Lydia is a brand new driver!
And we bought a 2016 Toyota Corolla last week for both girls to drive.
I've never been a parent who thought their children 'deserved' a new car at 16. Indeed, I have always thought that a ridiculous point of view given that cars are expensive and kids' insurance is higher on new cars.
BUT, we decided that the old car that Naomi was driving, a 2003 Civic, wasn't nearly as safe as a newer model. Tremendous strides have been made in safety the last 15 years. More air bags, improved crash protection, rear backup camera...
So yes, we decided to buy a safer car. Which is red. Now our fleet of cars includes 2 red cars, 1 red minivan, and a silver 15 passenger van.
It's been an expensive year + what with one thing and another. We bought the Pacifica for me, the Corolla for the girls, orthodontia for 3 kids, decking, and no doubt other things I am forgetting. And of course we eat a lot. Our grocery bills went up last year as Isaac in particular did his classic "I'm a teen boy with a hollow leg" thing.
All this is to say I am very thankful for Kevin's job. It pays well and we are able to care for our large family well.
And congrats to Lydia!