One Full Minivan

Navigating parenthood one carpool lane at a time.

About Me and Why I Write One Full Minivan

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About Me: The Momma

I’m The Momma. I’m a 34-year-old Los Angeles native who lived abroad most of her adult life. I have a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A. in TESOL, and I’ve been working in the field of education for over ten years.

I have a wonderfully supportive, superbly complex, horrifyingly intelligent husband (The Pop) with whom I disagree about most things most of the time, but who is my perfect companion. In our short 6 years of married life, we have produced three children – M (4.5 years old), E (3 years old) and O (1.5 years old) – and have had a hell of a time doing it!

My life is non-stop. Some days I feel like I have it all; other days I don’t want to get out of bed.

Since having children, I’ve worked full-time, part-time, not at all, and for much of the time, somewhere in between. My social life has slowly come to a halt and I feel I’ve aged twenty years in the last five.

But I love my family more than I could have ever possibly imagined. And when I’m not feeling exhausted, frustrated or angry, I’m filled with joy, love and exhilarated by the challenge and mystery of it all.

 

My Life in a Minivan (AKA Why I Write This Blog)

I have been conceiving this blog since before conceiving our first child. By nature, I am a story teller. As far back as I can remember, I have been framing and shaping the experiences of my life in story form, telling and retelling the events and memories through lenses of humor, catastrophe or nonchalance, depending on my mood.

When my son was born, I felt a new chapter had begun; perhaps even a new novel. It was frightening, exciting and chaotic. The chaos hasn’t stopped ever since.

In fact, the last five years have included relocations (5 to be exact, including moving back to the US from abroad), new employment (that’s two jobs for my husband and four for myself), new schools (a new daycare each year), new doctors (I think we’ve gone through 9 in total??), health scares, surgeries, oh, and the births of our three kids!

It’s been a wild ride. And after the ups and downs of it all, I came to the conclusion that the best thing for myself, my husband and my kids was to slow down and focus. I’m not going to go so far as to say I’ve decided to be a stay-at-home-mom in the long-run, but for the time being, it makes the most sense.

And so, having some extra time on my hands, I decided it was finally time to start extracting some those stories and thoughts from my head and put them somewhere. Not to mention all of the helpful hints, tips and tricks I’ve acquired over the years for dealing with childbirth, childrearing, family life, marriage, self-evolution and all the other shit (literal and figurative). And thus, One Full Minivan was born.

Why call it One Full Minivan? Well, when our third child was born, we sold our SUV and bought a minivan. It may have been the best decision I have ever made in my life – and certainly the best purchase! Since then, I’ve come to feel like the van is part of the family. People always say “Well you certainly have your hands full, don’t you?” (and I barely stop myself from punching them in the face), but the truth is, I have much more than full hands; I have one full minivan.

I always joke that we could live in the minivan if we needed to, but it isn’t a joke at all. It contains at any given time: food, water, clothing, toys, books, movies, music, bits and pieces of my work and, of course, all of the people I love most in the world. So when I decided to name this blog – a place to keep my stories and thoughts about those very same things – I knew what to call it.

So there you go. My life in a nutshell (or, if you prefer, a minivan).

If you have made it this far, I commend you, and it is much appreciated!

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2 Comments

  1. Hi Arielle,
    Congratulations on your wonderful blog!! Will certainly follow it!

  2. Thanks! You know your opinion is always appreciated!

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