October 26, 2009

Stepping into the 21st century . . .

One day a couple of weeks ago, Kevin came home from work and said, “Well! I found a car for you!”

Let me back up. It has been “All SUV, All the Time” talk over here lately! Every time we go out, Kevin points out all the SUVs we pass, telling me about the features, what he likes and what he doesn’t like. And every time I come home, I find browser windows open to reviews, safety ratings, and links to the models he thinks I’ll like!

“You’ll like this one” he said. Both of our cars were pushing 200,000 miles. Mine is a ’97 and his is a ’96. We both got them in high school. I knew it was only a matter of time. And Kevin had it all planned out. We went and looked. We test drove. He showed me all the features it had. See, my car.. my 12 year old Nissan Altima.. it’s the first and only car I’ve ever had. I liked that car. It was a good car. I didn’t think I needed a new car. But Kevin knows what I like. And wow. I was kinda star-struck by what all this new one could do!

A few days later we traded in the Altima…

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…and said hello to the 2007 Toyota 4Runner Limited!

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This is the first vehicle we’ve ever purchased together…

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But she’s really mine. ;)

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It has a rear-view back-up cam- man that thing is handy! Especially pulling into the garage- I can check and make sure I’m in far enough. Oh, and see that 231 under the screen? That’s telling me how many miles I have left on the tank.

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GPS Navigation- the other night I was running late and going to a friends house. I had no idea how to get there, but my car did! I punched in the address and it took me right there. Fun!

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Now *this* is cool. When I get in the car, it automatically connects with my cell phone via bluetooth. Any calls I get go through the car- the caller ID shows up on the screen and I can answer or ignore the call from the steering wheel (and also adjust the volume). I can talk hands-free and the sound comes out through the radio speakers. Love it!

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It has a 4 disc MP3 player…

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And finally!! Dual-side air controls!!! Now I can keep my side of the car perfectly pleasant and Kevin can keep his side at his usual -27 degrees. No more freezing my buns off! :D

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Speaking of buns… they definitely won’t freeze now with heated seats! These were so nice the other night when I was driving back home in the cold.

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The steering wheel… I can answer, hang up, and ignore phone calls, adjust the radio/phone volume, skip tracks on the MP3 player, and even initiate voice command… Like I can say “Go Home” and it’ll set the GPS destination for Home. Or “Call Kevin” and it’ll call Kevin! Neato.

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Garage door opener- Kevin programmed the middle button so it would open our garage door at home- I guess we can program the other two for our Lake House and Beach House. ;) Hah. Totally kidding. ;)

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Plenty of room for traveling now! And I like how the back window rolls down- Miley and Howie do too! The trunk door doesn’t pop open from the key fob, but it does roll the window down. lol

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Hellooo sun roof! And leather seats. :D

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The rearview mirror also has a compass. And um, I’m honestly not sure what that power button does. :O This new car has so many buttons it’s like looking at an airplane control panel!

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Behind the wheel…

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It’s fun to have a car that was actually built in this century! ;)

Thanks so much for looking! :)

P.S. If you’re looking for the winners of the notecard giveaway, they can be found here! :)



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Sylvie October 26, 2009 at 3:11 am

nice new vehicle! i like the color and all the gadgets, i think the power button on your mirror turns the compass on/off

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1LuvnMama October 26, 2009 at 3:17 am

congrats on the new SUV! i have a 2002 4runner. don’t have all the fancy gadgets but, i luv, luv, luv my SUV! i know you’ll luv yours . . .

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Irene October 26, 2009 at 3:21 am

Wishing you many beautiful, happy and safe journeys.

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Danielle October 26, 2009 at 4:08 am

First, *LOVE* your outfit…you look so cute! Second, congrats on the new Toyota. My Mom has one of these, though without all the delish extras, and I hate driving it…the gas mileage sucks! LOL

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Nancy October 26, 2009 at 4:50 am

Enjoy! Those features will be so much fun! I just say good-bye to my 99 car and I love having the gadgets.

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Miriam Mason October 26, 2009 at 5:02 am

Wow, Amanda!
That car is just gorgeous!
I wish you many, many happy miles in “it.”
Does she or he have a name yet?
I so enjoy your postings, and that you and Kevin and your pups are so generous as to share your life.
Thank you!

Best,
Miriam

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Shelby October 26, 2009 at 6:07 am

Very nice! :) Now you can drive just about anywhere!

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Vernie October 26, 2009 at 6:09 am

Congratulations! May you find joy in your journeys no matter which road you take!

