Dave and the kids in front of the White House. Seriously. Isn't this cool. And I believe that's "The President's Own" Marine Corps band up there on the first level, who played throughout the morning. They even had a really cool jazz band.
And the White House. (This one is to use in one of those slide shows of growing up when she runs for President.)
Or, we did what any other parent would do when their child wanted a picture with Clifford, but they didn't want to wait in line. We took the picture anyway. I'm still a good mom right?
Actually, almost everything had a line - the egg hunt, egg coloring, photo opportunities. We only waited in line for the egg roll. Our kids were young enough, that they didn't know what they were missing and had tons of fun anyway. Especially rolling down this hill. It was one of the best parts of the day. I don't know how it would be with older kids.
But there were a lot of other fun things going on too. Like magicians and musicians, wild animal encounters. There was a reading stage where prominent people, authors, and celebrities read children's books. I really would have liked to have seen Troy Aikman, or Laura or Jenna Bush, but I think they were there earlier in the morning. The White House website has information on who will be there, but there really isn't a schedule anywhere. You just kind of have to be a detective. We used our detective skills to find out the Mickey Mouse would be on at 12:15, so we went over at around noon to catch the end of Elmo while we waited. The problem was that the Jonas Brothers were going to be playing at 1:20, so there were tween girls four rows deep in front of us, and pushing and shoving all around me with my child on my shoulders and my camera in hand, trying to be in front when they came on. Come on people. Let us watch Mickey Mouse! It's funny, because when I was younger, I was all about the pushing and shoving to get to the front of some place, but now that I have my kids... I need my space. I think it's a protective thing. So, I think that part was maybe not well planned, but I don't know what would have been better. Some people said it was the same way for Hannah Montana last year, so they probably know what they are doing, and you just have to decide if watching Mickey Mouse is worth being in the middle of a crowd of high pitched screaming whenever they see the shirt tail of a 14 year old rock star. For us it was. Worth it. (can we say Disneyworld anyone?)
And here we are in front of the White House again. Good bye from the White House.