Saturday, April 20, 2013

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

Since we only had two hours to enjoy our White House experience, we enjoyed our final hour just walking around and taking in the sights.  All the teeny boppers went crazy for some young male singer that was performing on one stage, so we checked that out for awhile and Georgia danced to the music along with all the screaming girls!  We hopped on over to the hula-hoop area, met lots of characters, and basked in the beautiful sunshine.  Amazing what a few hours difference can make with the weather.

Family picture while Georgia snacks away!

Hula hooping

Kisses from Daddy

Watching the action

Georgia helped facilitate an introduction to Chef Anne Burrell from the Food Network since she almost ran her over when she ran underneath a rope line and trampled her and several of the Executive White House chefs!!

At the conclusion of the event, we lined up with the thousands of other families to file out and receive our complimentary wooden commemorative Easter egg.  We were very thankful that we had our large stroller with us to store all the stuff we collected and to give our arms a break from carrying Georgia.  **Sidenote - I woke up on Tuesday morning feeling like I had carried around a 25lb weight all day long.... oh wait!**  I'm also thankful that we packed lots of snacks for Georgia as she devoured everything that I gave her that day.

Meeting one of the characters from "Super Why!"

Running the obstacle course again... and again... and again!

Meeting Mrs. Easter Bunny!

While we waited in line to exit the event, Nick and I realized that we were ravenous.  We also realized we'd never get into a nearby restaurant with this many people exiting at one time, so we quickly used our phones to make a reservation at Chef Geoff's a few blocks away.  By the time we walked over, our table was ready and we were able to get right into the restaurant.  I was BEYOND thrilled to see they listed all their allergens on their kid menu (Thanks, Chef Geoff!!), so we ordered Georgia a burger and fries and let her chow down while Nick and I inhaled some food.

As we headed out of town, we decided that an emergency stop was needed at Good Stuff Eatery for a shake for the ride!  Perfect ending to a perfect day.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

White House Easter Egg Roll 2013 - The Obama Family Arrives!

It still feels weird to get "back to normal" after the events in Boston this week.  My heart will forever be a part of that city and I hope these cowards are caught sooner rather than later!

However, life does go on, so I thought I'd get back to regular posting... We left off with Georgia rolling Easter eggs on the South Lawn of the White House.  Immediately following our roll, rumors started rumbling through the crowd that the Obama family was coming out to greet the crowd.  People started lining up along a rope line that was directly in front of where we were standing and the band started playing on the balcony.

Georgia did not have the patience to await the President's arrival, so we started roaming around while Nick waited on the rope line.  By far, the best decision of the day!!!  Nick ending up waiting for about 40 minutes before the first family emerged.  During that time, Georgia ran wild on the White House lawn.  Nick text as the first family emerged and we attempted to get close to him, but the closest we got was a wave from the next area over...

Georgia made it crystal clear that she was not waiting for anyone!  So, I had to inform the lovely Secret Service agent standing next to me that I had to get out of that area (there was now a massive crowd gathering behind us).  He let me sneak under a rope line to exit the area.  Well, apparently people must have thought we were someone important to be on that other side of the rope because people were taking Georgia and I's picture and screaming to us as we exited out the back.

Meanwhile, as we made our exit, the Obama family and some special guests made their way outside...

The official Easter Bunny!

The first family emerges!

National Anthem

Bo, the first dog!

Because Nick maintained his spot on the rope line, he actually was right in the front when the Obama family came down from the balcony.  My mom, who was watching the event live on the internet, actually caught sight of Nick during the broadcast.

Michelle Obama greeting the crowd

Nick shaking the first lady's hand!

President Obama greeting the crowd

We reunited with Daddy for a snack... that Georgia helped herself to from the Whole Food display!

I'll wrap up our White House adventure later this week!  All I can say is... what an experience.  Absolutely amazing and we highly recommend the event to anyone who can manage to get a ticket.  Our weather definitely made the day picture perfect.  It was very foggy earlier in the day and some rain showers moved through later in the day, but our two hour slot was absolutely amazing.  I'm not sure if I would have loved the day so much if it was raining or cold.  We started off in layers, but ended up in short sleeves by lunchtime.  The Obama family coming out and officially opening the event was fantastic and completed the day and the experience for us!

Monday, April 15, 2013

From Runner's High to Runner's Low...

I'll get back to the White House later this week, but right now my mind and heart is in Boston.  My beloved Boston.  The city I called home... and still consider home... on tv for all the wrong reasons.  I lived on Boylston Street in the early 2000's while I attended graduate school at Boston University.  Viewing those familiar sights on television all day today was heart-breaking. 

Just this past weekend, I ran in my own little race here in the neighborhood.  I had a great run and was thrilled that I finished the 5K in 28:28.  I had the best cheerleaders rooting me on with a fabulous "Go Mama!" sign.  The timing is not lost on me - growing up in Massachusetts, you always think about running the Boston Marathon one day and the thought has crossed my mind once or twice, especially after a great run this weekend.  However, everyone also knows that I love to hate running.  It's a complete love/hate relationship for me.  I think for right now, I'll stick to my little neighborhood run...

Celebrating my run with my favorite cheerleader!

Prayers for Boston tonight...