Where My Kidz At?

by Leighann on January 10, 2011

Now that Q is in school and we are having the occasional illness inducing playdate*, we’ve begun the car seat shuffle. Even though some of Q’s friends could actually sit in R’s car seat, they don’t want to look like a baby. So we take out the car seat and put in the extra booster and have to reinstall the car seat again the next morning. What I wouldn’t give for a third row!

It’s got me thinking that we will need to upgrade to a minivan soon.

I’ve been resistant, oh so resistant.

Maybe because I don’t have a car payment and buying a minivan will mean a loan.

Partly because a little piece of me will die. It’s like that last vestige of youth. Buying a minivan means you are no longer young and unencumbered.

Not that I want to be unencumbered; I love my family.

The gray hairs? Yeah, I could do without those.

Maybe I need a Swagger Wagon.

My Mad Cupcake Skills

My Mad Cupcake Skills

*We’ve gotten strep and impetigo from playdates and been exposed to mumps.

(Visit the Toyota Sienna Swagger Wagon YouTube channel for more funny videos. At least I think they’re funny. But what do I know, I’m old and encumbered.)

Tongue-in-Cheek Disclosure: Toyota did not ask me to blog about their Swagger Wagon, but if they’d like to set me up in a Sienna to help with the playdate carseat shuffle and make our 200-miles EACH WAY drive to the endocrinologist a little more comfortable, they know how to reach me.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Frances January 10, 2011 at 6:49 am

Leighann, once again you have burrowed into my brain and stolen my thoughts! 15 years ago, I begrudgingly got my first minivan. I went into it kicking and screaming. My feelings about minivans have never changed. I drove them strictly because of utility. This month I will finally get rid of my last minivan, and get a third row SUV! It will be a happy day for me.


2 Leighann January 10, 2011 at 9:21 am

Congratulations! I think I might secretly enjoy having one. If only because I can separate the kids, lol!


3 Amy January 10, 2011 at 6:59 am

Let me just say I love that video. I’ve sent it around before, too…


4 Nicole Duckworth January 10, 2011 at 7:04 am

This video always makes me laugh! Come on Toyota..set up a D-Mom! BTW, those cupcakes look awesome!


5 Leighann January 10, 2011 at 9:20 am

Decorating cupcakes is one of my few talents!


6 Lisa in SC January 10, 2011 at 9:22 am

I know many people are resistant to minivans, but we love ours! We got it after our 2nd child, but now with 3 it is a MUST. The two older kids sit in the back, and the baby is in the middle with the other seat folded down unless we have an extra passenger. It makes traveling so much more comfortable and easier, too.


7 Joanne January 10, 2011 at 10:03 am

My husband will absolutely not let us get one. But he said he’d totally go for a VW van!


8 Leighann January 10, 2011 at 2:26 pm

We had a VW van in the 70’s. Would you get curtains? Can’t have a VW van without curtains!


9 Reyna January 10, 2011 at 10:45 am

Even the “potty mouth” BAD GIRL Blogger drives a mini-van! haha


10 Leighann January 10, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Ooh, good endorsement 🙂


11 Emily B January 10, 2011 at 10:51 am

Last Thanksgiving I’d had it with the kids fighting from having to be in each other’s faces. I bought a minivan. I love it. Sure it was a gutsy thing to do just weeks before turning 30… you know, ditching my youth altogether, jumping right into the 30s AND a minivan? but Man, do I love that thing!!
Seperate the kids, never worrying about bringing friends along, not having to cram in when we go away and have lots of stuff packed. I just keep an extra booster seat in the back row for when Ethan’s friends come along. I’ve had a Suburban, but the gas usage was a joke and the kids had a hard time getting in and out. Minivans are built from the ground up with a mom in mind. Do it.


12 Leighann January 10, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Seriously! I wish I had a soundproof screen that I could raise up between the kids sometimes. Or better yet, raise it up between me and them!

(I’m turning the big something-O this year, and it ain’t 30!)


13 Emily B January 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm

we just went to the snow recently (3+ hour drive). I seperated the two back seats and stacked sleeping bags and pillows and whatever I could between them. There was NO WAY they were getting to each other until we got there.


14 Denise January 10, 2011 at 12:25 pm

LOVE our minivan. Granted we have a silver Odyssey like every other mom here which makes for interesting parking lots at the rec centers!!!

Love the swagger wagon videos…they crack me up (maybe cuz I can relate!)


15 Leighann January 10, 2011 at 2:23 pm

My husband likes the Odyssey. I told him we can’t get a silver one because I’d never find it. I’d be walking around the Target parking lot, key fob in hand, locking and unlocking it just to try to hear it!


16 Renata January 10, 2011 at 2:13 pm

A year before we moved to New Zealand (obviously before we knew we were moving) we invested in a BAD ASS Dodge Caravan. The kids teased me horribly, but as soon as we went on our first trip and everyone had their own space….God I loved that van. What I wouldn’t give to have it again.

And…uhm…what is with the sicky play dates? I mean those aren’t like your every day illnesses.


17 Leighann January 10, 2011 at 2:22 pm

And the offender that gave us strep & impetigo is having a birthday party. I hope we don’t come home with lice or something! I have a whole post in my mind about the dreaded birthday party because it’s not like I can just drop Q off and leave and return to pick her up.


18 Linda January 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Stationwagon or Minivan? Neither! I’ve managed to keep on *truckin* in my SUV. I have driven minivans before; but it’s just not for me. I’m like Leighann, I feel my cool factor draining away when I drive one. I can put 3 car seats in the back seat and I’m good to go. 🙂


19 Jennifer K January 11, 2011 at 7:36 am

When my first child, which happens to be my diabetic, was 2, we bought our first minivan. I was not all that thrilled but we needed a new car. That was in 1997. In 2005, my first van died and we replaced it with a new version. I love my van if only for the fact that on long trips, one child is in the middle, one child is in the back. When we make our yearly trek to the beach, we fold down all the seats and my van becomes the cargo van. It’s also great when we go somewhere with my parents, who live around the corner. I guess all that to say, try it, you might like it! My friend and I affectionately call it ‘the mommy mobile”!


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