Meet Ellie, The Oily Bus (Part 2!)

IMG_2953 1.jpgToday has been crazy! We have been coming up with more ideas for the bus, our friends Nate and Charlei are moving in on Saturday so we cleaned the whole basement, we had barbeque for dinner to celebrate Memorial Day (Poppa  will take any excuse to bust open the grill), and we found someone who will give us all the buses insulation for free! After a long day, it’s always nice to sit and relax. With our bus always at the back of our minds we cannot sit idly for long, so we are gonna tell you more about the project 🙂 Here are all the answers to any questions about Ellie, why we bought a bus and what we’re doing with it, and more about The Oily Bus. 😛

First off, why did we get a bus? Erica has always loved tiny houses, and after seeing bus conversions on Pinterest she has wanted to own a skoolie. We bought the bus to be our family RV for when we travel, and to help us with our Young Living business, which is why its called The Oily Bus.

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Ellie’s homecoming

 

What are we going to do with it? We are going to travel in it when we go to Florida, use it for weekend trips out of town, and use it as our business vehicle. We will hold classes in it, take it to big events, and of course show it off to our admirers 😀 We will also go on an oily tour next Summer (hopefully!) from Indiana to Florida when the conversion is finished. Eventually Erica will buy it from our parents when she can afford it.

Why is the bus named Ellie? We like this one! Her name is Ellie because our logo was inspired by the Disney movie UP. Our logo is like the house on balloons, only a bus on balloons. We figured that since this bus is designed by girls it should be a girl bus, so the name Ellie naturally stuck. Once the bus is completed by the outside, our UP inspired logo will be seen on the top in the front and back, but that’s all we’re spilling about the exterior design! 😉 We will also have a hand-painted sign inside that says “adventure is out there” in beautiful calligraphy with our bus on balloons. The Oily Bus Script

How big is The Oily Bus? The bus is a 66 passenger International. She is 36 feet long and 8 feet wide. She has 20 side windows and an emergency exit that screams when you open it (if the bus is on), and the wheels look like they belong to a monster truck. We don’t have the measurement of how tall she is, but lets just say anyone looks short when standing next to her. 😳 XD

What is going on this “skoolie”? We spent 5 hours setting up the floor plan on graph paper, and after lots of mistakes we have it decided! We will have a full sized bed in back, 2 sets of bunk beds (2 on one side and 3 on the other), a shower, a compostable toilet (we will talk more about this later on once its installed), a full kitchen, living room, and a booth to eat at, teach classes, play board games, and whatever else. There will be storage hidden everywhere, and we will go more in depth about each room as they are built. Here is our blueprint, which will be framed in the bus once it’s complete.

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Skoolie floor plan

 

Do we love our bus? Yes, already!!! We are so excited to start remodeling next week 😀 🐱

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Hugs for Ellie!

 

What are the first steps in converting a school bus? The first things we need to do  are remove the seats, rip up the original flooring, pressure wash the inside, and treat the flooring for any rust. Our bus has barely any rust at all and the floor is in amazing condition, so we shouldn’t need to treat much for rust aside from the hole in the emergency door. All the prep is beginning next week on Monday, so stay tuned!

Those are all the answers we have for today! What do you think of our blueprint? Did you have any questions that we didn’t answer? We’d love to know; let us know in the comments! 😀 ❤

 

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! ❤ 😀