I think that there are 2 kinds of parents in this world: those that drive minivans and those that don’t.
I’m in the those that don’t group. 100%.
But, that doesn’t mean that I don’t sometimes get jealous of all of you Swagger Wagon driving mamas out there.
I mean, minivans are so easy to maneuver around in, aren’t they?
Because of my lack of minivan expertise, I can’t say this for certain, but I’m guessing that when necessary, you minivanners can probably easily fling yourself over your front passenger seat, while your car is in motion and catch a projectile vomit from your son who is sitting in the very back row of seats before it sullies your upholstery, triggers a sympathy barf from your other two kids and your spouse, and ruins the first leg of your summer vacation.
I mean, it just seems possible with the open floor plan of many of today’s minivan models.
As the owner of a seriously cool SUV, I can tell you unequivocally that you can NOT do that. And, should you try to do any sort of vomit preventative, body launching within a vehicle of this design, you will dislocate your shoulder. Or, at the very least, sustain a rug burn to your face and/or inner thigh.
Yeah, one of these days I might have to really reconsider my position on minivan ownership. And look into one of those Toyota Sienna’s I got to check out when I was at the Toyota Women Influencer’s Network event earlier in the year.
I laughed at the time, you know, because I am clearly “too cool” for a minivan. Even with the “World’s Greatest Parents” next to me and Dumb Dad busting out an awesome rap song to rep it, a minivan can only have so much street cred…
Further introspection has led me to determine that I’m also too cool to smell like barf all friggin’ day. And to have to strip near naked and wash my shirt and hair in a gas station bathroom. Because my kid puked on every inch of my person. Because I couldn’t reach him over my rows of high backed seats.
So there’s that.
Other than the pukey bits though, we had a pretty fantastical, All American Family vacation to the City of Steel (known as such for being sort of a big deal in the history of the American steel industry) aka Pittsburgh aka PBurg aka The Pitts (okay, not that last one, it was just too easy, you know) for a few days where we saw the entire city from the back of a duck…
And then we went ahead and ended the Pirates winning streak (they had won 5 straight games before we showed up)…
We also hit up the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium where The Dudes were strangely more entertained by a stray zoo mouse than they were by the resident pachyderms (sorry, I didn’t get a photo of the mouse because I was too busy doing the fast-feet-get-away-from-me-mouse-dance). Fortunately the evil looking sharks grabbed their attention…
We rounded out all of that awesome with a sweet, thrill-filled day at Kennywood Amusement Park…
Where I spent the day wet and looking like I’d gotten jumped into a gang, and my children posed for awkward photos in which #3 decided it would be inappropriate for him to stand in a line with or near his siblings…
And then, danced their way through the park, oblivious to onlookers…
I freaking LOVE their confidence!
And they would be awesome costars in a swagger wagon commercial with me. Pretty sure we’d be the perfect family for that.
Come on Toyota. Let’s do this.
Are you joining us for Wordful Wednesday?! Be sure to visit my cohost’s Seven Clown Circus, and then check out our featured linkers from last week before you link up your photo awesome post below!
- The argument of Why Buy Toys When They Will Play With Essentials Around the House is made on Modern Style Mama.
- Strawberry Picking always reminds me of summer and these pictures are a delight from Moments That Define Life.
- Sending our babies off to school is sometimes harder on mommy, right? Love this post about it from What Now and Why?
- Fun shots of a road trip Through a Lens and a Windshield at Stacy Uncorked.
- And because Chic Homeschool Mama takes amazing photos of doggies, I had to include this one.
P.S. If you’re going to BlogHer this week and you don’t say hi to me I will cut you be sad we didn’t get a chance to connect. Please look for me at the conference. I will be the awesome one. That looks somewhat awkward smiling nonstop even when it seems inappropriate.
*pBd Admits These People Don’t Pay Her But Do Interact With Her Heavily: I am a member of TWIN which is a group of car savvy women put together by Toyota. I am not compensated for the posts I do with them, and they don’t tell me what to say to you about their cars. I really do think that I should star in the next Swagger Wagon videos. If they gave me a minivan to drive around and rap in, I’d trade it in for a Sequoia rock that. So hard.