Thursday, June 10, 2010

meet the President

Yesterday was such a fantastic day. The first part of the morning we headed over to the Spy Museum. What a fun museum. The kids definitely thought this was the best. After that museum, we had time to tour Fords Theater. While in Washington D.C. we had to see the place where Lincoln was shot. Kids thought it was sooo interesting.
Later that day all 50 families met at 1pm for our tour of the White House and the meet and greet with the President. Security took a long time with all the families but once we got in the White House we toured all the rooms on one floor. We took so many pictures. The red room, the blue room, the green room the dining room. WOW so fun! Then at 3pm all the kids sat on steps and waited for their chance to see Pres. Obama. While the kids waited, David Archuleta was there to meet the kids and sing a song. Carson and Cassidy were so excited about David. Not that we really watch American Idol but what kid doesn't love David Arch. Right at 3pm in walks Pres. Obama. He was sooo great with the kids. He allowed the kids to ask questions and he had so many great answers. He was so patient with the kids. The kids had a group photo with the President and then he walked all around shaking all of the Champion kids hands. WOW Carson said "Mom it almost didn't seem real to me while it was happening". So exciting. Then the President came over to the parents side and starting shaking all of our hands. I can't believe I shook Pres. Obama's hand. One of the greatest days of our lives. I tell you this is an experience that will be tough to top in our lives.
At about 4pm we all boarded the bus again and headed over to see the Washington Nationals baseball game. Before the game, we had an End of D.C. party for the kids. Hot dogs, Hamburgers, chips and sodas. All of the children got up and stage for an award and picture. Then we all went as a group to watch the baseball game. My kids were thrilled because David Archuleta was sitting right behind us. I am not sure how much of the game they saw because they were looking behind most of the time. Pete and I had a great time at the baseball game. Plus it was so fun to be there with all of the families.
It is kind of sad because the trip is over and we really just starting getting to know all of these families. The kids just starting making friends and now they had to leave. But what is so wonderful is that they will all be back in November. All the families will meet up again at Walt Disney World. YEAH!!! We are excited because we will be the host family!!
I have to say it was such a wonderful experience. We are so proud to be the Champion Family from the Sunshine State. We are so grateful to Walmart and Sams for our trip. Also a huge thanks to Delta Airlines. They were so great with all the families.

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