Well, we finally bought the minivan. You probably know by now that I am not thrilled with this new development. Yes, I know lots of people love their vans. Yes, I know it is going to make things easier. Yes, I know I’m being a pretentious little snot looking down my nose at all you van drivers. I’ve just . . . never wanted a van. Or even a suv. I am completely a car person. I’ll get over it though.
We ended up with a Honda Odyssey EX-L. Technically the EX-L is smackdab in the middle of what they offer, breaking with our family motto – “One step up from the bottom.” It can seat eight, so we told the daughter we were going to have to adopt more kids to fill the seats. [Joke!]
Here are some things I really like about the new van:
- It has a ton of cup holders. No more “do you have somewhere up there to put this” coming from the back seat.
- It has automatic sliding doors. No more getting soaked trying to load an immobile five-year old into the vehicle.
- It has leather interior. Easy to wipe down spills, yes!
- It doesn’t feel like a boat when you are driving it. I was actually really surprised by this. They kind of feel like boats when you ride in them and I expected the same while driving.
- It has seat warmers for the front seats. I like a toasty tush.
- It has enough space to fit the little man’s wheelchair into the back without folding any seats down. For now, at least.
And here it is in all of its glory:
Okay, let’s talk about the wheelchair. We decided against getting any ramp, roll-in capability, or lift for now. It is easy for you guys on the outside to see our situation and realize that it would make things easier if we had a ramp or lift. But – to be honest – this is one little bit of normalcy we don’t want to give up yet and if that means lifting the kid into his car seat and lugging the wheelchair into the back. His car seat has a five-point harness with a weight capacity of 70 pounds (shout out to the Britax Pioneer 70) and provides the support he needs while sitting. I know when we make the change I’ll probably write a post about titled “Why Didn’t I Do This Years Ago?” and I’m okay with that. For now, the chair stays in the back.
*This wisdom brought to you by Mr. Tacky.