Easter Past and Present

Happy (late) Easter everyone! Wow, this has been such an insane month. We know we totally disappeared and we are truly sorry, but we have had a mile long list of things to do this month. We will be posting very often again and will make a life update post this weekend, but today we really wanted to share something special with you. Every year, Momma buys us matching outfits for Easter and Christmas, and we always get a photo of all the kids wearing our outfits. That is her tradition. She always posts about our Easter pictures on her blog, and after taking the pictures this year we decided to have a whole post about this Easters picture and the ones from the past few years.

This has been our tradition since 2008, and we love taking these pictures. Okay, maybe some of us don’t, but they are so special and amazing. Looking back, you can see how much we’ve grown from year to year and these memories are so irreplaceable to us.

Here we go! These are all of our Easter pictures from the last nine years!

2008: This was the first year we took real family photos on Easter. You can see that the quality isn’t the best, but come on; this was so long ago!

2009: Olivia was born only a few months before this picture, and you can see that a few of us look a bit older. Look at her chubby little face! Olivia was by far our fattest baby. 

2010: Ah, now you can see us looking a tiiiiiiiny bit bigger! Olivia, Chris, and Jp probably look the most different from the year before.

2011: This is one of our most beautiful group Easter outfits! Everyone looked so glowy in the bright colors. We miss the tans we used to get so easily in Florida. 

2012: Wow, look how much bigger we all are! Again, the three younger ones look like they’ve aged the most, but we all look a bit older! This was the year that Mateo was born and Alex was planning her wedding with her husband, Lewis. Mateo isn’t in this one because he wasn’t born until September.  

2013: By this year, Alexandra was married and Mateo was looking cuter than ever! We all look so much older. Momma made the poofy skirts in this picture, and we actually still have them to this day!

2014: We had just moved to Indiana this year and Alexandra took our Easter pictures since she is a professional photographer. Sadly, when your sister takes your pictures for free, she sorta forgets to edit them and give them to us!

2015: Ooh ooh, you can see how much older we all look this year! Mateo always was a bit hard to deal with during photoshoots like this; we could never get him to look at the camera! Poppa would need to  stand behind Momma, dancing and being silly so Mateo would look at the camera and smile! It worked for all of us actually…

2016: Aw, we’re all looking so happy in this years picture! Using bow ties was such a good idea; the boys just look so handsome in them. 

2017: This was by far our best year yet. All the outfits look beautiful and we all look so neat and happy. This was the first year that Mateo could actually speak perfect and full sentences, Erica just got contact lenses, this is the first year that we have 5 teenagers in the house at the same time, and we actually mixed ties and bow ties for the Easter outfits! 

Well, that is all we have for you for our Easter pictures for now! If you want to see the original blog posts that our mom made, as well as see lots of holiday and celebration pictures, click here! We will be posting in a few days about what we have been up to lately, and again we are so sorry for disappearing!

Do you have any Easter traditions? Let us know in the comments bellow!

Mateo Says

1.jpgTo those of you who do not know him, this is Matthew. He has many nicknames such as Mateo (which is what he will say if you ask him what his name is), Matato (sounds like potato!), Matt, Noodles as an inside joke, Matt-potato, and many more. He is by far our family’s silliest child and he is always making us laugh somehow. He is a total charmer, loves to bat those long eyelashes of his, and is a super talkative four year old. He is kinda famous among our friends and family for doing and saying the funniest things. Over the past week or so, we have been writing down every silly, cute, or downright funny thing this boy has said. Here is what Mateo has been saying this week!

 

We were watching Full House in the living room, and cheerleaders were cheering on a stage.
Mateo: Ooh, those are real dancing Barbies! (we do not own a single Barbie doll so we have no clue how he even knows what that is!)

 

Mateo: Can I have pink milk please?
Erica: No…
Mateo: Pleeeeeeease? I’ll give you twenty bucks!!

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Matt walks into the girls room with a cup of ice cream.
Erica: What kind of ice cream is that?
Mateo: Butt-macon (butter pecan)

 

Poppa likes to be naughty, and he sometimes brings home treats for us. Earlier this week he brought home gummy bears.
Mateo: Here Momma, have one! They’re not good for you, but don’t worry, they aren’t top sick (toxic)!! They’re just really awesome!

