Thursday, April 15, 2010

the jetta.

Have you met Wendy? She is awesome. Hilarious... REAL... awesome.
And it's time for her annual Dirty Minivan Contest.
Ummm, have you seen my car?
Not quite a minivan (more on that in a sec), but it's safe to say I've let things go in the clean & organized department.

And here she is!
My trusty, '02 VW Jetta.
By trusty, I mean piece-of-crap-since-purchase.
That's right, friends, I roll with all three kids stuffed into this baby.
What will happen come August, you say? After the fourth kid is born?
I may or may not have googled 'children in the front seat laws', while waiting for these photos to upload. Darn Chloe and her petiteness!
So, yeah, it's time for a new car. Probably a minivan. Anyone have an extra one laying around?

Okay... not bad on the outside...

Passenger seat:

{purse [a whole separate issue], random mail, hand sanitizer, hot pink lip gloss [haven't worn make-up in months], orange crayon, and a half-eaten bag of TJ's peanut butter filled pretzels.}

Below the dash:

{umbrella, empty envelopes, cutting mat [?? for some reason, this is it's permanent home], and Chloe's lunchbox from 2 days ago.}

View from Chayse's door:

{crumpled school papers, Camden's jacket, "family organizer" book [HAHAHA!], books, squirrel ears, and Kevin's favorite Mexican blanket. who knows what lies beneath this pile.}

Behind the front passenger seat:

{more school papers, empty water bottle & chip bag, headband, Camden's 3-year check up info, empty bag from the fabric store, baby game that doesn't work, ruby slippers, one sandal, crayon, I think I see a cupcake wrapper, water bottle lid, tissue pack, and doll underwear.}


{another lunchbox [from WAY more than 2 days ago], another umbrella, more underwear, some random fliers, stroller, Kevin's jacket, kids' Easter artwork, a couple Beanie Babies, Superfoods book, ROOT beer bottle [calm down!] and a Cabbage Patch baby carrier.}

And just for fun, let's really zoom in on the good stuff.

{under Camden's car seat.}

Well, there you have it! This is actually pretty good shape, too. I took a few armloads of stuff out a couple days ago, including a sippy cup that had to go immediately into the trash.

I swear this car was impeccable when Chloe was a baby!

Now, head on over to Tales from the Motherhood to check out the competition!
And as Wendy says, herself, "the dirtier your car is the more you love your kids." So there.


Nancy said...

Oh my goodness... that was so awesome. Thanks for the tour. I love the randomness of the back seat treasures. Isn't Wendy a hoot? My ride is usually atrocious. I wish I knew about the contest before I grew so nauseated and cleaned out my ride. I couldn't add my vomit to the front seat, you know? Great pics,thanks for the laughs.

Tanya said...

I am in LOVE with this post! lol! :)

Danielle said...

HILARIOUS! Who would know from looking at the outside?! My car just has lint and a little bit of dog hair...sure sign that I'm childless. Good luck on the contest!!!

Lindsey said...

Thanks for keeping it real, Heather. Love ya!

TDM Wendy said...

This is beautiful and so full of love.

mel @ the larson lingo said...

Nice work Heather! I am so proud to call you a friend & fellow dirty car driver :)
p.s. aren't you glad I cleaned out my car for when we drove down to LA?

Katie said...

This is the funniest post I've read in quite some time! You know we always post the "good" this was really funny!
Girl, you must get a bigger car ;) but I hear ya, I've had my jeep since 03, notihing better than no car payments (that way you can afford to buy all that crap that loads up the car) ;)

Tegan and Tage said...

My favorite part: "more underwear"


PLEASE tell me you vacuumed beneath Camden's car seat after taking that picture.

I'll keep my eye out for free minivans.

Carrie said...

Love it! You are brave to move the carseats, I have no cluse what is under mine and I am afraid to find out.

crafterhours said...

I'm SO glad you mentioned that you had just cleaned it out, because honestly I was looking through these pictures like, "yeah? and....? Where's the mess?" I guess I should enter this contest.

Laura said...

beautiful. just beautiful.

Amy said...

nice job. I was having fun recognizing a few things. Like the Amy Knapp organizer - I used that one for years. Also the In Between Stitches bag with the little fabric tie on the handle.

I'm pretty impressed that your little car can hold that much crap! If I can get my own post up in the next 27 minutes you can see how much my SUV can hold!

the queen bee said...

Phew. I am so glad to know that I am not the only one. I honestly think it's part of being creative. The chaos amongst the creativity. That's how I justify it anyway. ;)

"Miss" Anita said...

I think you deserve more of the vote than you received. Pretty messy! (You just need a BIGGER vehicle to get it even MESSIER! -- LOL!)

Sarah said...

Love it!