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.

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 😀 🐱

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! 😀 ❤


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!