WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- It was a special day for an Anchorage family, who not only got to visit the White House, but play in the president’s backyard.
“You could decorate cookies, decorate eggs, and go on an egg hunt," said 11-year-old Gabriella Welsh of Anchorage.
They’re the kinds of activities kids do at Easter. But not many can say they’ve done them at the White House.
Gabriella and her family made the long trip from Anchorage to our nation’s capital to take part in the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House South Lawn.
They got the idea when they visited Sen. Dan Sullivan’s (R-AK) office last month during Spring Break.
“The senator’s office recommended that they come here for the egg roll, so we applied, and here we are," explained Gabriella's mom, Melanie Welsh.
They’re now part of a tradition that dates back to the 1870s when Rutherford B. Hayes was president.
It rained on and off all day, but the family says it’s all worth it to be here at the people’s house.
“It’s better than snow, said Melanie. "It was worth it. We’re not exactly made of sugar.”
And even though the Welshes didn’t get to see the president and first lady, they’re taking home a commemorative egg signed by both. Most importantly, they’re taking home memories.
“I’ve toured the White House before and got to do all the fun things when I was a kid, so this is for them," said Melanie.
“To look at the White House and be right there, it’s cool," said Gabriella.