Oh Toledo Fun!
What an awesome family tradition! The kids have a blast EVERY year! We missed last year because of hurricane Isaac. Two years ago when we left the kids asked the moment we got in the van, "when are we going back?" They asked at least 3 times a week for an entire year! They were so upset when we couldn't go because of the hurricane. We were better safe than sorry trying to travel that weekend though. Can you imagine the excitement for this year? I was worried they remembered it being more fun that it really was. I didn't want them to be disappointed. Why did I ever have that thought? It was every bit as much fun this year as previous years!
The car ride. So thankful for dvd players.
Nanny Jaime and Aunt Jess ROCK! I am usually standing the first day or 2 at the water faucet filling and tying water balloons. Then eventually some other adult feels sorry for me and brings me a chair. NOT this year! Nanny Jaime and Aunt Jess went on a wild citywide search for these little foam discs that a preschooler can use to wrap their water balloon ends around. NO knot necessary! Thanks for saving my fingers and sanity this year ladies!
I don't believe these boys have ever had a better time together. They had the idea to build a river flowing down the hill. They did it! By the last evening we were there they had EVERY single kid helping them. Talk about cousin team work! Too bad I was too lazy to get up and get my camera for a picture of that. The memory will forever be etched in my brain though.
These trees know 20 years worth of our family discussions, secrets, fights, fun, etc.
Next year there will be 12! We thought it was hard to get em all sitting on the stairs for 5 minutes this year. It's only going to get worse people.
We had a small crowd this year, but it sure was fun. Hopefully we'll have a few more back with us next year. MaMa Etta would be proud that we are continuing the tradition.
These 3 were born within a month of each other. Their mommas had a triple baby shower together. Look at em now! (We will pretend Allie dog is not photo bombing).
We always take the oldest, nastiest clothes we have to Toledo. We know they will be destroyed after the weekend is over. I was able to wash them all and put them back in the drawers, but they will never look the same again. Good thing the kid was completely washable.
Little bug's first Toledo (and first family vacation). She couldn't have loved it more! She had unlimited snacks and juice being snuck in by aunts, grandparents, cousins, etc all weekend. Oh, let's not forget the endless number of hours spent having outside fun!
Bye bye Toledo. Thank you to all that came! We certainly missed MaMa and Mam Maw. This was our first year without them. (We miss Pa Pa Buddy too, but we haven't had him with us for several years now). Toledo is now seeing a new generation of old folks. I wonder if we will still be going when it's my turn to be an "old" folk. Hope so. Until next year...