Tori’s Bucket List: Meet My Great-Great Grandmother

While we were planning our Arizona experience we found out that my dad’s grandmother was going to be in Mesa (she’s a “snowbird” 😉 ) and we were so excited! It had been a while since we had seen her and our visit exceeded our expectations!

We got to introduce Tori to her great-great grandmother and had the most wonderful time with her. Tori was so comfortable with her and the love between them was obvious.

She showed us around the resort where she lives each winter and we were impressed by the activities offered (and by the cacti that were taller than the houses!). It really is a great place and she is so happy to be there.

We are so blessed to have Grandma Helen in our lives and I can’t wait to see her again! ❤

Tori’s Bucket List: See a Giant Cactus

If you go to Arizona, going down to Tucson to see the gigantic cacti is well worth the drive. This was a first for our little family – we had seen cacti before but not ones this large!

Our good friend Dannylle (pronounced Daniel) picked us up and drove us around Saguaro National Park and it was so good to spend time with him AND be amazed at these strange cacti together. This was a very unique and simple National Park and we really enjoyed it.

We learned that the saguaro can live to be over 200 years old, and they don’t grow arms until they are 75 years old. If their arms are pointed down that means that they had frostbite at some point in their life and the arm was injured. If I remember correctly, some of the saguaro are over 70 feet tall!

Tori was very alert, as you can see in the pictures, and it was so fun to show her these strange and beautiful cacti. We are so thankful for each and every adventure we are able to take her on ❤

Tori’s Bucket List: See the Grand Canyon

We had been planning for over a year to visit the Grand Canyon during our trip to Arizona, so this became an easy addition to Tori’s Bucket List. What made it even more special was that it was Brennan’s first time to see it as well.

If you’ve never been there, it’s truly a must. You can stand there looking for hours on end without becoming bored. Amazing that so many people come to see this gigantic hole in the ground!

This was the first stop for our Arizona experience. We drove from Southern California that morning and made it just in time for sunset!

We spent the night there and went back to the Canyon Rim the next morning, and we got some great family photos.

I am so thankful that we got to experience this with Tori. We don’t know how well she can see, but that won’t stop us from showing her whatever we can while she is with us. ❤

Thanks to the Miks family for making this possible! ❤️