Saturday, May 15, 2010

Summer Cruisin'

It's hard to believe the years have gone by so fast...
but our eldest daughter is now behind the wheel of her first convertible!
YIKES! Clear the roads and look out!
No, seriously.

So...the story behind this little pink baby is that I scored it at a garage sale across the street from our house in Michigan last summer for the low-low bargain price of $20. (I know, right?!?! :-)) Anyway, the plan was to give it to Elizabeth (& Ashley) for Christmas...but then, well...we up and moved! So the jeep spent Christmas in a moving truck and while we spent it in a hotel in Pittsburgh! By the time we did get around to celebrating Christmas, there was a lot of snow on the ground and somehow it just didn't feel like the best time to do it. So we decided to put it off for a while. Then I came up with a grand plan to give it to her for Mother's Day! (Yes...why not? I mean...after all, they are the reason I get to celebrate Mother's Day!) Excellent plan foiled when the battery took over 72 hours to CHARGE! Oopsie! So...we again decided to postpone it for a bit.
So, today, while the girls were taking naps, Peter and I were cleaning out the carport area for the painters to come on Wednesday, and we decided to pull it out and get it all ready to give to E & A when they woke up! It was a GORGEOUS day and just perfect for cruising down the driveway!

E was THRILLED when she saw it, but was a little skeptical, too: "Is it for ME?!?!?!" (Hmmm...considering this is a PINK BARBIE JEEP, perhaps this would typically viewed as an odd question. But a few months ago, she accidentally discovered a portion of it hidden under a blanket, and clearly, she recalled being told "No, no..that's Daddy's!" LOL)

Here she is trying to reconcile whether or not the jeep actually belongs to her now...

Anyway, after that was cleared up, she hopped right in and we coached her on how to put the pedal to the metal! This resulted in a lot of abrupt stops and starts and tons of giggles. It's more difficult than you might imagine for a 3 year-old to control a foot pedal and steering wheel–at the same time!

As soon as Ashley woke up, we plopped her in the passenger seat so Elizabeth could take her for a ride!
Elizabeth seemed a wee bit nervous being the one in charge of the driving...but Ashley could not be more excited! I have a feeling that once E gets the hang of it, she will have a willing passenger anytime!

Honestly, I think Ashley would have stayed in there all afternoon!

Something tells me this was a wise investment! Hello, Summer!

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