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A Day in DC at The White House

Two weeks ago my son’s and I had an opportunity to tour the East Wing of The White House along with my best friend and her family who were visiting from Rancho Cucamonga, CA.  The mini men and I took the Amtrak Regional Rail from the Wilmington station at 7:04 am and arrived at Union Station in DC an hour and a half later. 

Union Station in Washington DC

It was another warm July morning so it was a pleasure, albeit a bit costly to catch a cab from Union Station to the White House instead of walking the 1.6 miles.  I was thankful to my best friend’s son who had invited us to take the tour with them, however, we didn’t get the memo of the prohibited items so my sons and I ended up walking at least 5 miles trying to find a locker to store my purse and camera.

Unfortunately, I never found one and thought I would have to miss the tour, but fortunately, Noah’s office was close enough that he could store it there until we completed the tour. 

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Video Recorders

  • Handbags, book bags, backpacks or purses

  • Food or beverages, tobacco products, personal grooming items (i.e. makeup, lotion, etc.)

  • Strollers

  • Any pointed objects

  • Aerosol containers

  • Guns, ammunition, fireworks, electric stun guns, mace, martial arts weapons/devices, or knives of any size

Obviously, there were several security checkpoints to clear before we were actually inside The White House, but once inside we were able to take our time on this self-guided tour.  Thanks to the change in the “no photo” policy we were also able to take a lot of pictures and if you follow me on Instagram you probably saw a few of these.

Secret Service Security

The tour began at the Visitor’s Entrance where you are welcomed by a recorded greeting from the President and First Lady Obama, and the self-guided tour gives you plenty of time to check out the various rooms and portraits.  We were also fortunate in that we were treated to a musical performance by the Drama Kings and Queens, a Los Angeles Speech and Language Therapy Center, Inc.

best friends since 4th grade

The Clinton family


Pictures on the wall of The White House

Through the windows you can see carefully landscaped gardens and grounds and floral arrangements brighten some of the rooms.  The carpets are rolled back and the rooms are roped off, however, you can get a good view of the Library, Vermeil Room (gilded silver), China Room, The Diplomatic Reception Room, The East Room, The Green Room, The Blue Room, The Red Room which was my favorite and The State Dining Room.

The China Room in the White House

The Vermeil Room in the White House State Dining Room in the White House

Fresh Flowers in the Blue Room


I was really fascinated by the Red Carpet, it’s the one that President Obama walks on during his major announcements.  The President and First Lady were in Philadelphia for the DNC Convention so we didn’t get an opportunity to see them in person. 

Red Carpet in the White House Tayair and I in The White House

However, we did see a lot of pictures and the China Sets from each of the various administrations.  We stayed on the main floor as the second and third floors are used exclusively by the Presidential family and guests. 

White House China The Obama's State Dinner China

It was a once in a lifetime event and I was glad to be able to share it with not only my best friend since 4th grade but also with my sons.

My best friend and I at The White House

The front entrance to the White House The Red Room at the White House White House Tour


family in front of The White House

After the tour we had a quick lunch together and then said our goodbyes at the Metro Station.  They headed to the airport and the mini men and I took the Metro to the National Air and Space Museum where we hung out to stay cool until it was time to head back to Union Station and catch the train back home.

Metro in Washington DC


museums in Washington DC

National Air and Space Museum


Have you ever taken a tour of The White House?  If not, and you want more information on how to request one, click on this link

Vacation tour of The White House

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On The Road Again

Hello Friends and Happy Saturday!

I’m on the road again, this time heading to our Nation’s Capital for a BLMGirls DMV Blogger Meet Up.

I am super excited and can’t wait to get there!

If you too are traveling, be safe and we’ll chat next week!

on the road to dc



Nikon CoolPix P520 Camera

Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday

Inspired by some awesome photos I’ve seen taken by you guys I decided to upgrade my camera from a Canon PowerShot SX150 to a Nikon CoolPix. Not that a camera will make me a better photographer, it will however, (I hope) make my photos pop with less of a need to rely on editing software.

My husband recommended that I go to Cameras etc and take a look at their selection of used cameras of which was extensive, but I was more interested in the Nikon Coolpix P100 on sale that I had seen in the newspaper.

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Armed with the advertisement I drove into Newark, to Main Street on the campus of the University of Delaware and fed 4 quarters into the parking meter.  Entering the store I was immediately greeted by Imaging Consultant Todd.  I explained what I wanted, showed him the ad and stated that I had “Liked” them on Facebook hoping for a discount.

Cameras etc

Unfortunately, they didn’t have the advertised model in stock but Todd did show me a higher priced model the P520, but before you scream, “bait and switch”, he didn’t try to push me into purchasing it.  He called their Wilmington store and asked to have one shipped for  arrival the next day.

Nikon Camera

Todd explained all the features on the P520 and how it compared to the P100 so that I would be familiar and comfortable before making the purchase.  He also took time to show me some used Nikon cameras in the same price range but after I took the camera outside, snapped a few pictures I decided then to buy it.

The time and patience that Todd spent in explaining all the features was awesome, I even had to feed two additional quarters into the meter, I see why they have been a successful business since 1977.

Cameras etc.

This camera is an early birthday present to myself and I am looking forward to using it this weekend as we celebrate our 23rd Wedding Anniversary and at the BLMGirls event in DC on the 31st.

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Thank you friends for your inspiration and thank you Todd for your patience!