Friday, March 5, 2010

My life in the Van.

Am I the only one who feels like I spend a significant portion of my life in the car? I can't imagine how it will be when my kids are all playing sports or doing different activities, needing to be here or there all the time. Where we live there just isn't much "around the corner". It is a bit of a drive to get to church, the grocery store, etc. Hollace's school is actually pretty close, but I spend a lot of time in the drop-off/pick-up line.

The kids are usually pretty good in the car. Hollace, though, feels the need to bring an arm full of things with her every time we get in the car. She'll bring a teddy bear, two scarves, a notebook, and a bag full of who knows what, just to drive to the store. I don't often get to the back of the van, where she sits, but when I do I'm always amazed at the junk she has stashed back there. She is such a pack rat. That is another story for another day, but I 'll just say that the other day she was hiding/trying to save a Lunchables box "to make a purse out of it". Also I have found a stash of dryer sheets she was saving, because "they smell so good" and they make good blankets for her Barbies.

Rhett, the Cars man, is usually rather bored by my driving skills. He often randomly says "this is SOOO boring", while were driving along. Since we got the Wi and his Cars Race-O-Rama game he often asks me to "crash into those cones", or "run into that car", or "drive into that ditch". The other day in the van he asked me to "make some donuts". I finally figured out he didn't want breakfast.
Thankfully, this is the only driving he will be doing for 12+ years.

Thad does pretty well once I get him INTO the car. Do any of your children do the arching/stiffening maneuver? You know, the one where you have to use significant physical force to "bend" their body enough to get them buckled in their seat. I'm usually worn out by the time I get them all out of the house and into the car to go somewhere. Sometimes after I'm
finally set to leave, I'm really not sure where we're going is worth it.
This is exactly how I feel sometimes


9 comments:

Dawn said...

the sleeping picture is so cute! Have you tried tickling Thad to get him to fold up? And it sounds like Hollace is a budding creator. When Sarah was little she saved every toilet paper tube she could get her hands on 'to make something with.' I'm sad we never took a picture of the sink where she stashed her tp tubes--it was a single sink cabinet that was FULL of them!

Janice said...

Great post. I know another little girl who used to be a pack rat.

Kara said...

that is so funny! caden is just like hollace, the back seat is horrible! Cole does the stiff body thing and carter is fine as long as a movie is playing. i resort to using the dvd player alot! now that caden is older, i can run into some places and leave them in the car with a movie on! cory harasses me because the car is so gross, but oh well!

Jessica said...

That made me laugh! What you said about Hollace reminds me of Maddie so much! She freaks out if she sees one of her "treasures" in the trash can. I can only imagine that it will get worse. You should write more! I love your stories!

Annie said...

I was also laughing out loud. Lily is exactly like Hollace, she saves everything to make things out of them. She wants my receipts to put in her purse, any little box I get, etc. Also, it is physically exhausting to pry Ruby into her carseat, they should make a sport out of it. :)

Becky said...

I'm telling you, I don't know when it will get better. There were days when I actually think I spent more hours of the day in the car than out of it. And now, my car is always trashed, and yes maybe some of it is from the messy adults around here, but there are many grandchildren who still stash "popcorn for later" happy meal toys, and any other little thing that might pop into their creative little minds. No one ever buys into my theory that if you sleep in the car the time will pass much faster! Love the picture of That, btw, and I can so relate.

The Loves of Lacy said...

This was a great post Hilary!!! It really made be laugh. Some mornings I've never been happier to make it to work!!!

Samantha said...

Oh, we all know all about this "phenomenon" of the trashed out vehicle and the hours we spend inside of it. Camden STILL has to bring a million things to ride in the car, Palmer is crazy, always wanting me to "LOOK" at him while I'm driving, and Brooks is never happy with the station I have the radio on. I seriously sometimes daydream of running into the next tree I see. :-P
By the way, I have always called the "arching maneuver" the BACKBEND. Babies ALWAYS want to do the backbend when getting into the car seat!!
Great post!

Samantha said...

Oh, we all know all about this "phenomenon" of the trashed out vehicle and the hours we spend inside of it. Camden STILL has to bring a million things to ride in the car, Palmer is crazy, always wanting me to "LOOK" at him while I'm driving, and Brooks is never happy with the station I have the radio on. I seriously sometimes daydream of running into the next tree I see. :-P
By the way, I have always called the "arching maneuver" the BACKBEND. Babies ALWAYS want to do the backbend when getting into the car seat!!
Great post!