Starla Got a Bath Today (And So Did We!)


Michael and I were feeling productive today. All week, actually. The other day I cleaned the entire house in two hours (during Hadley’s nap) and I don’t really know why. I suspect that it may have something to do with the fact that I’ve started drinking coffee again. But anyway, we were feeling good and made the decision to wash the car today for the first time in… well, awhile. And yes, her name is Starla.

I’ve only owned two in my life, but I am a firm believer in car names and personality. My first was a Honda Civic Wagovan (yes, that’s a real thing) named Stanley. A.k.a The “Swagovan.” My dad had bought him for me when I was a junior in high school and I loved the heck out of that car! When we found out we had a baby on the way, we decided to part with Stanley after realizing that he wasn’t exactly the safest car in the world. (No airbags, for a start.) But I will always remember him…

A little about Starla…

After Stanley was gone, all we had was Michael’s Mustang, which as you can imagine wasn’t a very practical family-mobile either… Although it was super fun to drive around in! We had put a for-sale ad online, and after almost a month we were beginning to panic a little bit, thinking that we were going to have to figure out how to make the car seat work with a two door car.  But then, Michael received a call from a man asking if we would accept a trade. Not having considered this scenario, we were very intrigued. He told him he had a Saturn Vue, which I had never heard of before but we decided to meet up and take it for a test drive. As soon as we saw it, we knew it was perfect.

The man’s name was Danny, and he and his family were some of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. He told us about how he had just bought his wife a new car and didn’t need the Saturn anymore. He said he was looking for a “toy” that he could fix up and cruise around in and the Mustang was just that! Even though the Mustang needed some work and its value was less than that of the Saturn, he told us that he knew what it was like to have a baby on the way and that he wanted us to have a safe vehicle. I didn’t know what to say, but as he and Michael got all the paperwork squared away, I just remember my heart being filled with so much joy knowing that there are great people like that in the world.

I’m not entirely sure how I came up with Starla, but I think it’s a very fitting name for her! Ain’t she a beaut?

Hadley was a little hesitant to try out the hose at first, but after watching me do it for a little bit, she decided to give it a try!

Pro status! This little girl is seriously so determined to try new things, and she doesn’t give up until she has it down!

Okay, so we all know that washing the car eventually just turns into playing in the water and getting completely drenched, right? Well, at least that’s what always happens in my family! Ever since I was little, I didn’t consider the job done right until I was absolutely soaked. Hadley seemed to like this idea a lot.

Anything having to do with water is just fascinating to her, as I’m sure it is with any toddler. Once she started to get her hands wet, it was only a matter of time before we were both drenched from head to toe! 🙂

In the end, the car did end up getting cleaned, but not before we made sure to have as much fun playing in the water as possible. That’s one of my favorite things about summertime in Washington; being able to enjoy the sun and the heat and get away from the cold and rainy weather for awhile!

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