Thursday, March 19, 2009

It's Time to VOTE for the Dirtiest DMV!

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Elijah says, "Dirty cars... they're so funny and gross." (But what he actually said FIRST was, "Put a scarf on your butt booty." Reliving a previous post. And then Lydia copied him and they cracked up.)
Husband says, "If you have time to put your makeup on, you should clean your freakin' cars!"
Wendy says, "It literally takes me 2 minutes to put on my makeup... on the days I get out of my robe I have some free time, me time. It takes a lifetime to clean a Dirty Minivan."
Meet the DMV Finalists!!!
Your car is so dirty you need a whole blog post (or five!) ... those are not fighting words or anything. Consider it a compliment from one proud parent of an honor roll DMV to another.

Click on the contestants name to be directed to their blog post featuring their DMVs.

Blog Contestant #1:
Lori Steer:
Mother of three. She says her DMV smells a lot worse then it looks. She has a scratch and sniff feature on her blog so perhaps you could take a whiff and give her some bonus points for the stench. You also will be inspired by her faith as she battles Breast cancer.
AND she donated the grand prize squeaky and sanitized chicken toy (as seen on her blog) displayed by Lydia. It will make a great lifetime accessory to any DMV.


Blog Contestant #2:
Sara Terpstra:
Mother of three. In the process of adopting a baby girl from China. This is a good one... (compliment, total compliment)

Blog Contestant #3:
Mother of three. She has a sweet blog Calling for Justice. But click on her name to see her DSUV.

Now for the non-blog submissions -
Contestant # 4:
Cami Terpstra :
Mother of three with one on the way. They live on a huge plot of land, with a tiny little house. I think her car is her extra closet. (Compliment. Feel the compliment.)



Contestant #5:
Sarah Melvin:
Mother of two. RECENTLY cleaned out her car after receiving death threats having a heart to heart about it with her husband. She was forced encouraged to come up with a system for keeping her car clean.
In her own words ...
"Okay, I SO have the gene! Just two short days after my "system" began, the car is regaining it's normalcy.
Don't fight it sister.
The system was supposed to be: I would keep a bag of grocery bags in the car. At the end of each ride or each day, all the trash and food scraps would be bagged and thrown. (This has not gone down as planned.) We have also started a, "pick one toy to bring in the car today" policy. This has been pretty successful. The kids like the control of picking something different each day and they feel more responsible for taking it back in the house when we get home.
Good for you Sarah, you found ONE thing that worked.
Two days after the system began, there is snack food ground into the floor, seats and mats, a crust of a peanut butter and honey sandwich on the floor (most likely stuck to the mat), a day old juice box spill on the middle seat, two gum wrappers, a juice box straw and an old reciept holding a chewed piece of gum on the middle console, snotty tissues on the floor (yep, that is really gross), an old pelligrino bottle and my bag of bags for all the garbage! ...that is not to leave out the box of kleenexes, notices from school and last weeks art project."
Nice try, Sarah. I applaud you for your efforts. Face the facts. You are a DSUVer lifer.





Contestant #6:
Jenn Murphy (Danville Jenn Murphy, not Bako Jenn Murphy):
As she puts it ...
"I had to share this pic with you because if you notice there are ABC flashcards all over the floor. The kids got those flashcards at a B-day party THREE WEEKS AGO. After we left the party the kids opened the flashcards and threw them all over the floor (like any well behaved children would). Well, the cards have sat on the floor for about three weeks now. Also, you will notice all the food crumbs on the floor...my kids will never be hungry on the road, they can always find a cracker or an old fry to munch on. :)"


Contestant #7:
Melissa Larson:
Mother of Two. Kudos for the thorough picture submission. Total over achiever.














Contestant #8:
Kristin Lineberry:
Mother of three. She has been working hard since my contest announcement. Simply put,
"Keep in mind that Scott just cleaned the car right before you announced the contest."
Photo #1:
Front seat. (Sorry about the sun glare) I'm pretty sure that is a random white shirt of Jack's that he took off when he was too hot. And those are a couple of gum drops stuck to it. On the seat is Anna's St. Patrick's day crown from Kindergarten. The plate has some gooey marshmallow on it that Ella insisted on bringing in the car one morning when we took the big kids to school. Haven't had enough free hand time to take it out yet. On the floor: random bags, school papers, water bottle, and ? And in the cup holder more empty water bottle and Burger King toy.

