It took 2 years, 7 months, 23 days…968 days…to reach 36,000 miles on my MINI Clubman. Which, for me, is actually pretty impressive, considering put over 50,000 miles on my 2003 MINI Cooper S in under 2 years.
Today is my last day with my 2003 MINI Cooper S. After 10 years, and 125,215 miles, she will move on to her new home, and new owners, tonight. Hopefully, she brings them just as much joy as she has brought me over the past 10 years.
From the first time I saw the new MINI, I knew I wanted one. After graduating college, and getting my first job, I saved until I could afford the MINI I wanted, exactly as I wanted it optioned out. In April 2003, I placed my order on an Indi Blue and White MINI Cooper S. I waited over the course of three months, and tracked her build and transport, until I took deliver on July 14, 2003.
After a nearly a decade of MINI ownership, I pulled the trigger again last Thursday night, and placed an order on a 2013 MINI Cooper S Clubman. So exactly 10-years after going through the order process on my 2003 MINI, I am going through it again. It is exciting to have a new MINI on the way, but bittersweet at the same time, as it means I will be saying goodbye to my beloved 2003 MINI Cooper S. Even after 10-years, she still puts a smile on my face every time I sit behind the wheel.
I hit a fun milestone on my MINI’s odometer on my way home from work today…123,456 miles. My odometer hasn’t seen that kind of order since it turned 12,345 miles in late-2003/early-2004. It won’t see that kind of order again until she turns 234,567 miles…but at the current rate I am putting miles on – right around 10k per year – that would take about a decade to get there.
While shooting our family Christmas card photo, I also took some time to shoot portraits of the kiddos. In a somewhat odd twist, this was really my first concerted effort to shoot portraits of my own kids. I’ve done this for other people, families, and friend’s kids…so a little odd that it’s the first time I’ve really done it for my own kids. Anyway, first up is Carson…I’ll get to Olivia in another post.
My Christmas Card Outtakes post from a few weeks ago talked about the joys of shooting a family portrait for our Christmas card, and showed a few of the more comical outtakes I captured that day. As promised, this is the family portrait that we ended up using on our Christmas card.
Shooting our annual Christmas card photo always seems to stress me out. I don’t know why…I can shoot portraits for other people without a problem, but I stress about shooting stuff for myself. Due to the nice weather we had in late-November and early-December, we decided to do an outdoor family portrait for our Christmas card.