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Paige B October 26, 2009 at 6:45 am

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had never had a “new” car either.. When my Husband and I married in May 2007, the time came for a new car.. So I got a 2007 Chevy Equinox… I LOVE MY SUV! It has the height of a big vehicle but drives like a car ( : And I love all the room.. Now that we have a *bun in the oven* we’re gonna need all that room! Plus it has the feature *not sure what it’s called* when you put the equinox in gear, like reverse or drive, it automatically locks the doors! I like that idea for when our little one gets older. I love the color of your 4 Runner- black shows EVERYTHING, but looks sooo pretty when it’s clean (doesn’t happen much!) Hope you like your 4 Runner as much as We love the equinox ( :

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Heather October 26, 2009 at 6:49 am

Love the new SUV you got there!! I know it’s fun having a new vehicle. I would say it was about time..LOL! Oh yeah, I see where the latest scrap kit got its inspiration..from your scarf =)

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Angela October 26, 2009 at 7:05 am

I remember the Altima!!!! Remember we always took your car on breaks at the Onion. It was much better than my ratty old mustang! LOVE the new Toyota! It looks like you!

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Danielle October 26, 2009 at 7:13 am

Jealous! We’ve had our Hotessey (I have renamed the Odessey, my party van because it sounds cooler) for awhile and I thought I was high tech 5 years ago when I had automatic doors and a DVD player. I want a totally cool GPS like that! Congrats!

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Sandy_in_MD October 26, 2009 at 7:14 am

Congrats on the new car! It looks like it will be fun to drive.

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Jennifer Rose October 26, 2009 at 7:26 am

I really like that car :D and the heated seats are great, loved them in the winter in Alberta. Have a frozen behind without them :p

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Diane Davies October 26, 2009 at 7:50 am

Gorgeous SUV!!! I can see going from a 12 yr old car to this brand spankin new one with all the bells and whistles you’d be star struck. Have fun with the new vehicle. : )

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Barb October 26, 2009 at 8:04 am

Congratulations! New cars are so exciting. I love my SUV. The new vehicle fits you to a tee….good for Kevin for doing his homework!! Enjoy!

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Emmy October 26, 2009 at 8:22 am

How fun!! I love the back up camera, it really is nice.

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Sherry October 26, 2009 at 8:34 am

Love your new car! Doesn’t it cook dinner for you? ;D

Mine turned twenty this year but it will have to last until I die.

Have fun…

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Nicky Hurt October 26, 2009 at 8:37 am

That’s a great car! I want the navigation system thing in my next car! I have to tell you though, don’t put your actual home address in your GPS. Put something near your home, like a Taco Bell. Because if someone steals your beautiful new car, they can find out where you live quite easily AND they have the garage door opener. They can clean you out and you won’t even know it! I just got that warning in an email a few weeks ago. :) Have fun with your new toy!

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courtney October 26, 2009 at 8:38 am

Congrats on the new wheels…looks like a lot of fun. I see that your puppies love it too :)

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Clare Jones October 26, 2009 at 8:48 am

Love it… I have a sporty little number and it is totally impracticable!..I’m looking around for an SUV, so I’ll keep one of these in mind…it looks perfect and glad to see the dogs love it too…most important!!!

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Bernice October 26, 2009 at 8:50 am

That’s a pretty sweet-looking new car! And I love your fall outfit to go with it (and the nice fall background to boot!). It’s picture-perfect.

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juls October 26, 2009 at 8:52 am

so happy for you! u look so cute by the way!!!

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Stefany October 26, 2009 at 9:25 am

LOVE IT!!!!
The power button on the mirror is to turn the feature on and off that reduces night time glare. When its night next time and there are cars behind you with their lights on, turn it on and off and you’ll see a difference!

p.s. LOVE that you used your scarf as your new background on this site, SO cool!

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Cortnie October 26, 2009 at 9:40 am

I LOVE 4 Runners! (kinda jealous actually)
But, since my husband works for GM, I have to say…BOOO! BUY AMERICAN! :)

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Breanna October 26, 2009 at 9:46 am

Excellent choice!!! I love all the buttons and dohickeys! :) Enjoy driving it when the snow hits!!!

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Lori October 26, 2009 at 9:57 am

Congratulations on your new purchase! It’s always exciting and fun to get a new car!

And you look super FAB in those pics! Love the scarf!!

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Kelly October 26, 2009 at 10:40 am

I didn’t look closely at the other comments to check if anyone answered the question of the power button on the rear view – it turns the auto-dimming feature on and off for your rear view mirror…

I love getting new cars!

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Tami October 26, 2009 at 10:59 am

Very Nice SUV!! Randon Question… What kind of camera do you have? And what lens are you using?

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Jamie October 26, 2009 at 11:00 am

Wow! You just made me want a new car so bad! That is one awesome SUV! Congrats on your new car!