Photo #2:
Backseat. Just the usual random jackets, sweatshirts, socks, trash, baby wipes, and another Burger King toy. Oh and a lone Wheat Thin.


Contestant #9:
Christina Johnson:
Mother of one with one on the way. I can't read her little notes. She may resubmit bigger notes later. But she did want you to note the sanitizing hand wipes (I cannot even figure out where they are) because she says it is essential to always be hygienic in our DMVs. Or in her case a TT.
As she says,"TT pictures (trashed truck), as I'm now scootin' around the LBC in an oh-so-user-friendly Ford F150. I warn you - this is not pretty. The front seat is clean, but the back seat is really even worse than I realized."
Keep your chin up sister. Be not ashamed.





Contestant #10:
Michelle Schrock:
Now this one is in it's own special category because it is TOTALLY AWESOME on so many levels. First of all, it does totally look like a casino. I mean, where can you find that? If she didn't live in Japan I would so be down with "Minivan Swap" with Michelle. Forget Bunko, we would have ladies' poker night at my house in my van.
In the words of Michelle...

"Here in the tropical lushness of Okinawa, Japan I got ROACHES in my van! I am not even afflicted with DMV, unless my DH spends more than about 5 min in my van. I am an OCDer and try in futility to keep up with the losing battle of kid mess. My van was barely dirty, a few Cheereos and a chicken nugget here or there, and during the rainy season the darn bugs just moved in and started repopulating. It was super nasty, roaches of all sizes hiding everywhere. Every time you opened the doors to get in or moved something inside you could see them scurrying all over. I could not even ride in it at night without getting the heebie geebies. I about had a nervous breakdown. Even worse, my neighbor told me that if you don’t get rid of the roaches they will attract some sort of poisonous spider that will move in to your car as well. It will turn into some crazy insect party/smorgasbord. (Ewww! Itching now as I recall!) Apparently this is a normal phenomenon here."

And second, it fills up with roaches and deadly spiders! Who needs toys and entertainment for the kids when you've got the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in your car! In addition to making some cash at the black jack table this sweet ride could double as the neighborhood timeout location. "Listen little Robby, if you don't behave you are going to sit in the Shrock minivan with roaches and poisonous spiders!" Oh how I love this OCD DMV.





Click on the contestants name to be directed to their blog post featuring their DMVs.

Blog Contestant #1:
Lori Steer:
Mother of three. She says her DMV smells a lot worse then it looks. She has a scratch and sniff feature on her blog so perhaps you could take a whiff and give her some bonus points for the stench. You also will be inspired by her faith as she battles Breast cancer.
AND she donated the grand prize squeaky and sanitized chicken toy (as seen on her blog) displayed by Lydia. It will make a great lifetime accessory to any DMV.


Blog Contestant #2:
Sara Terpstra:
Mother of three. In the process of adopting a baby girl from China. This is a good one... (compliment, total compliment)

Blog Contestant #3:
Mother of three. She has a sweet blog Calling for Justice. But click on her name to see her DSUV.

That was the mother load post. If you were so brave (and totally awesome and cool) enough to peruse through the whole thing... IT IS TIME TO VOTE! Here are the rules:
There are no rules. Just post a comment with your vote. If you want to vote more than once - I don't care. If you want to vote for yourself (more than once) - good for you. If you believe it you can achieve it. If you want to hire family and friends to support your filth - I'm all for it. Set your eyes on that fabulous grand prize and cross your fingers (or rig the competition). Runners up will receive an all expense paid trip to Fresno.
Polling places will close in one week -Thursday night, March 26th. NO cheating... unless you really want to.

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20 comments:

Amy said...

