Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Name Guru's Minivan!

You guys, it happened. We bought a minivan last weekend.

I wrote all about how it made me feel over at Babble. I'm having a love/hate relationship with this vehicle. On the one hand, it is probably the nicest thing I've ever driven. It has TVs in it and a remote to unlock and open the doors and SO many cupholders. I loooove that stuff. It's also nice that I will now be able to bring my new baby home from the hospital in June, since my old car (a sedan) didn't have room for a third car seat.


But on the other hand, it's a minivan. I just feel like such a mom when I see it in the driveway. When my husband first looked inside he joyfully proclaimed, "Wow! This thing has so much space we could have another THREE kids...!" I think that was about the moment when my uterus slammed shut and I started to feel a wee bit mad at the minivan. Stupid minivan. Now look what you've got my husband daydreaming about!

But, no. I don't mean it. I love you, minivan. I love all your amazing features and I love that I can finally offer to pick up my friends' kids from school and I love that you have room for my kids' bikes in the back. MWAH!

So, as a way to make peace with this new chapter of my motor vehicle life, I need your help, Mommyland. Help me name my minivan! It has been sitting in my driveway all weekend with no plates and today is officially its first day on the road because I sucked it up and suffered through the wait at the RMV yesterday with my two kids.

This was an actual conversation that took place in my house about this topic:

Guru: Hey  guys, what should we name our new van?
4yo Girl: How about Minnie Van?
2yo Boy: No, it's MICKEY Van.
Husband: How about we call it...The Panic Wagon.

Siiiiiigh. Please, please, please help me find the perfect name for it! Photo above.

xoxo
Guru Louise
This is what the RMV looked like at 7:45am, with my two kids in tow. I only survived thanks to dum-dum lollipops.

(c)Herding Turtles 2009 - 2013

46 comments:

  1. For years I drove a green minivan I called the Babe-mobile because 1) It kept my babies safe and 2) It made me look like a hot babe behind the wheel (liar). After 11 years, two kids and several thousand pounds of granola bar crumbs, I finally traded it in for a smaller vehicle. So if you feel the call to name your van the Babe-mobile, know that the original has been retired and you have my full blessing. Because we can't all as lucky as Lydia to drive the Big White Tampon.

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  2. Our minivan is black and we call it Bat-Van! (Yes, the exclamation point is necessary.) Yours looks like it may be black, too. Feel free to use Bat-Van!

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  3. The Blue Bomber instantly came to mind when I saw it... don't ask me why!

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  4. We just bought our first mini-van yesterday, and I swore I would NEVER EVER drive one! However, after taking it out for a little test spin yesterday I fell in love....it has so much room! It's spacious! And those cup holders! Are you kidding me?? I don't have a name for mine, so I don't have any advice for yours, but I have to say, I'm right there with you....hating myself for loving it!

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  5. Our golden brown Sienna is called Nekobasu or Catbus (from My Neighbor Totoro) and we have a catbus charm on the keychain.

    This doesn't hqve much meaning to it, but you could call it The Blue Whale, Belugamobile.. gosh, these are lame.. I haven't had coffee yet. :)

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  6. She looks like an Annette to me. Prim and proper and cheerful in a Disney sort of way, but you know deep down she's ready for a good time at the beach. Not TOO good of a time mind you, but a good time just the same. Pineapple Princess or Jamaica Ska, anyone???

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  7. Ouris navy blue, and Pink P calls it Rosie. She'd like to name the next car Rainbow. You're welcome to use the name. God knows I don't want to.

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    1. Aww, you don't want to drive a rainbow? I can't imagine why. It sounds fabulous!

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    2. I fought the good fight - 3 children now 10 to 16 (16 year olds are twins) - and I am still blessedly mini van free. I shove all 3 children (and my 10 year old is 5'8" and the twins are 5'10" and 6'1") in the back of my 4 door jeep. After last year's vacation where we drove from Ohio to Boston in it, I did concede and rent a mini van for this year's trip to St. Augustine. Maybe it will convert me, but considering my obsession with my Jeep, I doubt it.

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  8. Thelma .... goes with Louise and when you and Thelma are out and about you can pretend-feel a little wild and wreckless (maybe you won't go home! ... but who are you kidding? you have a car full of babies and a load of laundry to switch over at home) ... and sometimes we all feel like we could just drive off a cliff ;)

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    1. I agree. Genius! My fave so far.

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    2. Total genius, has to be Thelma now!!!

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    3. That's perfect!! Love it!!

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    4. I have to agree.... Thelma sounds awesome!

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    5. Minirva. Couldn't be anything else. Love, Sandy @ slpabold.blogspot.com

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    6. She nailed it with Thelma. Contest over!

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  9. How about the Post-Shaggin' Wagon? PSW for short - and to save you from having to explain that to the kids. And Judgy McJudgersons.

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  10. I was going to suggest "Silver Bullet" or "Lead Balloon"** b/c it looked gray to me in the pictures. But after reading the other comments & taking a closer look, I realize it's more blue... (Depending on your sense of humor, you might still think those names could be useful. {shrug})

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    **That's one of my absolute favorite old-school expressions! :) ex. Your husband's quip about having 3 more children went over like a lead balloon.

