When my oldest was born, we brought him home from the hospital in an eggplant purple Honda Civic. My son and I drove all around in that little car for almost 2 years. When we found out I was expecting my second son, I knew 2 car seats would not fit comfortably in the back seat so my hubby and I decided to go SUV shopping. We purchased a Honda CR-V. I LOVED this car. Seriously. It was designed for a mom with young kids. The doors opened at a 90 degree angle so it was easy to buckle them in. There was a mirror in the front of the car specifically designed so you could see the back seat. The large trunk was perfect for an emergency diaper change, after we had spent a long day at the zoo. Plus it got great gas mileage. Best car ever.
A couple of years went by and we were expecting our third child. After taking some measurements, I soon realized that 2 car seats and a booster would not fit in the back seat. This meant either we needed a bigger, gas-guzzling SUV or a…. minivan. I had just turned 30 and was already feeling super un-cool so the thought of driving in a minivan was not exactly thrilling. At the time, we lived about 20 minutes from town. I had to drive my oldest kids to school each day. Gas was super expensive, so a giant SUV was not an option.
We had looked at reviews and decided to get a Honda Odyssey. Since we had already owned a Civic and a CR-V, we were comfortable purchasing another Honda. Okay guys. No joke. I almost cried when I had to leave my pretty, little CR-V at the dealership and drive away in a minivan. But after driving it around for some time, it actually grew on me. The best thing about my minivan, hands down, is the sliding doors. Those puppies are priceless. Not only do they make it super easy for the kids to get in and out of the car, I don’t have to worry about the boys dinging anyone’s car doors. With the added DVD player and tons of room to stash luggage, it is an amazing car for road trips. We have driven our van to California twice and to the mountains to visit my grandma several times. Other added perks are all the cup holders (there has got to be at least 12) and foldable/moveable seats.
The downside? No one can possibly look cool driving around in a minivan.
Side note: I tried to find a picture of our minivan to use for this post. Seriously looked through every picture I have taken since the day we drove it off the lot and could not find a single one. Definitely a love/hate relationship.