Tuesday, August 12, 2008

When Your Daddy Is A Texan ...

Once upon a time ...

There was a Texas boy.




Who got married and ...

Had himself a set of twins.




It didn't take long for those darling babies - those precious baby girls ...


To grow ...







The years just flew by ...



Until one day ...


Those baby girls were ...

16 years old .


Playing high school basketball and ...



Needin' cars!



So ...



The cowboy ...



Being the true Texas boy that he is ...

Searched ...

And searched ...

And searched ...



Far and wide ...



For the ...




Perfect car ...



For his twin daughters.



Until ...

One day ...



He found it!





"IT'S A MUSTANG!" the twins exclaimed!


"It's NOT YET!" the mother muttered.


"It will be beautiful," the cowboy stated - in a thick Texas drawl.


And then ...


He put those girl twins ...


To work!


Courtney sanding a fender - or something.


Chloe - holding a fender - or something!

Note the Texas dog in the background with the red bandanna around his neck!



The trio - hanging fenders - or something!


Shuffling the body parts around the yard.



Chloe inspecting a fender - or something!


Sanding some more.

Courtney - looks like she knows what she's doing!



They seem to enjoy this Texas - let's build our own car - stuff!




Well ... I don't know that "enjoy" is the accurate word!




The cowboy is in heaven.


Building a car.


Spending time with his twin girls.


Making a BIG OL' REDNECK MESS OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR DRIVEWAY!



On the upside ... One day - It WILL be a car. I have no doubt. It will have an engine. And doors. It will even have seats and a steering wheel. When that day comes ... I will take a picture. And ... that will be the end of the "car building" around here ---- that is ... until that boy child turns 16 .... and we'll likely do it all over again!


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76 comments:

DYSFUNCTIONAL MOM said...

FIRST!! Woohoo
I can't wait to see the 'after' pics; I LOVE Mustangs, and so do all of my kids.
And I love that the girls are helping to fix it up!

sting said...

Cool! The Texas' version of "Pimp My Ride"! Am sure the girls (and your hubby) are having loads of fun

Amanda said...

WOW! This is really a very cool way to spend time with your kids!

carrie said...

What a cool project for them to do together . . . despite rednecking up your front yard!

I want to see pics when it's finished!

Ya hear? :)

Laura said...

LOVE IT! What great photos...what great memories...what a great dad!


Your girls are gorgeous!

Cannot wait to see the finished product!

Darla said...

Now THAT seems like MY kinda fun!!!

Tabitha said...

That is great Kellan ~ and the girls will probably value the car even more ~ after having helped to build it!!
love and hugs to you xxxxxxxx

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Amanda said...

I love the pictures of your darling twins, like Tabitha said, helping to build the car will make them love it even more!

kim-d said...

Well, I think that is just about the coolest thing ever! Even if it does look like Red Neck Heaven on your property :). Not only that but...THAT IS GONNA BE ONE KICK-ASS CAR when it's done. I cannot even imagine what Little Billy's will be like! I just love it...

Belle said...

I believe you've got yourself a couple of belles in training there. One of Hank's favorite "dad time" activities with Lorelai has been shrimping. He LOVES that she can throw a net better than he can.

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

Love the pictures of your girls when they were babies!

Can't wait to see the finished product some day. (The car that is!)

Megryansmom said...

Can't wait to see the finished project. I'll stay tuned.

Sally said...

hahahaha I was readin' this with the tune to Beverly Hillbillies in my head, and then I read Redneck driveway!! hahahaha I can't stop laughing!!

This is great!!!

Ellyn said...

What a great Dad. It would have been way easier to go and buy one all put together but they would have missed the experience. When it is done, they will treasure that car for years and years to come.
Until then, enjoy life in redneckville.

Rebecca said...

I love it! It will be so pretty when it's done!

Kel said...

There are many things I love and miss about texas...one thing for sure is pride that comes from building/working on cars. Looks like a real bonding experience between your hub and the girls. This is something he will never get back! How wonderful!
~K

Brittany said...

I can't wait to see the final product! What a cool dad!

Brenda said...

Oh Wow! Do your girls know how lucky they are? A Mustang? A Daddy who knows cars and who'll teach them? I think this is so awesome Kellan, it's going to be beautiful when they're done. And so much safer than these plastic toy cars manufacturers
are making now. Can't wait to see if finished!

suz said...

that is fantastic. And HE certainly looks to be in heaven. What a great Dad.

Kelly said...