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Mateo was in the way in the kitchen while we were cooking, so Veronica tried to convince him to watch a movie in the playroom.
Veronica: Go downstairs, that way Stu (our little dog) can’t bite you!! *tries to make it sound urgent*
Mateo: But Stu doesn’t bite, his mouth is too small!

 

Matt has an extremely good memory, and he memorizes his favorite movies and shows word for word. He also sometimes whispers in his sleep… He whispered this in bed very late at night while he was sleeping.
Mateo: Ow, that hurt my scapula! (He has been watching Jimmy Neutron lately)

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Matthew has been watching The Goofy Movie at least three times a day, everyday, for the past week at least. He was watching the first song, “After Today” when it showed two Goth girls on the bus for a moment.
Mateo: What?? Why are those spies on the bus???

 

After wetting his bed by mistake, Mateo was going to sleep in Erica’s bed with her. It was time for him to get ready to go to sleep.
Erica: Pick a quiet toy to take to bed, Mateo.
Mateo: This one? *points to toy*
Erica: No, that one is too loud. Pick a different one.
Mateo: *points to Erica’s iPod* How about that toy? *makes sly face*
Erica: No no no, you know that’s not yours!
Mateo: But, it IS quiet!!

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At the end of The Goofy Movie, Roxan’s dad comes to the door while wearing a towel and shower cap to answer the door.
Matthew: Oh no!! I don’t want to see the dad!! *hides face in pillow*

 

For some reason, Matt has recently become obsessed with randomly begging Veronica to smell his feet. It literally goes on for hours if she refuses, which she always does.
Mateo: Ronnie, pleeeeeeease smell my feet!!
Veronica: No!
Mateo: Please?! They’re clean! They’re fresh, new feet!
Veronica: When did you last wash them?
Mateo: Uhh, just three years ago! (Keep in mind that he is only four years old 😀 )

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Olivia was standing in a weird pose and was moving her legs oddly.
Erica to Olivia: What are you doing??
Mateo from across the room: Peeing.

 

Ed at dinner: Who’s your favorite brother?
Mateo: *points to Nick*
Ed: Who’s your second favorite brother?
Mateo: *points to Jp*
Ed: Who’s your third favorite brother?
Mateo: *points to Chris*
Ed: Okay, who’s your fourth favorite brother??
Mateo: *points to Nick again*
Nick: Who’s your least favorite brother?
Mateo: *points to Ed*

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Nick comes home one night after working at JayC, the supermarket.
Nick: I’m home!
Mateo: Nick!!! *jumps into Nicks arms*
Nick: Matt!!
Mateo: So… What did you buy for me??

 

Mateo went with Poppa to get his haircut. He was very excited.
Stylist to Poppa: How do you want his hair cut?
Poppa: *starts explaining*
Mateo: *cuts him off* You should ask me not him, it’s my hair! And, he’s bald!!
Poppa: *gives Mateo stern look while the stylist tries to stop laughing*
Mateo: *hangs head down in shame*

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Matthew, who’s bed was STILL dirty, was getting ready to go to bed with Veronica in her bed.
Mateo: Can I sleep up there? *points to the ceiling*
Veronica: Uh, no??
Mateo: Oh, because I need tape to stay up there so I don’t fall?

 

We were all sitting down to eat lunch.
Mateo: Ahh, lunch is my favorite time of year!

9.jpgSide note- this is one of the cutest pictures we got for this blog post. Who wears pants to a photoshoot anyways??? XD Another thing Mateo is very famous for is never wearing pants when he is at home. We even have some friends who will come to our house and be surprised to see him with pants on.

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We have a small wood board that crosses over the creek in our yard, and we walk across it so our shoes don’t get wet in the water. Matthew was crying because he was halfway across and was too scared to finish, even though this board is no more than 6 feet long. Once he made it across he was happy, but still very much afraid of the bridge.
Erica: Where do you want to play now?
Mateo: How about that bridge?? That bridge I’m afraid of?

After going back and crossing it a few more times, he got stuck again because he was scared, but he got over it much faster than the first time. We started walking back to the house.
Mateo: See?? I’m not afraid of anything!!
Erica: Oh, really?
Mateo: Yup… Except for that little bridge!

