Thursday, April 11, 2013

White House Easter Egg Roll 2013 - The Wait...

In early March, we entered into the lottery to win tickets to the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.  When I say "we" entered, I mean "we" entered everyone we knew into the lottery to increase the odds of winning tickets!  I read somewhere that 300,000 people entered the lottery and 30,000 won tickets.  Luckily, and thanks to my mom's entry, we won tickets.  

We awoke at dawn on the Monday after Easter and headed into the city for the roll.  I researched and googled for days before the event trying to figure out what we should wear, what time we should get there, where we should park, etc.  However, little information seemed to be out there to answer these questions.  So, we left super early and decided to brave Monday morning traffic into the city vs taking the metro into the city.  Overall, great decision in the end because we loved having the car after the day's events were done and I couldn't imagine having to sit on the metro to get home after a long day.  We were totally exhausted by the time we climbed into the car to go home.

We got downtown around 8am and parked at a public parking garage right near the White House.  We immediately got in line for our designated entry time (9:45am-11:45am) along with lots of other early birds.  We came prepared with lots of snacks and the iPad to entertain Georgia while we waited in line.  We were not alone in that decision - lots of idevices being passed around to the children waiting in line.  Arriving early worked out well for us because we ended up at the front of the line.  Over the next two hours, we were moved from one holding area to the next while we passed through security and onto the next holding area.  It was sort of the Disney philosophy - as long as they kept you moving from one area to the next, the time seemed to pass quickly and you were never in one area for too long.  I was nervous about getting through security because I had read not to bring large bags with you, but with a toddler... you need a large bag!  Surprisingly, we had no difficulty getting through security with our diaper bag.  The waiting passed quickly (for the adults), but Georgia was ready to go!!!!

Waiting in one of our holding areas with the White House off in the distance

Starting the morning off with winter coats!

Not impressed by the next holding area on the side of the White House

Daring security to stop her!

Next up... We get in!

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