Well, I did it. I bought a minivan. I am now the quasi-proud owner of a Honda Odyssey EX-L, in Nimbus Gray Metallic, and with leather seats, a sunroof, a 6-disc CD changer (all for mom), and various other amenities that I don't realize it has. =>
So far, it has been fabulous. Makes life one heck of a lot easier, that's for sure!
I'd also like to point out that I bought it on 7/11 (which is funny in and of itself), which coincided with the release of the fifth Harry Potter movie. That combined with the car's color (Nimbus) means I have to name the car something Hogwarts-related. I am now taking suggestions!