New Experience #26: Rode in a Convertible

It makes me so happy that my children are excited about our project this year.  That’s why I take their suggestions for New Experiences very seriously.  Some requests will be difficult to fulfill.  For example, Leah wants to raise butterflies this year, and my track record with animals and plants is nothing to be proud of.  Some requests are impossible to fulfill.  Luke wants to go to London and Paris this year, but that is not in the budget.  And, some requests are downright strange.  Luke really wants to visit a cemetery.  I’m not so eager to try that one.  So, when an idea is simple and attainable, I am more than happy to do it.  Last week, Luke asked if we could take a ride in a convertible.  Luckily, we have a friend who drives a convertible, so this request was easily fulfilled.

The kids were excited to get going, but we first had to strap their car seats in.  If you have children, you know what a project this can be.  I am a bit neurotic about car seats, so I won’t go anywhere unless the seat is completely unmovable.  My dad jokes that NASA sent men to the moon with fewer restraints than my children have in the car, but I am not about to take a chance.

As we strapped the seats in, Luke and Leah talked about where they wanted to go.  Luke tried to convince me to drive to my sister’s house, but a four-hour drive was out of the question.  We were only driving around town.  The kids planned a route past the library and the park, so they could appreciate the drive.  I think they were also hoping to see some of their friends, and that their friends would see them in a convertible.

We were finally ready to go.  As we pulled out of the driveway, the kids raised their hands in the air to feel the breeze.  I tried to show them how to stick a hand out and tilt it so the air would force it up or down, but I realized their little arms were too short to reach outside the car.

As we pulled onto the main road, Leah started to complain that her hair was blowing in her face.  Luke yelled that it was too windy.  Within a minute or two, Leah realized sunglasses would shield her eyes from stray hairs, and Luke adjusted to the wind.  They were back to having fun again.

When we reached our destination, I opened the door to get out.  The kids had another idea.  They climbed out over the side of the car.  Luke was grinning as though he had just climbed a mountain.  When I stop and truly observe my children, I marvel at their excitement over such small pleasures.

Later in the day, it was time to return home.  This time Luke and Leah sat inside the car to watch the roof go down.  The technology is pretty amazing, but to young children, it is practically magic.  Luke said the car looked like a Transformer.

This was a simple experience, but it was a lot of fun for everyone.  One thing I’ve learned this year is that an experience doesn’t have to be complicated to be a success.


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6 Responses to New Experience #26: Rode in a Convertible

  1. mamasmilesblog says:

    What a neat experience for your kids!

    And I’m really into baby gear, and was definitely admiring their car seats 🙂

  2. knittingmommas says:

    So exciting. I have never ridden in a convertible, I am not a big fan of wind in my face, but it would still be exciting.
    I too am a carseat freak, according to my husband, and have the same seat for my middle son. I desperately want to get the pink one for my daughter, when her seat expires next year. From that picture, the headrest looks to be covering the straps on his seat, but it’s hard to tell, i always wished the headrest could fit my boy like that, without pushing the straps down.

    • 52BrandNew says:

      I think their car seats fit them well. I really like the Graco Nautilus. I usually have Luke’s headrest up a little higher, but I think we moved it down by accident when we transferred it to the convertible.

  3. srsck says:

    I really enjoy your posts! I also do “experiences” with my three children, I love to see the world through the eyes of children, it often is so easy and pretty 🙂

    I think it’s fun to read the experiences of other children. Made me think I should maybe write our experiences down as well. Might do, might do 🙂

    • 52BrandNew says:

      You should write those experiences down! And— you should share them with 52 Brand New’s readers, too! If you’d like to submit a guest post about an experience you’ve tried, I would be thrilled. Contact me at Thanks so much!

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