Comments on: Packing Up The Van http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/packing-up-the-van/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Tue, 07 Oct 2014 14:55:09 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Ellen Patton http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/packing-up-the-van/comment-page-1/#comment-413660 Ellen Patton Wed, 21 Nov 2012 02:41:24 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25569#comment-413660 Yes! We also had an orange VW van in the mid 70′s. It was a 9-passenger and there were 4 kids so 2 of us go to lay down on seats and 2 got to lay on the floor (I was the only girl and I think I always got a seat). We drove all over the west growing up. I love family road trips.

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By: Kelly http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/packing-up-the-van/comment-page-1/#comment-407009 Kelly Mon, 05 Nov 2012 03:58:12 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25569#comment-407009 That is a van sized hole! I have such fond memories of family road trips. When my brother and I would play the license plate game, or count cows. This was before the days of vans with DVD players. And, as connected as I am and as much as I love television, I will never have a van with a DVD player. I want my kids to see whats outside the windows, or in a good book, or in each other.

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By: Jodi http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/packing-up-the-van/comment-page-1/#comment-406165 Jodi Sat, 03 Nov 2012 03:31:26 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25569#comment-406165 It was way more fun back then when we could just take out all the seats in the van (except for the “way back” row, that was reserved for the oldest!) and throw down some foam pads. Good memories. I am the youngest of 9.

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By: Jamie http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/packing-up-the-van/comment-page-1/#comment-405975 Jamie Fri, 02 Nov 2012 19:12:20 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25569#comment-405975 Ha! I love that image… my husband and I drove through that tree while road tripping down the west coast when we were first married. I loved that trip! And, I’d give anything for that VW bus!! My mom drove an orange VW rabbit when I was little… we then graduated to a minivan, and our roadtrips were mainly just boring I-95 drives from Florida to Maryland. I am so ready to start a road tripping tradition with my own family. I think once our 18-month-old is a couple of years older we’ll hit the road!

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/packing-up-the-van/comment-page-1/#comment-405943 Amy Hackworth Fri, 02 Nov 2012 18:11:56 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25569#comment-405943 We are forever intending to leave for road trips at a certain time, and always leaving an hour…or two…or three…late. Glad to know the same thing happened in your family! :)

These images of your family all piled in the car and singing together are so sweet!

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By: Sophie http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/packing-up-the-van/comment-page-1/#comment-405865 Sophie Fri, 02 Nov 2012 16:11:20 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25569#comment-405865 When I was growing up my dad was a London taxi driver, so the taxi was our only family transport most of the time. Before the compulsory seatbelt laws came in, me and my brother would take our sleeping bags with us on long journeys and sleep on the big floor. So cosy.

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By: Summer http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/packing-up-the-van/comment-page-1/#comment-405854 Summer Fri, 02 Nov 2012 15:54:22 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25569#comment-405854 aw, my dad’s afraid of flying, so we drove everywhere too. Texas to Cape Cod was the most memorable trip (we got lost an entire day in DC). I was an only kid, so we did get the early start (5-6am) and I had the whooooole back seat to sprawl out in and listen to my walkman or read (apparently getting car sick is something i started later in life).

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By: the emily http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/packing-up-the-van/comment-page-1/#comment-405853 the emily Fri, 02 Nov 2012 15:53:09 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25569#comment-405853 We had a way back too! But we had a big 15 passenger van. The oldest kids always got the furthest bench seat (there were 3 benches behind the driver) and would hang up a blanket so we couldn’t see them. Then the next two siblings got the middle of the bench seats, and I always had to sit with grandma on the front bench seat. I HATED it. I loved my grandma, but I wanted to be with the big kids in the way back. But I did like “washing my hair” in the air conditioner vents while we drove.

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By: candice stringham http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/packing-up-the-van/comment-page-1/#comment-405814 candice stringham Fri, 02 Nov 2012 15:12:18 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25569#comment-405814 We had an orange bus like in the photo above but it had a tent top that extended up. It was a total piece of junk but I have the best memories from it.

We would drive from Utah to Northern California crossing through Tahoe every Christmas in that thing and the heater didn’t work. My parents would lay the backseats down and pile on the blankets. And my dad would have to open the window and scrape the frost off the windshield as we were driving. I remember being freezing but we always though it was fun.

It’s kind of amazing what was acceptable as far as safety goes when we were kids but we all survived! My Dad said it gave us character and creativity.

Thanks for the memories!

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By: Janet Meyer http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/packing-up-the-van/comment-page-1/#comment-405722 Janet Meyer Fri, 02 Nov 2012 13:03:32 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25569#comment-405722 Oh my, the memories your article conjured up again. Growing up, we didn’t have a VW bus for our family of 8 but my south african husband did for his family of 9! He often tells us about their holiday adventures in and around Cape Town in their red VW bus. Growing up in Maryland, my family would pile into our olive green paneled station wagon and take a 4 week summer vacation across the country to visit our family members in California and Idaho. We’d all pile in for the adventure; kids, dog, pillows, books, food, toys, mom, dad and the tinkle jar (i’ll let this story item stay in the family!). Hook up the pop up camping trailer and we were good to go!