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Well, those are all the funny things we caught Mateo say this week! We hope you enjoyed hearing these funny Mateo quotes as much as we did! He is so adorable and we love our little Matato so much.

Do you think we should do another “Mateo Says” post in the future? Which quote was your favorite? Let us know in the comments! ❤ 😀

Makeup Brush Case Tutorial

imageYesterday, we had a strange urge to make something… Anything! This happens to us pretty often, and the only cure we can usually find is to get up and find something to make. After searching for hours on Pinterest, Veronica went with a fruity berry smoothie, and Erica made a case for her makeup brushes. The design is super cool and pretty, and very easy to make if you are a beginner at sewing. The best part? You can make it using your larger fabric scraps! It was so much fun to pull out the sewing machine again, and the roll case came out so pretty. Luckily for us, Momma is sliiiiightly addicted to buying pretty fabric, so we always have nice materials to work with! 😀 Lets get to it!

For this pattern, you will need…

11-2 fabrics in different colors, thread to match your fabric, one pair of scissors or a rotary mat and rotary cutter, a rotary ruler (is that what it’s called??), measuring tape is optional but helpful for when you don’t want to measure with the huge rotary ruler, a safety pin, a pencil, and sewing pins. 23

4.pngBefore you cut your fabric, decide which color will be on the outside and which will be on the inside. We chose a blue and white quatrefoil design for the inside and a yellow white polka dot for the inside. Iron your material, and then it is time to cut! For the outside material, you will need one piece that is 10×15 inches and two strips that are 1-1/2×18 inches. For the inside material, cut two 10×15 inch pieces. One will be folded in half to  use as a flap, so keep that in mind and maybe separate them from each other. We prefer to use a rotary cutter so we get nice, clean lines, but you can use scissors if you don’t have one handy 🙂

5.pngThe first step is to take one of the inner pieces and lay it flat, design side up. Take your second inner piece and fold it in half, also design side up. We found it helpful to iron it perfectly in half so it cooperates more XD Pin it to the first inner piece so the open ends are facing the bottom and the creased side is in the middle of the first fabric. Take the makeup brushes that will be living in this roll (Erica chose to use eye makeup brushes onand set them out on your fabric, about one inch apart.

67Next, use your pencil to make a small mark between each brush. Once you have marked each one, remove the brushes and draw the line all the way down. The ruler comes in handy here so you can get nice straight lines. This will be your guide for the next step.

8.pngOnce you have your lines all marked, sew a straight line through each pencil line. Your slots are officially done, yay! Use the eraser on your pencil to gently erase any pencil lines you can still see. Press the piece set it aside.

9.pngNow, take one strip and fold it in half, design side in. It helps to iron it flat. Take it under the sewing machine and sew all the way across toward the end. Take your safety pin and attach it to the bottom, then use it to flip the strip inside out. It takes a bit of time since the tube is so tight, but don’t give up! Repeat on the second strip and iron them flat. These will be the ties on the roll case!

1011Take the outer piece and lay it on your work table. Line up the ends of the ties and lay them on top, so the ends are sticking out about 1 inch on one side and they aren’t hanging out anywhere else! If not, then the ties will get stuck and your case will be ruined! 😥 Lay the yellow inner piece on top, design facing down. Pin the pieces in place making sure the corners all match up. Sew all around, leaving a 2-3 inch space unsewed at the top!!! This is very important!

1213Using the hole left in the top, inside out the case and use your pencil or something else pointy to push the corners out. It should look something like this! Tuck in the ends of the opening and iron well. Lastly, sew all around the case with very little seam allowance, press again, and you are finished!

141615imageYou now have a beautiful new roll-up case for your makeup brushes made with love! These make amazing presents, and they take hardly any time at all to make. If you do plan on making this as a gift, maybe add a hand embroidered initial for the recipient of the gift before you sew the two sides together; it makes it so much more personal and sweet! It’s so fun to mix and match designs, and get fun with the thread colors and patterns! Take advantage if you have a sewing machine that has lots of fun stitching designs! Ours do not, but Mommas does. Pick a cute design and use it to do the final hem around the edges for some extra flair! You can also make these for that artist friend of yours for their paintbrushes! ❤

What do you think of our makeup brush case? Have you ever made a case for your brushes? What color/design combo would you do for yours? Let us know in the comments bellow! 😀 ❤