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Suzanne October 26, 2009 at 11:48 am

You are going to love a Toyota! I have a ’03 Toyota Highlander and I love it. Gets great gas mileage too and I love sitting higher up in traffic. You are good to go for many miles now. Travel safe and enjoy!

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Tara October 26, 2009 at 1:54 pm

In case someone didn’t say it or you haven’t figured it out yet, the power button on your new rear view mirror is for the automatic dimming when you have someone with headlights behind you. Remember how you had to “flip” the button on the old rearview mirrors??? Now your car automatically does it for you!!!! Neato? I love mine. One less thing I have to do in the car!

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tchrtiff October 26, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Love your new car! Enjoy all those fun features! My hubby also bought me a car w/all sorts of buttons on it and the one I didn’t think I’d ever use…the seat heaters, but I love love them! Can’t wait to see the photos of all the fun places you take your dogs in your new car.

I agree w/other poster, don’t enter your home address in GPS. We entered a park near our home instead.

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Brittany Coleman October 26, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Congrats! My first real new car was a 4Runner too – I love mine! :) Also wanted to link to my blog to show you the new blog design I made thanks to your fab designs! :)

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Trina October 26, 2009 at 4:03 pm

So cool. I think you’ve sold me on one of those now! It’s nice not having a car payment right now though :)

PS I wanted to tell you THANKS for offering the fonts here for free. I used a few of them in our Pumpkin Carving 2009 video I put up on my blog today. You can see it here also http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJWsEe6uqm8.

My favorite is Digs My Hart :)

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Rae Rae Patterson October 26, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Congrats on your new vehicle! My husband is always telling me, “it is just transportation” or “it’s a machine.” I LOVE SUPER SPOILING LUXURY TRANSPORTATION MACHINES! You and your husband did a great picking it out. Miley and Howie look great! It is great to be spoiled!

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Barbara Boyack October 26, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Very, very nice Amanda! Kudos on the new vehicle! Looks like that is something I would like in a year or so! has all the great doo dads you will love! And a very safe suv, too. Our cars are OLD too, a 99 Old Intrigue, purchased new, with 170,000 miles, a 98 Jeep Cherokee 4×4 (well used, I may add) with 135,000 and a Ford F150 1996 with about 100,000 miles. The good thing about these vehicles is they run great, and are paid for. But we are going to sell the truck soon, we don’t need it, and hoping to get something like your Toyota in a year or so..we are ready..Love it girl!
Barb

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Michele October 26, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Congrats Amanda!!! Love the new car! It totally suits you. :) I love my SUV so much and was dying to have it for nearly 3 years.

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Charlene October 26, 2009 at 7:46 pm

That’s awesome!! Grats :)

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creole wisdom October 26, 2009 at 8:06 pm

I love, love, love it.

I grew up in a toyota family. I currently drive a super old toyota camry, but it’s in great shape. I’m hoping to “inherit” the next car in line in my family- an older 4runner than yours.

Oh I love your new car- especially all the neat perks and such. Lucky lady!

And you are lookin’ fabulous btw :)

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Laureen October 26, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Congratulations!

What are you shooting with here? The color is beautiful!

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christina October 26, 2009 at 8:31 pm

congrats on the new car!!

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Michelle October 26, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Congratulations! New car smell…..it’s a wunderful thang!!! lol
Enjoy!

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Olga María October 26, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Eeeeeee!!!!
Congratulations :D
Have tons of fun…

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Amanda October 27, 2009 at 4:37 am

That’s awesome! You chose a great vehicle. We’ve been looking at 4 Runners ourselves to replace my getting old and decrepit Pathfinder. We had a Toyota Tacoma before kids and loved it, just couldn’t put a car seat in it.

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Kerry October 27, 2009 at 4:48 am

I love it, it’s so beautiful!! He spoiled you and that is so awesome!

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Sylvia October 27, 2009 at 10:22 am

That is sooo exciting! I remember when I got my first new car!!! So fun! Enjoy : )

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Lindsay October 27, 2009 at 8:37 pm

We think you are pretty great! Pick up your award @ familyfunfriday.blogspot.com

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rachel in Cali. October 28, 2009 at 11:56 am

Wow!! I had no idea all that stuff was available!
Enjoy!
rachel

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Hillary @ The Other Mama October 28, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Found your blog from hanging out with Brooke {Paige and Brooke} this morning and we all need to get together!
Have to add, I had an Altima for 10 years and those are some darn good cars. But your new car there is FAIN-CEE!!! WOW! So nice! I know you’ll love it!!