That first car is going to be so special to them...not because it's a Mustang, but because of the hard work and memories those girls have with their daddy making it a beautiful car again. How awesome.

Amy said...

Now some people just give their kids cars - this is SO much better. I love that they are helping and learning from the whole process. As for your hubby - can I say HAWT!!!

Dawn said...

What a great way for them to spend time together. I'm guessing that by the time it's finished, with all that work, those girls will be very careful when they take it out for a drive.

Monogram Queen said...

I think that is just awesome. Not only are they spending time with their Daddy he is teaching them some valuable life lessons I bet!

dani said...

kellan, that is great!!! john bought an old mercedes roadster several years ago thinking he was going to "tinker" with it and get i ready for katherine...
well, he sent it to a body shop and had it painted (very high gloss black), and that was that!!!
the last i heard, he said he was going to sell it to BUY her a car...
what can i say... he's NOT a texan!!!
love,
dani

Kathryn said...

And they will appreciate that car like no other 16 year old kid with a car. I love it! Great idea, Dad!!!!

Nancy said...

Great way to spend time together. And they will realy appreciate all the work. AND , in my post today, I have the engine for it! Well, sorta, I'm sure "Dad" doesn't want that type of engine in a car his girls will be driving =)

Angela said...

How great is that!? I was wondering when you showed the first picture of the car how the girls would react and I'm glad they saw the potential. And how great is it that they get to have that memory together.

Sandra Carvalho said...

Wow!That's so cool!I bet that car will turn a gorgeous car!To match with the girls!
xoxo

Courtney said...

That is quite the memory they are making together. Can't wait to see the finished product. Loved the pimp my ride comment.

Janet said...

I think that is absolutely brilliant, making them work on the car instead of just handing them a nice shiny machine. I'm going to remember this.

Mary said...

This is so cool and I am totally jealous! I've wanted an old mustang my entire life!
I can't wait to see the after pictures!

tammy said...

That is pretty darn fabulous. And what a great lesson for them on working for something instead of it just being handed to them. I can't wait to see the finished car either.

JO-N said...

Wow! That's something I will never think of doing. Well, successful or not, it's the process which they would enjoy most.

Melissa said...

OMG, I love that he's making them build their own car! That has got to be the best sweat equity job I've ever heard of. Genius!

Leah said...

I'm sure it will be gorgeous!

One Scrappy Chicklet said...

Look at it this way: After all that hard work to make it beautiful they will be much more careful when they drive.
I think it is great that their daddy is willing to do this with them. Some men would just do it by themselves instead of letting "girls" help.

Love the pictures and the fender or something comments.

Hugz,
Tami

Kelsey said...

Oh wow that is too much fun!

Kaci said...

AWESOME!! Can't wait to see the final car!!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

They'll have a great time and learn so much.

I'm such a worrywart I'm all about the airbags when the kids get their own cars.

Pregnantly Plump said...

what a great way to spend time together! They will probably talk about this experience for years to come.

girlytwins said...

I can imagine your cowboy is just as happy as he can be. My hubby plans to do the same thing with our girls. He already bought the car :) He is slowing working on it now. It needs A LOT.

Mary Beth said...

That is such a riot! I can't wait to see the after pictures. And I'll bet the girls love it even more because they helped create it.

mamajil said...

What great memories your girls will have of working along side their daddy building their first car!
Very cool story!

Karen said...

That's right! Make them appreciate their first car! Good for your hubby!

Denise Wheeler said...

How awesome. My first car was a 64 1/2 Mustang that I had to help rebuild. I wish I still had that car. What an awesome daddy he is to do that with his girls. By the way, your twins are gorgeous and I loved seeing the pics of them growing up. I can't wait to see what the car looks like when it is done.

Tracy said...

HAHAH!! Awesome. I always wanted a rebuilt car... I just don't want to do that actual building.

Rosemary Bogdan said...

Since it's not my driveway, I can say it looks like a lot of father-daughter fun! My husband drives an older mustang. It's loud!!! Keep an eye on them when they start working on that exhaust system.....on the other hand, could be really convenient for it to be impossible for them to sneak quietly home. I can hear my husband coming a block away. Yeah, tell them to put in dual exhausts (or whatever it is:-) teehee

Are You Serious! said...

♥ I think that's fantastic that they're helping with it! :)

bichonpawz said...

I bet the car will be especially special due to the fact that they helped fix it up~ It will be a very cool car!! And I love that their Dad is totally enjoyin' spending time with his twins!!

Christy said...

Wow! I am impressed that the girls would actually help! I was much too lazy to help rebuild a car when I was 16.

