John spent the night outside waiting in line to get us tickets to the annual Easter Egg Roll. We had extra tickets so we gave them to our neighbors, Wendy and James. We took the Metro into the city and Matthew loved the train (and the elevators too)! We were in the last group to enter..they closed the gates at 2pm. We had until 3:30 to explore the activities on the White House lawn and there were so many options! They had the traditional egg roll, an egg hunt, face painting, egg decorating, 12 different stage performances, about 50 strolling characters (i.e. Clifford, Snoopy), an animal stage, magicians, and reading nooks. It was a busy place and lots of lines. We saw many of the characters, attended a performance (Steve Songs), and participated in the egg roll. We also (by pure chance) saw the President, Condoleeza Rice, and Barney Bush (see post below). Matthew was very well behaved and enjoyed himself. We were given a PBS Sprout framed polaroid of our meeting with Curious George and a nice cardboard framed photo of our family standing (on a platform) in front of the White House...the line for this had actually closed but they let us in b/c John was in uniform. On the way out, they gave us a commemorative poster and a goody bag with a coloring book/crayons, postcards of the White House pets, a Maisy sticker book, "My American Journal", and a special wooden Easter egg. It was a very fun, exciting, and memorable event!