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! 😀 ❤


Meet Ellie, The Oily Bus (Part 1!)

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Now that we have officially announced this project, The Oily Bus is starting to feel more real than ever. All our friends on Facebook and Instagram are freaking out, telling us how crazy, cool, and awesome this project is gonna be (as well as lots of messages saying how insane we are 😀 ). We have friends offering to donate materials, some are offering to help build it with us (which is awesome because they are all trained in building, plumbing, electrical, and so on), and The Oily Bus’ Instagram has gained almost 200 followers in one day. We are pretty sad because we have to work all week until our friends Nate and Charlei move in on Friday, so we cannot work on the bus at all till next week 😦 As we promised, today we are going to tell you about how we found Ellie and her trip home!

1.jpgLike we said yesterday, we found our beautiful bus on Craigslist on Friday. After speaking to James, the man selling it, for about an hour, we agreed to come check her out the next day. We were very excited and tried not to get too excited. We returned to our webpages saying what to look for and not to look for when seeing a bus. We couldn’t wait until morning!

Saturday morning we got to the church at 10 AM. We felt comfortable buying it from a church because we didn’t think they would rip anyone off. James showed us everything in and out of the bus, and he started it up for us so we could hear the engine. After about an hour of talking and looking, he took us for a quick test drive. She drove smoothly and all felt great! We told them that we would buy it on Tuesday morning, as soon as a mechanic friend of ours could come check it out. When we left they messaged us saying that the actually had another person interested in it. The other buyer was only wanting it for the engine, and would dump the rest as scrap metal. That meant that if we didn’t do something by Monday, Ellie would be gone forever. We took a huge risk and bought the bus on the spot. James drove it to our house later the same day (which was good because we can’t drive it!), and he parked it in our driveway.

Our mechanic friend Ian checked it out for us today and he says that it seems perfect, with no problems and that it seems like it’ll run forever. He also said that the motor looks well taken care of and should never give us any issues. Sometimes in life you have to gamble, but if you play your cards right you’ll win big. We think we hit the jackpot with this bus!

Here is the “before stage” of Project Oily Bus:


The grand entrance of the bus 😀 The church added extra steps for little kids which makes the stairs hard to use, but well get a closer look soon.



Isle view from front of the bus


Isle view from back at emergency exit.


Drivers seat and area. This part is pretty dirty, so we’re gonna clean it up and reupholster the chair as well.


Two handsome little boys taking a ride 🙂


Our first test drive with Ellie!


Some rust that needs to be treated on the emergency door at the back.


Here’s a closer look at those kid steps. We will take out the added blocks and fix the stairs up so they sparkle 😀


Inspecting the engine.


Rear view of the bus. See the little rust hole on the back?

That’s everything we have for the “before stage” of this project! Tomorrow we will post some of our ideas for Ellie, why she got her name, and the first few steps of what’s happening in this skoolie conversion.

We hope you enjoyed meeting our beautiful Ellie, and that you’ll follow along our journey! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated with pictures and videos! We’ll see you tomorrow with “Meet Ellie, The Oily Bus Part 2!” ❤ 😉



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!