-1-Back when Peter was an infant, I wrote about the myth of the minivan. My husband and I found it laughable that anyone would need a minivan for one little baby. Our 2007 Nissan Versa with its 94.3 cubic feet of passenger room and 50.4 cubic feet of cargo volume was more than adequate.
-2-Now we have two kids, though. And Jeremy used the Versa to kill two deer, so we needed to buy a car anyway. We decided the best car for our current lifestyle would be a 2013 Chevy Sonic. (It's blue; we call it the Hedgehog.) 90.6 cubic feet of passenger room and 47.7 cubic feet of cargo volume. :-) After all, the band didn't make it, so we're not carrying a drum kit any more.
-3-Our most frequent trip is to visit my in-laws. Everything fits in the trunk: pack-n-play, suitcase, diaper suitcase, toiletry bag, sleeping bag, pillow, and assorted stuffed animals for Peter. The regular diaper bag goes in one of the kids' foot-wells in case we need anything while we're driving.
-4-This most recent visit, though, we were bringing back presents from Christmas and Anne's birthday. I had to get a little more creative. I want you to notice, though, that the driver can still see out the back window and nothing is in danger of falling on either child!
-6-For your viewing pleasure, I unpacked everything into a big pile in the family room. Usually, of course, I wouldn't just dump things on the floor. I always have energy to immediately put away everything when getting home from a trip. Ha.
Contents: suitcase (clothes for 4 for 2 days & nights); 4 board games; paper bag of gifts; 9 piece cookware set; pillowcase with sleeping bag, pillow, and 4 stuffed animals; diaper suitcase; 2 crib blankets for keeping warm in the car; bag with 2 sets of winter clothes (jacket, snowpants, boots, mittens, hat, and scarf); diaper bag (2 spare outfits, 2 diapers, misc. snacks and stuff), Peter's water bottle, pack-n-play, Peter's church busy-bag, Anne's church busy-bag, Lincoln Logs, toiletry bag.
Would it have been easier to pack all of that in a minivan? Sure. But we like having a fuel-efficient car that handles well in all kinds of weather. And, truthfully, I like the challenge of packing it. It's like real-life Tetris! I will admit, though, that minivans can be great. We borrow my parents' on occasion for transporting big things or trips with more people.
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