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Jacque October 28, 2009 at 6:48 pm

Oooh very nice. I love my 4WD as well :) I can’t imagine being in a ‘normal’ car again LOL. Lovin all your posts and lovin all the new fonts. Thanks for sharing with us, you’re a gem :)

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Danielle October 28, 2009 at 9:16 pm

I LOVE your outfit! :))
Ohh, and the car is nice also haha.

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Coleen October 29, 2009 at 8:27 am

you look fabulous in your pix; so skinny-minny! and yet you bake and eat all those incredible desserts {{{that peanut butter frosting}}}…. amazing!

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Cynthia October 29, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Congrats! I’m impressed the car lasted that long. :)

I’m totally admiring your lense. What size is that?????

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Paige Faulkner October 29, 2009 at 8:02 pm

Enjoy your new car!

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Adam and Kim October 30, 2009 at 8:46 pm

I’ve got to know about the lens on the camera more than anything….how are you getting such an awesome aperture blur on something as shallow (depth wise) as the console of the truck??

We don’t use a Canon – we have a Nikon D90 but we want a lense that will do just what yours is doing…..also…how is the flash so muted but present on the shots of you in the door? Do you have different flash from the camera body? Awesome photography! and a nice ride too.

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Farah Diana November 2, 2009 at 6:26 am

hai there!!
:)

i’m new here…
really LOVEEEEEE ur page!!
:)
hv a nice day ahead!!

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alison November 2, 2009 at 7:51 pm

I love the strap you have on your camera!! So cute!

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kristine November 3, 2009 at 2:33 am

congrats on your first car! looks great and so are the features! wish i had a back-cam on my car. that’d be helpful when i want to back-park.

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lydia November 3, 2009 at 7:26 am

wow,your car is sooo beautiful ! I would love to have one too, heheh. Have a nice ride, :D

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Monkey's Momma November 3, 2009 at 11:30 am

Hi Amanda! Nice ride! I have had your blog button on my site for a while, but had never taken the time to download the fonts. Today I am working on a project and was frustrated by my “lack of fonts”. So I mosied over here to see what I could find…..and found the perfect font!

Thanks so much for offering these. It is very sweet of you to offer them for free when you could charge for them.

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Linda @ Craftaholics Anonymous November 5, 2009 at 7:58 am

Hi Amanda!
I just wanted to let you know that I blogged about your fonts today. I’ve been using your fonts and loving them for awhile and thought I’d share your fab site with my readers. You can check out my post at http://diaryofacraftaholic.blogspot.com/2009/11/tassel-winner-and-free-cutie-fonts.html. Thanks for all the lovely fonts!
have a great day!
Linda
Craftaholics Anonymous

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the inadvertent farmer November 5, 2009 at 8:04 pm

LOL…my hubby has been doing that to me for almost 5 years now! Mine is a 92 with 270K miles. But I say if it still runs I’m keeping it. Besides with 5 kids they would just trash a new car anyway!

Enjoy, Kim

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beepdave November 5, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Nice Wheels! We are a Toyota family and loved our 4Runner and our Highlander was a great fit once I needed to lift a carseat into it! The GPS is amazing!

Wanted to share a funny back window story. Went shopping at Target one winter day. I think we were in there for 2+ hours! It started snowing while we were in there and we came back out to a back end full of snow! Ooops! I must have hit the button on the electronic key fob. The window was open and the snow just drifted right in! LOL! Always checked it from that day forward! ;-)

Have fun! Enjoy your wheels! I also agree with previous posters about not putting your actual address as your “HOME” on the GPS. Safety first!

Beth

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fhen November 6, 2009 at 5:28 pm

this car is so nice and has great technology! congrats for it!
if i may ask, what camera are you using? :)
by the way this is the first time i come accross your blog and i love it! i have added yours to my blog list. love love love this blog

xoxo

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Carin November 9, 2009 at 8:10 am

Do you do photography??? You take great pictures. I think I live somewhat by you now. (Huntsville) I am looking for a photographer for our dreaded christmas cards… Interested or know someone who might be??? :) E-mail me: carinlarson@hotmail.com Thanks!!!

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Sally November 10, 2009 at 11:09 am

Luv the 4Runner and all it’s gagets. Your photos are so good, would you be willing to tell me what brand of camera you use w/extra lenses. Thank You

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Ria C November 10, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Beautiful SUV! Beautiful family! Beautiful Blog :)

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Chris January 31, 2011 at 10:33 am

I know this post is old but wanted to say … Nice truck ;) .. I have the same one … but mine’s a 2005 model .. other than not having the gps, they are almost identical … the buttons on the mirror .. one controls the compass … the other should be for your autodimming mirror …. i never turn either off though

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