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  11. Brings back memories...how about The Vortex ;)

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  12. I feel the exact same way about our mini-van which we also just purchased. My husband calls it the "chariot" - as in "Kids - let's go and get into mommy's chariot!". As for other names -Fred. Fred is a good solid name for a mini-van. It can be used in sentences like, "Fred! Why do you smell like old diaper and juice box? You need a bath!"

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  13. Moby for being whale-like and for all-family "mobility".

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  14. I adore our minivan. However, my life is more like Kate's (minus the fantastic shoes, alas) so I am happy to boost my mom-cred, which the minivan certainly does. Ours is the same color. We named it the Malevolence. In case you are not quite as versed in the animated series of the Clone Wars as we are at our house, this is the name of some bad guy's spaceship. We ripped the name off from George Lucas. Feel free to rip it off from us. Unless yours feels more girly, in which case, go with Annette.

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  15. I have TWO minivans ( I had to turn in my cool card when we brought the second one home) one is named "the Bastard" which my husband drives and is currently experiencing transmission hiccups. The other is "Bertha the Bitch" cause she's tough and she's got shit under control.

    That being said I think you should call it "Gus, Gus the Party Bus".

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    1. Gus the Party Bus - hands down my favourite suggestion on here

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  16. I also like Thelma but I was thinking the Guru-mobile. Like the Popemobile, but with less windows to clean.

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  17. I drove a minivan in high school. It was awesome....like a mobile closet. I called it the Mom-mobile or the Pimpmobile. lol. Of course, since the bedroom got you in this situation, just call it the Shaggin Wagon.

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  18. Hehe, at least you got to wait until you were a mama to have a van--I drove the "retired" family van in highschool. It was a huge white beast of a thing (one of those pop-top chevy deals) and I called it Moby Dick, Moby for short :D. The ancient Honda accord I drove before that (also a retired family car) burned oil and was thus named The Dragon :-). That said, I vote in favor of The Blue Bomber (if it is actually blue--my screen can't decide between blue and green!) or Thelma. I really like Thelma. She'd never let your babies get hurt, and she'll say helpful things to you when you don't have the babies :D.

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  19. Puff the tragic wagon. That is what my old 1994 puke green villager was called. Good times. Good times.

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  20. The Shaggin' Wagon!

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  21. We call our blue Sienna "Serenity." It works on two levels: the SERENITY NOW!! level--which can actually be heard inside it a little too frequently when we're full up with the little darlings; and the geek level--it's the name of the ship in Firefly, the TV show and Serenity the movie, which carried a number of powerful, smart, and/or sneaky assassin-type young women, which is what we're pretty sure our three daughters will grow up to be.

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  22. Big Blue - my friend had a very beaten up, sky-blue-colored mini van that she drove all throughout college, and which we very lovingly called Big Blue (though I admit this looks much nicer, it was the first thing I thought of :)).

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  23. Like nearly everyone, I loathed minivans until we got one (at the 1.5 kid stage), then couldn't figure out why we hadn't done it sooner. Now, with three kids 4,6 &8, we call it The Van. As in: "Get. In. The. Van. NOW!!!" or "If. You. Don't. Get. In. The. Van. I. Will. Leave. You. Here!" (Often said with all CAPITAL LETTERS, because OMG can they screw around getting in. I miss baby carriers...)

    Oh, and could you clarify the color? You might get better results if we knew the blue/green/gray-ness of it all. :)

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  24. I call mine the "our last name" family fun van. Kids think I'm serious and adults know I'm being completely sarcastic. Got mine when my second was a baby, now he is six and I was thisclose to getting a smaller car when Suprise! Baby # 3 was on the way...sigh.

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  25. My first thought: Elvira, for no reason whatsoever. Second one: The Blue Blur (for the period of parenting called the blur) Plus if you say it fast it sounds like blooper -- which is kinda how many of us first felt about minivans. Third is my favorite: Minion Mobile (because Guru said fast sounds like Gru - name of a character from the movie Despicable Me. His helpers are adorable yellow characters called minions. This one carts your minions from point a to z and back again.)

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    1. Minion Mobile is the best name ever!

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  26. Wait until you are driving it with all the windows down singing whatever the top pop song is at the top of your lungs along with your kids and you pull up to a stoplight & your child rolls their window up making you look like the crazy minivan mom. This happened to me with Call Me Maybe as we pulled up to a 1950's car with a couple of rockabilly dudes in it. I have never seen 2 guy laugh harder in their lives!

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  27. I have no good names but have to agree that dum-dum lollypops are the best! The number of events they have gotten my kids through ...

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  28. My first thought was Gus, but I really like Thelma also. Another thought was The Blue Streak, after a roller coaster in Cedar Point (Sandusky OH).

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  29. My vote is for Thelma, although "Panic Wagon" sounds good too LOL!

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  30. our minivan is called "trashcan on wheels"..or.."womb wagon"....when you open the door, all sorts of things go flying out...or...children, like down the birth canal

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  31. We call our minivan (not around the kids, of course)the Van-gina. Because when you open the door, kids fall out.

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  32. My husband says you already named it in the picture -- Notevil. He's a fan of smushing words together: Not evil = Notevil. Pronounced NO-tevil.

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  33. Honestly, I think the Panic Wagon is a fantastic name! If you don't use it, I'm totally saving it for if I ever buy a minivan. :)

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