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DC Family Reunion 2018 Highlights + Weekend Catch Up 6/11

And now to finish recapping our big 2018 Family Reunion in DC! Highlights from our trip and some other fun things.

I already covered the trip with regards to Emmie–so check that out if you want to know how she did!

DC Family Reunion 2018

1) So, as much fun as the trip was, it almost didn’t happen. We literally almost didn’t leave Chicago. Saturday morning, we got up, got ready and made sure that we had everything, got Emmie all situated, took a Lyft down to Midway, got out, got the stroller etc unloaded, waited in this long line at the Southwest counter to get Emmie’s boarding certificate (as a lap child)…. and when we got to the counter, we were informed that our plane had been canceled. Outright.

Now, to Southwest’s credit, they had sent me an email that morning at 8. I just didn’t get it until we were at the airport because my phone hates me, apparently. 

But, yeah. Plane canceled, not even delayed, due to weather in the DC metro area. We spent the next minutes suggesting all the other alternative airports that we could fly into (Richmond, Dulles, Baltimore, even Philadelphia), and none of them had flights other than a few layover flights that would get us in at 9 that night (our original flight was supposed to take off at 12:30, it was 11ish at the time). Our next option was to book ourselves onto the 5:45 AM the next morning. We took that just to have something, and I went to the Delta counter, which only had flights that connected through Detroit and ran about $750 a person at the least.


We called an Uber to go home and started checking flights out of O’Hare. Alex found a nonstop United flight that left at 2 PM, so, if we were able to get there in time, we could still get to DC in time for dinner.

And avoid a 12+ hour travel day with a 4 month old. Who was still on hunger strike off and on.

One $90 Uber ride + a poopsplosion + complete change of clothes + eating of our emergency snacks later, we arrived at O’Hare, got through security, got food, and Emmie had a complete meltdown and refused to eat. Alex ultimately got her to fall asleep in his arms, and we boarded our flight to DC.

2) Lunches were the foodie star of the show (though dinners weren’t too shabby!)

Alex and I got our solo lunch in Old Town. 

My family and I went to a delicious lunch at Virtue Feed and Grain. I don’t have pictures, but I got an awesome Tuna Poke Salad, a fabulous mezza platter, and some great sangria (it does exist in VA after all!)

The star of the lunch show was the lunch at The Warehouse with my fam. A bottle of red and rose for the table, a great and super attentive waiter, and this: LOBSTER COBB SALAD

2 hours later….

3) Monday afternoon/evening, Alex’s brother’s in-laws hosted us for a super fun pool party and grill out. Emmie was still being super finicky about eating, but we had a great time and the weather was perfect. Tyson even went off the diving board with Uncle Alex’s help!

4) Emmie meeting my little (who was my MoH at my wedding and I was a co MOH at hers.

5) Not to be outdone by Emmie’s physical triumphs, Alex and I had some fun physical outings as well! We ran with Emmie on Sunday on the GW Parkway and then by ourselves on Wednesday–my first 5k since last summer and then a strong 4 miles, respectively! Alex also did his longest run in a long time: 7 total miles (he did 4 more after running with Em and me on Sunday).

I also went to a gym for the first time since I stopped training people last summer and used machines and weights over 5 lbs for the first since…. last May? And a spin bike for the first time since then? I kept everything moderate with regards to intensity–I didn’t want to risk injury. The hardest part was the mental game, honestly! Yes, you can push through that, that is a GOOD burn

Some Randoms:

I had a more-than-slight soda obsession while we were there. I’m going to back off of it slowly, but it got a little out of hand!

It literally rained. all. day. long. on Sunday. Monday… the clouds parted and it was gorgeous the rest of the trip!

Halo Top Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough exists. And it is maybe the best thing that I’ve ever put in my mouth. Yes, TWSS and THAT”S WHAT I SAY!

So that wraps up my posts on our fabulous DC Family Reunion 2018! I hope we can make this an annual thing! I am so happy everyone has now met Emmie, and we made plans for Thanksgiving and Christmas as well 😀

I have so many more pictures, but I don’t want to post them without people’s permission and want to respect their privacy. But let’s just say a great time was had by all!

This weekend

This weekend was pretty busy as well! Alex had fellowship graduation (he wasn’t graduating) and then Emmie and I got rained out of joining him for the liver walk on Saturday morning. 

Ellen graduated, and my little clan headed down to Hyde Par I’m to help them celebrate aka Alex and I ate and other people watched the child. I’m going to miss Ellen so much!


Sunday was frustrating because Emmie was difficult eating again and it is getting to me. I’m going to talk to the doctors about the situation this week because she’s been acting like this for 2 weeks now. I want to make sure nothing else is going on. 

I did take a nearly 2 hour nap while she napped, though. On her floor. Using a unicorn as a pillow. And then we went to Alex’s co fellow’s house to catch the tail end of his son’s first birthday party. Which translates to us hanging out and eating their food.

