Gearing up for Art Car Weekend!

what a productive weekend we had. we put the finishing touches (at least for now!) on CARpe Diem. we did the last little repairs, washed it, glued all the marbles on, and cleaned out the inside. man, that car is big! it seemed like we had so many marbles, but i’ll have to admit it looks a little skimpy now that they are on. i just need to make some more…like 500 more! i think the car is going to look really great once it’s all decked out. we can’t wait for the parade next weekend.  Check out other pictures of CARpe Diem here.

Greetings Strangers

Anyone still visit this site?  You do?  Awesome, well here is some stuff that’s been going on!

First my favorite new project, our art car is going along smoothly.  My dad and I towed it out to my uncles (Thanks Uncle Dick!!) house in tomball, so it is now much more accessible to us.  It’s also stored in a garage with all the tools I could possibly need.  The best news though is we got it moving!  Turns out that the axle bearings were bad, so 100 bucks later and we are driving around.

Gabriel is doing great.  He’s almost 6 months old now.  I can’t believe that.  He’s takes notice of everything around him now, and tries to grab everything.  He’s almost at the sitting up stage.  I should also post new videos of him laughing.  He finally has that down pat.  🙂  Other achievements have been his baptism on June 7th, with his Godparents Jonathan and Delena.  Unfortunately they couldn’t make it to the ceremony so we had to have my cousin Dan and Sarah stand in for them.

Gwendolyn turned 30!  We had an awesome birthday party.  We did a murder mystery set in the 1920’s.  Gwendolyn and I were hosts to the new speakeasy, The Four Dueces, in town and throwing a grand opening celebration.  All the high society players were there, when Big Jim Ravioli was murdered.  We had to spend the rest of the night figuring out who would do such a thing and why!  It was an amazing party and everyone really enjoyed themselves.  I am still amazed by the costumes and how everyone really brought their characters to life.

We went to the Art Car sneak peak back in may with our friends Cory and Annie.  Gabriel was also there for the first time checking out down town.  The cars were amazing and we were able to talk to a few of the owners for tips and support.  The next day we meet our families downtown to watch the parade.  We enjoyed the show and can’t wait to be in it next year!

The end of May Patrick and Mandy came down to visit.  Gwendolyn and Gabriel spent the week with them, and had a great time.  I think Patrick and Mandy fell in love with Gabriel, and Gabriel loves them just as much. Maybe we’ll be getting a niece or nephew soon too? 😉

The end of June our friend Beth was also turning 30, along with another austin friend Evans.  Beth decided to through a big birthday/house warming party which we attended.  It was our first long trip with Gabriel and I have to say he did amazing.  This gives us hope for our trip next week to Wisconsin.  The party was awesome, lots of great people and it was good seeing Jake, Beth, and Brian.

And thats about it.  Wow that wasn’t so hard.  Why haven’t I been updating this?!  Gwendolyn has also said she has been interested in writing a post or two.  It must be because of twitter.  She needs more than 140 characters. 🙂

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Easter
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Dreams came true today

Our Dream:

  • Step 1: Buy old hearse – Check
  • Step 2: Turn into art car
  • Step 3: ???
  • Step 4: Profit!

P1000564.JPGYup, we spent Gabriels college fund on a 1969 Cadillac Superior Coach, aka an old beat up hearse.  Gwendolyn and I have had this idea to turn an old hearse into an art car since 8-28-05.  Young Jay and Gwendolyn sitting at Stars pizza talking how cool it would be to have an art car.  Then we brain stormed some ideas and came up with an old hearse covered in fortunes from fortune cookies.  Oh the irony.

The past few years we’d always keep an eye out for hearses for sale.  You’d be surprised by how many we’ve seen.  Normally they would be too expensive or not the style we want.  That was until my father told us of one for sale in Sealy.  We immediately got online and found it also listed on Ebay.  It was perfect.

We were excited, thinking this could really happen, but we also took our time and made our big pro/con list.  In the end, is there really any con to having a 1969 Cadillac hearse?  I didn’t think so.  I made an offer for the hearse and we picked it up today.

P1000570.JPGIt’s a project car, as it needs some work.  Currently it needs as new rear differential.  Basically that means it doesn’t move on its own right now.  The engine runs fine though.  The body and interior is also in really good shape, except for the front seat.  As you can see from the pictures it is currently an art car, but not to our tastes. 🙂  We look forward to decorating it in our style and hope to get lots of help along the way.  So start saving your fortunes so you too can take part in our project!

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