I resisted a minivan for years. Instead IÂ preferredÂ to shove a kid, a dog, a weeks worth of camping/outdoor gear (and on one occasion 3 chickens) into or on top of our wagon. There was zero floor space anywhere, I couldn’t move my feet,Â rarelyÂ could you see out the back window, it smelled like dog breath andÂ becauseÂ we didn’t have tinted windows I once saw someone taking a photo of us with their cell phone. It was apparently a sight to behold.
I finally caved after Isaac was born. It took one road trip with an additional kid/car seatÂ and I was done, a 2001 Toyota Sienna it was. You may be asking why not an SUV? Well, minivans are just far superior. Theeeey ummm, well, they… Ok, maybe superior isn’t the right word, how about practical? Economic?
Things I’ve learned (and trust me, this took time) to love about our minivan.
1. We paid cash for it. I wanted a Honda Pilot, which would have meant taking out a loan, which would have meant going into debt, which I’m really glad we didn’t do.
2. It’sÂ versatile. Around town we only have the front seats in, this allows maximum child access for the driver and Â plenty of room in the back for gear. OnÂ road tripsÂ we switch it up and only have the back bench in. This allows space in the middle forÂ a cooler, a crate of food and a crate of toys/books and theÂ boulderingÂ pad (which is great for changing diapers, taking naps or eating lunch onÂ road tripsÂ in the winter. Oh, or bouldering). All other non essentials areÂ piledÂ up in the back on ourÂ makeshiftÂ shelving system or on top in the rocket box.
3. We can sleep in it. And quite comfortably actually, unless you count the time I slept on my arm funny and couldn’t move it for 2 weeks. This configuration involves the back bench, the bouldering pad folded out and a hammock along the roof. (more…)