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  • Reply Maureen

    Cancelled flights are the WORST! I can’t even imagine it with a 4 month old in tow. At least you guys made it at a reasonable time to DC without a ton of layovers.

    This weekend sounds like it was a good one for you guys.

    June 11, 2018 at 8:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I was honestly about to call the whole thing off. I’m so glad we got there without too much delay–I don’t think that getting her up at 3 AM for a 545 flight would have worked any better!

      June 11, 2018 at 11:03 am
  • Reply The Curious Frugal

    Woah, that sounded like such a mess with your first big trip with Emmie! So glad it ended up turning out okay. We fiiinally got halo top (plus other versions) here and I love it! I read so many things against it but I think it does taste like real ice cream! Yesterday I tried chocolate mocha biscotti flavor…mmm…

    June 11, 2018 at 4:34 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YAY for Halo top! The dairy free flavors are the best. And you know what, they say things against any food.

      June 11, 2018 at 8:23 pm
  • Reply Neil

    All the food! Glad you and Alex got some fun time and some “me” time too!

    June 12, 2018 at 7:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      All the things we needed!

      June 18, 2018 at 11:54 am
  • Reply Emily Swanson

    You and Ellen have been such sweet friends in the years she’s been there in Chicago. I am so glad that you were able to still go to the Family Reunion. It’s amazing to me how things similar to that have happened to me, and I’m humbled by how God works them out in my life.

    Emmie is just so cute with your family members. 🙂 I hope she has many sweet memories with them.

    June 12, 2018 at 7:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Life really does find a way to work itself out, doesn’t it! I can’t wait for Emmie to be able to hve those memories!

      June 18, 2018 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    I am also glad that you didn’t call the whole thing off. It was a wonderful and amazing time for all of us!
    I didn’t have any problem going down for my naps!

    June 12, 2018 at 8:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahaha I know you didn’t!

      June 18, 2018 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Rae

    I’m so glad everything worked out despite your cancelled flight! And I’m jealous of all the delicious eats you had. A new poke place opened near us recently, and I haven’t been able to go since I’m preggo. It’s on my list to hit very shortly after this baby makes her appearance!

    June 12, 2018 at 3:54 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I haven’t had poke in so long. And it will be a while longer, even, now that I can’t have soy! womp womp

      June 18, 2018 at 11:52 am
  • Reply San

    Ugh, it’s horrible when travel gets canceled last minute like that… especially when you travel with a child, I can imagine. I am glad you found a solution.

    I need to find that ice-cream!!

    June 12, 2018 at 4:49 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ve only found it in one place, which of course is across the country…

      June 18, 2018 at 11:51 am
  • Reply Allie

    The only thing worse than airport drama, is airport drama with a baby! OMG you guys!! You did not need that on top of the “hunger strike” but at least it all worked out in the end and seemed like a great trip overall.
    Hope Emmie is just fine and nothing else going on 🙂

    June 13, 2018 at 4:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I don’t think anything else is going on. She is just putting up her first real fight, lol. SO MANY MORE TO COME

      June 18, 2018 at 11:51 am
  • Reply Julie Running in a Skirt

    You guys have the worst flight luck! Glad you figured out something!

    June 13, 2018 at 7:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know, what is it with us????

      June 18, 2018 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Michaela

    My daughter went on a hunger strike when she was getting her first tooth. It went on for a good 8 days or so. Once it came through, things went back to normal.

    June 13, 2018 at 8:48 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This has been going on for almost 3 weeks now. Luckily, she will still eat, ultimately. But she will put up a fight for a while.

      June 18, 2018 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Oh nooooo! Travel nightmares are the worst. Jesse has serious bad luck with flights. Our trip to Hawaii was the first trip we’ve been on together without cancelled flights/delays. In New Zealand our flight was cancelled to go home and we had to wait 14 hours for the make up flight which was then delayed three hours. We were DEAD by the time we got home.

    June 14, 2018 at 4:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      UGH gross. I am just waiting for the inevitable canceled flight in the middle of a layover. We’ve had something similar, but not in a foreign city.

      June 18, 2018 at 11:48 am
  • Reply Kat

    Yet another reason why I HATE flying. Literally so much unpredictability in something that should be pretty straight forward – you buy your ticket, you get on the plane, you fly to your destination. What’s all this canceling, changing, re-arranging flights business?! Or gate changes? Or losing luggage? Like UGH.
    And then there’s the entire business of actually getting ON the plane. Can you tell I’m a huge fan of flying? 😉

    June 14, 2018 at 2:47 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Lol. I hear you. Flying is a pain. I remember when it didn’t used to be such a pain, but now it really is. And with a baby? It be difficult!

      June 18, 2018 at 11:47 am

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