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Under the Hood

November 8, 2011

Last week Scott had to replace one of our headlights that was burned out.  Creamie took it upon herself to help him.  As soon as he said he was going outside to fix the car, she put on her boots and grabbed a stool to follow him.  I went out a few minutes later (so he could actually fix the headlight instead of keeping her from running into the street or chasing a cat down the road) and this is what I saw.

in the hood

I didn’t know I was going outside to keep her from falling into the engine.  But I love this picture!

helping fix the car

There she was, face in the engine right next to her dad and fingers getting greasier and blacker by the minute.  And she was as happy as could be.  The headlight box took a while to get out (one of the clips was broken and it took a while to wiggle it out) and she was completely entertained “helping” for almost an hour.  And it wasn’t even the kind of helping that isn’t really helping, but is mostly just getting in the way.  She stayed out of Scotts way for the most part.  She just wanted to be right by him.  It was so sweet.

playing with daddys tools

Daddys toolbox was her favorite.  I think she pulled out every single tool and used it to fix something in the car.  Moneky wrench, screwdriver, jammer, chisel…. they all went under the hood for a few minutes before she’d put them in a little stack on the sidewalk next to his box.  When his box was empty she declared the car fixed and was done playing.

tools under the hood

She was so completely hilarious banging away under the hood with whichever tool she had in her hand at the moment.  And I was also really glad she didn’t drop anything in there.

under the hood

We did find a big old screwdriver in there, it was almost 18 inches long.  Who knows  how long it’s been inside the engine.  It wasn’t one of our tools, so it has been in there for at least four years, maybe more.  This car has been in the shop over and over for minor repairs and I was shocked no one found it before now.

under the car

It wouldn’t be a car repair without getting under the car to check things out.  And she was more than happy to help out.  It was a great afternoon, and I am so glad I had my camera handy to snap a couple hundred pictures of the whole thing (you’re lucky I only posted six…)

Last night I made some pumpkin spice frozen yogurt.  The recipe still needs a little tweaking but oh my goodness it is delicious.  I’m off to finish off the last of the batch before I settle into a little sewing.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. November 8, 2011 3:03 pm

    Oh my goodness…I die. No, seriously, I die.

    She is just…the cute. Yes, she is The Cute.


  2. November 8, 2011 3:30 pm

    What a great little helper!! A girl who knows how to fix her own wheels will never have to ask her boyfriend for help. I like that.

  3. dearfriends permalink
    November 8, 2011 3:41 pm

    This is so great to see! Now, fast forward a few years and when she is 12-13-14 and she is struggling with her relationship with Mom and possibly boys—please have Dad let her know that he is going out to fix the car. Instant therapy under the hood. You are truly building a great relationship foundation. You go Mom! All the best, barb

  4. November 8, 2011 11:20 pm

    So, so cute! We have a pic of our son when he was about 2 ‘helping’ daddy fix some pipes under the sink. Love it!

  5. Susan Twilley permalink
    November 9, 2011 12:11 am

    She is such a sweetie! I’m anxiously awaiting the pumpkin frozen yogurt recipe.

  6. Susan permalink
    November 9, 2011 8:33 am

    The photos and the “action” are just great. We have photos of our oldest son washing the car when he was two and “tasting” a tire in the process. Kids are just the most wonderful creatures aren’t they?

  7. November 9, 2011 9:39 am

    Oh, this is so stinkin’ cute ! How sweet.

  8. Adrianna permalink
    November 9, 2011 1:48 pm

    Yes. Recipe please!

  9. November 9, 2011 2:50 pm

    that is adorable!!! how are you? i miss you.

  10. November 9, 2011 8:53 pm

    how cute are these pictures? she is just adorable!

  11. November 10, 2011 12:03 am

    These photos are a-stinkin-dorable. Love it.

  12. November 14, 2011 11:14 am


    That is one adorable little girl you’ve got there! And I love that she is such a great helper! Thanks for sharing a bit of your week with us.

    xo -E

  13. November 24, 2011 8:54 pm

    These are precious pictures. This is what my daughter used to do. Now at 24 she can change her own spark plugs and do all kinds of car repair.

  14. Eileen permalink
    December 21, 2011 5:23 pm

    Priceless photos!!

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