|The steps leading up to the south side of the White House, the Eisenhower Executive Building|
I was at the White House in the first place to participate with 150 other mothers who are all a part of mother's support organization Mocha Moms Inc. The Environmental Protection Agency and the White House Office of Engagement invited us for a "Mom Summit" as part of their African American History Month celebration. We gathered in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Building for three hours to hear from high-ranking officials in the Administration tell us what they are doing for women, girls, African Americans, and the nation as a whole. We asked listened, asked questions, and overall came away with a better sense of what our government is doing (and can do) for us.
|Michael Strautmanis gave us "props"!|
My two days in Washington DC were terrific. In addition to the White House event, I was able to rest, relax, and spend some good girl time with my Mochas. A dozen of us made it a point to eat at Art Smith's posh Capitol Hill restaurant, Art and Soul, for a three hour gab session and food fest. (Check out his Atlanta one, Southern Art. Delicious!) My blogger friend at Stress Free Baby hooked me up with a great rate at the ritzy Omni Shoreham, (who hooked me up with a suite!), and Priceline came through with a decently priced plane ticket so all in all I didn't have to break the bank for this trip. My husband held down the fort with the three kids (even taking them to the circus). And I, at 6 months pregnant, was still able to truck all over DC with no problem. All in all, it was an amazing experience I will never forget.
Click here for a pictorial representation of the day.