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By: Martha http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/packing-up-the-van/comment-page-1/#comment-405308 Martha Thu, 01 Nov 2012 22:20:27 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25569#comment-405308 One of my favorite things about my growing up years is all the amazing places that my parents took up! When I think about it now, traveling all over the US and Canada with 6 girls was no small feat, but oh how I appreiciate the memories and education that we got because of their sacrifice! I always wanted a VW bus! We always drove a Chevy Astro van. One day.

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By: Simona- Positivelybeaming http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/packing-up-the-van/comment-page-1/#comment-405216 Simona- Positivelybeaming Thu, 01 Nov 2012 20:52:23 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25569#comment-405216 What a great story! Thank you for sharing and sparking the interesting comments on childhood’s past. We didn’t have a VW nor the need of one with only two kids but we did go on plenty of road trips in a mini-van. I had a favourite spot and because of me I guess my brother took the remaining chair. We fought a lot, especially when we took a car with a bench seat! Imagine how horrible to have your little brother over the line? The end of the world in those days. We played a ton of games, sang, read and talked, there were no headphones or video games or movies. We asked “are we there yet?” a million times and drove our parents crazy. But through all that, I only have great memories of those trips and the things we saw. I wouldn’t change it for the world.

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By: Jennifer O. http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/packing-up-the-van/comment-page-1/#comment-405215 Jennifer O. Thu, 01 Nov 2012 20:52:15 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25569#comment-405215 When I was little, we always had VWs. After the third kid was born my mom said the Bug and the Rabbit we’re going to cut it, and the Bug was replaced with a yellow/tan, aka banana split Van. I clearly remember on road trips, when we often left in the wee hours, my baby sister’s travel crib strapped into the two seat bench seat with the seat belts, the middle sister got to sleep on the back seat, and I, the oldest, was in the way back with luggage falling on me. Oh, the memories! The van had a tendency toward disastrous car problems including the engine catching on fire more than once, and we were early adopters of the Suburban, aka the Sherman Tank or Moby Dick the great grey whale. My mom has since downsized (since she only has kid #5 at home now) first to a Yukon and now a Pilot and Envoy which she feels is too small, you never know when you need to haul something. We are very much not a minivan family. My sisters, both with 3 or 4 kids, drive a Navigator and an Explorer.

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By: Grania http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/packing-up-the-van/comment-page-1/#comment-405092 Grania Thu, 01 Nov 2012 19:36:22 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25569#comment-405092 We had a VW Variant (my fathers) and a beetle (mums). When the variant first came on the market in the sixties my parents used a green one to transport huge posters for exhibitions between Germany and England with me in a carrycot perched on top of the posters – a wonder I survived. The customs officers at the ferry were so irritated the first time they saw it they slotted the variant into the lorry lane. Later we had a bright orange one with a black roof with three kids in the back and luggage on top, iin the back and the front, no air conditionig or seat belts, but plastic seatsbut made comfortable with extra cushions etc by dad. My space was always behind the passenger seat, so I could keep an eye on the clock whilst travelling through England and Germany

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By: rebekah http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/packing-up-the-van/comment-page-1/#comment-405047 rebekah Thu, 01 Nov 2012 19:12:47 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25569#comment-405047 With five kids in our family, we traveled every summer to a lake in Oklahoma in a big, brown Dodge van … with no air conditioning. A lot of the trip prep that you described sounds similar to my experience, especially my dad’s desire for an early departure time! My favorite memory is when my sister and I would wear our swimsuits the entire trip and, because it was so hot in the van, we would burst out as soon as we arrived and run into the lake.

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By: Robin k http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/packing-up-the-van/comment-page-1/#comment-405006 Robin k Thu, 01 Nov 2012 18:53:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25569#comment-405006 Love reading about you guys packing up. And you were probably on your way to visit us some of those times!

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By: Elizabeth T. http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/packing-up-the-van/comment-page-1/#comment-404972 Elizabeth T. Thu, 01 Nov 2012 18:37:14 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25569#comment-404972 I am one of 4 kids. When I was in high school (late ’80s) the family car was a sort of yellow-beige VW Vanagon. My baby sister called it “the peanut butter car” because of the color.

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By: Therea http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/packing-up-the-van/comment-page-1/#comment-404944 Therea Thu, 01 Nov 2012 18:22:09 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25569#comment-404944 Our family had a green VW van too! My mom outfitted it with lime green lace curtains. So 70′s. So perfect. I loved our family road trips in that van, even when it broke down and we kids entertained ourselves while my dad toiled with the engine. Somehow he always got it going again. I wonder if his memories of those break downs are as good as mine are.

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By: Mary-- The Yellow Door Paperie http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/packing-up-the-van/comment-page-1/#comment-404852 Mary-- The Yellow Door Paperie Thu, 01 Nov 2012 17:36:28 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25569#comment-404852 Growing up my family had a VW just like the one pictured above. We almost always had some sort of VW van. From 70-90s. Five kids in our family so there was always room for everyone. Lots of beach camping, Yosemite camping, quick trips and Drive-in theater nights.

Oh wow. What beautiful memories you’ve given me today!

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By: Sara http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/packing-up-the-van/comment-page-1/#comment-404845 Sara Thu, 01 Nov 2012 17:30:10 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=25569#comment-404845 VW buses are so adorable! We had no such cute vehicle, but one of my favorite road trip memories is of my 2 younger brothers and I packed into the backseat of our little car with our pillows, leaning on each other like dominoes so we could all sleep comfortably. My parents dubbed us “3 bugs in a rug,” and from that point on, we always used that term :).

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