Oh man! I’m so excited for you to see this video because we had such an amazing time filming it. We started by borrowing this insanely charming, perfectly restored VW Bus from friends in St. George, Utah.
Growing up, my family always drove Volkswagen vans and as an adult, they’ve been my car of choice as well. (Here’s the VW Transporter we drive now.) So you can imagine I was feeling nostalgic that day!
Want more behind the scenes? Here you go:
Once we had the van, we scouted a location. We knew the gorgeous VW would look great against the local red rocks. So we drove around until we found a potential spot, then we’d knock on the door of the house and inquire about shooting a video in their backyard. Hah! We ended up shooting at Cottam Farm (fun fact: my family used to buy milk from the some of Cottam cousins).
When we picked up the van, we found a vintage cooler and coordinating luggage inside. We could not believe how awesome it was! We decided the cooler would work well with the story line and filled it with old-fashioned sodas — a reward for a job well done. St. George is still a small town in some ways and it was hard to find vintage soda pop. We ended buying these bottles from… Old Navy!
When we borrowed the VW, it was sparkling clean, so we had to get it dirty. The day before the shoot, we parked it on location on the red dirt and covered it until it was filthy.
That night, a heavy rainstorm moved through the area and in the morning, the van was spotless again. : ) So we dirtied it up once more.
As you can imagine, making the bubble beards was one of the favorite parts. But Baby June would have none of it. Sweet thing. Bubbles in the bath is A-OK, but bubbles at the carwash were no go. So we distracted her and put some bubbles on her hair where she wouldn’t feel them.
It felt like a big family affair. And the simple story line (a grumpy child finding a better attitude and embracing a day of work) was something that felt true to life for our family.
I hope you enjoy the video!
21 thoughts on “Olive Us: Carwash”
LOVED going through the process with you! What a fun outing!
Eager for Gabby to be safely home again. October is going too fast. We are
enchanted always with Design Mom and Ben and Ralph, Maude, Olive, Oscar, Betty and sweet baby June. What a terrific Tribe!
That looks like fun! I can’t believe you had to dirty it up TWICE :)
Isn’t that crazy? Rain in St. George is such a rarity!
so cute!! June is absolutely darling (so are the rest of them)! Love the van.
Wow that is sooo fun! made me smile :-)
I love it! Your kids are such great actors! These episodes are my favorite, though I love your whole website. Well done! (my kids love to watch these videos too) :)
Thank you, Corinne! We love making the videos and it’s wonderful to get positive feedback.
We had a van just like this one. I loved it and love the video.
Little June helping with everything you shoot and following her siblings is just priceless :) She’s growing up so fast!
Who would think of finding vintage soda bottles at Old Navy? Nice detective work! And all around wonderful shoot/video- I love the location, the bubbles, the vintage-ness and of course the adorable family. You guys rock!
Hah. I totally felt like a detective!
Sooo fun–I love it! Looks like your kids are having fun doing these, too. This is such a great project!
Cute! And next time you need a vintage soda in St. George, check out Judd’s General Store. They have shelves upon shelves :) http://www.greengatevillageinn.com/juddsindex.html
Yes! I’m a big fan of Judds. My dad actually taught at Woodward School which is across the street, and the year I went to Woodward, the entire 6th grade would visit Judds every lunch hour. : )
Bummer for us, it was closed for a summer break the week we were filming. Shucks!
Great video! I like the music very much and decided to get it for myself! It reminds me of The cruel Sea (Album the Honeymoon is over). Do you know them?
I love to read your web site. I am so admiring how creative you are, and when I think that you have six kids… a super Mom really! All the best, Sophie
Love the video but have to say, my first thought (being from that area) was: Yikes! Maude’s white pants and that red dirt! How did you get around it?
They got so dirty! After the shoot, we made a paste of detergent and water and scrubbed it into the spots. Luckily, most of the mess washed right out.
Oh, no! Come on, not Old Navy! Old fashioned soda bottles can be found in just about every variety at Judd’s General Store downtown…
so loved the video, and love your family!! xoxo
Hello Gabrielle! As a fellow at George native myself, you must have forgotten about Judd’s store on tabernacle and main! They have all things vintage soda and candy! Just a little tip for next time, ;)
This is so cute! Great video too!!