April 1, 2013 my family and I were on the White House lawn for their annual Easter Egg Roll. It was an experience I will never forget. I tried the last two years to be selected but my name wasn’t called. I joked with a friend shortly after I entered the lottery, “Watch me get it this year – when I have a newborn baby!” And whaa-laa my name is called and Emory was only 7 weeks when we headed up the road to D.C. I honestly felt that this was a very rare opportunity and I didn’t want my family to miss out – especially since Obama is our President.
|They gave everyone a wooden egg (for the children) when we left for a keepsake.|
It was my time in Washington D.C and I fell in love with the city. I loved the history of the city. I loved the detail in all of the official buildings. I also love how so many things are in walking distance of each other. We visited the Lincoln & Martin Luther King Memorial and then walked to the White House.
They had 5 different time slots which were in 2 hour segments. Our time slot was 2:30 – 4:30. President Obama came out on the first slot. First Lady Obama came outside on the second time slot. So we missed them. We probably stood in line for an hour before we actually got inside the White House gates. Emory slept all morning but woke up right as we got in line and it started to rain! WHAT! I changed his diaper in the rain and was about to pull out the breast but remembered I had a bottle in my bag! LIFESAVER! So, I fed him (in line), burped him and he slept the remainder of our experience.
Once inside, I was like a little kid. Ooooh lets go here, noooo over here… wait OMG!! But I had to remember, it was about the kids! Coco Jones sang her hit song, then Jordon Sparks hit the stage. The Chicago Jessie White Tumblers gave us an unforgettable show. And everywhere you turned there were different activities going on for the children to do (Egg Roll, Egg Hunt, Exercise, Cartoon Character pictures, Nature informational sections and more). We stayed busy the entire time we were there.
We took a short nap in our hotel room afterward and then headed back to Atlanta. We wanted to make sure our son didn’t miss two days of school. If you get selected to attend, I say GO. Originally, I had asked my grandmother, mother-in-law and mom to go with us to watch the baby in the hotel while we went to the White House. They all said no for different reasons and then said, “You’re still going to go with the baby?!” Yep! I knew that I wouldn’t be the only one there with a stroller. And I wasn’t. Every other mom had one.