Before we had kids Steve and I bought a minivan. We had a large dog that we hauled around regularly and we knew children were in our future, so we figured that a van made sense. And it has proven to be a useful vehicle. But recently we discovered that the 10 year old van needed $1,000 in repairs. It no longer seemed such a useful vehicle. So we started car shopping. Yesterday we took the van for one last ride and said goodbye.