I knew that this trip to California would be the most challenging yet with our 20-month old twin toddlers, so I scoured the Internet for ideas of how to entertain … Continue reading Travel With Toddlers
It’s amazing how you can take your hometown for granted, how you can completely miss the beauty of where you live simply because you see it all the time. When … Continue reading Exploring Red Bluff
In early January we purchased our plane tickets for ten days in California with my family and we were SO looking forward to being out there. We had planned to … Continue reading The Road Trip that Almost Was…
Any children of ours will grow up to be Philadelphia fans if Brennan has anything to say about it. Brennan loves the Phillies, Eagles, and, of course, the Flyers. This … Continue reading Tori’s Bucket List: Go To a Philadelphia Flyers Game
As you know by now, the giraffe has become Tori’s mascot, so to speak. We have been told that whenever people see giraffes they think of – and pray for … Continue reading Tori’s Bucket List: Feed Giraffes (Philadelphia Edition)
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! … Continue reading Tori’s Bucket List: Meet My Great-Great Grandmother
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 … Continue reading Tori’s Bucket List: See a Giant Cactus
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!
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! ❤️
This trip had been planned and anticipated for over a year, so the fact that it has already come and gone is astounding!
It all started in Pennsylvania with my parents flying across the country so that my mom could turn around and fly back to California with Tori and me (to assist with all of Tori’s things). The guys remained in Pennsylvania working on our bathrooms – our long-awaited remodel! We’ll blog about that soon.
The girls spent 2.5 days in Red Bluff seeing family and friends before heading south to Central California to see more family and friends. We stayed with Uncle Rob and Aunt Susan (and forgot to get a picture!) and enjoyed our visit. It was so great to see my college roommate, Leslie, and her family, as well! It has been YEARS.
Friday morning we headed to Southern California to show Tori where Mommy went to college (APU), and to meet up with many college professors and friends.
After a wonderful afternoon there, we headed to my favorite outdoor mall in Ontario – Victoria Gardens. We met up with so many dear college friends and their families that evening.
After spending the night in Ontario, my mom, Tori, and I picked up Brennan and my dad at the airport and headed to Disneyland! It was very crowded, so we didn’t get to ride very many rides, BUT the “Paint the Night” parade made it worth the heat, the crowds, everything.
The next morning we began our journey to the Grand Canyon!
Being from California, I have gone to Disneyland probably one hundred times – mostly thanks to having an annual pass (when it was cheap!) most of the years I lived … Continue reading Tori’s Bucket List: Go to Disneyland