What We Have Been Up To…

It’s been so nice to be back into blogging again! We are currently on vacation in Florida, visiting with our sister Alex, but we have missed blogging so much. Sadly, carrying out laptop around is harder than it sounds, so we have been blogging from Ericas iPod for the past two posts. We are so excited to share with you what we have been up to since we disappeared for most of the month! Here is what has been going on in our lives…

We started planning our trip to Florida about three weeks ago. Since it is a 16 hour drive and we take 9-10 people every time (sometimes our dad doesn’t come) we have many things to pack and prep. We spent those three weeks cleaning the garden as much as possible, getting ready for Easter, buying things and preparing for the trip, finding someone to take care of our farm animals and getting the house ready for us to leave. It was a crazy few weeks that flew by way too fast. We also had to get ready for our prom in Florida with our homeschooling group there. We had to get Nick and Ed suits, buy and alter our dresses and find all the accessories. Getting everything done was pretty stressful, and we didn’t end up buying Veronica’s dress until two days before we left!!

Once we got on the road, we stopped halfway to spend the night with some friends in North Carolina. We got back on the road the next morning and made it to Florida later that night. It was so nice to see our sister and two nephews again! (Spoiler alert: she is expecting her third baby! Baby boy #3… Will we ever have nieces?!) Lewie and Bassie have gotten much bigger and even cuter since our last visit. We went to the beach, have visited people, and gone out to our favorite places with them all week.

Now, for prom 😀 It was Nick, Ed and the two of us, and we had such a good time! We danced with our friends all night, saw a ton of our friends we hadn’t seen in years, and it was so amazing.  There were about 350 people and it was so cool! The venue felt like we were in a movie, and the lights and music were awesome. We have a story to share with you as well!

Prom Story: The four of us had gotten there a tiny bit late, so there weren’t many open tables. Ed had a friend find him a seat, so Nick and us had to find a different table. Veronica spotted two empty seats so we sat there, leaving Nick to find his own table (sorry Nick!). We didn’t know anyone at our table, but they were so fun! We soon spotted a guy wearing a white suit covered in, get this: white storm trouper heads. The Star Wars ones. Leila, a girl at our table, started freaking out saying, “Oh my gosh! That guy! I want to talk to him! I want to be his best friend! I want to get married to him!” And she proceeded to get excited because of his suit. Someone dared her to cross the dance floor and ask him for a selfie. So, instead, we all walked to the other side of the dance floor and our whole table asked him for a picture. He seemed a bit embarassed but it was so funny. Here is the selfie we got! 

Next, we went to Miami, which is where we lived before we lived in Tampa. We visited old friends, stayed with our grandparents, and had a great time for two days, and we are now spending our last day in Tampa. We are so sad to leave tomorrow morning 😦

We are also in the middle of planning for our local homeschool prom in Indiana. We are throwing our own because our original dance is making some questionable changes to the rules. We have almost everything ready and it should be a blast!

Well, that is all we have been up to! We hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about our lives lately and you liked our prom story! It was an amazing night 🙂

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!