We are back from a second annual trip to Toronto Lake, where we spent five days with family. We are blessed to be able to vacation at the lake with both sets of grandparents, my aunt and uncle, and my sister and her family.
We rent some cabins in the state park and bring Grandpa Shimer's ski boat and Grandpa Edwards's fishing boat with us. Here you can see Sydney standing on the rocks outside our cabin, which gives a great view of the lake. Toronto Lake is located in a part of Kansas that looks nothing like you imagine with you think of Kansas. On our first day there the temperature was only in the upper 60s, so we spent the day off the water.
Grandma and Grandpa Shimer had a wonderful patio outside of their cabin where they hosted lunch and dinner each day. My mom (Grandma) manages all the food for us, which is no small task for 18 people! Not only does she do a fabulous job, but we eat like we are at a resort hotel!
The kids did a nature scavenger hunt on the chilly day. Thank you, Pinterest!
Shish-ka-bobs cooked on the fire.
Quiet morning on the cabin porch.
Toby's big catch!
Here's a long shot of Sydney on the kneeboard, cruising along adjusting her life jacket. I try not to take too many pictures of the kids on the kneeboard and towables, and yet somehow I have a lot of some kids and few of others. I couldn't find a close-up shot of Sydney.
Grandpa Edwards and Toby came over on the fishing boat to show off Toby's catch. Afterward, Hope got on the kneeboard and waved over at their boat. As Grandma Shimer said, she's ready for Busch Gardens!
Toby and Grandpa in the background.
Lane, before grabbing the tow rope, giving the thumbs up!
Mr. Edwards, across the wake and enjoying the smooth water!
I'm throwing this one in just to prove that I got out there and did it!
Lydia enjoying her wading pool at the cabin.
Mr. Edwards finally tossed off Lane and Nathan, the two silliest cousins you'll ever know! Nathan was out there begging for waves and speed and Lane was out there calling for us to slow down! As much as he was afraid, he always climbed in the boat saying, "Awesome!"
Toby loved riding on the towables. Here he is with Wesley.