The Engine of the Family said...

What a great project for them, I can't wait to see the finished product. Love your blog...I try to get over every once in awhile to read up!

Michelle said...

Wow. Now that's impressive. My cars come already nice and shiny from the dealership.

And I'm still trying to figure it out... WHAT are they hanging the car parts *from*?

Becky said...

I looooove this post, Kellan!

That is so awesome...not only are the girls building wonderful memories with their dad, but they will appreciate the car SO much more by having invested so much elbow grease in the whole deal. Way cool. Redneck mess in the driveway+memories with their dad+a sweet ride when their hard work is complete= PRICELESS!

Amanda said...

Your girls were adoriable as kids and look like strong, independant women now! You must be so proud.

Its so wonderful that they are out there with thier dad workin on the car. It will make them appreciate the vehicle when its done!

Rachel said...

Amen and a Hell Yeah! This will be us in about 12 years :-) That is Nate's idea of a dream! :-)

Helen E.M. Wright said...

Hopefully the Texan is a 'finisher'.

My poor mother lived with a hole in the ceiling of her living room for over 10 years!

Joanna said...

Hee hee - I was thinking until your boy turns 16 too! At least they are willing to help.

Are you going to hand-carve the steering wheel, you woodworking goddess? :)

joan said...

Your girls were so cute when they were little and still are so pretty. I think that it's wonderful that their Dad is spending time fixing the car with them. Great photos Kellan.

Wendi said...

I. can. not. imagine.
What a great idea though.
Time well spent between a father and his daughters.
Oh the memories they are creating.
Sorry about the driveway and backyard...ugh!
Love the pictures of the twins.
That black and white ALMOST made me want a set.
ALMOST!

MamaGeek said...

Oh this was a hoot. My word are your girls beautiful Kellan, those shots melted my butter!

Can't wait to see the pimped up STANG!

trespassers william said...

Hey I was hoping to leave you all a couple of Mustang pictures to encourage you but I can't load them on this thing :(. Stop by onlinecarcorral.com/70mustangMach.html or www.allfordmustangs.com/.../photo/59206 for a little inspiration :)

tinabean1988 said...

That is the coolest thing ever a dad & his daughters building a car I absolutely love it!
They will love that car so much more than if it was a new car off the lot.
Way to go girls!!!
And Dad!

Mamarazzi said...

oh my husband is loving this! he read it in my reader yesterday and i am just now getting to looking at what he thought was "so awesome".

he has his eye on a few cars for Jordan (she is only 13, almost) he wants to get a head start. he felt like i should be totally inspired by your post.

i totally am!

MamáChanga said...

Re-building a car, what a wonderful father/daughter(s) project. I'm going to have to get DrillSgt. to read this one, after all...he still has 14 more years to prepare.

Hugs & Blessings!

Tara said...

What a great Daddy! The care is going to be awesome when it's done!

Kristy - Where's My Damn Answer said...

Great post - they'll LOVE it when it's all done and later in life, they'll remember this time too.

Can't wait to see the finished project.

jamie said...

That is awesome!!! I cant wait to see the pictures when it is all said and done!

Denise said...

Great post! Your twins are, and have always been gorgeous. Can't wait to see the finished car - I love mustangs!

Kami said...

I love it! The Texan references... hee hee. My dad did this one year too but instead of a mustang he rebuilt a Volkswagon Rabbit. Yeah, he's not so much redneck as county hick meets Europe chic....

The worst part was that he painted it the brightest blue you have ever seen. It was stylin' I tell you....

E said...

Have you ever read Cowboys Are My Weakness by Pam Houston? You gotta love a big ole sweet cowboy.
And you surely got yourself a good one....

The Boyds Family said...

I can't wait to see the finished product!

What a special time for them.

Lisa said...

That is so cool! They will love it when it's finished and to know that they helped build it, just awesome!

Hyphen Mama said...

I love this post! Nothing I can say that's different than what everybody has said... the memories, the appreciation of the car when it's done, the proud daddy watching his girls work on a car and know that they know how it got all fixed up.

Your girls may not fully appreciate the beauty of it until they are much older, but someday they'll tell the story of how they fixed up their Mustang with their dad.

Priceless is RIGHT!

Elaine A. said...

How exciting for all of them! What a great lesson for them too. Can't wait to see the finished product!

Jaina said...

What a great dad they have. And imagine how special that car is going to be to the girls. I hope he doesn't keep your driveway a mess for TOO long. Great photos, loved the trip through time there.

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