I've been waiting for this! And you didn't disappoint.
I don't even want to vote. I just want to say that I FEEL SOOOOOO MUCH BETTER!!!!!!

Christina said...

Thanks Wendy - I do feel better having exposed my TT to the world! All the nominees are worthy and deserving, but my vote goes to Cami since she also has reusable shopping bags that she forgets to use...I feel that. You may have noticed there are at least 4 in my TT. :)

Lorri said...

Roach-mobile all the way! She's in a different league all together, just like Adam on American Idol...she makes the rest of us look like anal retentive neat freaks...

That woman deserves the chicken and the Fresno get a way!

Kathy U said...

Oh my gosh!
When our daughter was young my husband used to complain about how messy my car was. I did my best with the mess, but it never got to the extent of the pics in this contest. Besides I never really listened to my husband when the messy car issue came up because he is - well a bit anal about keeping a clean car. I suppose he is that way because he is a state trooper and his car is his office.

I cannot pick a winner here but I am in awe of the woman who has an egg carton in her car. I hope it is empty!

mannfamily said...

Christina for sure...nice commitment with the labeling. and here i was thinking that my husband was the only one who hated the family car...

Terpstra East said...

I gotta split my vote between Sarah and Christina. Gorgeous work, girls. I have to say that this was an incredibly freeing experience... and has not prompted me in the slightest to actually clean my car yet. I thought about it. And then I went and opened a bag of Fritos. Wendy, what happened to my picture of the disembodied squirrel foot? I thought it gave great context :)

Andra Jamison said...

I gotta support the family and vote for Kristin...because as I was looking through the entries I was thinking, "Kristin really should've entered this!" and there she was as I scrolled down:) This is one contest I'm happy to say that I would lose...hands down!

Wendy said...

personally, I am torn. There are so many great contestants here. Maybe I will be the swing vote if needed. Andra, don't get cocky I think I am going to have to post about your type. The type that keeps their cars clean. And it won't be nice. And yes people, cami did send me a pic of a squirrel foot right outside her car. I just couldn't post it. Too graphic. I couldn't handle it. (Read my lady bug post). But if you are on the fence about voting for her, let that push you over. She's got live and dead animals surround her DSUV. For real.

Sharon said...

All of you ladies are hilarious and refreshing!

mel said...

I also have to say that I feel SOOOO much better about myself knowing I am not alone with a nasty kid car. The funny thing is, I was an anal "neat freak" before I had kids. I said I would NEVER have a nasty car like those "moms"....*sigh* I am now one of those moms. I have learned to never say never.
Kevin is repulsed by my Tahoe & hates it when we have to drive it.
Anyways, I vote for Cami or for the Roach Coach. *shudder*
And, glad I am not the only one who always forgets the reuseable grocery bags!!!

MOM: UNPROCESSED said...

I vote for Christina Johnston. But it was a tough decision. So many qualified contestants. I send my compliments to all of them. And am so happy my husband looked at this post with me.

Kimberly said...

I say #7. No offense, but you win!!!!!

Kourtney said...

#7 is the winner in my book. One for all the stuff and crap but mainly for all the purses! Why all the purses? I think I counted 6 purses!

Erin said...

#7 gets my vote. Because I drive a Tahoe too - and it looks just like that!!!. So if she wins, I will consider myself a winner too! This contest is hillarious. THANKS. So fun.

I'm gonna blog about this and hopefully send some voters your way!

Libby said...

All impressive entries but my vote is for Christina. I would have been a contender had I been organized enough to enter! I do feel better knowing I'm not the only one!

Meghan said...

Hmm Its a toss up between 3 for me #3, 7 and 9. How do you choose.... impossible. Good effort ladies you all did an fantastic job and pre=paring me for what lies ahead down the road =)

Michelle said...

I have to go with 7 and 9....I have to say I feel much better about my car now!!!!Y'all are too funny!

Anonymous said...

I'm voting for #7 and #9... Great entries! Sarah

sara said...

my vote is for #9

tlswank said...

I vote for the Over-achiever Melissa Larsen. Sorry I couldn't be a competitor this year, maybe next year folks. Teralynn