We always knew that if we were going to raise a big family, we would need to upgrade (or is it a downgrade) to a minivan at some point. While the standard sedan can typically accommodate three kids, but it gets increasingly tricky once you add the fourth.
Within weeks of finding out I was pregnant, we started the dreaded minivan hunt. While I was excited to be expecting another baby, the thought of trading in my small SUV for a “swagger wagon” left me feeling middle aged and defeated. Like I might as well go find me some mom jeans to fester in, because obviously life as I knew it (or the delusion of what I thought was my life) had finally ended.
We bought a black 2009 Honda Odyssey about six months ago. Guess what? I haven’t given up on life (yet), and have successfully resisted the urge to buy a pair of roomy pleated jeans that button above my bellybutton.
I now see what all my friends have been raving about for years now. Honestly, why didn’t anyone tell me how awesome owning a minivan would be?
A few things I love about driving a tiny tot people mover:
1. I don’t throw my back out anymore, every time I lug the baby’s heavy car seat into the base. And because of the second row captain chairs, Paul is safe and secure distance away from the preschoolers Go-Go-Gadget arms.
2. I can carpool! This minivan is so spacious I can drive around kids that aren’t even mine! Fist pumps for more children!
3. Sliding side doors. ‘Nuff said.
4. Rear view camera mirror. This is probably my most favorite feature, next to the sliding doors. It comes in particularly handy while backing up in busy parking lots such as school drop off and grocery store parking lots.
5. 18 million cup holders. No seriously, this minivan has at least 18 million cup holders. One for every can of Diet Coke my heart desires.
6. It’s so spacious! There is honestly so much foot space in this vehicle. Stale french fries, sippy cups full of spoiled milk, apple cores and dirty diapers can play hide and seek for days, and never be found.
I tell you what, finally giving up the cool and purchasing a minivan was one of the wisest decisions I’ve ever made. It’s like I’ve decided to become a grown-up or something.
Do you drive a family hauler of a minivan? What do you love about it?
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