Monday Morning Insights

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    If you’ve ever owned a mini-van, you’ll enjoy this…

    If you’ve ever owned a mini-van, you’ll enjoy this…

    It's Monday, and sometimes on Monday you just have to take a couple minutes and relax.  Well, this video should help you out.  Pete Wilson shared this recently on his blog.  Most of us are either in, or have recently excited the 'mini-van' stage of life.  I graduated last year (I'm happy to say).  And somehow, I don't remember mini-van life being quite this sexy:

    What is your favorite mini-van memory? I have one I might share if prompted enough.



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    1. David Buckham on Mon, May 24, 2010

      Memory? It’s a current lifestyle…no memories, it’s life now.

      all about Christ,

    2. Leonard on Mon, May 24, 2010

      My favorite was taking the seats out and going to the drive in.  We all fit in the back with blankets and food and the kids loved it.

      Then it caught on fire and burned up in the driveway.  Ignition switch recall.

    3. Peter Hamm on Mon, May 24, 2010

      This is the best use of my time yet today! But no… no SUVs allowed in our family. The wife and I agree on that.

    4. Kim Aliczi on Mon, May 24, 2010

      I cried when I got my Honda Odyssey.  I never thought in a million years I’d have something that nice to haul the kids and everything else around in.  Laugh if you must - I drive one sexy minivan! :-D

    5. Arthur Brokop II on Mon, May 24, 2010

      As an old “hippy” vans were homes and well a lot of other things. “Mini - vans” hit us where we now live. Lets face it the designs are better and kids and the paraphernalia needed to transport them calls for a van that is unless you want to use a trailer with your sports car.

    6. Lori on Mon, May 24, 2010

      We bought our first mini-van in 1998.  That thing was a lemon with more problems than you can imagine.  The day we bought our 2005 Sienna LE 8 passenger (yes we have six kiddos) was a wonderful day.  It was the first non-SUV on the market with seating for 8.  Now, I still praise the Lord every day for the nicest car we’ve ever had.  However, on the weekends when I run errands, I leave it at home and drive my husband’s car.  In my heart I’m NOT a mini-van mom.

      BTW, funniest video ever.  What we do for our kids - priceless.

    7. sgillesp on Mon, May 24, 2010

      As the parent of four kids in the ‘80s, I was convinced they created those things just for ME - and in the nick of time.  I feel like we had one of the first - and we drove every last mile out of two of them.  Could never figure out, though, why Chrysler never fixed their transmission problems.  Two minivans; four transmissions.  Now we drive foreign-made.  No more minivans for us!

    8. Steve Whipple on Mon, May 24, 2010

      When we had our 7th and 8th kids we graduated from minivan to FULL-size 12 passenger van! With my oldest in college and my second oldest driving, we are dreaming of the day we can “downsize” to a mini-van or SUV again. smile Nothing is sexier than going on a date with your wife in the equivilant of a church bus…but hey that’s how we roll!

    9. Wendi Hammond on Mon, May 24, 2010

      Once we took our kids and another family (8 people) in our mini-van out to our ranch on July 4th so we could legally shoot off fireworks.  Apparently the fireworks really scared our two huge ranch dogs and our friend’s 3-year old son.  When we realized all three were missing, we looked everywhere and eventually found all three sitting on the back seat of the mini-van.


    10. sgillesp on Mon, May 24, 2010

      Wendi, THAT’s a great picture - I can just see it.

    11. Lauren Hunter on Mon, May 24, 2010

      So, we are about to completely pay off our Toyota Sienna LE - aka, Swagger Wagon. It’s an awesome van, perfect for toting our four kids around (7, 5, 2, 9 mos). I love the here and now, but also dream of owning and driving my BMW 3.25i convertible sometime in the next ten, maybe 15 years???

      One of my more recent favorite memories is driving my three kids, prego with the fourth, to my hubby’s basketball camp in the mountains. I had to stop every 20 minutes to rotate the older two into the front seat so that they didn’t puke all over the back row. Thanks to Toyota’s ingenious planning, the front airbags automatically disengage if a person under 80 lbs. is riding in the passenger seat. They think of everything!

    12. dw embry on Tue, May 25, 2010

      Ahh yes, I remember the first minivan I drove. Dodge Caravan convertible. Yes convertible. It was a minivan donated to my college’s auto shop dept. and the top had been removed from the front seat area. Might have been wrecked reason why.  But I have drove other chrysler and chevy minis and mid size(Astro). But with my size I fit a 15 passenger better.

    13. David on Tue, May 25, 2010

      My favorite mini-van memory…. when my wife totaled it and we got a Dodge Dakota.

    14. Rod Gauthier on Tue, May 25, 2010

      Best memories…many. Two trips from Ontario to British Comlumbia. Numerous moves, drive ins, holidays with the trailer, hauling to soccor, groceries and building supplies, 2 child seats (3 kids) and more toys then i care to remember. The best memory, leaving our old and last one at the dealership and picking up our Edge crossover. Enjoy the years and the vans.

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