When I found out I had to write a blog post around the topic of "drive", I thought to myself:- "well this is right up my alley, or my long, steep craggy dirt driveway!".
You see, I live out of town. Hence my name Farmers Wifey.
We live on 75 acres in the glorious country. It takes around 10 minutes to drive to school, that's one kilometre down our steep craggy dirt driveway.
Here's my first vlog of my driveway. It's totally ridiculous and amateurish.
Then one kilometre along our dirt road, then around eight kilometres into town to our school.
It also takes half an hour to drive into town, where our children have their social lives.
This includes music and sports such as dancing, gymnastics, football and the skatepark. If I want to drive to the movies, it takes around 35 minutes. If I want to go shopping, it's the same.
We do hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of kilometres each week!
We drive over this railway crossing over 40 times a week.
Oh this one as well.
And we drive across this creek crossing over 40 times a week.
Except when it is flooded like this. Then we stay at home and watch dvds.
(I wonder does Ford make boats? I must look into that.)
What am I telling you here? We live in our car!
The kids occassionally do their homework in the car, or play their electronic game consoles.
We need to pass the time from one activity to another. Our car is like our second home.
This is my life.
The kids and I love to play games in the car, while driving in for our shopping, dancing or football, or driving to school in the mornings...
We refer to the first game as "the movie quote game".
We take it in turns to...well...say quotes from movies we love and see who can guess which movie we are referring to.
It's kinda like, I'll say: "Hello, my name's Bruce" "Hello Bruce"......from Nemo or
"You didn't file your paperwork"......from Monsters Inc or
I do the funny noise the bird makes in the movie UP which usually has the kids in hysterics..
The second game we play is the one I like to refer to as "Lets say how awesome Mummy is".
I start off by saying something in a singing tone and the kids repeat, like this:-
F/W Mummy is awesome
Kids Mummy is awesome
F/W Mummy is beautiful
Kids Mummy is beautiful
F/W Mummy cooks nice dinners
Kids Mummy cooks nice dinners
F/W Mummy is skinny
Kids Mummy is skinny
F/W Mummy's a good dancer
Kids Mummy's a good dancer
F/W Mummy's smarter than Daddy
Kids Mummy's smarter than Daddy (by now the kids are hysterical).......
The last game is a new one...we start off by singing the iconic song "The Wheels on the Bus" and in the verses we make reference back to "our" family.
Here, I'll show you:-
The wheels on the bus go round and round round and round, round and round The wheels on the bus go round and round All the way to town The people on the bus go up and down up and down, up and down The people on the bus go up and down All the way to town
Then we continue on with verses starting with:-
The tweens on the bus go yeah whatever or
The mummies on the bus go do your homework or
The boys on the bus go Ben 10 rocks or
The mummies on the bus go clean your room or
The kids on the bus go it's not my stuff or
The daddies on the bus go get off the computer or
The mummies on the bus go where's the wine or even
The mummies on the bus go kids you're busted
As you can see, we spend alot of time in the car.
A typical day for me would be loading the three kids into the car, all across the back seat, squashed in together. See how happy they look.
We drive in to school and I carry on to work. I use the car several time in my day driving to houses for inspections and back to school at 3pm.
We then drive back home, get changed and head off into town for sports and social activities. The kids, not mine.
The first stop could be singing lessons.
Then we might continue to the skate park while the girls go to dancing and gymnastics.
We sometimes get home after 8pm.
Because we spend so much time driving, I need a car with good seating flexibility, where I can spread out the kids so they keep their hands and feet to themselves.
And they don't fight.
I also need loads of boot space for the scooters, school bags, dance bags and smelly football boots.
And I need a cup holder or two for my water and for my hot chocolate to keep me hydrated during the endless hours I spend driving.
And I also need some awesome fuel economy because I'm not spending all of my hard earned cash at the petrol station.
This is what I need. The New Ford Territory.
Do you think my Akubra will go with this?
This is my entry in the Kidspot/Ford Top 50 Bloggers Comp. I'd love your vote.
So tell me, do you drive. Do you spend alot of time in YOUR car?