Last year while my family and I were vacationing in Orlando, FL my grandmother had mentioned to me that our family reunion was coming up. She expressed that she really wanted as much of our family as possible to attend. She grabbed my phone, placed the dates in my calendar and told me to be there. Being one of the oldest grandchildren, I felt it was mandatory and I could not let her down. So without hesitation my husband and I made it happen.
Plane tickets were a little pricey and Braxton was no longer a terrible two year old, therefore purchasing plane tickets for a family of four was out of the question and... our budget! Braxton spent the week in Columbus, OH with my parents, my husband had time to himself here in Lexington, KY and, London and I, well we were officially about to embark on our first "Girls Trip". Boston, Massachusetts here we come!
Not sure if you’ve ever been to Boston but it’s seriously like a mini Chicago or New York. Great shopping, amazing scenery, crisp air, and great sea food! We caught the train into the city and let me tell you about the people…they were so gracious and extremely helpful; especially when it came to figuring out which train to take back to our hotel! Due to family reunion activities we had limited time to explore but we took full advantage of our 2 days of freedom! In addition to walking through Chinatown, Franklin Park and to Newbury St. where my favorite store, Zara was located, we had the chance to visit Faneuil Hall. A marketplace in Boston filled with the cutest shops, unique buildings, and cobblestone streets. To be honest, this was my favorite place; geared towards families and plenty of things to do!! There were street entertainment, balloon twisters, live music and an overwhelming amount of food to stuff your face with. Along with exploring Boston, I rode Uber, ate at Shake Shack, and did Soul Cyclying with my baby cousin all for the first time! Two days of discovering Boston was not enough; I have to come back!
I use to watch movies like Johnson Family Vacation and Madea’s Family Reunion and say to myself, “man, I wish my family would do something like that.” At the age of 31, my wish came true. From wearing the same color t-shirt, doing the electric slide about five times, introducing yourself countless times and calling everyone “cousin” because you didn’t quite know the relationship but you knew you were related some type of way -I looked up and London and I were attending our first family reunion... the Washington Family Reunion...this time was priceless! This was my first time meeting these gorgeous people and strangely it felt like I knew them my entire life. We loved our time there and can’t wait to see them again in two years for our next family reunion in Columbus, OH aka my hometown!! Side note: It was great to not only experience this moment with my first born and Grandmother, but also with my Mother, little sister, Scharese, and niece, Mackenzie.