The holidays? Yes The holidays.
For many, this means the winter celebrations, namely Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I think DC is for all holidays, and going to the Easter Egg Roll at the White House proved my thoughts to be true.
We absolutely love DC all year ’round. From the snowy streets in the winter to the beautiful blossoms in the spring- the city is always alive! Our trip was just 2 nights (the first night following a LONG day of travel), but it was perfect!
We went to Mass on Easter Sunday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, and it was a stunning service (even if Dave did have to steal the kids away a few times). Plus, check out who Dave saw:
We were lucky enough to be invited (asked for an invite, really) to our friends’ house for dinner… and it was amazing. Dinner and friends inside a warm home, in the middle of one of my favorite cities is kind of the best feeling. We took turns choosing the next record to listen to, and as old souls, getting to listen to the needle play back music as it was meant to be heard in the home was a pleasant hum over the kids.
Glass of wine in hand, it was a fabulous way to end the night.
Monday had us hustling around, getting ready for the Easter Egg Roll, which brought us the most beautiful day!
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While it was a bit of a wild time to find parking, once we entered the event, it was pure joy!
The characters the kids got to see ranged from Star Wars Guys (Addie’s term) to The Cat in the Hat, Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Charlie Brown, Power Puff Girls… so pretty much everyone was there. The girls were mid-naptime by the time we arrived, so photos were out of the question (have you ever seen 2 kids meltdown next to a character?). But I did jump in with Nutbrown Hare… Millie is, as always, unimpressed.
The Obama era is coming to a close, and while that saddens me, I was overjoyed to be able to take part in their final Easter Egg Roll- the beautiful day and activities were amazing, of course, but the consideration for families truly blew me away!
The family tent, where a few mamas had gathered to nurse out of the sun and change diapers, was the best spot to strike up a conversation. In my brief time spent swapping Pampers on Millie’s bum, we exchanged breastfeeding tips, cooed over a nursing 6 week old, and laughed about potty training. We mamas always find our tribe, don’t we?
There was yoga, story-time, and some fabulous live music… where Addie showed off her Whip Nae-Nae skillz. It was adorable, and surely video-worthy, but even I had to join in with her for a moment! And one of my favorites (and totally inspiring Addie and I to plant LOTS this year)? Michelle’s garden!!! FLOTUS knows the deal!
The girls enjoyed all the snacks offered, and we loved them, too! Honest Tea was there passing out juices to everyone- their volunteers some of the most fabulous young people ever. Seriously. One young man helped get 3 juices into my hands, while HE was holding a heavy basket and I was nursing Millie. He smiled, asking if there was anything else we needed before helping another family. Another volunteer asked which juice I’d like and when I said, “I’ll take everything in your hands, if that’s ok,” she smiled helped me put the drinks in my bag and grabbed me an extra bottle of water. Customer care… so important- no matter where you are! The day was hot, the sun was beating down- having extra hydration is so key to breastfeeding mamas- I am an Honest customer now!
Finally, as we were leaving, the coolest snack of all time: hard boiled eggs on a stick were offered! Such a cute idea, and the first time Addie actually ate a whole hard boiled egg! Millie loved it, too. It was an amazing time… but our slot was during naptime, and the girls let us know: they were tired.
As we left, the girls each got a beautiful commemorative egg… something I know they will cherish forever. Their first time at the White House, though hopefully not their last. (P.S. The Obamas have awesome signatures, right?!)
There was a bit of a scare while we were there… but thankfully we were already heading out of the city.
While I worry about the next inhabitants of the White House, DC will always hold a special place in my heart. A city full of the future and the past, friends, adventure and beauty. DC for the holidays- all the holidays- is the place to be!
For more about the White House Easter Egg Roll, check out my post from Easter–>
When is your favorite time to see the Nation’s capitol?
Thank you to Chef Andrew Markert of Beuchert’s Saloon for the awesome garden photos!!!