Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Easter Monday Part 3

Yesterday, Easter Monday, they had the Annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Jack and I took our two girls twice in the '80's to the White House for the event. Back then it was not quite the hassle that it is today. Back then you just got up early and headed to the district, found a place to park your car and stood in line around the rod iron fence of the White House and you made it in to the event. Today they limit the number of visitors to 22,000 plus. And in order to claim one of those tickets today it means camping out near the White House grounds for up to 24 hours. I don't think I would have gone if it was such a hassle in the '80's.
These photos are of our 1983 trip to the White House Easter Egg Roll. Jeanine was three and Jennifer was seven. Jack and I invited Georgia Hernandez and her two daughters, Andrea and Lisa, to go with us. In the top photo you see Georgia and myself (in grey jacket) waiting in line with the girls while Jack is taking our picture. The next photo is of the grounds set up with tents, balloons, food, water and lots of kiddie displays and kiddie characters. The last photo is of a photo opt display for the event. Jeanine and Lisa are in the front row and Andrea and Jennifer are in the back row. Each girl got an official White House Easter Egg Roll Souvenir Coloring Book .
For each attraction you had to stand in line. Of course, the most exciting attraction was rolling the wooden Easter Egg on the White House lawn. And you got to keep the wooden egg that you rolled. All the wooden eggs are painted and signed by local sports figures, media folks, etc. Tomorrow I will show you our souvenir wooden eggs. In 1986 we did it again. Mainly because Jeanine told us that she couldn't remember going when she was three. So we took her and her sister again when they were six and ten respectively.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for visiting and commenting on the wood carving or whittling. You asked about the wood. I don't know but it was some scrap wood left laying around.

I remember it was painted with dye and inks.

Nice Photography on your post.

Abraham Lincoln in Brookville, Ohio

jeanine said...

I do not look like I enjoyed the Easter egg roll.

Jack and Joann said...

You were impatient. Wanted to get to the egg roll. Skip the pictures, Mom.

Melinda said...

I cannot imagine attending such a LARGE event! Would love to see the eggs!