would make it bearable. Denver swears we saw Kenny G at Six Flags in California, coming out of a restaurant, with a very tiny entourage. I didn’t get a good enough look. Our brush with celebrity.