A Tale of the Third Row

For the past 3 weeks, we've been living out of the car.

With late night baseball practices and 2-3 games a week, we were never home.

Luckily we have a 7 seater vehicle.

Yes, there's only 5 of us, but everyone needs their space.

The tween won't sit next to the teen in the middle row.

That leaves the 6 year old with the whole 3rd row to herself.

And, believe me, no one wants to....nor is able to sit next to her.

This photo is after a bit of cleaning.


This photo may be a health code violation, so squint when you look at it.


I would have loved to endure burnt legs on hot summer leather seats over the uncleanable stained cloth seats.

Seriously, when we turn a corner, things jingle and jangle and thump in that third row.

My baby is like a homeless grocery cart pusher with a home and no cart.

All of her stuff is back there.

Plus a whole lot of other garbage she collects on the way.

She's messy, doesn't like to clean up...and I think there may be a science experiment growing out of an old milkshake cup back there.

She can't find her shoes, her sweatshirt is always damp, and there are enough fries back there to survive a natural disaster if need be.

Yeah.  I'm raising Pigpen.

But, it's generally quiet back there.

The DVD player is on, she is happily munching on something or another, I'm sure there's one type of liquid drink back there for her that hasn't expired.

Car trips have been a breeze lately.

Good thing my teen has a compulsive cleaning habit, so the car will be sparkly in no time now that all-stars are over.

So does anyone know where we can rent a HazMat suit?

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  1. Cinderella10383 said...

    LOL this post is hilarious, I wish I had a teenager to come clean up my car. I have a toddler so my car is always a wreck. He loves to throw his snacks on the floor boards LOL.

    Jamie Brigham
    PrettyInPinkWife @ aol dot com

  2. won said...

    "...there are enough fries back there to survive a natural disaster if need be."

    That's the attitude :) Perfect.

  3. Simply Being Mommy said...

    Oh gosh, girl. I'd be having a panic attack. My kids leave one thing in the back and I need meds LOL!

  4. Jan Messali said...

    I'm so glad to see that I'm not the only one whose car needs a bit of help. The difference is, my kids are grown and it's my mess in the car! Yikes!

  5. jenmalonee said...

    Kids love messes and messes do not bother them at all. My kids are the same way.

    Jennifer Marie

    lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

  6. sweetpea08 said...

    I have a 4 year old and a baby...and a husband who keeps taking my car to go workout. So it's a disaster! Nice to know I'm not alone!
    -Rachel

  7. Shelly Peterson said...

    I've seen plenty of vehicles that dirty or worse, including mine lol. I bet your glad to get back to some kind of normalcy(what ever that is lol) after 3 weeks of all that. :)

  8. akronugurl said...

    lol i have the same problem
    -stephanie jones

  9. Marthalynn said...

    Ha! Those pictures look all to familiar. I remember the days before kids when our cars were clean and didn't smell like french fries! It's gonna be another 20 years or so before I get that experience again.

  10. VickeC said...

    this brings back memories,lol,,my van used to crunch when the kids got in it,,they never picked up anything,,an you know what,they survived without catching a disease from it,so it was okay,,now I have a clean car an the kids are grown an gone,,I miss those messy days believe it or not

  11. Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

    Our 3 and 5 yo get the back row...it's nasty back there. Despite me telling them not to, they put trash in little containers for me to find weeks later!

  12. Katiemc said...

    I know what it is like "living out of your car". There is only me and I still carry so much stuff. I don't want to be somewhere and not prepared. Thank God I don't have to really "live in" my car. Very grateful. You sound like you have a very busy and fulfilling life.

  13. Molly said...

    Not so strange..my car often looks like this..but from my hubby. Molly Bussler

  14. betty baez said...

    I don't have teens and it's sad to say my van sometimes looks like this i strive to clean it at least once a week so it doesn't get too bad

  15. deanna said...

    ha ha so funny. Even the most expensive Mercedes gets a few crumbs and shoes streaks on the back of the seats...
    xoxo

  16. Heather said...

    LOL, unfortunately, I am guilty of my van looking like this. My kids are ages 7, 4, and 2 and we have therapy for two of the three 3x a week and I have physical therapy twice a week...on top of specialists appointments, we never stop. I usually go to one of those independent car wash places so that no one is around so that I don't have to be embarrassed while cleaning it. lol. I also make them come along and help. After all, most of it IS their mess. :)

  17. jackie reza said...

    I should probably thank god i didnt have a car when my girls were small lol

  18. Lilyana Cruz said...

    my husband is the one who is responsible for cleaning and eventhough it is impossible to bring small children taking flawless self!

  19. Lilyana Cruz said...

    my husband is the one who is responsible for cleaning and eventhough it is impossible to bring small children taking flawless self!

  20. Maureen said...

    I am SO glad that I am not the only one! My five year old has quite a stash in the third row! Thanks for sharing =)

    Maureen
    maureen.tenney@gmail.com

  21. TammyLyne said...

    I was just talking about this today to a coworker..My house is spic and span, you can eat off the floors but for some reason my car looks like the city dump..its embarrassing and I dont know why but I just cant keep it clean!

  22. VickeC said...

    my grandsons are that way an their Mom was also,but her truck is totally worse than mine ever was,,maybe its inhertied?lol

  23. Evelyn D. said...

    My moms old car use to look like that as soon as she found out she made my sisters clean it quickly!

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