So a couple of weeks ago we had the opportunity to get a much bigger car for about the same payment as we were already paying for our Mitsubishi Lancer. We got a Chrysler Town & Country 2006. It has the wonderful "stow & go" feature and tons of room.
We also layed sod and when I say we I mean Adam and several of his buddies. Thanks again to those who came and helped we really appreciated it, Adam probably appreciated it more than me, but still. Now Ethan can play in the backyard and I don't have to worry about him running out into the street every 30 seconds. Although I still have to put some kind of lock on both gates. Thanks to a beautiful patio slab along with sidewalks and sod our backyard is finally looking like a normal backyard. When we bought the house the backyard was a mess of dirt. The previous owners had 2 very large dogs and they ruled the backyard.
Our inactive LDS neighbor diagonal from us is kind of nosy, but harmless, came over to talk to me when we had just got the van and it was parked out front and the sod was being delivered the same day. He made the comment that "tithing must work". Then he said that maybe he should come to church and sit behind us and some of our "luck" would rub off on him. I told him that he would actually have to show up at church for that to happen. He laughed and kept telling me about my wonderful van's features (in case I didn't know about the car I had just bought) :)